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    You can get HDMI to VGA adapters for under £15 quid (hdmi powered as well) or usb3.0 vga cards for £30. So not limiting you to needing a VGA port...

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    We might use it for quite a bit of typing, so the keyboard might be a dealbreaker on a Surface Pro 2 - I have used one, but I suspect if you're in a rush it could get annoying. Uses the Intel 4400 HD chipset apparently. I'm assuming the Intel Iris is better than this (in the MacBook Pro).

    So definitely interesting, but perhaps just a bit too odd.

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    Have you taken a look at the Dell Outlet to see what you can find there? I have had some excellent stuff from it
    Dell Outlet - Refurbished Laptops, Desktops & Servers | Dell UK

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    I've used the touch keyboard and the type one. If you need to do a lot of typing the type is definitely better - and pretty much on a par with some middle of the road laptop keyboards. The touch is a little odd, but I've found it surprisingly usable AND it is even teaching me to be a bit less heavy handed in my typing. The downside of the type is it makes the whole package a bit more chunky. Not quite sure on graphics performance vs a MacBook. IMO any laptop is going to be a huge compromise when it comes to graphics. I'd not swap the surface for my GTX780 equipped desktop but I generally don't need that kind of power in a laptop.

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    I've got a little 12.5" Samsung 400B2B laptop. SSD (not standard), 8GB RAM, i3/i5 (don't think they make an i7), VGA and HDMI out. I think the only bit of your criteria it doesn't meet is the screen resolution.

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    Don't know why you think you'd get stung with a Very PC thinbook they are a good company to deal with and stand by their products.

    You could get a very well specced i5 or i7 from that range for that money.

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    The laptops I've had from VeryPC have been amongst the best I've had - better than the Toshiba's or Lenovo's I've had in the past. Yes they're rebadges, but they are Clevo's - one of the biggest laptop manufacturers in the world. I'm sure I've had Acer's in the past that were rebadged Clevo's.

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    I like Very lots, we buy all our desktops from them, but I bought two types of rebadged Novatech laptops and they were the worst we've got. Almost all are faulty after 2 years.

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    I think I prefer the Lenovo over the Macbook, because the Intel Iris chipset isn't that great. Although is it possible to get an education discount with Apple?

    (Maybe Very will throw a laptop in with our Summer desktop order? ;-)

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    True we've had Novatech's in the past which were on a clevo chassis and had loads of faults but the latest range really are much better and if you go to the very pc and spec up an i7 with 16gb and 1 tb hybrid drive you're looking at about a grand

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    True we've had Novatech's in the past which were on a clevo chassis and had loads of faults but the latest range really are much better and if you go to the very pc and spec up an i7 with 16gb and 1 tb hybrid drive you're looking at about a grand

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    We'd just need a 128GB SSD, as we wouldn't be putting much on it. It's just something that's fast when you need it, which seems to be most of the time when we're called out. Under £1k it seems for something pretty powerful. Even so, I'm still wary!

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