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Location: Middletown, Pennsylvania
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Mac Specs: 15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD

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If you can tolerate Windows, my recommendation would be a Windows notebook. There is no need to learn the eccentricities of a new OS just because you're in the market for a new computer. Mac OS X is an excellent operating system, and the MacBook Pro is a great machine, but you are paying a premium for the luxury of running OS X. If you don't approach the new machine with an open mind because you're used to Windows, you may find yourself disappointed. But if you are willing to invest the time to learn it, you'll find OS X to be very rewarding.

If in fact you are leaning toward a Windows notebook, give the Dell XPS M1530 a serious look - it's a very nice machine and can match the MBP feature-for-feature for a few hundred dollars less. I've heard that Sager makes a decent notebook, but they are a relatively small player - and parts and service may be difficult to come by should there be a problem.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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