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wynand32

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Precisely what I replaced my defunct Surface Brick with - it's a bit clunky in tablet mode compared to undocking the Surface Brick, & the pen (part of the price, along with a nice slip case) not quite so good for sketching, but it's generally a much better travel companion than the SB. It's even relatively "clean" as a system, with only McAffee trialware and some HP service software cluttering it up.
Agreed on your points, and I’d likely get the Spectre x360 13 with a 4K display and only flip the screen around to media mode for Netflix. Otherwise, I’d just use it as a clamshell — it’s just a nice notebook period, outside of being a 2-in-1.


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MikemanSP4

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Especially when loaded up with crap like McAfee, the biggest memory and processor hog ever.
I have tested and used all of the major brand names of Anti-Virus software. If you can avoid it, don't use the major brand names such as NortoN, or the murderous McAffe (LOL) - What they do is examine and monitor many of the computers processes and service, taking a machine running at 100MPh and throttle it down (hypothetical) to 60-70. Over the years, through trial and tribulation, I have narrowed down my favorite using ZoneAlarm, which seemingly has the slightest effect on PC performance. This of course is just my opinion based on small, local, self-imposed benchmark tests. Another decent one, is AVG.

Think it over when it comes to virus protection - Or better yet, place yourself into the chair of malicious person attempting to code viruses and malware, adware *(you get the picture) - What would you ensure your virus can do? Make it past / through many of the Major Virus protection hurdles, thus by-passing the most commonly used. You can obtain a trial version of most - so give it a try if you are in the market for a good set of protection tools that won't bog down your beast.
 

MikemanSP4

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Especially when loaded up with crap like McAfee, the biggest memory and processor hog ever.
I have to recant my comments about Lenovo - We recently purchased a Lenovo Carbon refurbished machine from Amazon.de and wow -that thing is an ultra-light beast of a machine. I am truly impressed - however - Lenovo still has some "not-so-good" PCs out there, but don't they all.
 

Afy

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I have to recant my comments about Lenovo - We recently purchased a Lenovo Carbon refurbished machine from Amazon.de and wow -that thing is an ultra-light beast of a machine. I am truly impressed - however - Lenovo still has some "not-so-good" PCs out there, but don't they all.
Unfortunately mine isn't a Carbon. It just is a piece of crap that is tightly locked down, that I cant even apply patches to upgrade it to 1703. It by and large just gathers dust.
 

MikemanSP4

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Unfortunately mine isn't a Carbon. It just is a piece of crap that is tightly locked down, that I cant even apply patches to upgrade it to 1703. It by and large just gathers dust.
Pardon me - but why is it "locked down" - is it a work PC on a network?
 

Afy

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Yup work issued laptop. I would never buy one for myself. Have always had bad experiences with the brand, especially on warranty.
Luckily I can use any of the other laptops I have for work as well. So I primarily use either the SP4 or SB2 now.
 
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