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Old April 20, 2009, 09:07 PM
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Well now the white macbook uses the 9400m, so the only thing I'd be missing out on would be the ddr3 and awesome unibody. I REALLY like the look and parts/price of the studio xps, but the reviews always mention it's really bad at heat dispersion.
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Old April 21, 2009, 07:04 AM
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I've also been looking at the Studio XPS 13, but I'm not sure... I have a one year old Inspiron 1525 right now which I've done a couple of minor upgrades to, and it's served me well so far... but I think I'd rather have the better portability of a 13" for when I get to college starting next september... just not sure what to get! Definitely not a Mac though.

I know a guy who just got a Studio XPS 16 and he loves it, but from what I've read it doesn't have the quirks people have been reporting with the Studio XPS 13. The keyboard looks awesome though, I love the design of the keys, and OMG... backlit!
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Old April 21, 2009, 04:31 PM
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Ya, same. I've also read that it has great battey life too. But the sixteen inch screen seems just a tad big to be lugging around. I really wish the M1330 had a little better graphics card.
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Old April 22, 2009, 09:44 PM
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At any rate I think I'll just go for the macbook. It seems to have the best preformance for battery life, and the driver optimisation can only help. That is unless Dell manages to fix up the studio xps heat and battery.

Thanks for all the input!
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Old April 23, 2009, 01:39 PM
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I've been lugging around a white macbook (current gen) this week and i gotta say i really like it. But the palmrest area is cracked from a drop and the whole body creaks a bit. The unibody macbook would definetely be better than the white one.

I'm getting about 4 hours use from it with battery savings on, wireless on, bluetooth off, and web browsing and watching xvids.

I also had a chance to use a m1330 last fall and found the body was really really cheaply put together. Even moreso than the white macbook. I would never buy this laptop just for the build quality issues alone.

EDIT: i realize these aren't the exact laptops you're looking at but thought it might be worthwhile input anyway!

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lenovo is not what it used to be, and i was a die-hard Thinkpad user. Not to mension they have more pre-loaded crap than any other laptop manufacturer hands down.
The new T series have been fantastic.... Not sure what you mean. We've been selling hundreds of these and have yet to have an issue. Completely satisfied customers.
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Old April 23, 2009, 02:19 PM
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Ya that's probably the next question to ask: apart from the aws unibody and the DDR3, does the entry unibody really see that much of a performance increase? Cause I know for gaming there's only a 1-3 FPS difference between the 2.0 and 2.4 ghz unibodys. So would that mean something of a 5 FPS difference between the polycarbonate and high end macbook?
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Imo there's little performance difference between the two really. I think Apple released an updated white macbook because the unibody has no firewire and people were pissed about that.
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I'd suggest the brand-new Dell Studio 15 .
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ZOMG a P series processor, 9 cell battery, 512 mb Ati 4570 and Bluetooth for 1149!
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