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    Just the other day my Sony Vaio Vn (something) lol broke, its charger bit was falling off and it finally stopped chargin, it was a Windows Vista version with full HD 1080P and everything, yet everytime i for example played HD files it seemed as if it couldn't cope, after six months it became really slow. So therefore im now looking to get a new laptop as im also going university next year. It was a 16.4" screen. Im thinking of switching to the aforementioned Mac but need to make a definitive decision, as i need something reliable and portable, whilst also good for playing HD anime lol, and watching videos for a student basically. If you need anymore information quote me of course and i can tell you. I really need to urgently get a new laptop, the price is in my range (maximum) £999, just kind of unsure really with the screen size and the exponential increase on price of the 15" is i find quite ridiculous.

    EDIT: Please i implore you not to turn this into a trivial PC Vs Mac users argument, please provide constructive advice, im thinking of purchasing another Vaio so if you can convince me on that over a Mac then i'd be happy. Thank you very much guys.
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    Erm I'm sure there will be a update to the macbook pro line up sometime in the near future(probably in 2011, if not in the first half)

    I only say this because I bought a macbook a couple of years ago and a month later, the new model came out which was better looking, cheaper and faster. so just be aware of updates.

    I'd advise you to carry on using yours til the summer, take to a local shop to get it fixed or it should still be under warrantee.
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    if you do decide to buy a mac make sure you wait till your a student so you can take advantage of the discount they offer
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    Keep buying overpriced crap, OP.

    Sony is overpriced.
    Apple is overpriced.

    By an actual PC (ie. Asus) that won't break and die on you. It will be half the price too, but I guess money isn't a concern for you.
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    Get it! I recently got one after having good pc's and laptops all my life, but none of them compare. It is so quick and efficient! On my old laptop having a few different windows open at once would be untidy, and start to slow it down. On this however, I often have Word and excel open and on
    top of that about 7 different pdf files and power point presentations and my browser and it doesn't slow down one bit, in fact sometimes I forget how much I have open!
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    The Dell XPS / Alienware ranges may be worth considering.

    The Alienware m11x would be within your price range depending on any optional upgrades. However, the screen is only 11" so despite being a good choice for something mobile it may not be large enough if you like watching anime on it.

    You could also have a laptop custom built for you where you choose the specifications you require. Pcspecialist are one such company that offer this service but there may be others I am unaware of. I have used pcspecialist myself for a desktop and have had no problems.

    However I would be tempted to pay a little more if it meant I bought it from a shop like pcworld as it would likely be easier to get support with few delivery costs if there were any problems.

    With regards to computers starting to run slower over time or performing poor generally I believe this could be more a symptom of the system running inefficiently and/or ill maintained rather than a problem with the computer itself.

    Someone has mentioned good multitasking functionality when using Mac computers. This is more likely to be down to newer processors with multiple cores and with the ablility to process multiple threads simultaneously rather than being a Mac specific benefit.

    I think it would be good for you to consider very specifically what your requirements are and what technical specification a computer would require to meet them. This may involve research into current technology, reviews of products etc...
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    Thanks for the advice guys I decided to purchase the aforementioned product and got a student discount as well, bought it from Apple now just waiting on it's delivery. I would like to additionally thank all of you who were sensible with this I really appreciate it.
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    (Original post by SamiFFXIII)
    Thanks for the advice guys I decided to purchase the aforementioned product and got a student discount as well, bought it from Apple now just waiting on it's delivery. I would like to additionally thank all of you who were sensible with this I really appreciate it.
    How did you manage to get a student discount if you haven't started university yet?
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    You can use the discount if your in college/sixth form also
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    Ouch. Just checked and there seems to be rumours which look to be true-ish that apple are bringing out new macbook pro line up in a couple of months.
    shame you couldn't wait
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    the MacBook and the MacBook Pro will update soon, so dont buy yet.
    source: http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/
    Look at where it says MacBook Pro - Dont buy, updates soon.
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    I hope they put SSDs in the new MacBook Pros. That would make buying one awfully tempting.
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    (Original post by Earl Nuce)
    I hope they put SSDs in the new MacBook Pros. That would make buying one awfully tempting.
    Why don't you just buy on yourself and put it in? Would probably work out cheaper too.
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    (Original post by WelshBluebird)
    Why don't you just buy on yourself and put it in? Would probably work out cheaper too.
    Then I would be left with a hard drive I'd have to sell on. For me, it's not worth the hassle.
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    (Original post by Earl Nuce)
    Then I would be left with a hard drive I'd have to sell on. For me, it's not worth the hassle.
    You can stick the hard drive in an enclosure (about £15) and then use it as an external drive, thus giving you extra storage. I'm doing that with my MBP, as the original internal drive has run out of space (upgrading for a larger internal rather than SSD)
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    (Original post by thomasp)
    You can stick the hard drive in an enclosure (about £15) and then use it as an external drive, thus giving you extra storage. I'm doing that with my MBP, as the original internal drive has run out of space (upgrading for a larger internal rather than SSD)
    Didn't think of that. Would be nice one day to have all my storage on SSD though. Less noise and space.
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    Alienware is overpriced.
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    If you need a 13" macbook pro buy one now, if you can hold on for a few months there should be a hardware refresh making them more powerful.

    edit: just realised you have already bought it!
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    (Original post by Krov)
    Keep buying overpriced crap, OP.

    Sony is overpriced.
    Apple is overpriced.

    By an actual PC (ie. Asus) that won't break and die on you. It will be half the price too, but I guess money isn't a concern for you.
    Unjustly neg repped. Very good advice here tbh!
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    (Original post by im_ant)
    How did you manage to get a student discount if you haven't started university yet?
    NUS card my good sir
 
 
 
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