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A PC laptop(reliable brand) that is taken care of = A Mac*
*in terms of reliability
A pc is ahead in everything else

My advice : Choose a PC laptop of a reliable brand, read as many reviews as you can, preferably user reviews. Take good care of it. It will last as long as a mac maybe longer, it will be a million times easier and cheaper to repair(if anything happens, even if you just want to clean it.

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ASUS, Toshiba, Sony.... in that order.

This guy right here.

I would never touch brands like ibuypower when thinking about longevity and reliability. Definitely look towards Asus, Toshiba, Sony, and maybe even Lenovo (thinkpad) when considering reliable and well made laptops.

Really though, Macbooks are fantastic laptops. OSX is great, and their trackpads and the magnetic chargers are unmatched. The increased price is not entirely wasted considering these things, not to mention the fact that resale value will hold up better than any other laptop you could purchase.
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post #32 of 45
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My advice : Choose a PC laptop of a reliable brand, read as many reviews as you can, preferably user reviews. Take good care of it. It will last as long as a mac maybe longer, it will be a million times easier and cheaper to repair(if anything happens, even if you just want to clean it.
I opened my MBP13 a few weeks ago. Cleaned it and repalced RAM in under 10 minutes biggrin.gif

It just comes down to preference and what you need out of a machine.
I needed something well balanced and built solid. I could not find anything new close to a used Sandybridge i5 MBP 13.
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Check out the HP Elitebooks, and Probooks, very good build quality, I have an Elitebook and its a very well made system
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All depends. I've stuck with Apple laptops since they've been insanely reliable for me and getting anything fixed, if I do run into a problem (knock on wood), is beyond easy. Also the current student discount I get definitely is nice.
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post #35 of 45
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All depends. I've stuck with Apple laptops since they've been insanely reliable for me and getting anything fixed, if I do run into a problem (knock on wood), is beyond easy. Also the current student discount I get definitely is nice.
Yeah the fact that there is a option to walk into either any Apple or dealer and get it repaired in person if you need anything fixed.
No shipping/phone calls needed is one of the better things with anything Apple.
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Yeah the fact that there is a option to walk into either any Apple or dealer and get it repaired in person if you need anything fixed.
No shipping/phone calls needed is one of the better things with anything Apple.
Yup, exactly.
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post #37 of 45
Go look at some of Asus' laptops.
If you're looking for something lightweight and powerful, the zenbooks are pretty great. I went cheap and got a $700, i3 version, and I can't say anything bad about it (well, I wish I got the i5, because I want moar speed). A friend of mine picked up the i5, 1080p model for something like $999 (it was on sale, iirc), and he loves it.

They are VERY solid - entirely metal case (mine's dented frown.gif... because I dropped it... while running), great battery life (I can pull ~8 hours), and (provided you dont go cheap) great performance for the price.


They've also got more powerful version, the S46, which is a bit thicker, but has a GT635m. Those things fall in around $800, have an i5, 6gb ram, etc, but you pay for it in battery life. A friend of mine bought one, and claims he gets ~4 hours.



Also, they're normal Windows computers. You can switch them to windows 7, so you can actually do stuff on them.


/edit

As for that claim that Macs have some sort of advantage with creative stuff, it's a total lie.

They run the same software. If you're doing 3D work, you're using Cinema4D, Maya, 3DSMax, etc. which run exactly the same on windows. If you're a DJ, you're probably running Traktor, which also runs on windows. Sames goes with Ableton, Massive, etc. For video editing you've got the ENTIRE adobe suite, Sony Vegas, etc. All of these run exactly the same as on both Windows and Mac, meaning your only advantage is hardware specs (how fast the programs run), where non-macs have a MASSIVE advantage.

TBH the stuff that comes with macs is pretty bad. Garage band is a total joke compared to proper music software, and the iLife suite has nothing on the Adobe Creative Suite.


/edit

Oh, and PLEASE don't code on a 13" screen. I did for about 4-5 months, cried, then went back to my 24" desktop. Seriously, coding with little screen space is one of the worst things I can think of. You have so little freedom, and can see so little at one time.
Edited by doomlord52 - 2/12/13 at 12:16pm
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post #38 of 45
CS grad here - if you only need a mac for iPhone development in class, buy the PC because you'll get more bang for the buck.

Then you could use macincloud.com for iPhone development - its basically a hosted mac server you can use for iphone development. Very cheap.

http://www.macincloud.com/

However, if you plan to build iphone apps for a living or hobby long term, just get a mac.

cheers.
post #39 of 45
CS grad here - if you only need a mac for iPhone development in class, buy the PC because you'll get more bang for the buck.

Then you could use macincloud.com for iPhone development - its basically a hosted mac server you can use for iphone development. Very cheap.

http://www.macincloud.com/

However, if you plan to build iphone apps for a living or hobby long term, just get a mac.

cheers.
post #40 of 45
CS grad here - if you only need a mac for iPhone development in class, buy the PC because you'll get more bang for the buck.

Then you could use macincloud.com for iPhone development - its basically a hosted mac server you can use for iphone development. Very cheap.

http://www.macincloud.com/

However, if you plan to build iphone apps for a living or hobby long term, just get a mac.

cheers.
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