Originally Posted by Bitech
Actually I don't know the prices of the Macbooks but generally Macbooks are much more expensive than Windows laptops and cannot be taken apart or configured, upgraded, etc.
Why would you consider burning so much of your money on a Macbook only to install Windows on it?
Air and Retina that is a valid complaint for the most part (SSD can be self upgraded but it is expensive due to the non standard design). But with the regular Pros 13", 15" and 17" they are as upgradable as Windows laptops. I can do HDD, RAM, Fan cleaning, TIM replace and ODD-HDD Bay conversions (Do RAID 0, RAID 1 or just SSD + HDD combo) just fine to my 13" Pro. Plenty if great DIY guides/teardowns including Apple's own detailed repair manual.
Prices are generally higher with the Pros especially but when you look past the raw performance numbers the rest of the machine and the warranty/support make up the price difference.
With the Air and Retina the prices are more equal if your just into raw performance in comparison to what is out for Ultrabooks with similar specs and screens. MBA i5, 4GB, 128Gb, 900p Screen in 13" will run you 1200 while the same will be said for any other ultrabook with a high resolution screen. More so if you go the Thinkpad Carbon. Your paying a premium for portability regardless of who you go with.
Putting windows on a Mac to run it most of the time is handicapping it. Just a far better laptop with OSX and the optimizations it has for the hardware.
I second the vote on the 15" Zenbook. That looks like the best choice for raw power and portability with that screen size on the Windows side. Should be intresting to see how much battery ASUS got out of it. The closest portable 15" would be the Samsung 9 series but that is at best a i7 dual core ULV not a full voltage mobile.Edited by ivr56 - 11/8/12 at 6:16pm