Apple vs PC – Help me out
Posting here in the afternoon as I need some help. Yeah, I know, I’m supposed to be helping you out, but hopefully you won’t mind me asking a question for a change.
I need to purchase a laptop for my blogging and Empty Cabin Media work. For a few years, I’ve been eying up an Apple Macbook Pro and spent some time yesterday reading up on them and comparing them to similar Windows based laptops. The specific Windows based model I want is a Lenovo T500.
From what I’ve found, I can get a very nice Lenovo laptop with similar specifications to the MacBook Pro for anywhere from $1000 – $1500.00. The similar MacBook Pro I really like is $2500.00. Here’s my dilemma: I know the Macs are slick. They are light, easy to use, fast, and have some really really cool software, but to be honest they aren’t $1000.00 more cool. At least not to me. Not based on what I know at this point.
Upon further reflection last night, I decided that if MacBook Pros are $1000 or so more than Windows based laptops, than they must have some feature or features I’m not considering. I mean, I could buy two Lenovo laptops for the price of one MacBook Pro. I must not be considering something. Just for the record the following considerations don’t justify an additional $1000.00 for me:
- MacBooks are really really “purdy” (as we say here in the South) – Completely agree, best looking computer on the market. But, so are BMWs…but I don’t own one.
- MacOS instead of Vista – Yes I hate Vista, but I’d live with it to save $1000.00
- Easier to use – I agree with that too, but I’m a software/computer guy, so I’m real comfortable using computers, and even frequently use a command line (*gasp*)
- Steve Jobs – I agree, cool guy and all, but I don’t think he needs my $1000.00
Now, it might seem like at this point I am anti-Apple, o’contrar monfrar. I really want an Apple. I’d love to run the Coda editor, Evernote for Mac, and Things. I also really like the OS/X operating system as well.
I know many of you have both Apple machines and Windows based machines. I would love to hear your input on my dilema/decision. I even know some of you that are personal finance/frugal bloggers that have Apple computers. How did you justify the additional cost? Why do you elect to spend the extra money for the Apple? Was it worth it?
<begin shameless begging>Hey, if you’re an Apple person or retailer and want to just give me one to review and keep. I promise I’ll write all kinds of good stuff about how great my new MacBook is, the software, the support, etc etc. <end shameless begging> <== hehe, can’t blame a guy for trying right?
Seriously, add a comment with your thoughts. It would really help me out.