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  • #46
    Originally posted by uid313 View Post
    It's 2-3 cm thick and got legacy technology such as DVD.
    MacBook is thin and got Thunderbolt and high resolution display.
    explain to me why it matters how thick a laptop is? also do you actually own any thunderbolt periferals or is this just a future dream for you?
    and you have just 1 MBP with the high resolution display and I bet that isn't the one you have.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by kayosiii View Post
      explain to me why it matters how thick a laptop is?
      Because a laptop is supposed to be a portable computer.
      Easy to carry. Slim, light-weight, thin.

      Else I could just get a desktop computer.
      When I go out, I want it to be easy to carry. Also look pretty, I don't want wear something thick and ugly and look like a dork. I want something elegant.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by uid313 View Post
        Because a laptop is supposed to be a portable computer.
        Easy to carry. Slim, light-weight, thin.

        Else I could just get a desktop computer.
        When I go out, I want it to be easy to carry. Also look pretty, I don't want wear something thick and ugly and look like a dork. I want something elegant.
        I am not sure how a couple of mm makes one laptop pretty and the other big fat and ugly (it is only a couple of millemeters), I also don't see how it effects how easy it is to carry. Also you seem to be really insecure.

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        • #49
          Originally posted by uid313 View Post
          Because a laptop is supposed to be a portable computer.
          Easy to carry. Slim, light-weight, thin.
          As long as my laptop fits into my backpack it is easy to carry.

          Originally posted by uid313 View Post
          Else I could just get a desktop computer.
          A screen, tower, keyboard and mouse doesn't fit in my backpack.

          Originally posted by uid313 View Post
          When I go out, I want it to be easy to carry.
          Yes. That's why people invented the term "ultraportable" for a subset of laptops..

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          • #50
            Macbook Air 2011

            I deliberated for some time about the "risk" of getting a mac as I am an exclusive linux user. At the time (July 2011) there were not competitive ultrabooks.

            Yes there were a few (minor) headaches but we (the community) pitched in an made it work wonderfully.
            https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookAir4-2

            I don't see why so many people insist that either a) apple is prohibitively expensive or b) if you get apple you MUST use OSX.

            Regarding a)
            At least in July 2011 I felt it was a great deal given the hardware. (I could care less about the logo.) My suspicion is that Apple remains competitive give their hardware.

            Regarding b)
            Isn't the point of Linux that you can have OPTIONS? Why is it bad to have another option? I don't tell people to not use Windows or OSX. In fact, I don't see any problem with either distros. I personally feel Linux is snappier, looks better, more customizeable and vastly more function for what I like to do. Windows and OSX people probably feel the same.

            So in conclusion, why not encourage as much dual-booting as possible? We should strive to make Linux the most compatible OS out there. Then, Apple and MS both will have that much more competition, the consumer gets more choices, and developers can take pride in making the market healthier.

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            • #51
              @ Chris
              Laptops fit into backpacks.
              Ultrabooks fit into your european man-purse.

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              • #52
                Here's why the X server leaves fonts so tiny: at least on my laptop, it sees and logs correct dimensions and resolution, and then throws them away and pulls dimensions out of its ass to make 96 dpi. It's a feature!
                https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=23705

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by dfacto View Post
                  I don't see why so many people insist that either a) apple is prohibitively expensive (...) At least in July 2011 I felt it was a great deal given the hardware. (I could care less about the logo.) My suspicion is that Apple remains competitive give their hardware.
                  The thing is that Apple hardware is usually competitive (1) only when a new model comes out. Since the prices never drop throughout the lifetime of the devices (2), what happens is that after 6 months you're buying hardware whose value has halved (3) but the price remains the same.

                  Notes:
                  (1) if you buy the base model only, because the upgrades prices are ridiculous
                  (2) can take up to year, or more, for a refresh
                  (3) because the components used are cheaper and the competition is already producing equivalent models for less

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                  • #54
                    Originally posted by popper View Post
                    Fair enough, its a little odd though no 3rd party OEM at Computex etc that i could find when i looked seems to being 17 inch anywhere right now although sharp will be doing 6.1 inch at 2560 x 1600 of all things and a 13.5 inch 3840 x 2160 (QFHD).

                    and i Believe they are also going to do a 32" 3840 x 2160 (QFHD) as well this year so there are options out there now, and im sure the other vendors besides sharp are also working the foundries to get these higher 2xxxXwhatever plus specs this year....
                    Interesting info, thanks.

                    I think (hope) higher pixel density screens will become more common in the near term. This basically because Apple just broke the rules set by the Taiwan LCD cartel. Seeing that better screens can be offered I expect the market will really punish computer makers who keep trying to sell "hi definition" 1366x768 crap, and that will force the hand of the LCD makers.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                      Because a laptop is supposed to be a portable computer.
                      Easy to carry. Slim, light-weight, thin.

                      Else I could just get a desktop computer.
                      When I go out, I want it to be easy to carry. Also look pretty, I don't want wear something thick and ugly and look like a dork. I want something elegant.
                      I have a Lenovo w500, 15.6" screen. It is a solid machine. It has a 1920x1200 LCD backed by switchable graphics. Using it's high power CPU and it's dedicated graphics controller it can subsample, re-render and re-texture the OpenGL output of your MB faster than your MB can produce new output for my w500 to chew up. It chews up and swallows workloads that your effete MB fears to bring near it's prim little mouth.

                      My arms and shoulders and trunk and hips and legs are muscular unlike your jelly-like body.

                      My w500 is black, and black is beautiful.

                      My w500 means business, your jellybook means "I don't really do anything with this machine, I just pose with it".

                      I DON'T CARRY A COMPUTER AROUND WITH ME UNLESS I INTEND TO MAKE USE OF IT!



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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by hoohoo View Post
                        I have a Lenovo w500, 15.6" screen.
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                        If computers were female your MB would admit nothing more than the tip of my little finger and it would wail in distress like a JAV kawaii starlet while doing so.

                        My w500 however...

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