... it just seems to me that getting an entire laptop with Vista Home Premium and a free upgrade to Windows 7 is a smarter buy in the long run.
Actually, no. There's proof out there that Windows runs better on a Mac than any computer it was intended for. I recall a MacWorld report stating the top Windows computer was a Mac! I have clients who were die-hard windows users and now only use Macs for those purposes... and still remain puzzled why the Mac runs Windows better.
Everything you guys have said is my "dilemma" - I'm trying to find a "cheap" PC laptop that isn't complete crap. I'm not having much luck. To get a DECENT machine with a reasonable video card, amount of RAM, hard drive, media drive, etc., you basically have to spend $800+, but then you're stuck with a HEAVY, full-sized laptop.
Just to "un-shatter" your world, Reboot, let me say why I want this.
First, I've been unemployed for 9 months. But I have been freelancing quite a bit. While the freelance income is nowhere near what I was making at my last job, it is "un-taxed" income. So if I don't start buying some write-offs before the end of the year, I'm just going to be giving it to Uncle Sam anyway.
Second, my new job is a Windows-based office. A Mac may be in the future, but for now I'm stuck running Windows Vista. I NEED TO LEARN WINDOWS! Not only that, but as a self-proclaimed tech geek, I should probably at least have a bit of knowledge about Windows, if for no other reason that simply having some perspective.
I'm still going to be doing a lot of writing. My 15" MacBookPro is nice, but the sucker is really heavy. To be honest, I'm going to eat my words from a while back and say that I really should just sell it and get a MacBook Air - because I don't really use the power of the MBP, rarely use the media drive, and I would love the light-weight laptop. To be honest, the only thing about the MBP I do like is the larger 15" screen. But the MBAir is probably all I need for what I use it for (the heavy-duty work will still be done on my MacPro at home). But I really love the MBP, and I don't have a single scratch on the sucker... the Mac-lover in me hates to part with such a great laptop for no great reason!
That being said, I may have to consider using BootCamp. I have also considered buying the OEM version of Windows as mentioned above. The biggest decision going this route is which machine to install Windows on. Do I leave it on the desktop where it'll certainly run the fastest (but then I'm stuck re-booting my main workhorse to use it), install it on my MBPro for the most power on a laptop, or bite the bullet and get a MacBook Air and install Windows on it (where I'll probably suffer the slower speeds). This problem would be so easily fixed if MS allowed you to install Windows on a desktop & a laptop with a single license (like Apple does - even though Apple doesn't enforce it with stupid activation schemes).
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The biggest difference most visible to most users between Windows 'Pro' and 'Home' versions in XP has probably been in the network settings as in Pro version you can have your machine join a domain whereas the Home versions only have an option to join (or create) a workgroup. Not really much of a difference. Then again, with Vista, MS claims the Business version has some little extras to help in the business environment... In your case I'd just go with the cheaper alternative, which probably is the home premium.
I can't really go that much in depth in Vista, as I am totally and completely skipping it and most likely will get Win7 via Bootcamp on the MacBook.
And as for the initial advice on laptops, go with what Sarge said if you are still going to get a windows laptop. Getting a big name brand like Dell/HP/Fujitsu-Siemens... you get tons of bloatware preinstalled.
Giz, mebbe I'm just being partial but I like the idea of toting a Mac Book Air and being able to boot to OSX if I get in a pinch and can't do it on a Winders machine. If all you have is a Windows laptop and get stymied by something simple then you are going to have to ask for help. As opposed to just booting into X and maybe being able to get it done there.
Plus... it would be very cool to be the only one in a Windows workplace toting a Mac that is also a Windows machine when necessary. You will be a candle in the darkness my friend. Sell your MBP and take the 800 you were putting towards a Windows laptop and that should just about get you there.
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