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Old Aug 14th 2018, 5:16 pm
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If $100 is the limit I'd probably look at the Kindle Fires. They're basic but they tend to be better made than some of the cheap tablets I've seen. You can get the cheapest one for $50 at the moment.
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Old Aug 14th 2018, 5:22 pm
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If $100 is the limit I'd probably look at the Kindle Fires. They're basic but they tend to be better made than some of the cheap tablets I've seen. You can get the cheapest one for $50 at the moment.
Kindles are quite slow, hence why we just upgraded. We have 2 deprecated Kindle fires in our house now. The Fire 10 HD is OK but costs nearer $200.
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Old Aug 14th 2018, 5:26 pm
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We bought a refurb Samsung Tab A for $120 at Walmart, this is so much faster that my cheap $80 tablet I bought on Black Friday last year. However the i7 Gen 3 laptop from Arrow Direct was a much better buy. Very light, 180 SSD, 16 GB memory. However it runs Windows and not Android.
I have a Tab A as well, bought fairly cheaply during some sale. I only use it when travelling, it's very light, I use it as an e-reader mostly with occasional browsing. I'm quite happy with the limited things I ask of it, but it's not really a work-horse.
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Old Aug 14th 2018, 5:34 pm
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If $100 is the limit I'd probably look at the Kindle Fires. They're basic but they tend to be better made than some of the cheap tablets I've seen. You can get the cheapest one for $50 at the moment.

I'll have a look at them. I had always thought they were a bit small. $100 isn't a hard limit, but I would say less than $150 for sure.
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Old Nov 19th 2018, 10:00 am
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We have asus i7's with 16gb ram, ssd and gtx960's and they run autocad perfectly. They cost no more than $1500 AUD.
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hi all, i have a similar question, my old macbook pro is dead. so i want by new, i need 15" and fast disk. what can u advise?
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Depends how much you want to spend. I bought an HP i7 gen 3 with 160 GB ssd and 16 GB memory for $260 US couple months ago. It's fast enough for me, light weight and has a rubber coated base which makes it easier to walk around with.
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Old Jan 23rd 2019, 5:46 pm
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Originally Posted by StepanLoshin View Post
hi all, i have a similar question, my old macbook pro is dead. so i want by new, i need 15" and fast disk. what can u advise?
Before determining your budget, important questions are:
i) What tasks do you need this new laptop to perform?
ii) You've had a Mac, do you want another, or would you consider a PC?
iii) If it's to be a new Mac, I'd say budget for the additional AppleCare warranty. Imho this is a must for any new Mac laptop or desktop.
iv) Do you travel often, i.e. is the size and weight of the laptop important?
v) What exactly is the problem with your current Mac? What model and year of Macbook is it?

If it's a new pc you fancy, HP, Asus, and Acer are often good choices. Difficult to recommend a specific model without knowing precisely your needs. Whether you're a gamer, a graphic artist, a composer/musician or simply a general-purpose user, the laptop's required specs differ. I have a particular fondness for Lenovo, especially the mid to high-end models, and many are Linux certified - which would be a strong plus in their favour as I'm not a lover of Win10.

If your preference is for another Mac, I can offer my experience.
I repair all modern and vintage Macs, not as a business, but as a hobby, I collect them. With the exception of the rare '97 PowerBook 2400c, there isn't a model from the mid 90's to 2013 that I've not completely dismantled and refurbished. I've always loved 'em, but since approx mid 2013 due to their slimmer design, planned obsolescence (both hardware & *software), and extreme difficulty (or impossibility) to change some Apple proprietary components, I'm no longer a great fan - with the exception of a few fairly recent iMac desktop models.
I've seen many people trash older Macs because they no longer boot. If older than 5 years, in general it's officially branded 'vintage' by Apple stores with support no longer provided - often even if one's prepared to pay!
If one buys new today, the Mac is in warranty for one year only. Outside of this you will probably have to dig deep in your pockets for a repair. For this reason, optional AppleCare is imho a must, which generally gives you 3 years peace-of-mind. Over 3 years old, it's often almost as cheap to buy another than pay the highly exaggerated spares and labour costs if a problem occurs.
With a non-booting MacBook, MBPro, or MacBook Air, the so-called 'specialists' at the 'genius'-bar often diagnose a "logic-board problem". Sometimes it may be, but often the problem is very simple. I have rescued literally dozens which fail to boot, and/or changed out HD/SSD's for relatively minor costs.
*The frequency rate at which Apple announce a new operating system I reckon is wicked. There are a number of perfectly good models out there that are more than capable of running a later OS, but Apple disable the feature. The less said the better, ditto for the mammoth headaches associated with OS Sierra/High Sierra/Mojave updates due to the mandatory change over to Apple's new APFS file system.

I'd have difficulty in recommending a new Apple laptop today for a few of the reasons stated.
In your case if you had to have a 15" Mac, I'd say the current 15" 2.2GHz Core i7. But with AppleCare! And I'd sell it just before AppleCare support expires. I dislike this 'touchbar' model due to the extra complexity, and fwiw since it's release the second-hand market is afloat with 'em. I wonder why?
No way would I exchange my 2012 Intel i7 2.6GHz (MBPro9,1 A1286) for the latest model. It has everything I need, and most important is totally upgradeable, even to the latest OS - which I don't like or need. The installation of an SSD is simplicity itself, mine has a Samsung 500Gb 860Evo, cost 80euros. Apple charge around 240euros for a similar capacity SSD.......!! And yes, non-Apple 3rd-party SSD's can be trim enabled with a simple, three-word terminal command.
For someone looking for a smaller, more portable Mac, the mid 2012 (MBPro9,2 A1278) is a superb machine. This is the one I use when I travel. Completely upgradeable and far more sturdy and durable than the later MacBook Pro Retina or Air models. Again a 500Gb SSD is simple to install, and inexpensive.

Which MacBook Pro do you have, and current unserviceable symptoms? Many early ones with NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT were plagued with GPU problems.

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