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Help me pick a new laptop

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Toronto

Help me pick a new laptop

My 2012 Macbook Air is starting to show its age. Its been a great machine, but it is no longer getting OS updates from apple and the latest MacOS Catalina has slowed it down significantly. I figure after 9 years it is time for a replacement. I picked the Macbook Air because there were no Windows thin and lights that compared at the time. I see Windows computers have come a long way since then.

The two computers I've been looking at are:
Dell XPS 9310 2in1 - $1760
Core i7-1165G7
16GB RAM
512GB SSD
13.4" 1920x1200 Display - 16:10
51 Whr Battery

Lenovo X1 Titanium Yoga - $2000
Core i7-1160G7
16GB RAM
1TB SSD
13.5" 2256x1504 Display - 3:2
44.5 Whr Battery

The advantage I see of the dell are the price and bigger battery. On the other hand, the Lenovo has a bigger SSD and higher resolution screen, comes with a pen and appears to be much more modular (replaceable SSD, WLAN card).

Are there any other brands or models I should be looking at? I use my laptop mainly for web-browsing, documents and light video. Thanks for the input.
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Nov 6, 2014
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Woodbridge, ON
Advising from experience, go with Lenovo. The Yoga you selected is a great model. Yes Lenovo's are pricey but it doesn't get any better and you're also paying for a quality device.
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Mar 13, 2004
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Lenovo X1 Carbon. They are very nice and you can pick one up for that price range depending on options. I have an older Gen3 for sale if your interested which would be more then enough for the basic things your doing with the laptop, the ones you are looking at are actually overkill for what you do.
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Dec 22, 2007
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Mississauga
if your set against Macs get the Lenovo the better screen res. if your up for it get a Mac you have 15 days to return if you dont like it.
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Dec 10, 2004
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Lenovo. better quality. Those are great models regardless.. Extra $ is worth it, if you can afford the lenovo . As you said, Dells typically are not as modular and don't have the same durability. You won't notice the resolution difference at all on that small screen.
Do you really travel much that you need a small 13" screen? Watching movies on 15" is so much better. I own 13,15 and 17 laptops. 13" for me is only for travel far and when I need to be light(eg plane carry on). Otherwise I use 15 or 17 when I can as it is so much better for web or watching movies.
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Apr 14, 2006
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St Johns
EnchantedPlague wrote: My 2012 Macbook Air is starting to show its age. Its been a great machine, but it is no longer getting OS updates from apple and the latest MacOS Catalina has slowed it down significantly. I figure after 9 years it is time for a replacement. I picked the Macbook Air because there were no Windows thin and lights that compared at the time. I see Windows computers have come a long way since then.

The two computers I've been looking at are:
Dell XPS 9310 2in1 - $1760
Core i7-1165G7
16GB RAM
512GB SSD
13.4" 1920x1200 Display - 16:10
51 Whr Battery

Lenovo X1 Titanium Yoga - $2000
Core i7-1160G7
16GB RAM
1TB SSD
13.5" 2256x1504 Display - 3:2
44.5 Whr Battery

The advantage I see of the dell are the price and bigger battery. On the other hand, the Lenovo has a bigger SSD and higher resolution screen, comes with a pen and appears to be much more modular (replaceable SSD, WLAN card).

Are there any other brands or models I should be looking at? I use my laptop mainly for web-browsing, documents and light video. Thanks for the input.
I went down the same path, I’m not a gamer, regretted buying the Windows laptop because it felt like I was working “again”, sold and bought a MacBookPro, love it, every time I need a break a run a VM (Parallels) I always come back to MacOS after 3-4 days

Not to say that my MacBookPro will be worth some $ in 2 years... can’t say the same about PCs

If you really want to buy a PC get the Lenovo
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Nov 18, 2011
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I would highly recommend a new Macbook Air.
I'm a windows guy for like ever, but the new Macbook Air has really won me over.
Newbie
Mar 11, 2007
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Toronto
hansdoreen wrote: I would highly recommend a new Macbook Air.
I'm a windows guy for like ever, but the new Macbook Air has really won me over.
I'm a windows guy. I find it hard to change my mindset over to mac os. But it's hard to beat the price/performance of the 2020 macbook air.

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