Buying a new laptop

My current laptop is an HP Pavilion and it's on it's last legs. I would like to get a new one but I really don't know what to get. I've been told by a local store that HP aren't very good anymore and that I should be looking at Asus. Many other friends have recommended getting a MacBook pro. I would appreciate any insight and recommendations I could be given on this website. I'm holding out for Black Friday deals, but I'd like to have some models in mind to see if I can find a deal.

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Beyond all that, what is the use of this laptop?
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Laptop not for gaming

I won't be using the laptop for gaming. It's for online and some light office work. An Asus X55L was recommended by a local electronic store, but at Staples they highly recommended I go with an Apple. I'm not sure how to decide between a MacBook Pro and an Air.

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Sorry but the X55L is a series

I might pan the i3 1TB HDD model but give a nod to the i5 with SSD model.
As to the Pro or Air the Air gets a nod for everyday greatness for non-gamers.

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Hard drive & Ram

Thank you I appreciate your help. Which size of hard drive do you think is a good size? And how much Ram would you recommend?

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Can't tell.

The smallest HDD or SSD I would buy today is 240GB. Given how a 240GB SSD is about 80 bucks I can't see getting less.
As to RAM, my work machines have 16GB, a nice for every is 8GB.

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MacBook Retina or Non Retina

I forgot to ask if getting a Retina display is worth the extra money. Unfortunately the Air doesn't have the retina display.

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Personal choice.

Look at both, decide if it's for you.

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