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Topic # 205513 16-Nov-2016 13:25
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Hi guys,


I am looking for a mid-high end laptop for my partner. She doesn't do anything intensive- some art (wacom), some light gaming (minecraft etc), but mainly wants a crystal clear display & quick machine that starts up immediately when she opens the lid.




It seems the major players are Apple (Macbook Pro) and Microsoft (Surface Book)






I personally like the surface book but it seems for that price point the hardware is lacking vs the macbook.




Any suggestions for buying a laptop of this quality? Are there better brands or models?







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  Reply # 1672026 16-Nov-2016 13:40
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I would encourage having a look at the HP Spectre premium laptops.  We've sold a few of the X360 models and these have been well received by their users.

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  Reply # 1679463 29-Nov-2016 14:01
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actually, in your comparison, its the Mac that is lacking in the hardware department




It has no


detachable 2n1 screen


touch screen input




3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense Display




also checkout the USB b ports and SD card slot :)




Surface Book is the most beautiful laptop I ever owned.


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  Reply # 1679464 29-Nov-2016 14:04
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You may want to look at some video reviews on youtube. There are probably some comparing the two.

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  Reply # 1679475 29-Nov-2016 14:26
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I've had both (granted the MBP was 2013 gen).  


I went through 3 Surface Books, all with different defects.  Ended up ditching it and getting an iPad Pro which hasn't faulted once.


MBP is my daily work machine at my desk.  iPad is the mobile device.  Surface Book was the mobile device for a while, but it was just so unreliable.  Every time a new driver package or software update came out it fixed one thing but broke something else.  MS just can't get their shit together in that regard.  So my advice is steer clear of Surface Book.  But YMMV and I will say when it worked properly it was utterly fantastic.  

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