Wednesday , September 19th 2018
    Recertified Laptops and Accessories

my testing post for laptops

this is a super mobile tech review and
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this is the laptops I would and wouldn’t
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buy for January 2018 I did this once
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before it’s pretty popular I think sort
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of you found it helpful stuff it’s time
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for another one since technology has
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changed over let’s get one caveat out of
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the way with consumer electronics
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computers it’s never a great time is it
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because something better is always gonna
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come along they do keep getting fitter
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or lighter faster all that sort of thing
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prettier displays it’s the way the
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industry runs hopefully you’re not
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caught in paralysis I know that happens
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to some people ever ever waiting what’s
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going to come next and you’re actually
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ready to buy a laptop or within the next
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three to six months he tried the side
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first up ultrabooks you know those 13.3
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inch or 14 inch sometimes even 15 inch
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thin and lights that have those 15 watt
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news Series CPUs from Intel this is a
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great time to buy them because they just
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got refreshed several months ago with
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Intel eighth generation CPUs it’s pretty
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recent refresh so nothing is going to be
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coming right away there so you’re going
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to get the latest in you’re gonna get
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the greatest and first we saw consumer
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laptops like the Lenovo yoga 9 20 the
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Dell XPS 13 and now we’re even seeing
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business models being refreshed to the
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Dell Latitude the Lenovo ThinkPad zahl
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that sort of thing a Seuss who’s been a
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little bit slow is starting to do that
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with the Zen book flip and the Zen book
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13 which is the new name for the UX 330
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family of products so it’s a good time
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to buy those they’re gonna be current
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for several many more months to come
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next up gaming laptops it’s a pretty
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good time to buy Intel still has not
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released the Intel eighth generation H
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series CPUs yet the only one they have
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come out with with is the interesting
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one where you get an Intel CPU and AMD
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GPU together not too many announced but
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at CES so far we saw an HP Spectre x-360
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15-inch announced that we’ll have that
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and the Dell XPS 15 two and one a new
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model from Dell that’s gonna have them
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so other than that variation we’re still
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waiting to see should be six core
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instead of four core 45 wide CPUs it
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could be several months down the road
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given the fact that gaming laptops if
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you are using it for gaming usually are
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more dependent on the
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power of the GPU the graphics card then
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the CPU and the CPUs are pretty powerful
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in the existing quad-core 45 watt lineup
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it’s pretty good time to buy they’ve
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been out for several months so the
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prices are coming down you might find a
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good deal I wouldn’t worry about buying
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one now it’s it’s a fine time when it
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comes to Nvidia and the GPUs we all know
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now that they current 10 10 series
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Pascal GPUs which a huge leap in
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performance and that was a while ago
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usually about every three generations in
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Nvidia goes to a big leap in performance
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so I’m not expecting the next-gen volta
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it’s gonna be called coming out sometime
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later this year on the mobile side to be
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a huge huge improvement you never know
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Nvidia could surprise us they have some
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real bright people there but still it’s
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an okay time you know to do it it’s not
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like with the ultrabooks we’re yeah go
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ahead right now but it’s an okay time
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like I said pricing is good next up
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there’s something that’s not on the
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market it’s the new always connected
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tablets mostly like Lenovo mix you know
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they have floppy it detachable keyboards
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that kind of product well we’re finally
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gonna see one with Qualcomm Snapdragon a
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you know you get the idea the the mobile
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CPUs inside instead Snapdragon 845 so
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you got the brains of a phone and
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granted phone brains are pretty darn
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smart these days inside anything up to
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like a 13.3 inch tablet or so the
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pricing is not gonna be super cheap a
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lot of those look to be anywhere from
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700 to $1,000 but the selling point with
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those is that you’re gonna have pretty
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long battery life you know we’ve seen
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actually Microsoft tried this before
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with the surface non pro line putting
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mobile CPUs in there and it didn’t work
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out so well in my work out better and
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battery life really might be better but
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you will have so-called always connected
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LTE connectivity built in there so if
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that’s something you’re interested in it
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could be worth the wait
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performance obviously is not going to be
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up there with you know the usual laptop
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CPUs that are out there are GPUs for
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that matter but for everyday
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productivity they’re probably going to
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be fun
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they’re gonna be out sometime later this
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quarter so can’t really say much more
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about them they aren’t really gonna have
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to test them to find out if they’re
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worth it but one thing is it gonna come
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with Windows 10 s not regular Windows
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that’s the one that only runs you WP
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apps that means App Store apps so you
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can’t install full Adobe CC
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sweet honor that sort of thing so if
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that matters to you it’s important now
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you can always upgrade a Windows 10 s
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license to the regular full Windows 10
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home or pro if you want but the
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challenge is there you’re not working
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with Intel Architecture and it’s really
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hard to say well they’re existing
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desktop apps aren’t from the abstract
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will actually work when it comes to
