Handle wrote:It strikes me that a lot of this conversation about $/performance slightly misses the point, especially since gaming is generally not an issue. Stability, battery life, ease of use, physical user interface, and time required for general upkeep are all just as important as raw speed, especially when dealing with Mac minimum specs vs. comparable PCs.
In my eight months as a unibody Macbook user, my operating system has never crashed. I have never lost data in an Office document. If an application quits (which generally occurs when I'm running 30+ tabs in Safari, as I only have 2gb ram), it does so painlessly. My machine sleeps and wakes within seconds and without error. I consistently get at least four hours of battery life unless I am streaming video. The multi-touch track pad is such a joy to use that I no longer use an external mouse.
The biggest problem I've ever had involved my HP printer drivers keeping a printing process running in the background, which slightly decreased my battery life and was easily solved by manually closing the process in the activity monitor. By Windows standards, that hardly even qualifies as a problem.
Most importantly, my computer still runs as well as it did on day one, without my ever having to deal with oddly named startup processes and other quirks of Windows systems.
I'd spend an extra few hundred bucks on a new Mac in a heartbeat, unless I was faced with some sort of dire compatibility issue.
(As an afterthought, I've noticed that the Windows advocates generally refer to price-for-performance, and the Mac advocates usually talk about a bunch of unquantifiable "quality" issues. Most of the Mac people seem to have lots of experience with PCs, and many of the PC people appear to have little experience with newer Macs. Then again, I haven't tried out Windows 7, which may bring the Windows experience up to par with Apple.)
You bring up some very good points, and again i agreed with you right up until I installed windows 7. I haven't restarted my netbook, except for the anti-virus install, since I installed win7. One thing I will note, my experience with the wireless networking is BETTER with windows 7 than it was with leopard. as soon as I login from sleep I'm connected, literally, the second I login. I have NO idea how this works, but I love it.
Stability wise, I have had a few programs crash, but windows 7 just closed them, put up a notice telling me what was happening, and everything else was fine. I have yet to have a forced shutdown, or bsod.
As for physical interface, I agree macs excell in this area, and I will be using a mac keyboard with my dell desktop this fall, but I'll be using a logitech mouse
I really think windows 7 is a game changer, and I recommend everyone thinking about buying a new computer try it (it's a free trial after all). Leaked pricing memo's suggest that if you buy your vista PC in between late july and the october release, the windows 7 license will be free, so...