13" SSD Laptop/Notebook

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  1. JohnBoy777

    JohnBoy777 Pseudo-Adventurist

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    I'm looking for a PC-based 13" laptop for work (Commercial Real Estate). The only thing for sure is that it needs to have a Solid State Drive min. 128. and travel well, hence the 13" screen. I know nothing about any of this stuff.

    I need it to run MS Office. And might want it to connect to my Verizon account.

    Apple isn't out of the question here - MacBook Air seems nice but I don't know much about Mac's and whether or not they can run MS Office efficiently.

    My price point is around $1,000 - $1,200, or so.

    I did find this: XPS 13 Ultrabook™ with optional Full HD Display -
    LINK: http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-13-l321x-mlk/pd?~ck=mn

    Any thoughts? Any brands to avoid?

    Thanks
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  2. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    OS X runs office just fine :deal
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  3. JohnBoy777

    JohnBoy777 Pseudo-Adventurist

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    thanks, that was my concern with the MacBook Air.
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  4. Ursa Major

    Ursa Major Bemused

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    You can also load Windows on a MacBook Air via Boot Camp or Parallels and run Office for windows, if that's your pleasure (with Parallels you could be schizophrenic and run both, depending on your mood). A company I worked with recently had Win 7 and MS Office as standard software, all running on MacBooks of various kinds. As PC World used to say when MB Pros would win their comparison tests, the best Windows laptops are made by Apple. An alternative might be the Lenovo thinkPad X series if you have to have a 13 inch screen, but also look at their X1 Carbon or ThinkPad 431S, both are around 3.5 lb. with 14" screens - I think the extra inch makes a difference.
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  5. Chuck289

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    Some of the custom laptop resellers might get you a better deal. If you just need to run office you could save a few bucks with an Asus ultrabook. There a several models, take a look around.

    And if you need something small and really powerful a Clevo W110ER is hard to beat, though its a bit smaller at 11.6"
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  6. spagthorpe

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    When I got my Macbook Pro, I immediately set up a Bootcamp partition because a bunch of people told me that it was the best way to run Windows.

    Don't bother. VMWare or Parallels will run Windows perfectly, and you never need to leave OSX to do so. There is nothing I've needed to run in VMWare, using Windows or Linux, that hasn't worked perfectly. I even use multiple VMs at the same time to simulate client/server interactions I'm working on. Runs office like a champ in Windows 7.

    Other than that, I still wouldn't get a Dell. There are some really nice Lenovo Thinkpads out there with smaller screens, and you can either order them with a SSD, or just slap one in yourself if you find a good deal on a used one.
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    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    virtualization, not visualization...
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    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I have a 2012 build Air and it rocks. LOVE the SSD and got the big one, a 256. I also have a LaCie 4tb drive off board for video and the computer is killer, get one, you'll love it. It will do what you want just fine.
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    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    13" Retina Macbook Pro - fantastic machine
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  12. huzar

    huzar Pastor of Muppets

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    The new MacBook air that they just released two days ago is fantastic -- great battery life, and an incredibly fast HD. I normally use a 15" MBPr, and the new Air makes it feel a little pokey on IO-intensive tasks.
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  13. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    Another vote for the Air with MacOffice. I've never had a cross-platform issue with Office docs.

    +1 on Lenovo over Dell. I've had a couple versions of each - Lenovo easy.
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  14. JohnBoy777

    JohnBoy777 Pseudo-Adventurist

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    Thanks for the replies - looks like the MacBook Air 13 is the way to go. There's an Apple Store not too far from me.

    @ Poundsand; what exactly is involved with a refurbished unit?
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  15. PoundSand

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    Usually a cleaned up return or old stock. Same warranty as new.
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  17. NikonsAndVStroms

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    Dell Outlet (http://www.dell.com/Learn/us/en/22/campaigns/outlet?c=us&l=en&s=dfh) has huge sales around July 4th if you can wait. The laptop I'm on now cost 1,600 new and I got it for just over 400 dollars refurb. An equivalent MacBookPro would have been 2,000+. The only real loss VS the Mac is a lower resolution screen (mine is 720P) but for that kinda savings I'll take it.
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  18. PoundSand

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    720 lines of resolution? Wow, that's low... What computer so you have that you're comparing you Mac book pro,
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  19. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Dell inspiron from last summer with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M, Intel Core i7-2670 QM Processor (2.2 GHz), 8GB of RAM.

    Just went on Apple's site and just a slight upgrade from that (Apple doesn't give the CPU model but it's another quad core i7 clocked at 2.3 Ghz, and a 650M graphics card) with a 1,440-by-900-pixel screen is still 1900 dollars.

    http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MD103LL/A?
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  20. JohnBoy777

    JohnBoy777 Pseudo-Adventurist

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    So if I get the Mac Air, what else do I need to run MS Office.

    Can I just get the MS Office for Mac? Or is there another solution?

    Thanks
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