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mobile workstations you know the Dell
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Precision line most sort of things
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Lenovo ThinkPad P series those bigger
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machines are essentially gaming laptops
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but with NVIDIA Quadro graphics pretty
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much the same thing it goes as with the
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gaming laptops I don’t expect to see
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huge huge changes but most of you don’t
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buy those for yourselves anyway your
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company usually buys those for you the
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CAD workstations the 3d rendering
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workstations so again it’s an okay time
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to buy lastly there is Mac there’s the
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MacBook Pros and the regular MacBook
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non-pro models hood always with Apple
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it’s a little hard to say and they they
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paint themselves into something of a
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corner because they typically use at
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least for the 13-inch MacBook Pro unless
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common CPU the 28 watt
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CPU in the Ultrabook II family rather
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than the 15-month so right now with the
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non-touch bar MacBook Pro you have your
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usual 15 watt CPU they’re still back in
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dual core LAN they haven’t moved up to
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eighth generation yet and there is no 28
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watt can be like are there’s this new
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double core kind of thing so what’s
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Apple gonna do is really hard to say is
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Intel going to come out with that 28
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watt part we don’t know so right now if
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they updated say the the non-touch bar
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Mac the one that has the regular Ussuri
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CPUs that would move it up to 4 cores it
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would probably faster than their more
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expensive 13-inch MacBook Pros so you
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can see where they’re gonna have to wait
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or make a decision just to go with those
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15 wants CPUs don’t know what they’re
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gonna do
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apples mysterious at least they’re back
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to updating the MacBook Pros with some
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frequency when it comes to CPU
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generations and all that sort of things
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so hopefully it won’t take them too long
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unless they really are holding out for
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that part with the 15-inch MacBook Pro
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it’s interesting because a perfect fit
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would be that combination of the Intel
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CPU with that AMD GPU like we saw again
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on the HP Spectre x-360 15-inch new
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high-end model and that XPS 15 2 & 1
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because they’re already using
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GPUs at Apple that’s the thing they like
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to do lately so there they’ve got a
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pairing and it looks like the
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performance of that should be somewhere
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around the nvidia gtx 1050 TI which for
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a 15-inch MacBook Pro would be probably
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a good place to be they really don’t go
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for overpowering GPU performance there
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since they went for that super thin and
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like redesigned back in 2016
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which I don’t see changing real fast I
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know Johnny I’ve said oh we heard you
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and your complaints out there folks and
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I’m back at designing but it’s gonna
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take a while before they come up with
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anything and goodness knows I might have
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a heart attack if they actually decide
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to make a thicker laptop because you
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know how Apple rolls but couldn’t happen
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now at that 12-inch MacBook again
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there’s no KB like our eighth generation
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for that Intel Y series even lower power
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CPU out yets and then probably not gonna
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refresh it until something happens there
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it’s so it’s probably an okay time to
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buy if I was gonna buy a MacBook Pro
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though I would and you can wait I would
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probably wait three to six months to see
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what Apple does with eighth generation
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CPUs because the performance jump
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between seventh and eighth generation is
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significant for the the Ultrabook II
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kind of setup and that new GPU
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configuration if they choose to use it
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can be interesting lastly there’s the
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new AMD rise in laptops which so far
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have hardly materialized right I know a
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lot of you enthusiasts are really
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excited you know this is the time AMD is
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really going to beat the pants off of
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Intel be faster and finally know how to
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manage thermals and battery life and all
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that sort of thing well as it turns out
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not many laptops still have it as soon
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as made a rogue’s tricks with with the
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the new rise in platform init and it had
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thermal problems and battery life wasn’t
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so great on granted that was one of the
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more powerful configurations their HP
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has an Envy that has it in there and
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it’s the drivers right now a MIDI is not
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so great at graphics drivers the way
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Nvidia is right now unfortunately it’s
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not quite as stable and the performance
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is ok it’s um you know it’s it’s like
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Intel but with an Nvidia 150 X 150 GPU
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inside a low-end dedicated GPU so that’s
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kind of nice again we’ll see where it
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goes maybe there will be more models
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that hit the market and they will get
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some of the kinks out but I would hold
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off right now until they can actually
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prove to us that they can get those
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things working really smoothly without
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thermal issues
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with decent battery life with drivers
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that are good so there you have it
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yes on ultrabooks okay yeah on gaming
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laptops and workstations I would wait
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for the Mac definitely three to six
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months and see hopefully they won’t take
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longer than that with the always
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connected the new Snapdragon mobile OS
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products we’re really gonna have to wait
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until I get those interviews so I can
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tell you how worthwhile they are
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especially because they’re not going to
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be cheap
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and lastly AMD rise and I say that
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that’s a whole right now until we see
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more models out there
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