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PC fish-have MacAir and Samsung Win tablet with full hard-disks, and Lenovo X220 with broken display. Thinking of taking all 3 to Msft or Apple Store and asking to consolidate on new machine. Advice?

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There aren't any MacBooks with touch displays so if you're looking for an "all-in-one" device, I would encourage you to look into the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. I've heard great things about its utility. That being said, I have an early 2015 MacBook Pro and it's better than any laptop I've ever owned by a country mile.

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@P1 You obviously don't know many people who use Apple laptops. Most of the people I know who use a MacBook Pro regularly are software engineers, design engineers, hackers, etc. — people who definitely know their way around a computer and a variety of operating systems. MacOS is personally my preference because it's much better designed and, unlike Windows, has bash (terminal console) natively built into the OS because it's *nix based, which is crucial if you're doing technical work. If you use macOS like a noob, it also has the advantage of being idiot-proof, which is an added advantage as well (and probably why Windows users still carry the "Apple products are for dummies" stereotype). That doesn't mean it's not a fantastic OS. And don't even get me started on the physical build quality or the beautiful display...

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Apple people won't know how to turn on a Windows tablet or a Lenovo PC. I never heard of a Microsoft store either. If it was me, I would get a new system, universal hard drive readers, and rip out the drives of all these​ and do it myself.

Do it yourself with cloud or external HD. Use external screen for Lenovo or mount HD on another machine.

Oh, one more thing, it's well known that Apple products hold their resale value much better than competing products. I read somewhere credible (I forget where, it was a long time ago) that a used MacBook, on average, holds 50% of its retail value after 5 years. That's not going to happen with a regular Windows laptop.

Thanks all - I should clarify: I have no interest in consolidating hard drives. Too little free time and PC competence. I don't care about touch screen or portability either - I'll keep my tablet for that. I just want a stable home PC where I can keep my pictures and important docs, and where I can work on weekends when needed. Wife knows Apple and we both know PC - I guess we'll work that out.

I just wouldn't let the staff of any store touch your data. It's not clear to me if that's what you're proposing, but I wanted to get my IA 2 cents in there.

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