Last year, I indicated that I was in the market for a new laptop and asked folks which way I should go: PC or Mac? The discussion was pretty spirited. I also got some additional hate mail for my post entitled Why the Iphone Sucks which pretty much demonstrates my envy of iPhone users. I never got a new laptop then but now I actually need to get a new or used laptop. Our family is selling some stuff to help us get through some financial situations but thankfully, the church is supplying a laptop I can use. Another big reason why I need to get a new laptop is the Dell m1210 [12.1 in screen] I was using [which I really like] was causing some painful traces of carpel tunnel because of the cramped keyboard and that’s not good.
While I’d love to hear what your honest recommendations are. I’m not going to get a Mac simply because the budget I have from the church is $800 and well, we all know that Macs cost a pretty penny.
- What laptop & model would you suggest for that budget?
- What do you personally use? I’m curious to see the numbers between PC vs Macs. If you use a PC, what brand?
- How many of you have made the move to a Netbook?
I have four reasons why I won’t get a Mac – even though I’m a fan of Steve Jobs:
- I live in Seattle and just feel a sense of loyalty to Microsoft. I support Microsoft because I like to support local small businessess. And the fact that we have at least a dozen or so folks at the church I pastor that work at Microsoft factors in that loyalty. If I were pastoring in Silicon Valley, I’m sure I’d be using Macs – especially if they got me a massive discount. Plus, I don’t know if I could face Tim Sneath in my board meetings [his former title at Microsoft used to be "Microsoft Evangelist"...bizarre].
- Macs are expensive. Way way way more expensive. I still wonder if they are worth the extra money?
- They still seem really trendy to me. I know that my friend JP “Mac Hero” truly enjoys the company because he was using it in 1992 when I first met him but as for others, you are blinded by ‘the cool factor.’ He was the only person that I knew that was using it back then. Anyone else? Every time I bust out my PC, I can’t tell you how many folks have said, “Wow, I thought you would have been a Mac user.” I guess I’m just not “that cool.”
- The majority of my 13 person staff use Macs and even my Children’s Director, Katey, has switched over. Katey, Katey, Katey…how could you? I met with the entire worship crew yesterday and I was surrounded by Macs everywhere. I feel like I am the Last of the PC.Mohicans.
Now, of course, if someone wants to get me a Mac…that changes everything. :)