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What is the best alternative to a mac?

by lizard2010 / February 22, 2010 2:42 AM PST

I'm going to college in the fall and I'm looking for a laptop. I love the style and idea of a mac but I've been a pc user my whole life and I have a Zune (which I'm not willing to give up for an ipod). A mac is also out of my price range. So, with the following specifications in mind, would you be able to reccommend a laptop that is equals the mac in terms of style (and give a brief explaination)? Thanks!

-Long battery life-at least 7 hours
-Reliability-No bugs, no manufacturing issues, a solid build, and it has to last four years (at least)
-Windows 7
-Sleek, stylish appearance
-Fast even when multitasking
-Under $1000

Thanks again!

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No bugs, no manufacturing issue
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2010 3:07 AM PST

I have yet to find such a machine. If there was there would be no need for a warranty or they would give you a 5 year warranty.

However some schools have a plan. A FOUR YEAR LAPTOP PLAN where you get a laptop that will have a FOUR YEAR WARRANTY plus a loaner program. The problem is that these run about 1,500.

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That's true
by lizard2010 / February 22, 2010 3:10 AM PST

So lack of bugs and manufacturing issues aside, what would you reccomend?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2010 3:15 AM PST
In reply to: That's true

Try and head to the laptops. Put in your price and see what i7 laptops you can get for that money. To open up more, try the i5 for the CPU. I would not get less than any i5 laptop.

The battery time could be extended but let's do a little test here.

-> Since your average battery has a 300 cycle spec, why would anyone run on battery when there is AC near by?

Think about it. Batteries are not cheap so save the cycles for when you can't get AC.

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Are some brands better than others?
by lizard2010 / February 22, 2010 3:23 AM PST
In reply to: Try

I've read poor things about hp and dell and they both performed poorly on SquareTrade's reliability test but they are still pretty successful companies. Are there some laptop brands that I should try to avoid?

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No names.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2010 4:29 AM PST

The no names are what I avoid. Hpyeview or names you never heard of may be fine if you want to take a chance but why would I not use my HP dv6-1361sb daily? Yes you can read but it has some much for the bucks and it sits on a desk. Why would I pay more for things I don't need such as less this or that and more portability but less get up and go.

You have to weigh it out and find your models that fit you.

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