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Post The ideal laptop
Came over to this forum since I will be active again. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu :D

I see many people sporting macbooks nowadays and I think they are of decent quality, its a shame they are about twice as costly as any other laptop with the same specs. Which made me think for a bit. Since I was bored I have been reflecting on how a laptop should be and this is what came to mind. Don't think we will be seeing anything like it soon tho.

weigh's 3kg at most
should not cost anything like over a €1000/$1400 no matter what

12-cell battery
separate numeral keys (can't do without)
Build in webcam and mic (speaks for itself)
Single slot Card-reader
No more then 4 USB ports (mouse, stick, hdd, extra)
HDMI port (so you can finally hook it up to TV with ease again/PC-screens support them too)

15.6" screen size (any bigger and it isn't portable / smaller than 14" and it becomes less useful)
16:9 aspect ratio
max 1920x1080 resolution screen (full HD) (using high res on small screen makes nice view logic)
non-reflective screen surface

4GB DDR3 memory (more is wasteful for both energy and money)
sandy-bridge processor (made for portable pownage)
mSATA SSD (example: Intel 310) (laptop's shouldn't need much storage) (light,saves energy,speed)
Dual band WiFi

windows7 64bit (non-starter)
hackintosh compatible


Off course I do not want to force my opinion (goes fore the in between notes as well) just wondering how other people see the ideal laptop, these are times that everyone seems to have one.

PS: If someone knows where i can actually get one of these please do tell :pray:

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Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:37 am
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Post Re: The ideal laptop
i think longer battery life is always on everyone's agenda.

i do however think that a refurbished Macbook Pro is about the same as a brand new same spec plastic godzilla looking PC laptop, if not right around the same ball park. there's no way on earth i could afford a brand new MBP, but thanks to the refurbished market, i was able to land one. and it has all the bells and whistles you listed above, aside from the 12 Cell battery, which i think the MBP is around 8Cell. but with auto swichable graphic, it's able to get decent battery life. 5+ hours with regular use in OSX and 3 hours in Windows. and that's all with a mid level graphics card, which can run all your modern games at mid level setting. i really do think the MBPs are great notebooks. the build quality blows every other PC's out of the water. and the fact that you can run Windowns on it just makes it a perfect PC laptop for me.

oh, you can find a souped up MBP refurbished for $1400. and you don't even have to be forced into converting to OSX, thanks to Intel hardware, you can run WIndows on it all day long. i know i sound like a salesman. lol... but this really is by far the best laptop i've owned. and i've owned quite a few in the past. and i consider my MBP a windows laptop.

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Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:23 am
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Post Re: The ideal laptop
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Post Re: The ideal laptop
It's about dam time you came over. ;)

Usually the "ideal" laptop is the one you can't afford. You know, the one you have dreams about..like so:

http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-m18x/pd.aspx

But that's my 2 cents. I was considering an Apple myself. I just looked at them again on Sunday and almost pulled the trigger. Except...my gun was unloaded.

Nataku knows a thing or 3 about those Apples. I'm sure he'll chime in. or BAM. or.....

Oh and welcome to da 'Cabin. Good to see another old face.


Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:29 am
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Post Re: The ideal laptop
you should've pulled the trigger Steve :) it's calling out for you.

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Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:13 pm
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Post Re: The ideal laptop
You'd be hard pressed to find a non-reflective screen, otherwise you can find the rest but maybe not within $1400.

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Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:51 pm
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Post Re: The ideal laptop
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/s ... jEwNTY3ODE

take our pick, they're all very good choices. of course, the more money you have the better :)

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Post Re: The ideal laptop
mine was the Core i5 dual core with Nvidia 330M graphics 15" at $1200.

the things with these refurb MBPs, they usually appear and disappear real fast. IMO the Core i5 dual core with the Nvidia 330 is the best bang for the buck. however, they only currently have the 2.6ghz version, which sets you back at $1400. you might be able to find a 2.4ghz version (the one i have) if you keep your eye out.

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Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:17 pm
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Post Re: The ideal laptop
And I figured the price tag difference was because of brand name and design only :shock:
But I was glad to see M$ being challenged, they can always use that.

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Intel HD Graphics 30005 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M with automatic graphics switching

Impressive way to save battery to say the least

Goes up to 1440x900 with 15" and FullHD with the 17"

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HDMI output using a third-party Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter

To bad that adapters are needed, I really think laptop producers should put in HDMI's by default and offer adapters to switch lower but I guess thats marketing (never heard of Mini Displayports before).

One question, I have understood that it is difficult to swap memory and HDD's because of strange screws and nonexistent driver support for 3rd party brands. Is this false?

I'm not buying a new soon because I will start making a water-cooled case for real soon. The system itself is gonna wait since I might be busy and the bulldozer got delayed, plus waiting for November with a rig to disappear along with my Skyrim copy is would be painful. Gonna torture my HP a bit longer.

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Post Re: The ideal laptop
memory and HDD is very easy with the MBP. same as every other PC laptop. you unscrew some small screws and remove the cover and replace the memory. it's just with MBP you're removing 6 screws as oppose to what, 2? i just recently upgraded my own memory and HDD, and it was super easy. if you've upgraded laptop memory and HDD before, this will be the same level of technical difficulty. and i don't know what "strange screws" you're referring to. i never had a problem.

apple has included a driver CD for the windows enviroment. you basically install windows, pop in the CD, and install the drivers for all the built in peripherals. these drivers are what makes the multi-touch touch-pad work like it's suppose to. (ie. two finger scrolling, and multi-touch function), volume control key, playback control, brightness countrol etc.

any other hardware you install onto the laptop can use whatever manufacture official driver that come with it.

it's basically a PC laptop once you install Windows on it.

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