“If the school prefers one brand or model of computer (and you don’t already have a PC), go with what’s recommended: Technical assistance will almost certainly be easier to come by. If the school has no preference, the best value comes from Apple, even though prices tend to be higher than for most Windows-based computers. The 17-inch Apple iMac with SuperDrive ($1,799 and up) is a space-saving beauty. On the portable side, I’d pick the 14-inch Apple iBook ($1,499),” writes Peter Lewis for Fortune.
Lewis then continues, “Still, Windows machines dominate in the work world” and proceeds to offer up some “values” from the Wintel side in another one of those strangely misguided “that’s what they use at work” rationalizations for buying a computer. Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: The boss also used to dole out one-cent Bic pens at work (one per month), the world’s cheapest, thinest, most-jammable printer paper, and never turned on the air conditioning… doesn’t mean we followed these dictums at home, right? You only live once, kids – enjoy it while you’re here by starting at the right place for your back-to-school computing needs.