Right, my MacBook Pro I intended to take to University is... dying. The DVD drive is now finally completely dead but has been dying for months now, the screen gains a new dead pixel every week, my screen is (literally) held on by black tape, I struggle to get WIFI signal next to a router, some of the keys on the keyboard require a pretty hard pressing (but not slamming) to get working, games I used to be able to play that aren't actually hi-spec (like TF2!) no longer run without stuttering, the battery doesn't survive more than two or three minutes without being plugged in and the speakers have an almost constant hum to them when turned on.
I went to the apple repair fellow and since I was out of warranty (I bought a refurbished macbook so it was a rather short warranty) and the quote he gave me was £1,100 to fix everything (as he said, more or less, he would need to replace the MacBook). I just felt like
. I would not suggest anyone ever buys a refurbished MacBook from apple - at least without an extended warranty. I don't know if their brand new stuff is more reliable, but that's an unknown factor.
Anyway, since the repairs would be £1,100 anyway I decided I might as well buy a new "15 laptop (or Desktop) for University and not buy an apple in order to break the spirit of Steve Jobs (although I will always love your iPhone
). I've been looking at quite a few rather expensive laptop ACER Ethos 5943G, ASUS G53Jw and the MSI GX660 but then I noticed this sexy little MEDION for only £999 (Yes, a comparative bargain
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-740QM processor
Memory size: 6 GB
Hard disk capacity: 640 GB
Resolution: 1920x1080 pixels
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX460M DirectX® 11 graphics with 1536 MB GDDR5 memory and HDMI interface
Now, my question to the lovely users of TSR:
A) Are there any better, in terms of performance, Laptops at the same price range with the same 15"~ screen size with a maximum price of £1,100?
B) How is the Medion Company? I've looked around their reviews and they're generally positive in regards to customer feedback, build quality etc. but some anecdotes would be welcome.
C) Should I just get a Desktop PC? I have been looking at for a similar price range and increased performance in a Desktop Build: http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...er/Capture.jpg
But the lack of portability would seem to be an issue, while I don't really expect to bring a laptop into lectures I can see other situations, such as in the Library or at a Mate's place, where a portable computer would be of value. Bringing the computer from Home to University (and vice versa) would also seem to be an issue.