A lot of times many people ask me about which laptop should they buy. Today I put together one analysis sheet for a good friend, thought that I should share this with you. Needless to say that this is only the first cut and of course open to many changes. We can collaborate these changes on the blog and see how things go.
It's a great chart and will help make an objective decision. I've been a Toshiba user for a lot of years now - my first laptop was a Toshiba and so is my second one though I might lean towards the Apple when I consider my next purchase. I have a slightly different opinion wrt Apple being rated only '1' on Price. Agreed Apple's macbooks are priced at a premium when compared to the PC-based laptops but it may not be as simple as considering the upfront cost. I was having a discussion with a friend who's been using a macbook pro for the last 7 yrs or so and he explained that if his were a pc-based laptop he would've had to upgrade because he would not be able to run the latest version of the windows os at a decent speed on older hardware. He said that with macs, this ain't the case. He runs snow leopard with equal ease on his old machine -- OSX is more efficiently built and better integrated with the hardware. While one might have to go through a forced upgrade of a pc every few years (based on one's individual tolerance limits), this may not be the case with macs. So, consider I bought a pc-based laptop for $900 in YR1, and my friend bought a macbook pro for $1500 at the same time. Now its Y5 and my windows OS is two generations old (WinXP -> Win7), and loading the latest windows OS makes my machine crawl - so I scrap my laptop and get a new one for another $900 (or more with inflation kicking in). On the other hand my friend is still getting great performance with his macbook pro. So, I end up spending upwards of $1800 on my pc-based hardware while my friend has yet spent only $1500 on his mac. So, whats more cost-effective? ;-)