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Old 06-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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13" SSD Laptop/Notebook

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?

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Old 06-12-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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OS X runs office just fine
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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OS X runs office just fine
thanks, that was my concern with the MacBook Air.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:06 AM   #4
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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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Old 06-13-2013, 01:32 AM   #5
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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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Old 06-13-2013, 01:33 AM   #6
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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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Old 06-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #7
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get yourself a refurb macbook air for $850 and call it good.
http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD...-intel-core-i5

it generally runs office fine (but not the same- do you need to run vba macros?) in osx, or you can run windows through visualization, or dual boot into windows.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:25 PM   #8
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it generally runs office fine (but not the same- do you need to run vba macros?) in osx, or you can run windows through visualization, or dual boot into windows.
virtualization, not visualization...
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:32 PM   #9
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virtualization, not visualization...
yeah, spell check don't work so good sometimes, and i don't prüfreed it.
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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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Old 06-13-2013, 03:58 PM   #11
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13" Retina Macbook Pro - fantastic machine
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:59 PM   #12
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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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Old 06-13-2013, 04:32 PM   #13
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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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Old 06-13-2013, 04:42 PM   #14
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OS X runs office just fine
Yep, I was on a Mac for years and I never had a problem with office...
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:37 PM   #15
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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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