sequins wrote: cinephile wrote:
sequins wrote:Lol I'm gonna say it's more like a T1 at Sticker (mac) vs a T2 with scholly (asus/dell) . T1 costs more- but will last longer and give you a better experience long term - if you can afford it. T2 with scholly is like a cheap asus/dell - it'll last for a shorter time, be a poorer experience, break down more often, but if you do get to save money. If you get a decent quality/commercial/professional grade windows laptop it'll cost the same as macbooks - you are paying for a higher quality/engineered product but you are definitely PAYING for it. Depends how much money you are willing to spend.
One, Dells are terrible. Nobody should be buying a Dell in 2012. The ASUS is a lot more reliable than a Dell. And two, ASUS even makes motherboards for Apple. Doesn't make sense that their own products would breakdown more frequently than the ones they make for Apple. And lastly, I'm not sure a T1 education is higher quality product, it's just law school.
Well I'm not sure about asus - but in the past I've used/or fam members have used, dell, hp, toshiba, acer and IBM. The IBM's are a tank - Have old thinkpads from before the Lenovo days that still run fine and are perfectly capable of work. However back then they were definitely not cheaper than macs. Dunno how the new lenovo thinkpads are - but the quality of product is definitely up there. All the other windows computers I've had have crapped out after a year or two. HP overheated so much the grpahics card melted or something, my acer crapped out in the middle of writing an undergrad paper - which I then had to rush to a computer lab to rewrite.
But the actual quality windows laptops aren't that much cheaper either. I'm talking Thinkpad T or W series - not the cheaper models lenovo pushed out with the thinkpad name. Just it's hard to weed out all the crap from the windows computers. Even quality brands push out a few 'budget' options that are probably not worth the hassle.
i have a lenovo w520, it has the same build quality as a thinkpad made by IBM back in the day.
i bought it for $1100, to have configured a mac with the same stuff i got in the lenovo it would of cost $2200+++ and even at that price point the mac would still be missing features or be equipped with worse components, like the display for example, the best display you can get in a macbook pro is 1680x1050, and you have to pay $150 more for it
i have a 1920x1080, fullHD monster on my w520. For those of you who don't know the difference, a full 1080 screen will give you more screen real estate in terms of how many things can be displayed at a given time. A good example of this would be in Microsoft Word. If you have a word document opened up on the mac. you can display one page at a time, maybe two pages (but parts of the page might be cut off). on my w520, i can display 3 pages side-by-side at any given time. The increase in productivity is tremendous. Imagine being able to open Word and Excel and have them both up side by side with out having to minimize one, then open the other to pull data off of it.
if your buying a mac, its because you don't know shit about computers and your buying one because you think its cool.
even think long-term to when you are/if employed in a law firm. there's a 99.999999999% chance that their servers are only designed to accept windows clients (another reason to by windows 7 pro instead of the home edition). So when you want to access the discovery documents while at your firm, your little mac won't be able to pull the data off the server
bottom line, macs are toys, not business machines