New Laptop Advice -and- MacBook Polemic Watch

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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 :colonhash:. 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 :holmes:):

http://www.medion.com/gb/electronics...ew=accessories

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.
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What the hell has happened to that macbook pro?! I've never seen one with so many problems..

I switched from a medion to a macbook pro but I would highly recommend medion. I bought mine in October 2005 (£900) and ran it every single day all the way up to August 2010 after which point I bought my mac. I still have that medion lying around at home and besides an almost dead battery, everything still works.

We've had 2 medion desktops as well:
1) 2005-2009. No problems whatsoever.
2) 2009-Current. Currently no problems.

Some people will tell you medion are great, others will tell you to stay away. In my personal experience, I have nothing but praise for medion and would highly recommend them. As for the laptop in question, that looks like a brilliant deal for the price. I'd definitely go for it...

... Unless of course you don't NEED a laptop. Personally, I couldn't live without my laptop at University. I take it with me almost everyday for use on campus/in the library. I also go home every 2-3 weeks and having a laptop that takes 10 seconds to pack up is really convenient.

Think carefully. If you don't see yourself moving your computer away from your desk for large periods of time then I'd go for the desktop. Better price/performance ratio, can get a large screen and enjoy massive screen real estate, generally more reliable and desktops tend to have better heat management.
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definitely go for one with a sandy bridge processor, you can recognize them by having a name with 4 digits rather than 3 e.g. XXXXQM rather than XXXQM
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definitely go for one with a sandy bridge processor, you can recognize them by having a name with 4 digits rather than 3 e.g. XXXXQM rather than XXXQM
Laptop wise aren't sandybridge delayed right now?
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Laptop wise aren't sandybridge delayed right now?
They started being released late last month, there's not too many yet but they are out there if you shop around.
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Yea, so far the only laptop ones i've noticed are from Dell, Apple and PCspecialist
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Yea, so far the only laptop ones i've noticed are from Dell, Apple and PCspecialist
Think I'm going to wait a bit then
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Think I'm going to wait a bit then
PCspecialist can get people such amazing machines for prices you may not find anywhere else, certainly specs you won't find in many other places.. so if you haven't.. looking at them would be a good idea :rolleyes:
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definitely go for one with a sandy bridge processor, you can recognize them by having a name with 4 digits rather than 3 e.g. XXXXQM rather than XXXQM
Intel have done a HUGE recall on them as they develop a fault.
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Intel have done a HUGE recall on them as they develop a fault.
That's been resolved and have once again begun distributing [=
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That's been resolved and have once again begun distributing [=
Oops 'my bad! I haven't looked at PC Pro for a few weeks so I wasn't aware they'd redistributed them again!

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