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Old 03-28-2012, 03:44 PM
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My old desktop rig is about to kick the bucket. Coupled with the fact that I've got some extra cash to spare I was wondering which laptop would be good for:

- recording drums
- running metronome software
- playing music for me to drum along to

Note that right now I'd mainly use it for practice not for recording gigs, though having the option to run fancy software later on would be great. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:00 PM
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:36 PM
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Mac Book Pro.
Good idea, though it would be a bit of a budget stretch.
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Good idea, though it would be a bit of a budget stretch.
Are there any cheaper alternatives?
A second hand MacBook Pro !?
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:17 PM
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Good idea, though it would be a bit of a budget stretch.
Are there any cheaper alternatives?
I wouldn't buy anything computer used. If you're interested in status and can/are willing to pay for it at the home practice recording level, then go Apple. Although I wouldn't.

If you want something that just works well for home recording, I'd look for any HP or Sony laptop on sale. Even an off brand like Acer or Averatec would work well enough. I am using an HP Pavilion laptop for some recording and basic editing and it works well.
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THIS one is a beast at that price. Can probably even run the latest games quite smoothly, and the quad-core processor will greatly help with multi-track recording through an interface.


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Old 03-29-2012, 02:00 AM
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look at the apple refurb store... if you can find a decent one grab it. if you don't know what decent means, you're best off buying a brand new pc.

if you're doing a lot of recording you'll want a lot of ram - at least 4gb, but if you run lots of inserts you may want 8gb. if you've used a windows in the past you could get any windows laptop, just make sure it has at least 4gb of ram, a 7200rpm hard drive (i've got a laptop that has a slower spinning hard drive, and sometimes when i run a lot of inserts it just stops the track, because the hard drive can't read as fast as the computer can run!), an i7 would be nice, but if you have to settle for an i5 that should be fine as well... obviously the higher that the cpu is clocked the faster the computer will run, and graphics card doesn't really matter.
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look at the apple refurb store...
Yeah, he should totally get a Mac because they are more expensive, and uh....

The computer I posted has a great processor, 4GB's of RAM, unbeatable price point. The GPU is just a bonus.


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Old 03-30-2012, 09:27 AM
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he should get a mac because.. uh... they are the industry standard when it comes to anything music, video, and graphic? + the trackpad is unbeatable. i know you can just hackintosh any old laptop with an intel cpu but then you have to feel dirty by puting mac on a windows, when there's no shame putting windows on a mac....
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MacBook Pro is the only way to go.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:55 PM
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If you're going to be on the web, get a MAC.

I gave up on PC's having lost one to a BSOD.

This one pretty much sums it up for me.
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Nice replies so far guys. Thanks so much!

I'm still a bit confused about one thing though. Macbook hardrives are 5400 rpm whilst I've read several websites where people suggest using a 7200 rpm drive. Also when I look at windows based machines I see that with the same or better stats they cost 30% euros less than their Macbook counterparts. So what am I buying for that extra 30%?

(Crosses fingers and hopes this doesn't turn into a huge Mac Vs Windows debate)

Edit: Just to clarify. This won't be just a Drum/Music recording and practice machine. It should be able to run a game or two. Also when I say recording I just mean basic recording I'm not planning to make any CD's any time soon.

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Yeah, he should totally get a Mac because they are more expensive, and uh....

The computer I posted has a great processor, 4GB's of RAM, unbeatable price point. The GPU is just a bonus.


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Word. People like status and shiny things and Apple stuff is shiny and statusy. But a computer is just a wrapper, used to deliver the goods inside.

For what the OP needs a PC will do just fine. If and when he moves up in the world and needs to impress people with his choice of computer hardware, then a Mac may be necessary.
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Another one for MacBook Pro. I've been using a Mac since 2006 and they've never let me down.

As for 'any old laptop will do' - yes, well that's technically true but a lot of laptops, particularly cheaper laptops have specific issues with audio recording.

Although this article is significantly out of date (July 2006) and therefore the specifications and models recommended are deeply obsolete, there is still a lot of relevant information here. Particularly regarding ground loops and issues with many PC laptops being badly or incorrectly grounded. This can be a particular problem with external audio devices and quite often a laptop that looks like it will work just fine on the spec sheet will not work well for recording audio.

