“What should you look for when you’re buying a laptop? [One of the main things to consider is the] operating system. At this point, the only viable options for most people are Windows and Apple. There are a few consumer laptops that come preloaded with some flavor of Linux, but the numbers are so small that they don’t really figure into the discussion,” Rick Ellis writes for Internet Broadcasting Systems (IBS).
“When it comes to choosing between laptops running Windows or ones made by Apple Computer, there are a couple of factors to consider. Most people would consider Apple’s iBooks or PowerBooks to be easier to use than many Windows-based laptops. And if you’re worried about computer viruses, it’s definitely less of an issue with Apple models. But they generally cost more up-front (although some studies show you save money long-term), and if your laptop needs servicing, it might be a bit less convenient than if you own a no-name Windows laptop. They’re also not a good option if you’re into computer gaming,” Ellis writes.
“In the end, some of it comes down to personal taste, and the type of computer you’ll encounter at school, at work or any other place you might be sharing files. If your school is filled with PowerBooks, then owning an Apple is a lot more convenient. But if your office is filled with Windows models, and you’re going to be swapping files back and forth, Windows might be the best option,” Ellis writes.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Not quite a 180, but a much, much better effort from Mr. Ellis this time out. Regular MDN readers will probably recall that last week we took Mr. Ellis to task for an article about Apple’s iPod in which he wrote, “Apple’s MP3 player is trendy and has lots of accessories to choose from, and it tends to hold more music than most people could ever listen to in one lifetime. But it is also a more expensive, proprietary device. Choosing an iPod is similar to buying an Apple computer instead of a Windows computer. Either you can’t live without them, or you think they’re over-hyped and over-priced.”
We published his email address and also the IBS online contact form URL in our article last week (see the Related MacDailyNews article below). Congratulations, our guess is that your emails had a good effect! You might want to drop Mr. Ellis and/or IBS a note about his new article and congratulate Rick on his better treatment of Apple.
Just like last week’s article, Mr. Ellis’ new article has already been picked up by over one hundred television stations’ and other media outlets’ websites that are affiliated with IBS.
Related MacDailyNews article:
IBS: ‘Choosing an iPod similar to buying an Apple computer instead of Windows, it is a more expensive, proprietary device’ – November 10, 2004