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I'm buying a new laptop, what should I get?
what's the most reliable, easiest to use
I am writing this argument on a MacBook and half of the CD dev team uses a MacBook. Its a fine computer. A larger screen would be the biggest improvement (I wish it went all the way to the edge instead of leaving 3/4" all around).
If she needs the laptop to use on the go I think the MacBook Air would be the best.
If she is looking for internet & email then the MacBook is the best.
If she is going to do development work or heavy image/video then the MacBook Pro is the way to go.
You need more specifics than just "i'm buying a new laptop"
I would personally go for the nice new Eee PC 900 that is set to come out. It has much double the capacity and performance as the 800 series and it's a little bit bigger of a screen. I love these UMPCs.
But if you want something with more multimedia capacity (which tends to be kind of ironic...when you consider power consumption, heat and the nixed performace due to space constraints) then you'd probably be best considering any Acer, Sony, or other nice brands.
But if you want the best quality (with a terrible price tag to match) then yes a macbook pro will be the top-of-the-line best bet.
You make a compelling argument. UMPCs are amazing how mobile they are and easy to use, the computing world is definitely heading in this direction. However, I don't think I can in good faith ever recommend that somebody uses Windows as an OS, it is just too unreliable, insecure, and a pain in the @$$ to use.
I typically use my current laptop to browse online, watch dvds, do standard office stuff, and occasionally run some windows games. I'd like to be able to play some of the games, maybe not with all the settings all the way up, but definitely want a shooter every once in a while.