# Wow! A lot of new laptops have come out!

#### TRobinson

Why are they overpriced? Sure, the hardware is overpriced, but you get much more value-added via Mac OS X, the best operating system on the market, period.

If you buy any of those other laptops your options are windows (which is a sack of shit) or installing a linux-distro. As someone who has done this and values his free-time, I would recommend that as a poor option unless you want to be a systems administrator, since you'll have to spend most of your time in the terminal trying to get software to work. Not a great use of time IMO.

Comparing OS's is a subjective matter. Every computer science student that I have encountered who owns a macbook - friends, people in lectures etc. - runs windows 7 on it, as they perceive Mac OS X to be a "sack of shit". Our lecturer went off on a 20 min rant about how whenever they try to implement osx options with whatever software they are using for the course, without fail they are faced with an overwhelming amount of bugs/compatibility issues etc. so they just gave up on the whole idea. That being said, I don't think one is decidedly better than the other - different strokes.

#### Andy Nguyen

I'd pull the trigger on this one if this is for work (no decent gfx card, which is probably a blessing in disguise) + SSD

#### MRoss

Why are they overpriced? Sure, the hardware is overpriced, but you get much more value-added via Mac OS X, the best operating system on the market, period.

Let me get this straight... You are claiming that Mac OS justifies costing $1,000 MORE than a comparable Sony? Are you bonkers? Eitherway, if you feel that Mac OS is worth$1,000, why not save some money and buy the Sony I was referring to and then:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-install-mac-os-x-on-a-pc-without-using-a-mac/

#### MRoss

Guys I specifically did not post Macs on my original post because I did not want this to become war. People are opinionated. That is fine. Some people like Mac OS better and some people like Windows better. Again, that is fine. I just can't bear to watch people burn good money when they could spend literally a thousand dollars less and get essentially the same machine! Also, as per my above post you can use Mac OS (or dual boot) if you prefer Mac to Windows.

#### MRoss

It might not answer the programming needs of all the geeks here (including myself) but with more and more apps online (codepad.org, docs.latexlab.org) I wouldn't be surprised personal computing to head this way.
Apparently Microsoft believes the world is headed this way as well. Check out Windows 8. It looks like a simplified tablet OS. Bad move IMHO. But I wouldn't buy the Chromebook until a whole lot of reviews come out for it. Also, it is essentially a very expensive non-Windows netbook; see my first post about buying netbooks. Summary: Don't.

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