Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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I have terrible experiences with Boot Camp. Apple's drivers have proven to be horribly unreliable for me, with blue screens all over the place on an Air, MacBook Pro, and Intel iMac right after installing them. Battery life also suffers greatly when using Boot Camp.

As for waste of money - Windows costs money. Add in the license costs and that hypothetical resale value is no longer an advantage. I say hypothetical because that laptop won't be resold.

My impression of the bootcamp is that it is something that Apple is reluctant to provide rather than really putting their weight behind - a stop gap measure that allows people to transition over to Mac OS X rather than a real long term solution with Apple's full backing.

IMHO if you're going to be running Windows 90% of the time then quite frankly to hand over the amount of money one does for MacBook simply for 'ooh shiny' or 'great build quality' (what ever that means - a more sophisticated version of 'ooh shiny'?) is a pretty bad argument to make. If you're buying Mac it is because you want Mac OS X and thus willing to pay slightly more for a laptop to run that said operating system but if you're simply going to purchase one to run Windows 90% of the time then quite frankly you're wasting your time and money.

As for the operating system itself - as I've said multiple times the issue I have with PC laptops isn't the hardware given that if you spend enough time you can find hardware of equal build quality to what Apple provides but the fact that your choice is Windows, Windows, or Windows when it comes to wanting a mainstream operating system that is supported by big name software titles (games and applications) and good hardware support. If you like Windows then all power to you but don't try to muddy the argument by exclusively focusing on the hardware whilst claiming (through the lack of attention on the matter) that the operating system doesn't matter.

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