A Guide to Buying a Laptop: Finding the Best Notebook Computers For You

A Guide to Buying a Laptop: Finding the Best Notebook Computers For You

Posted 07.13.2012 in Articles by Neil-Denny

Given the slinky attire that laptops tend to sport nowadays, it's difficult not to turn your head towards the more sleek and fashionable models. But like Mom always said, “It's what's on the inside that counts.” Before you fall head-over-heels in love with the latest bombshell of a laptop, it's always smart to make a list of your must-haves before diving into a committed relationship for the next few years. Your list of non-negotiables might include good memory, sufficient output, and standard dimensions in weight, width and length. It's all too easy to get seduced by a polished appearance, only to be left disappointed and unsatisfied when it comes time to get things done. Here we've lined up a few of the available candidates, which all in their own ways have the potential to be “The One.”

It’s easy to see why the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display would be the Apple of your eye. Its got a pretty face (2800 by 1800 resolution, 3 million more pixels than an HDTV), a petite frame (.71 inches thin and just under 4.5 pounds), and is a solid performer (quad-core Intel Core i7 processors configurable to up to 2.7 GHz and 8GB of onboard memory at 1600 MHz). Who wouldn’t want to take this beauty home to meet Mama? With next generation Kepler NVIDIA graphics, 2 Thunderbolt ports, 2 USB ports, and an HDMI port, the MacBook with Retina Display is great to have around the office, and the unique thermal design ensures it’ll keep quiet while you work. Features like iMovie, iPhoto, Garage Band, and FaceTime with 720p HD Camera show this classy computer’s got a fun side.

Let’s face it. The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is sexy, in every way. But all that sexy doesn’t come cheap ($2199-$2799). With plenty of fish in the sea, you are sure to find one that is equally adorable and may even give you more bang for that buck. 

Meet the Dell XPS 15z. A quick glance may have you doing a double take, as Dell’s ultra thin notebook has shades of the MacBook Pro’s fashion sense. Although not as slim as the Mac with Retina, at about 5.5 pounds and just under an inch thin the XPS 15z is still super easy to store and just as easy on the eyes. Its got an available 1080p display; 8X Slot Load CD/DVD burner; 1GB NVIDIA GeForce graphics with Optimus (available with 2GB); a whole lotta slots including Ethernet, HDMI, 9-in-1 media card Reader, and 3 USB ports; 2nd Gen Intel Core processor; and a crisp HD Waves MaxxAudio 3 system that will blow you away. On top of all that, Dell claims its battery can last an hour longer than the Apple MacBook. 

Considering this baby’s significantly cheaper, with an entry-level price of $899 (and a Market Value of only $1438 with all the bells and whistles), the Dell XPS 15z is sure to leave you satisfied.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the Dell XPS 15z are not only great eye candy, but are also solid performers. But if you want a machine with a mean attitude, one that can work hard and play harder, you might want to get acquainted with the ASUS G75VW. This laptop was born and bred for gaming, featuring a bold design inspired by military stealth fighters, a 17.3” 1080p display with anti-glare, and an NDVIDIA GeForce GTX with 2GB/3GB GDDR5 VRAM. The G75VW has support for NVIDIA 3D LightBoost technology, giving it the potential to be the ultimate entertainment system. And with the Ivy Badge Intel Core i7 Processor, and up to 16GB of memory, you can rest assured this baby puts out. Not bad for a heavy-duty laptop priced at under $1800.

What we have here are three candidates, all beautiful in their own way. The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is without a doubt a sight for sore eyes, and has the brains to match the bod. The Dell XPS 15z isn’t quite as pretty, but it can keep you just as satisfied for a smaller fee. The ASUS G75VW isn’t as sleek and slender, but it’s built to keep you thoroughly entertained. Whether you simply can’t resist the temptation of an Apple, or want to know what else is out there, it’s always a good idea to play the dating game before taking the plunge and committing to a laptop that’ll treat you right.



Image (CC) Yutaka Tsutano


Login or create an account to post a comment
Posts: 1
MacBooks are SEXY
Reply #1 on : Mon October 15, 2012, 10:16:40
Love it. Apples have hands down the sexiest products across the board... laptops, tablets, phones. I didn't want to be one to jump on the bandwagon but it's the truth they're just better overall in every way. They look better aesthetically and have a better UI. Don't have the retina display yet... 15" MacBook Pro is still doing just fine for me but that laptop looks sweet.

Related Articles

Articles Categories