Originally Posted by ronnin426850 HP
and Acer are the most failing. I saw a video of a Lenovo being smashed to the ground, drawned in water, bumped up and down, and that is while working! And still being perfectly operational after that.
And the comment on the macbook is perfectly valid - they just SUCK for students. +mac is 2x more expensive for 2x crappier hardware.
HP and Gateway also have horrible quality standards, but if you look at failure rates, Acer and Lenovo are right next to them.
Also, I acknowledged in my previous posts that the Macbook Pros are priced higher than their competitors based on hardware. But 2x more expensive for 2x crappier hardware is a definite exaggeration. They just have a ~$400 premium; a $1100 Macbook Pro compares to a ~$700 laptop.
But that doesn't really matter, since the OP's choice (and my recommendation) is the Macbook Air. The Macbook Airs
are actually impeccably priced at $999 and $1200 and are the same price as their competitors
(the Acer laptops are cheaper than MBA, Samsungs around the same price and Sony's more expensive comparably speaking) while generally having better accessories, and customer service.
Originally Posted by cmeeks
Complete BS. My friend dropped his Lenovo T520 from 3 ft, obviously cracking the screen. I ordered a new screen online for about $100 and installed that sucker in there no problem. I can say from working on his computer, that it's built much better than my Sony. Anyway, just because it's plastic doesn't mean it's bad build quality.
I'm really not saying Lenovo is bad because it has a plastic case, I based my comment based on several failure rate percentage of laptop surveys. Just look at the CNET one.
Originally Posted by olliiee
Well the Lenovo is easily cheaper its just I'm not sure if I would ever be able to claim warranty if I purchased it and had it mail ordered to Australia, would they care?
They probably would let you get warranty service, but you'd probably have to pay shipping both ways, and the RMA periods will be excruciatingly long. Not to mention, you would have no physical support, whereas with Apple you can just walk into an Apple store and get help.
I don't think the Macbook Air can be and the model I speak of is on special and will likely sell out. Macbook Airs at 11.6" the 2011 models start at $1100 over here. But the one I'm looking at is the 2010 model so I'm not sure how much slower it would be :/ but it does have double the storage.
The CPUs on the new Airs are 2-3 faster than the last gen, the GPUs are at the same level.
I had an iPad from school for my entire final year of school and I barely used it.
For note-taking, you definitely need a laptop, and since you're at university, an ultraportable laptop is the best choice.
Also, Apple does offer student discounts, you should look into that.