kalvano wrote:FalafelWaffle wrote:Thinkpads are ugly as fuck. There's something to be said for design consistency (I guess?), but other than the blue enter key, my 2001 Thinkpad (somewhere in a closet) looks pretty much the same as a new one. I'm being glib, but they really do look like shit. Looks aren't everything-but if you're going to spend hours a day staring at the damn thing buy one that doesn't make you gag. Plenty of inexpensive HPs, Toshibas, and other Lenovos that don't look like shit. I think most PCs are pretty comparable (the Toshiba Protege is what I would get if I wanted a new PC laptop), except for Dell or Gateway. I wouldn't get those two.
Although I agree 100% on the Thinkpad's keyboard usability.
Who gives a shit how it looks?
All that matter is how usable it is. The Thinkpad has a fantastic keyboard and it won't poop a lung when someone's backpack knocks it off the table as they try and squeeze by.
I basically said that my response was glib. The ThinkPad's keyboard usability and general reliability would probably tip the scales for me, but I spend my life on my computer, all I ask is that it doesn't look like shit. And I don't mean that in the Apple fanboy douche sense, I mean that as any person who has to stare at something for hours a day every day. I concede that usability trumps design, but design is a consideration for me. If you're (general second person not you specifically) a holier than thou PC loyalist, bastion of computing pragmatism doosh I guess that doesn't register.
And I stand by my earlier statement of a shitty keyboard being an unequivocal dealbreaker (unless the computer is free).
Point being that there are morons on either side. PC loyalists take the side of pragmatism and feel the need to shit on MacBooks, occupying a smug sense of elitism over their perceived superior intellect in recognizing Steve Jobs as the proverbial emperor with no clothes. And Apple loyalists repeating talking points about OS X usability and how it's "unpossible lolz" for a Mac to get a virus. OS X vs Windows compatibility problems are virtually a nonissue these days, so get whatever fits your own personal standards. If you have no personal standards when it comes to computing buy a $400 Inspiron and hope you don't accidentally kill someone when you chuck it out your window. And as for design, function trumps form every time, no question, but I value a product that's mildly pleasing aesthetically. And I value laptops without shitty keyboards.