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Help! I am about to purchase my first notebook computer and need some input. I do not play games but use office applications, surf the net, and like to watch DVD movies. It just so happens I am a staff member at a large university that does offer either Dell or Apple with complete customer service right here at work. Ok, everyone tells me that I need at least 512 megs of Ram and a multi drive so I can burn CD/DVD's. Between Dell and Apple which unit and configeration would you buy?
Given a limitless supply of money, I'd opt for a loaded 17" Powerbook. It's really the gaming market that drives top-end performance, so any modern notebook will be sufficiently powerful for you to do what you want. After that, it becomes a question of aesthetic preference. In the land of reality, for what you describe, I'd go for a 15" Powerbook or iBook...12" if I was going for ultra-portability.
Apples typically are excellent hardware throughout but the OS is, ...well, Macintosh. I happen to like OSX because itís UNIX, but thatís me. If you go Apple, be aware of limited 3rd party software options.
if you aren't familar with the mac operating system, i would suggest you get a Dell.
I researched this topic for almost a year before I bought my new notebook. Everything said and done it finally came down to Gateway or IBM. I bought the Gateway 450ROG. After 8 months (and one return trip to the factory) I'm very satisfied. Gateway does have the best tech support in the industry. The IBM's are the most trouble-free, but tend to lag behind in features. Good luck! :cool:
(By the way, the industry average for notebook failures during the first 12 months of operation is 50%, so choose carefully.)
OS-X meets the requirements of the original poster: web surfing (Safari), office applications (Microsoft Office), and CD/DVD burning (iDVD).
Plus you get *nix with thousands of BSD/PPC apps that compile under OS-X (not to mention the wealth of Apple propriatery software) with an interface that's far superior to anything X11 could spit out.
Yes, you get more apps with a WIntel system, but really...anything that you want to do on Windows can be done on OS-X, without having the constant barrage of viruses and security-patch headaches. It's definitely a matter of preference though.
I switched from Mac to PC a few years ago, then sold my Dell 8100 for a tablet PC because it had the pro version of XP and I hoped it would be more stable. Went through 3 Viewsonics and 2 Toshiba tablet PC's and last August I switched back to Mac.
I now have a 1Ghz G4 12" Powerbook with DVD-R and am thrilled with it. I don't regret it, although I do wish it had a PC card slot. Otherwise it is perfect.
Go for the Mac - a 12" 15" or 17" should be a good purchase, depending on what you can afford. a 1Ghz G4 ibook might be good for a budget, but the powerbook can run two monitors with diff desktops, is a little quicker, and has the USB2 and DVI video out... The built in bluetooth and 802.11g wifi are good to have too.
Check out the notebooks that Alienware offers. If I were to buy one, it'd be from Alienware.
I've nothing but good things to say about my 15" Apple Powerbook. Working at home I use an external keyboard and mouse and a Griffin I-Curve stand. Makes a kicking desktop as well. It's hogwash what the Windows folk say about the lack of software.
Go with the Dell. If you time it right, you can maximize the deals that they have. I have an inspirton 1100 and it is awesome. I play games, DVDs, do work , have given presentations, etc, etc with it. Apples are good too, but there just isnt the software at a competitive price for it.
If it's any consolation, and although above I recommended apple, my Dell 8100 with XP home was more stable than my Winbook or any my tablet PC's.
My wife has a Dell 4100 I bought for her, and with Win 2K pro it is very stable and snappy, even for a 700mhz Celeron or P3.
I still think Mac Powerbook is the way to go.
I've been considering buying a notebook for sometime. I was leaning towards a Dell, but ABS for a performance or IBM for something small have also entered my mind. I don't know anything about Apple, but the people at techtv seem to love them. Heres a website I found very helpful in notebook research:
Good luck, Max :) ;c
I bought a HP zd7000 about eight months ago, great system.
Given the choice (and someone else's money) I would have gotten the 17" Powerbook (Apple).
Now that Apple uses BSD (Unix), there's no reason to by WinTel.
Everything Apple is pricey, I'll have to give you that. I just dropped 5K on a G5 desktop and display. I got to play with a 12" Powerbook last weekend. That would be a very cool road warrior machine. Then with an external monitor at home. Who need a desktop machine? Todd
I'm switching to an Apple notebook when I'm ready to upgrade in a year or so.
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