alternative to macbooks?

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girlfriend's laptop blew up and she wants a new one.

She has her eyes set on a macbook...but I'm not paying a grand for crap specs just because it's got an apple logo on it.


She uses it for surfing & watching tv series, skyping her family and word/excel work.

I'm thinking something like a cheap Lenovo or anything in the max~500 range cause anything more is a waste, but it's got to be durable, powerful enough and look nice.

Any suggestions?
 
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Most premium laptops are around the same price and spec as MacBooks though. Lenovo's X series is at a similar price point as a MBA/MBP, and not much different in spec either.

Anyway, I've seen a few secondhand (in good condition) Lenovo X220's for around £400, I remember seeing one with the battery slice at a local computer store for £430. Lenovo also do the X131 series for under £500, the screen is 11" though, but that shouldn't be too bad for she intends to use it for.
 

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It still won't solve the problem of crap spec for the price.

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As has been said, they're not grossly overpriced when stacked next to other laptops. You're not 'paying for an Apple logo'.

A second-hand MBA will tick all the boxes, or for £500 you could get a chunky 15.6" Lenovo Z580, i5 HD4000, 6Gb, 1Tb and GT630M. I wouldn't say it "looks good", but yeah - it has better spec. She won't care about that though, she'll care that it's a lot heavier, thicker and plasticy.
 
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Nope, you'll be paying a grand so you don't have to hear "I told you so" the moment whatever you buy goes wrong.

Id say thats good value :D

If thats what she wants if it was me id make it happen. Then if she doesnt like it you have the told you so factor.
 
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Acer Aspire M3-581T
Lenovo Ideapad S400
Microsoft Surface 32gb with RT and Type Cover

All in your £500 budget...
 
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