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've sold two laptops in the last 10 years. The first was an iBook G4 800Mhz. I kept it 3 years and sold it for $400 with some software. It cost $950 (education discount) US. The second one was a Toshiba that was 2 years old. I paid $300 for it and sold it for $150. It was in great condition but I wanted something faster.

The laptop sales helped pay for their replacements. The iBook was replaced with a $600 refurb thinkpad. I gave that to my mother. The toshiba money went toward $550 toshiba quad core amd a6 which i currently use. It runs debian and midnightbsd. Love it.

I've also sold an iMac to a coworker previously. Macs do better in resale value, but you still have to find someone that wants it. We couldn't offload PPC macs after the intel switch easily.

Apple laptops are a no brainer if you need battery life. They are also the best choice if you like small displays. I won't pay PC prices for a 13 inch laptop when a mac is so much better. I settled for a 15 in monster because it was cheap. I don't like the form factor.

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