The Retina MacBook Pro is no doubt the "most perfect" 15.*-inch laptop ever made. I was at Staples earlier today and played with the 15.6" PCs on display and found all of them repulsive: bulky, heavy, and ugly, with outrageously thick display bezels. The good news is, PC laptops in this size category have been getting better and better. First, Panasonic came up with the Let's Note B10 with 15.6" 1920x1080 and an integrated optical drive that weighs only 4.14 lbs, though it doesn't look particularly pretty. A little later, Sony introduced the SE Series, which has a 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS screen and an integrated optical drive and weighs just a tad heavier, at 4.40 lbs. Then, Samsung updated its Series 9 lines, which included a 15.0" 1600x900 model weighing only 3.63 lbs! Samsung was smart enough to do away with the optical drive, and aesthetically it's at least as nice as the Retina MacBook Pro. And now, even HP has a sleek and light 15-incher, the aptly named "Envy Sleekbook 6". I said "even" because HP is notorious for making bulky and heavy laptops, but this 15.6" Sleekbook weighs only 4.6 lbs and most amazingly, it's priced at only $600. Unfortunately, its marred by a crap resolution, 1366x768, though that's hardly a surprise considering its budget price. (UPDATE: I just learned about the new Vizio CT15-A1: 15.6" 1920x1080, 3.96 lbs.)
As you can see, the laptop world is once again getting interesting if not exciting, after several years of drought. To take advantage of this excitement, all you need to do is learn to survive without the Thinkpad trackpoint.
Dell Inspiron 15-7568; HP EliteBook 8740w; Lenovo Thinkpad 8; Panasonic CF-Y9; Sony Pro13
Dell OptiPlex 9010 & 790, Precision 390; HP 8300, 8200 & 8000 Elite, d7900
Acer T272HUL; Crossover 404K; Dell 3008WFP, U2715H, U2711, P2416D, sp2309w; HP ZR2740w; Seiki Pro SM40UNP
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