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Macbook Air challengers 2015

Since the current Macbook & Macbook air are looking decidedly naff when it comes to screen res + those huge bezels, I present you a new challenger:



The Dell XPS13 with 3200x1800 screen, in a case the size of an 11" laptop. This seriously rocks! Still 1.2 Kg but comes with your choice of Broadwell processors (i3 to i7) and either Windows 8.1 or Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and 4 to 8 gigs of RAM. And plenty of ports, unlike something that got announced a month ago. I usually don't endorse Dell but this one looks much much better than usual.

I haven't seen anything else like it... Especially screenwise. We can use this thread to add whatever the competition comes up with...
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Re: Macbook Air challengers 2015

As well as XPS13, you might look at Asus UX305 or UX303LA and the Lenovo X250
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Re: Macbook Air challengers 2015

Will it run OSX?
This is a Hackintosh thread right?
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Re: Macbook Air challengers 2015

Resolution at or below 1080p not accepted, of course. And I prefer the 11" formfactor...
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Re: Macbook Air challengers 2015

The weak point of Macs is the sound. The in-built speakers are not impressive. My old Toshiba was wolrd better ten years ago. Why?
For anything else, I sold my soul to Apple, sorry.
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The weak point of Macs is the sound. The in-built speakers are not impressive. My old Toshiba was wolrd better ten years ago. Why?
For anything else, I sold my soul to Apple, sorry.
No inbuilt speakers are impressive, or even remotely good, and that goes for all laptops or desktops.
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No inbuilt speakers are impressive, or even remotely good, and that goes for all laptops or desktops.
i guess it is relative. i was impressed by the speakers in the cheapo c710 chromebook. was enough to blast sound across the room to watch a film (video went via HDMI).
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Re: Macbook Air challengers 2015

I prefer 12" to 11" form factor, but agree that 11 is preferable to the 13.

However, for any screen <13", I would prefer 1080p resolution to the pixel doubled 1600x900 resolution which has poor screen real estate in doubled mode and is too small in native mode as well as being much more battery hungry.

Also would only go for non-touch matte screens. glossy screens == useless/yuck.
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Re: Macbook Air challengers 2015

I've had my XPS 13 for about two months now and it's hands down the best ultrabook I've ever had the pleasure to use. I'm a Mac enthusiast, but this thing stomps my 13" rMBP into the ground and the MBA is a dinosaur compared to it. I basically had to buy it because we exclusively use Windows at work and our IT has been doing everything to keep Macs out - but I couldn't be happier with it and can wholeheartedly recommend it. Up to the XPS 13, I hated every single Windows Laptop I had ever used.
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I've had my XPS 13 for about two months now and it's hands down the best ultrabook I've ever had the pleasure to use. I'm a Mac enthusiast, but this thing stomps my 13" rMBP into the ground and the MBA is a dinosaur compared to it. I basically had to buy it because we exclusively use Windows at work and our IT has been doing everything to keep Macs out - but I couldn't be happier with it and can wholeheartedly recommend it. Up to the XPS 13, I hated every single Windows Laptop I had ever used.
I agree that the new XPS13 looks good.
Though, I'd need to get the Developer-edition.

According to this: http://www.heise.de/open/artikel/Del...t-1823594.html
it then has a battery-life of about half of what a rMPB could achieve - and you can't swap batteries...
Maybe things have improved since then (a month ago).
(Edit: argh, that's the previous edition - must look for a review of the current edition)

The thing about Macs is that you can have a nice OS with an integrated Unix shell but without all the hassles of using Windows - and great battery-life with all the features working as advertised by the vendor.

I haven't used anything beyond Windows 7 (and that only in an atrociously slow VDI) , but given I don't need or want to run any Windows-apps, I doubt I'm really missing something.

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I agree that the new XPS13 looks good.
Though, I'd need to get the Developer-edition.

According to this: http://www.heise.de/open/artikel/Del...t-1823594.html
it then has a battery-life of about half of what a rMPB could achieve - and you can't swap batteries...
Maybe things have improved since then (a month ago).
(Edit: argh, that's the previous edition - must look for a review of the current edition)

The thing about Macs is that you can have a nice OS with an integrated Unix shell but without all the hassles of using Windows - and great battery-life with all the features working as advertised by the vendor.

I haven't used anything beyond Windows 7 (and that only in an atrociously slow VDI) , but given I don't need or want to run any Windows-apps, I doubt I'm really missing something.
I definitely prefer Mac OS, but Windows 8 on a touch-screen laptop has its benefits. As far as battery life goes: the 13" rMBP typically lasts me about 9 hours, so does the XPS13. The Macbook Air would probably last longer, but my workday doesn't require that.
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I definitely prefer Mac OS, but Windows 8 on a touch-screen laptop has its benefits. As far as battery life goes: the 13" rMBP typically lasts me about 9 hours, so does the XPS13. The Macbook Air would probably last longer, but my workday doesn't require that.
My work is unix system administration. Windows hasn't been my "main" OS at work for well over a decade.
I don't use Windows or own a Windows computer at home.
So, I have no place for it ;-)

It would be OK if all my work consisted of was using Outlook, though.

Using OS X is very nice and pleasant (provided you have a Magic Trackpad or a Notebook-Trackpad) - but for my line of work, Linux seems to be bit better suited.
Mainly, due to the way it deals with multiple "desktops". How Windows 10 performs in that area remains to be seen.

People complain about the screens of Apple's MBAs - but if you look around, most other laptops have much worse screens (1366x768 on a 13" is nothing unusual).
The XPS is probably what a lot of people would have wanted the 2015 MBA to be.
Apple will probably lose a few sales over the XPS - but of all the people who bought the MBA, most almost certainly bought it for the battery life (and the weight).

Once it's actually available in the stores, I will have to take a look at the MacBook.
That thing looks interesting - if only by virtue of not having a lot of stuff we previously thought we need ;-)
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My work is unix system administration. Windows hasn't been my "main" OS at work for well over a decade.

I don't use Windows or own a Windows computer at home.

So, I have no place for it ;-)



It would be OK if all my work consisted of was using Outlook, though.



Using OS X is very nice and pleasant (provided you have a Magic Trackpad or a Notebook-Trackpad) - but for my line of work, Linux seems to be bit better suited.

Mainly, due to the way it deals with multiple "desktops". How Windows 10 performs in that area remains to be seen.



People complain about the screens of Apple's MBAs - but if you look around, most other laptops have much worse screens (1366x768 on a 13" is nothing unusual).

The XPS is probably what a lot of people would have wanted the 2015 MBA to be.

Apple will probably lose a few sales over the XPS - but of all the people who bought the MBA, most almost certainly bought it for the battery life (and the weight).



Once it's actually available in the stores, I will have to take a look at the MacBook.

That thing looks interesting - if only by virtue of not having a lot of stuff we previously thought we need ;-)

I only use my laptop for office productivity and image editing. The MBA's screen is absolutely lousy. It's not just the resolution - the panel is cheap, viewing angles are bad and so is color accuracy.

I had hopes for the new MacBook but I won't go back to a 12" screen - and it's not powerful enough to run Lightroom or Photoshop.
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