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One final factor can prove very frustrating for musicians when choosing a laptop: ground loops. Many manufacturers use three-wire earthed power supplies for their laptops, particularly if they feature metal cases, and this extra earth connection is notorious for causing ground-loop problems such as background buzzes, whistles and other noises in your audio, which change during hard drive activity, when you move your mouse, and during graphic redraws.
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For this reason, I generally recommend one of two approaches when choosing a PC laptop for music. The safest is to contact a specialist music retailer (many of whom advertise in the pages of SOS) and discuss your requirements with them, as they not only choose their laptop components carefully for maximum compatibility and minimum likelihood of ground-loop problems, but can also advise on the most suitable audio interface to go with the laptop, depending on what tasks you want to perform.
This advice is still sadly deeply relevant. I see many musicians buying laptops that cannot record audio unless the device is unplugged. I have to say that in the two years I've owned a MacBook Pro this has never been an issue and I run a USB audio interface daily for all of my sound needs. The only issues I've ever encountered with audio from my MacBook Pro were as a result of a poorly grounded amplifier.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:31 PM
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I'll chime in although it looks like this thread is becoming a "Mac vs PC" thing. I don't begrudge my friends who've decided to stick with their Windows machines but for me it ultimately comes down to how much of an IT guy I want to become. I have things to get done with all the recording I do and contacts I want to maintain and as a Mac guy since 1986, I can tell you the machine just stays out of my way and allows me to get my work done as quickly as possible. My Windows friends always seem to be tweaking stuff to get it to work just right and to me I don't have that kind of time to be improving the tool. It's hard enough for me to maintain what I actually get paid for. I don't want to compound my work load by having to really maintain a Windows machine. So if you complain about spending the extra on a Mac then don't. You'll pay for it in the time you spend learning how to maintain your Windows machine.

I'd rather pay now, instead of later. Good luck with your choice!
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Just my added change. For what it sounds like you'll be doing, a Windows rig will probably work fine. What Conga mentioned below about if you want to do more, a Mac would be a better way to go, and the refurb section would be the place to start.

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So what am I buying for that extra 30%?

What it boils down to is you'll probably going to want a MAC someday... though you might need a PC to convince yourself first.
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So what am I buying for that extra 30%?

What it boils down to is you'll probably going to want a MAC someday... though you might need a PC to convince yourself first.
Kinda' like all those people who eventually get an iPhone after years of saying their "insert fav brand here" is 'good enough'.
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Modern Laptop:
Multiple core processor, at least 2GHz per core (Intel i3, i5, i7; AMD Phenom)
4-8GB RAM
200+ GB Hard Drive (eSATA)
BluRay / DVD-R/RW drive (with lightscribe is pretty standard these days as well)

You can buy one that says Apple, HP, Dell, Acer, Sony, and a few other brands. You'll pay more for the Apple, but some people like to pay more and like Apple's Operating System.

I prefer Windows 7, but that's me. I cannot seem to get used to Apple's OS. I think it's clunky and incredibly unfriendly. Of course, I never took the time to learn it. I had a Mac, but got rid of it after a week. I couldn't do 90% of what I normally do on a Windows based computer.

Thing I remind people is Apple is incredible proprietary. Generally the only software that can go on a Mac is something pre-approved by Apple. With Windows, I can install whatever I want and a lot of what I use is freeware. Even software that is compatible with each OS, the Mac OS version is generally more expensive than the Windows version. Apple products will always have you spending more money.

Of course, all of that is what people tend to hate about Windows...it's too open for the user to make changes that cause it to crash (because people go to the wrong web sites that install crap on your computer - be aware, they're targeting Macs now due to the increase in Apple's market share).

If you want the best of both worlds, buy a 17" MacBook, buy Parallels, buy Windows 7 and run a dual boot laptop. You're going to spend $3000 to do it, but you're guaranteed to run anything you want.
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I'll chime in although it looks like this thread is becoming a "Mac vs PC" thing. I don't begrudge my friends who've decided to stick with their Windows machines but for me it ultimately comes down to how much of an IT guy I want to become. I have things to get done with all the recording I do and contacts I want to maintain and as a Mac guy since 1986, I can tell you the machine just stays out of my way and allows me to get my work done as quickly as possible. My Windows friends always seem to be tweaking stuff to get it to work just right and to me I don't have that kind of time to be improving the tool. It's hard enough for me to maintain what I actually get paid for. I don't want to compound my work load by having to really maintain a Windows machine. So if you complain about spending the extra on a Mac then don't. You'll pay for it in the time you spend learning how to maintain your Windows machine.

