Choosing A New Laptop: Bucking The Trend

Today I finally purchased my new laptop that I have been saving for for over a year.  While Apple’s portable computers are increasingly sought after, I am bucking the trend and am ditching my Mac for a PC.

The laptop I chose was a HP’s latest Pavilion dv6t Quad Series, including the following configuration for less than $1600 which made it not only cheaper but much more powerful than the entry level 15″ MacBook Pro.

  • Intel Ivy Bridge i7 3610QM Processor @ 2.3 GHz. Apple doesn’t even offer Ivy Bridge at this time.
  • nVidia GeForce GT 650M Graphics (2GB GDDR5). Apple doesn’t even offer 2GB graphics at this time
  • 15.6″ Full HD Antiglare LED-backlit Display (1920×1080)
  • 750 GB 7200RPM HD + 32GB mSSD cache Intel Smart Response compatible. Apple does not offer SSD caching
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM, upgradable to 16GB
  • Bluray reader + DVD Writer.  Apple does not offer Bluray as an option
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 2 year warranty with accidental damage protection. Apple does not offer accidental damage protection

Many will argue that what makes a Mac truly valuable is the OS as well as the quality of the hardware.  This certainly used to be true, however I am no longer certain that this is the case.  I have not been impressed with Mac OS 10.7 “Lion” and I am not getting excited about any currently announced feature in OS 10.8 “Mountain Lion” with exception of perhaps Gatekeeper.  In recent years Apple has gotten careless with its quality control, having released several extremely buggy software releases (1,2,3,4).  In the meantime I’ve noticed an increasing amount of innovation from Microsoft, and I’m looking forward to trying out Windows 8 when it comes out later this year.

This doesn’t mean I’m ditching Apple from my household, as Apple will still reign supreme on my other family computers for the foreseeable future. However, my laptop of choice this time around is for more bang for my buck.  HP, don’t let me down!

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