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Posted 30 July 2014 - 03:10 AM

My five year old Dell laptop that weighed as much as a brick basically died the other day. Turns on and runs for about five minutes before it abruptly decides to shut off. Been looking around quite a bit to see what options exist and am looking for some help. Most of what I use my laptop for would be school related stuff - so web-browsing, word processing some multimedia stuff, and general usage. Aside from Minecraft, I wouldn't be gaming on it. This year will be my last year of university so in addition to being used for school I'm also looking for something that will serve me well for three or four years after I finish school.

 

Spec wise I'm looking for an i5, 8GB of RAM, and a screen resolution of at least 1920x1080 (IPS panel is a plus), all in a slim 13 or 14 inch form factor. I've done lots of looking and have found very few options that include everything I'm looking for - and most are ridiculously overpriced. Oddly enough, the 1920x1080 screen resolution has been the hardest to find as most screen resolutions I've seen are still 1366x768 for whatever reason. I'm not looking to spend any more than $1000-$1200 CAD. 

 

About the only ones that I've found so far are the Lenovo Yoga 2 for $950 and the Yoga 2 Pro for $1200. Both are 13 inch form factors witg an i5 with 8GB of RAM, though for the extra $250 the Yoga 2 Pro upgrades the Yoga 2 from a 500GB+16GB SSD to a 128GB SSD, wireless B/G/N to included wireless AC, a non backlit keyboard to a backlit keyboard and the 1920x1080 IPS display to a 3200x1800 IPS display. Right now the Yoga 2 Pro is the front runner on my list as it seems like an incredible value for what you get though I'm a little unsure of Lenovo as I don't know anyone with a Lenovo product and what their experience has been like. If anyone has any other suggestions for what I'm looking for it'd be appreciated. 


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:57 AM

Lenovo bought the old ThinkPad line off of IBM when they sold all their consumer wares. They're, in my view, probably the best OEM laptop producer in the world. I've got no experience with the Yoga series but I've used the current ThinkPad series and own an older i5 X201 with Crucial SSD to run Kali and other bits on.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:00 PM

i use a lenovo laptop. it's really good. especially the fan stuff. super silent super cool.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:51 AM

Thanks for the input guys. Ended up picking up a Dell XPS 13 with an i7 4510U, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and 1920x1080 IPS display. Was open box so I ended up scoring a sweet deal on it.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:16 AM

My old desktop died on me yesterday as well. Luckily my new MacBook Pro arrived today, but I'm still worried about the data stored on my desktop.





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