Ever since my unfortunate incident, I’ve been working on a Lenovo R60e spare laptop we have in the office. It’s a huge adjustment to make going from an Macbook to a plastic feeling laptop. But it’s a hardware adjustment and not a software one. For the record, I actually really like Windows XP Professional. It’s stable, easy to use, and very effective for most work related tasks. Office 2007 has its issues but it’s no biggie. I actually prefer Office 2003 but maybe that’s because I’m just more used to it. Vista and Windows 7, however are garbage but I’ve already discussed that before.
Though this is an older laptop (probably circa 2006), I haven’t really seen a huge leap in usability/comfort/innovation from PC laptop manufacturers. Either they build really expensive machines with a bunch of useless features (Sony VAIOs or Lenovos for instance) or they err on the side of cost effectiveness and build cheap laptops that make CFO’s happy but are lackluster from a usability standpoint (Dell, HP, etc). Yes, I can buy a Dell Vostro for under $500 but it’s heavy, bulky, and feels cheap. The really sad part is that in about 6 months, the value of that machine is basically halved by a combination of its cheapness and the fact that Dell builds its computers to be relaced within 2 years. When I bought my Macbook Air in early 2008 for about $1600 (got a sweet deal). I sold it over a year and a half later for about $1200. It held 75% of its value 18 months after I bought it! When was the last time you could say that about any computer technology?
With rumblings of an update to the Macbook Pro line coming soon, I’ll hold off on getting another Macbook until then. I’ll probably just pick up the version just before the latest one and save a few bucks.