Biting the bullet, buying the Apple

I’ve owned my Lenovo V570 laptop since the summer before I started college. The pros are that it’s very functional, fast, has a great screen size and great memory for a four year old model. The cons are that sometimes the CD/DVD drive doesn’t cooperate anymore, it’s too heavy to carry around every day, and the battery life is awful. Since memory isn’t as important anymore because of cloud technology, I’d like to switch to something more mobile (definitely another laptop) and long-lasting battery wise. Here are the specs for my current laptop (some of which were found online using this Personal Systems Reference):

  • Manufacturer: Intel Model 1066A9U
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU): Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M 2.30GHz
  • Hard Drive: SATA DVD±RW, SATA disk 500GB (5400 rpm) or 750GB (5400 rpm)
  • RAM: 6.00 GB
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics
  • Max. Display Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Laptop Display Size: 15.6″ widescreen
  • Battery Life: Up to 5 hr
  • Weight: 5.29 lb
  • Data ports: Three USB 2.0 and one eSATA/USB combo port, external monitor (VGA DB-15, HDMI), ethernet (RJ-45)
  • Video connections: external monitor support via analog VGA DB-15 connector / digital HDMI connector
  • CPU Benchmark Score: 5868

Here’s what my dream computers would be (if I had a $1,750 budget):

MacBook Pro 13.3″ with Retina Display

  • Price: $1,649.00
  • Manufacturer: Apple
  • CPU Name and Speed: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 5th-Gen Broadwell
  • Hard Drive Type: PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • Storage Capacity: 256GB
  • RAM: 16GB of Onboard 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • Video Card: Integrated Intel Iris Graphics 6100
  • Max. Display Resolution: 2560 x 1600 Native Resolution
  • Laptop Display Size: 13.3″ LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • Battery Life: Built-In Lithium-Polymer – 9 Hours per Charge (71 Wh)
  • Weight: 3.46 lbs
  • Data Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 2, 2x USB
  • Video Connections: 2x Mini DisplayPort via Thunderbolt port, 1x HDMI
  • CPU Benchmark Score: 7759

Dell XPS 13 (2015)

  • Price: from $799.99
  • Manufacturer: Dell XPS 13 9343-7273SLV
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU): 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-5500U
  • Hard Drive: 256GB SSD
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 5500 with shared graphics memory
  • Max. Display Resolution: 3200 x 1800
  • Laptop Display Size: 13.3 “
  • Battery Life: 15 hrs.
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs.
  • Data ports: 2 USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Headphone output/Microphone input combo
  • Video connections: Mini DisplayPort
  • CPU Benchmark Score: 5481

I selected these laptops because they got great reviews, weren’t too expensive for what they’re worth, and topped LaptopMag’s List of Best Laptops 2015 (well, the 15-inch version of the MacBook did). The MacBook also topped Laptop Computer Planet’s list for the Best Laptops for Graphic Design 2015. I’m not a gamer, but I need a laptop that can handle Photoshop, Premiere and web design, and these laptops fit the bill. I’ve always been a PC person, but doing this research convinced me that maybe it’s time to make the switch to Apple– that MacBook looks pretty awesome!

The questions I still have at this point are: How do the Geekbench scores work, and why are there so many different results for the same laptop?

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