What you wrote is dumb. 13" MBP is about the same price as a 13" PC of equal specs, minus the video card, maybe...but intel 3000 is fine. for $1099 youll get a laptop thatll last 3-4 years no problem whereas cheaper PC laptops tend to shit the bed after around 2.5. If you're going 15" and match the resolution youll also not notice a huge price disparity. That said, replacing a cheaper laptop every 2.5 years might save you a bit of money --but choosing to have a nicer laptop for a longer period with less hassles (security issues, updates that break shit...) is not unreasonable. if you're doing any video production, you need a mac.. and if you're a developer or power user, having a unix core/terminal is real nice (fuck cygwin).
Just to refute you with real stats from the actual sites:http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MD322LL/AMacbook Pro 15-inch
Processor = 2.4 ghz quad-core intel core i7
Memory = 4gb
Hard Drive = 750 gb @ 5400 rpm
Graphics Card = AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1gb GDDR5
Battery = 7 hoursPrice: $2,199.00HP DV6T 15 inchhttp://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/cto.do
(not sure if the link works or not)
Processor = 2.4 ghz quad-core intel core i7
Memory = 8gb
Hard Drive = 750 gb @ 7200 rpm
Graphics Card = AMD Radeon HD 7470M with 1gb GDDR5
Battery = 9 cell battery (estimated at 9 hours)
Also, free Blu-ray player upgrade/dvd burnerPrice: $1,099.00
Note: I customized the HP to be as close as I could get to the Macbook Pro, but I could have easily give it a much better graphics card, more memory, better hard drive, and a better battery and still come in under 1500.
I used HP because it is easiest to customize on their website, but Asus (I have heard from others) is cheaper and offers better hardware.
So for a final score card, the winners are listed below:
Hard Drive: HP (faster, though honestly you probably wouldn't see that big of a difference, but it's still faster for less money)
Graphics Card = HP (by an entire generation)
Battery = tie (HP has it based on their estimate...but honestly, I don't trust that estimate, my HP doesn't quite make it 9 hours, it is more like 5 or 6 hours).
Plus...HP offers a free Blu-ray drive and dvd burner as well as the fact I could have upgraded all of these things and still stayed under 1500 bucks.
Ultimately, this laptop (hardware-wise, since you will probably need to upgrade the OS to stay up to date) will be top of the line for 2 years (close to it at least), above median for 4 years, and average for 5 to 6 years. If you are conservative enough, you could maybe
get 7 years out of it. Asus is hit or miss, I have had good and bad times with their machines, but as with all companies, there are the horror stories of tech support.
to say that people only get macs to look cool is fucking stupid.
No, you are wrong, I said:
This post is a flame on Apple, but I mean no disrespect to anyone who has purchased Apple products. I, myself, have an iPhone and am really happy with it. But, all I'm saying is that Apple is very expensive and I don't see the added benefit from an Apple versus its competitors. On the other hand, if you have tons of money and you care about what you look like in public to the degree that you need to make a fashion statement, then by all means, macbook pro is the way to go --it's a status symbol, for sure.
There is a difference between saying "if you want to make a fashion statement then buy a mac" versus saying "only people who want to make a fashion statement buy macs"........
Who describes themselves as a techie besides blog writers trying to gain some authority?
As an engineer I typically describe myself as a techie, geek, nerd, tech-whore, and whatever else that can help me self-depricate to get some laughs. I certainly am not trying to be arrogant about it otherwise I would have chosen a word a little more authoritative than "techie". But, if it did seem a authoritative, I am sorry and that is certainly not what I meant. As I said before, I am not trying to flame those people who purchase Apple products because I, myself, own many Apple products and am quite happy with them.
And wtf does that mean that 90% of software is compatible with windows? Where'd you pull that from?
I'm not gonna lie...I pulled that one outta my ass. But it is true that there is a lot of software that is exclusive to Windows (many --if not most-- video games come to mind). And I did qualify my statement with "--at least at the capacity that Windows offers--" because ask any investment banker if excel runs just as well on Mac rather than Windows and they will give you an ear-full until they bleed.
As for this:
Any virus issues?
Yes...Flashback has become a malware that has hit quite few machines so far, not enough to make it seem like doomsday just yet, but the point is this. Apple struggled with their desktop brand in the 90s and a majority of personal computers were Windows machines. Companies and individuals owned primarily Windows machines and because of their rampant use, more "hackers" (ugh, I hate that word...) gathered around the dominant OS, finding exploits wherever they could. Now that Apple has gained massive market share in the personal computing world more hackers are beginning to gravitate toward that OS to exploit it like an untapped keg.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/1 ... 17886.html
As a Windows user with Mcaffee or Norton or AVG or even Microsoft Security Center, you will be just fine. There is an alternative of course --linux-- but I like the balance between freedom and software support that windows gives me (linux is good for other things).