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alisam
06-08-2013, 08:07 PM
I really do need some help in purchasing a laptop.

I only need a (min) 128gb SSD, a (min)13.3" and ideally Windows 8 Touch. Screen must be min of 1440x900.

As a household, we do a lot of web surfing, Skyping and minimal Microsoft Office 2010. We run Moneydance for our home accounts.

I have a Seagate NAS 110 which I am assuming the MacBook Air will see through the home network.

I typically keep a PC around 4.5-6 years.

1) From pbtech ($1,771.00 on special)
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?name=Samsung-ATIV-Series7-Ultrabook-NP740U3E-Intel-Core&p=NBKSAM2412647&z=p

2) From Noel Leeming ($1,799.00)
http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers/ultrabooks/samsung-np900x3f-k01au-13-3-ultrabook/prod122429.html

3) From Yoobee ($1,589.00)
http://nz.shop.yoobee.com/Mac/Apple_MacBook_Air/MD760XA/The-new-MacBook-Air-13And~8209;inchAndnbsp;128GB.html

I have never owned a Mac and would my (perhaps) last choice. Nevertheless, there is a long battery life and a Intel HD Graphics 5000 card.
How do I tell the Samsung's apart?
Is the Air a good buy?

Hope you can help.

pcuser42
06-08-2013, 08:17 PM
If you want touch you can rule out any MacBook as none of them have it. ;)There doesn't seem to be any difference between the two Samsungs so go for the cheaper one.

Cato
06-08-2013, 09:26 PM
Do not buy now unless you are going for the MBA. Wait until Haswell chips start hitting the market. There will be very little difference in performance [graphics excluded], but there will be a huge difference in battery life and this is worth the wait.

icow
06-08-2013, 10:08 PM
The linked MBA has a 4th gen haswell cpu...

Also take a look at the Lenovo Carbon X1 (bit more expensive iirc)

Cato
06-08-2013, 10:27 PM
Hence:

unless you are going for the MBA

:p

CYaBro
06-08-2013, 11:32 PM
Out of those three I'd but the MBA as it is the latest chip.
Also with a screen that size I don't think getting a high res screen, like 1920x1080, is a good idea as the fonts just get too small.
Yes you can increase the size of the fonts but it starts making the windows look strange.

1101
07-08-2013, 10:43 AM
As a household, we do a lot of web surfing, Skyping and minimal Microsoft Office 2010. We run Moneydance for our home accounts.


You need to be aware a MAC is not a PC.
You will have to buy Office for MAC & check that Moneydance & other programs you use have a MAC version (looks like there is a MAC Moneydance)
They may also be some periphials/hardware you have that isnt MAC compatable (I dont think that would really be likely though)

Having said that , almost every who goes MAC seems to love it.

alisam
07-08-2013, 07:47 PM
Thank you for all the replies.
I have ordered an MBA.
I do know what I am getting myself into and am 100% positive that there will be challenges to overcome.

SanChippy
07-08-2013, 10:38 PM
You need to be aware a MAC is not a PC.
You will have to buy Office for MAC & check that Moneydance & other programs you use have a MAC version (looks like there is a MAC Moneydance)
They may also be some periphials/hardware you have that isnt MAC compatable (I dont think that would really be likely though)

Having said that , almost every who goes MAC seems to love it.
OT: The way that MAC is emphasised in caps, makes me think of the cosmetic brand. ^^