I'd rather pay now, instead of later. Good luck with your choice!
LOL, nice way of making yourself feel good about spending cash you didn't need to spend.

Not really sure what you need to tweak on Windows...I've always used Windows and standard PC's. I actually work in IT, and what do you think servers that are up without even a reboot for as much as years run?

Kinda sends your argument crashing down. And what other argument has been presented in paying that extra cash? That it's "the industry standard"? What kind of ignorant comment is that?


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LOL, nice way of making yourself feel good about spending cash you didn't need to spend.

Not really sure what you need to tweak on Windows...I've always used Windows and standard PC's. I actually work in IT, and what do you think servers that are up without even a reboot for as much as years run?

Kinda sends your argument crashing down. And what other argument has been presented in paying that extra cash? That it's "the industry standard"? What kind of ignorant comment is that?


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Gee Fox, sorry to tweak your nose about it. I wasn't making an argument as much as a statement as to what works for me. If it doesn't work for anybody else, including you, that's fine. I do what I do and nobody cares how I get it done, I just do. I musta struck a nerve, eh? You can call me ignorant, that's ok. At this point, the people I work with are into results, and using a mac is what keeps me working with those people. If I could do it on a Windows machine, they wouldn't care about that either, but this is how I do it. You can do it your way, I didn't say you couldn't. Chill out, man ;)
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If and when he moves up in the world and needs to impress people with his choice of computer hardware, then a Mac may be necessary.
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When it comes to computers DMC, why must you always be so hateful. He asked what would work, not what you hated. Get over it, PLEASE.

If I buy a Gateway, and I had one, or if I buy a Dell and I had one, and WHEN I had a problem I had to spend hours on the phone listening to Dell or Gateway tell me it was a Windows problem, and then Microsoft tell me it was a Dell or Gateway problem. If I have a problem now, one(1) in 5 years, I call Apple and they fix it or show me how within minutes. Dude, do yourself a favor, go out and look at computers and buy what you want. The people on here that like Apple will try to help you while the PC people will spend their time telling you why they Hate Apple. they have yet to grow up and are using Mommies HP to play in Drummerworld for their allotted hour.


Quote...I cannot seem to get used to Apple's OS. I think it's clunky and incredibly unfriendly. Of course, I never took the time to learn it.....this is the typical repines from a PC user trying a Mac. I never took the time to learn it but I know all about it.
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When it comes to computers DMC, why must you always be so hateful. He asked what would work, not what you hated. Get over it, PLEASE.
And a PC with the same specs will work, for almost half the price.
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So then go buy one. and enjoy your time on the phone with Dell, Microsoft, and AE sports or whatever supposed compatible 3rd party hardware you buy for 1/2 price.
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I work in an automotive repair shop and we use computers to diagnose cars through information websites that allow us to interface with the cars on board computers.
Last year my boss gave me a new PC for my work station.
He happened to stop by my area one day and he noticed that I had my old beat up MacBook opened up. The computer that he bought me was closed and underneath my Mac.
He asked me why I wasn't using the new computer.
I replied that I had booted up the PC and I used it for a day or two.
I then found a better use for it.
It makes a good coaster for my old Mac.

I think that it is genetic. You either have the Mac gene or you have the PC gene.
I just don't have the PC gene.
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I started on a Mac in the early 80s when there really was only really a Mac. Commodores don't count. :-)

I founded a cross-platform software company in the early 90's (Windows and Mac), and was asked to be a software advisor to Apple's software subsidiary.

Today, I am Windows all the way, and won't ever look back. Too many limitations on Mac, too much proprietary crap, and know too much about Apple's business philosophy of gouging consumers. Only one recent case in point is the first iPhone, which came out with no cut and paste. Please! What a load of crap. Cut and paste is what put Apple on the map, and to screw early iPhone adopters by holding back that staple function of the OS, is downright dirty, and just one example of unscrupulous business practice, because just a few short months later, those early adopters were punished by having no choice but to upgrade to the iPhone II just to get cut and paste. You can't tell me Apple wasn't able to include cut and paste in their first iPhone! Let's get real, what good is a graphical user interface without cut and paste? You know darned well they purposely held back that feature to force people to upgrade, because they already had the iPhone II made when they released the first iPhone!

Not to mention that Apple projected its Apple's holier-than-thou attitude down through it's cult base, who are largely people that snub their noses at anything that's NOT a Mac (which is pure ignorance). Just look at some of the comments on this thread. You never see Windows people poo-pooing Mac people just because they use a Mac.

