Situation: it’s time to buy a new laptop and possibly (my first) tablet. Currently I’m using a MacBook Pro, but it’s my employer’s and I’m switching jobs, so… I need my own stuff. I’m not up on what’s available, so, yea, help me out here eh?
Thoughts. First, I gotta have a laptop, and games circa 2012 or earlier should play well. More is always better for performance, but I really do use it as a laptop… sitting in bed playing games/watching movies, working in coffee shops, etc, so I’d like something with reasonable performance but I also want it to fit in bed (<=15”) and not wake up the person beside me or catch the bed on fire. The MacBook was great for this, and for a bit I was set on getting another, just because the physical experience factor is so nice. But even with Bootcamp/Parallels I never bother to play my Windows-only games, and anyway a MacBook with a Nvidia card is a whopping $2600. I’d also though about MacBook Air + Steam streaming, but again I really do use it as a laptop, and game in multiple locations.
My thought was perhaps I could get a decent tablet for the email/movies/web stuff on the couch, AND a 13 or 15” Windows laptop for games. Then the laptop is my “real computer”, with me grabbing the tablet (and the keyboard/weight disappearing) when I don’t need the horsepower. I can read through specs as well as anyone, but I’m curious about the form factor… it’s so incredibly satisfying to type and play on a MacBook. There’s no flex at all when I’m typing or playing and the noise is very minimal. Sitting in bed playing TF2 is just as comfortable as a proper keyboard/monitor/mouse. My previous machine (ASUS circa 2011) was much better on paper in terms of spec/cost, but much less satisfying to use.
I’m thinking an Android tablet just because the cost is less and I’m not really plugged into either ecosystem. Decent form-factor, decent battery life, decent user experience… iPads are nice, and I can afford that, but I’m not asking much of my machine. The interface should be pleasant and snappy. Nexus 7? Or is the iPad really that much better of an experience? I dunno.
Suggestions? Do the convertible laptops work well? The idea of having one box that lets me flip the keyboard out of the way is really appealing, even with the tablet side being heavy/thick. Should I just ditch the idea of a tablet and drop the extra money into a better laptop?
Budget is flexible, but under $2K would be nice. I’ll order probably in late July. What would you buy in this situation?