Should have mentioned this earlier, my top budget is £700, the UltranoteII is about £620 (about $1000 if my maths is right?) which I am much more comfortable with paying, I'd only go to £700 if it was a high end Macbook Pro sort of spec, which I know won't happen hence my looking to spend a bit less.dhr90
I'm intrigued by those thinkpads, and the w520. But I am VERY hesitant about preowned, even if they are refurbished. The workstation part thought for use with an external screen does sound good, my plan had been to just have them side by side and to use a proper mouse for editing work. I'll think about refurbished and get back to you. Thanks for the offer though!
, you're going to have to decide how far you will compromise to stay within your budget. You say you want to save money but then you compare what you prefer to a Macbook Pro and are not comfortable buying used. (And IMO, Macbooks are about the most expensive and worst value/ROI there is. I know many will disagree but I've never considered Macbooks as being that great. Mid range at best as far as performance and usefulness, at least with regard to the hardware. But hey, the marketing is top notch!) I agree that buying a cheap consumer grade plastic laptop used is risky and probably would be a disappointment. However, buying an enterprise grade Thinkpad W520 is akin to buying an L lens. It's built like a tank and assuming it wasn't just totally beat to heck, it will be a great used system and work great for as long as you want to keep it.
Most folks don't realize that the major laptop brands have two lines. One is retail you see in stores. The other is business/enterprise that are only available through specific channels. The enterprise lines are more expensive, better built and last longer. It's not that the retail lines totally suck, they just aren't built to the same standards or consistency. Kind of like L Lens vs EF and EF-S lenses. These include some of the following...
Brand Enterprise vs Retail
Lenovo Thinkpad vs Lenovo (various models)
Toshiba Tecra/Portege vs Satellite etc.
HP Elitebook vs Pavillion
DELL Latitude vs Inspiron