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New laptop - PC or Mac
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My work laptop seems to be on its way out, and IT has advised me that I will likely need a new one soon.  I can choose between a Dell or a Mac, and can get pretty much any model from either company, within reason.  I'm a longtime Windows user, and have historically been anti-Apple, but the number of problems that I've had with this Dell, and the problems that my colleagues with Dells have had lately is tipping me towards the darkside.

What the current thinking in the Mac vs PC debate?

I've narrowed it down to one model from each.  I'm looking for portability and power, for running Office and some scientific software.  Some of the software I use is Windows specific, but I can run Fusion on the Mac for those applications, which are sporadic, rather than regular use.

Mac:  13" Macbook Pro with Retina display, i7, 8gb ram, 512gb SSD.
Dell: Latitude e7240, 12.5" 1366x768 display, i7, 8gb ram, 256gb SSD (to be replaced immediately with a 480gb ssd).

Price is near enough a wash to not be a factor in the decision.  I'll probably run a 24 inch external monitor, and external keyboard/mouse for both while at work.
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#2
How much work at home are you likely to do? Id not want to spend long working on either of those tiny screens. Will the Dell be running Win7 or 8? If its 8 Id run a mile or ask for Win 7. My heart would say Mac but for familiarity Id have to plump for the Dell. (Assuming never having to look at its screen...)
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#3
I'd only be working away from an external monitor a couple of hours a week, mostly on the train.  Occasionally, maybe once a month on average, I'll use it at home for 5-7 hours in week.  I'd probably use it for as many hours for Trainerroad as I do for work from home.  I currently run a Dell with a 15.6" 1600x900 display, without an external monitor.  I just got it an hour ago from a fresh reinstall of Win7, and the display driver has crashed and frozen 5 times since.  It was rebuilt due to freezing several times a day that only a hard reboot would fix.

We run Win7 Enterprise at work, which would be a clean install by IT once the machine is received.
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#4
I think Id opt for a 15" screen for sure, if nothing else it gives you some real estate for typing/reading and trainer road. Ive got a 14.1" that I use all day at work and its a bit small really but I dont have the inclination to use a proper monitor. Its as small as Id want to go for any kind of proper use. Its an E6430 for reference.
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2014 Specialized Epic Marathon
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#5
My E6510 is heavy and big.  I really want to go smaller.  I have also considered the 14" Dell Latitude e7440, which would be essentially identical to in specs to the e7240, apart from the 14" higher res 1920x1080 display.  I haven't fully ruled it out, but a distant third.  I've always gone with 15-inchers in the past b/c I wanted the more powerful processors and bigger screens.  The i7 in the new Dells benchmarks 50% faster than the quad-core i7 I have in my current 3-year-old Dell.  24" inch monitors are near enough a hundred quid that there's no reason not to get one for the time I'm at my desk.
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#6
Slight update on this.  My Dell continues to give me troubles.  I've got a 15" Macbook Pro that's about 1.5yrs old as a loaner while I figure out what to get.  I'll use it for a few days to see if I get on with OSX.
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