On the Windows side, there is more available competing software and hardware, which helps breed more competitive pricing, which is why Windows machines are at least 30% cheaper than a comparable Mac.

If that's not enough, you can add and change hardware MUCH easier on a Windows machine than you can on a Mac, laptops notwithstanding. Regarding tech issues, musicians by nature are more analytical and technically capable than the average person, so even if you currently don't think you can figure out what technically needs to be done with a computer, software or hardware -wise, you'll eventually learn.

With that said, you would at least you have the option of fixing/upgrading/configuring hardware or software on a Windows machine. You can find a repair tech on any street corner, if need be. But, it's a whole other animal with a Mac. Even if you do manage to open up some their computer cases, you'll likely have a hard time finding replacement hardware, should you need any. Remember it's all going to pricey, too. You're also much more limited on the software side, with no open source code for anything.

As for you not doing anything serious now, that will be short-lived, once you start recording. Mark my words, you will indeed find yourself delving deeper than you originally thought, and at a faster space than you originally expected. Thus, my advice would be to get the best you can buy now on your budget, because hardware these days will last MUCH longer than it did 10 years ago. Back then software became more and more powerful at a faster rate than hardware, but that has changed to the point where instead of a compuer becoming obsolete in a matter of a few months (if not weeks) like it did back them, today's computers are so powerful they have useful lives for years.

On a laptop, spend on the processor chip and graphics cards, because you're not going to be able to upgrade those very easily. You can always ad Ram, and upgrade hard drive down the road. You can always buy an external monitor should you later prefer larger viewing. You can add peripehrals like Blu-Ray, DVD, external mouse, keyboard, external drives, modems, and more, all via USB.

You might also want to consider a good brand, just so that you at least have access to people at the company, should you need it. One other reason to do so is that the larger companies typically match chipsets (supporting internal hardware) to the processor, thereby maximizing the potential of the computer chip. Smaller companies are generally more apt to skimp in that area. Think of your computer processor chip as a 6 lane freeway. The chipset insures the traffice flow properly to different streets. Get a mismatched chipset and it's akin to that 6 lane freeway merging into two lanes. Imagine your data screaming down the autobahn, only to encounter a bottleneck to two lanes during rush hour!

Also, some manufacturers are geared more toward one purpose than another. For example, Sony VAIOs are geared toward multi-media, while Dell Precisions, Dimensions and Latittudes have always been more business productivity based. HP Pavilions have been at the consumer end of entertainment machines, but because of large advance in hardware technology lately, many folks are able to get by them for multi-media creation. Personally, for the money, Sony VAIOs are hard to beat for what you want to do.

As a rule of thumb, machines that are good for gaming typically have innards suitable for multi-media.

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I think this topic should be placed in the category with religion and politics; it really brings out the ugly.
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I started on a Mac in the early 80s when there really was only really a Mac. Commodores don't count. :-)

I founded a cross-platform software company in the early 90's (Windows and Mac), and was asked to be a software advisor to Apple's software subsidiary.

Today, I am Windows all the way, and won't ever look back. Too many limitations on Mac, too much proprietary crap, and know too much about Apple's business philosophy of gouging consumers. Only one recent case in point is the first iPhone, which came out with no cut and paste. Please! What a load of crap. Cut and paste is what put Apple on the map, and to screw early iPhone adopters by holding back that staple function of the OS, is downright dirty, and just one example of unscrupulous business practice, because just a few short months later, those early adopters were punished by having no choice but to upgrade to the iPhone II just to get cut and paste. You can't tell me Apple wasn't able to include cut and paste in their first iPhone! Let's get real, what good is a graphical user interface without cut and paste? You know darned well they purposely held back that feature to force people to upgrade, because they already had the iPhone II made when they released the first iPhone!

Not to mention that Apple projected its Apple's holier-than-thou attitude down through it's cult base, who are largely people that snub their noses at anything that's NOT a Mac (which is pure ignorance). Just look at some of the comments on this thread. You never see Windows people poo-pooing Mac people just because they use a Mac.

On the Windows side, there is more available competing software and hardware, which helps breed more competitive pricing, which is why Windows machines are at least 30% cheaper than a comparable Mac.

If that's not enough, you can add and change hardware MUCH easier on a Windows machine than you can on a Mac, laptops notwithstanding. Regarding tech issues, musicians by nature are more analytical and technically capable than the average person, so even if you currently don't think you can figure out what technically needs to be done with a computer, software or hardware -wise, you'll eventually learn.

