So a good friend is looking to buy a new laptop and she is currently looking at two different types, based on advice from her peers and another friend all of which are doing the same kind of things she will be doing. There are two camps - the Mac camp and the Anything Else camp.
She is an artist who works freelance in TV and for her own projects as her career. These projects require a lot of use of Photoshop currently and she wants to do a lot more video/music editing. Her current laptop is about five years old and the keys are falling off, so she plans to get it soon. Her budget is ok- I think between 800 to 1200 pounds. She probably won't want to import from overseas, so it has to be available in the UK. This will be the workhorse of her career for the next 5 years and she would like to be able to upgrade it if needed during its life. The current machine is Windows and she has little experience with Macs or other OS. She is happy to learn how to use a Mac, probably not any other OS yet. She can also get the specialist software for either of those two operating systems reasonably easily (legally I might add), due to her primary employer's connections/resources.
These are the two options she is looking at right now.
Her friends want her to get this Macbook Pro
2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
I and a mutual friend in the same industry as her (but more focused towards digital animation) are pushing her to get something like this Dell
. He has been using this for about 9 months or so and loves it. It has also dropped in price a lot, so it is now in her price range.
So ideas or suggestions for Windows alternatives to the Macbook Pro? Any brand is fine.
I would note that the Macbook Pro linked is currently her clear favourite, for three admitted reasons: 1) Friends/colleagues in her industry overwhelmingly favour it, 2) She/they believe the software is better and 3) the style/cool factor. So I do not really need any votes or advocacy for the Mac at this stage if you wouldn't mind, this is more of a plea for help as I feel she would be better to get a Windows machine for value/power.
Thanks a bunch