So my dear desktop computer is on the skits and I'm in the market of finding a new computer. I'm a college student so I'm looking seriously into laptops, because of the convenience.
I would like your guys' advice on which direction I should go. A couple of things:
- I'm a PC. I was pretty much born and raised on Windows 95. My current desktop has Windows XP SP3. However, I have a NUMBER of friends who have converted over to Mac, and say they're loving it. That and also I heard the majority of computer viruses are aimed toward PCs. I consider myself pretty computer literate with a PC. I feel like I know the in's and outs of the OS. I am vaguely familiar with Mac's OS, and when it comes down to it, learning a new OS is not a problem for me. In fact I would love to learn and explore a new operating system. The majority of people I've talked to say they LOVE their Macs, but PCs is always a mixed reaction; some people hate theirs, some love them. So, i'm open for Mac or PC (unless somebody has some advice otherwise).
- I have a budget of about $1500 dollars. Anywhere up to that price range (though being a poor, starving college student, below would be ideal) is fine with me. But I will not sacrifice quality for price. I want a nice, solid laptop that's not gonna poop out on me within the first few months. I also have the option of a friend who works at a PC store who said he could potentially build me a laptop. Just throwin' that out there.
- I like gaming. I love it, in fact, though I wouldn't consider myself a 'gamer'. I like all types of games from Civ4 to WoW, to Doom 3 to StarCraft. I generally go more towards MMORPGs, RPGs, Shooters, and Strategies. (I still wanna play Spore SOOO bad!) So, ideally, a laptop which can handle fairly graphic-intense games would be ideal. But I understand that laptops aren't generally the ideal gaming source, and I'm ok with that. I suppose there's also a compatibility issue with that. Are the majority of games made for PC or Mac? I don't like the idea of limiting which games I can and can't play, but it's not really a big thing. Just so long as I get a select few which are my favorites, I'm fine with that.
- While I do like gaming, I am looking for a laptop for COLLEGE USES. Note-taking, presentation creating, media recording and the like. I know I should be able to find these basic tools on any notebook I buy, but I guess I wanna know the differences between Macs and PCs, if there is any. I'm a Theatre Arts Major, English minor, and so we have rehearsals where we need to record vocal parts, piano sequences and the like for practice later on. I've noticed a number of my peers whip out their MacBook, set it on the chair next to them, and open up a program which records sound files. Anything similar to that on PCs?
- I don't really do pictures or anything. I store a few pictures here and there. I have a tendency to download movies, but delete them after I'm done watching them. Currently I have an external 320 GB Western Digital HD connected to my desktop. Would that work with a Mac, or is it solely PC?
- Other software requirements might be minor video editting and sound editting. Nothing TOO hefty. I like to dab in making movies a little. I also love surfing the internet, and listening to music on iTunes.
So, to sum it up, I'm looking for the ideal 'college/gaming/minor-media/web-surfing' laptop. (Kind of in that order.)
Any advice on which brand of laptop I should buy would be MOST APPRECIATED!
Sorry for the long post.
Thanks again guys! Let the battle for PC vs. Mac laptops begin!
-The Lone Ranger
Edited by The Lone Ranger, 02 December 2009 - 12:58 PM.