With that said, you would at least you have the option of fixing/upgrading/configuring hardware or software on a Windows machine. You can find a repair tech on any street corner, if need be. But, it's a whole other animal with a Mac. Even if you do manage to open up some their computer cases, you'll likely have a hard time finding replacement hardware, should you need any. Remember it's all going to pricey, too. You're also much more limited on the software side, with no open source code for anything.

As for you not doing anything serious now, that will be short-lived, once you start recording. Mark my words, you will indeed find yourself delving deeper than you originally thought, and at a faster space than you originally expected. Thus, my advice would be to get the best you can buy now on your budget, because hardware these days will last MUCH longer than it did 10 years ago. Back then software became more and more powerful at a faster rate than hardware, but that has changed to the point where instead of a compuer becoming obsolete in a matter of a few months (if not weeks) like it did back them, today's computers are so powerful they have useful lives for years.

On a laptop, spend on the processor chip and graphics cards, because you're not going to be able to upgrade those very easily. You can always ad Ram, and upgrade hard drive down the road. You can always buy an external monitor should you later prefer larger viewing. You can add peripehrals like Blu-Ray, DVD, external mouse, keyboard, external drives, modems, and more, all via USB.

You might also want to consider a good brand, just so that you at least have access to people at the company, should you need it. One other reason to do so is that the larger companies typically match chipsets (supporting internal hardware) to the processor, thereby maximizing the potential of the computer chip. Smaller companies are generally more apt to skimp in that area. Think of your computer processor chip as a 6 lane freeway. The chipset insures the traffice flow properly to different streets. Get a mismatched chipset and it's akin to that 6 lane freeway merging into two lanes. Imagine your data screaming down the autobahn, only to encounter a bottleneck to two lanes during rush hour!

Also, some manufacturers are geared more toward one purpose than another. For example, Sony VAIOs are geared toward multi-media, while Dell Precisions, Dimensions and Latittudes have always been more business productivity based. HP Pavilions have been at the consumer end of entertainment machines, but because of large advance in hardware technology lately, many folks are able to get by them for multi-media creation. Personally, for the money, Sony VAIOs are hard to beat for what you want to do.

As a rule of thumb, machines that are good for gaming typically have innards suitable for multi-media.

Hope this helps.
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Whatever it is you think I should get over, even if I understood it, I might not want to/be able to get over it. You might want to consider that you could possibly find more peace if you changed your own mind, instead of trying to change my mind. Or not.
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I couldn't do 90% of what I normally do on a Windows based computer.
ive been using windows 7 since before the RC1 release, and before that i was using XP and Vista for a very long time, ever since I was little.

Last year i picked up a macbook pro, and the only thing i couldn't do on a mac that i would usually do on a windows is ctrl+x/c and ctrl+v, because for some reason you can't do that in the finder app.... which is ridiculous.

apart from that i think i prefer OSX (which i have been using for lesser amount of time) over W7. OSX just seems to run faster and more efficient than W7 (my pc has an i7 overclocked to 3.6ghz, more (and faster) ram, better specs etc, and my macbook pro will boot up much quicker (and no my macbook doesn't have an SSD in it))

I also think that W7 has its purpose - for those who cannot afford to pay the extra $ for a macbook. I think macbooks are ridiculously over priced, when the actual operating system for OSX is $30, you could buy any "windows laptop" with an intel processer and hackintosh it to OSX.
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Thanks for the advice guys!

I ended up buying HP laptop with more or less the same hardware as a Macbook-pro. I'm just a Windows guy I guess.

Funny thing is, my girlfriend has a Macbook pro. Let the benchmark wars commence! hahahaha
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Thanks for the advice guys!

I ended up buying HP laptop with more or less the same hardware as a Macbook-pro. I'm just a Windows guy I guess.

Funny thing is, my girlfriend has a Macbook pro. Let the benchmark wars commence! hahahaha
I have an HP Pavilion and they are great machines to get stuff done. You made a good choice and it will serve you well.
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Thanks for the advice guys!

I ended up buying HP laptop with more or less the same hardware as a Macbook-pro. I'm just a Windows guy I guess.

Funny thing is, my girlfriend has a Macbook pro. Let the benchmark wars commence! hahahaha
What chip is in that HP?
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I have an HP Pavilion and they are great machines to get stuff done. You made a good choice and it will serve you well.
Concur, I have one with a 17" screen, quad core Phenom...nothing it cannot do.
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