Having a titanium MacBook Air tucked under your arm or those characteristic white earbuds leading to a colorful iPod in your pocket has become a status symbol for the digital age. These are symbols that come with price tags to match, however. When it comes time to get a laptop computer for work or school, are you really getting your money’s worth with a MacBook? You probably aren’t. Let’s take a look at some everyday scenarios where a consumer would be better suited with a less flashy computer.
1. The College Student.
While your son or daughter going off to college may be dropping hints toward a MacBook as a graduation gift, you’ll likely do better by looking into Dell laptop computers instead. Taking notes, writing papers, accessing the Internet, downloading music and playing flash games (let’s be realistic, here) do not require a high-end machine. Dell offers many quality notebooks for a fraction of the price of a MacBook. That money can be better put toward books, the cost of which are rising all the time (especially those with bundled CDs.) In addition, when it comes to theft on a college campus, the notebook computer is the new bicycle. The last thing you want is a computer that looks expensive.
2. The Journalist.
From professional journalists to bloggers alike, these are the kind of users that travel constantly. While Apple products look nice, they’re products to be kept indoors and polished, not to survive the open road. Other manufacturers’ notebooks, particularly Lenovo’s ThinkPad line, are far more rugged and offer superior battery life. Even after Lenovo picked up the Thinkpad line from IBM, they have remained one of the few lines of laptop that will take a tumble down the stairs and keep on ticking.
3. The Gamer.
A laptop that can run games as well as its desktop counterpart is never cheap. Why spend all that money on a flashy laptop that still doesn’t pack a reasonable graphics card or a high-end CPU? For $1600, you could easily shoehorn a Core i7 and high-end graphics adapter into your budget.
4. The Graphic Designer.
While Macs have long had the reputation of being “the” computer to have for graphic design, the truth of the matter is that they actually contain the same sort of hardware used in PCs for these applications. Most of the same software is even available for Windows that you’ll find on Mac OS.
5. The Writer.
Glasses, a six-dollar cup of coffee and an Apple computer have become the icons of “successful” writers. The truth is, however, that a top-of-the-line Macintosh is no better at word processing than a computer built in 1994 was. Spell checkers and fonts do not require a powerhouse. Unless the “artist cred” of a glowing Apple logo is worth the price tag to you, a Dell or Lenovo machine will suit you just fine.
So before you make a $2,000 investment into a laptop that will be outdated in a couple of years, consider what you will actually be using the laptop for. If you don’t need the design capabilities of a Mac, then don’t pay the cash for one. A simple netbook will suit you just fine, and will save you a thousands bucks.
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