Micdiddy wrote:sinfiery wrote:Any laptop you buy today that costs as much as a Macbookpro will undoubtedly come with a Solid State Drive alleviating this problem along with making bootup times from a complete shutdown under 10 seconds for both macs and PCs.
My current comp is from 2009 (Sony Vaio pcg-3h1l) and takes probably 30 seconds to boot up and 90 seconds to finish digesting whatever its got going on and run properly. Don't know if it has a solid state drive but have PC's progressed a ton in this regard since then?
A computer with a SSD is going to boot much faster regardless of the OS. That said, PC manufacturers tend to add a whole bunch of bullshit startup programs to everything they make, which is part of the reason that Macs tend to boot faster. Get something with an SSD and clean out the junk, and you'll see quick boot times regardless of whether it's a Mac or PC.
Rebexness, you don't. But you need to spend $1500. You can get a good PC laptop for $500-1000. That's my biggest sticking point on the PC; even if I preferred Macs (which I don't) I just can't justify dropping hundreds of dollars more for a machine that is going to function almost identically (particularly for LS purposes--you're going to use Microsoft Word and the internet, maybe an outlining program of some kind; you're not playing games and you're not editing video).
Laxbrah, it might not be expensive to replace, but if there's a 5% chance that my hard drive takes a dump the day before finals start I'd like to avoid that.
Or just buy an SSD and/or back up everything to your Google Drive so you don't have to worry about it.