Deciding between a macbook or an ASUS...
Hey, guys. I've got a it of a dilemma on my hands. I'm currently using a 15" Compaq laptop, the only two problems I have with it are a.)It's a bit large for my tastes and b.)It's black (I have a thing for white electronics :P)
Now, I'm looking at the range of a 13" notebook, white if at all possible, and I've found two solutions, The ASUS W7S-B2W, or The Macbook (configuration doesn't matter, I plan on swapping the HDD and RAM)
Now, The ASUS- I completely trust. I've had the most amazing ASUS Motherboard running in my PC for almost a year now, and it's been a dream to work with. My only two real problems with it are that it isn't sold in retail (so I've not been able to look at it in person) and that it heats up pretty hot (from having a "real" gfx card.)
The ASUS Option is not really a question of quality, but rather that I can get a Macbook much more... accessibly, I also get a discount for being a student, which is a nice perk. Here are my concerns with a Macbook, any help is greatly appreciated.
-The Power source. I know, I know, they go on laptops, but The official Apple store has a rating of 2 stars, with almost everyone complaining that it melts/burns/sets on fire. It's also noted that Apple is apparently aware of this and has been for some time, and has not addressed this issue, nor will they license out the Magsafe stuff to 3rd party manufacturers. I really would like to hear how long our power source has lasted you, because I'm not made of money (:P)
-On the same issue of Power, any answer I've gotten from the (obnoxious) employees of the Apple store about how long the battery lasts is "5 hours, at the minimum". This is crap, I'm aware of that. How long exactly am I going to be looking at battery life wise? No CD/DVD playing, just web browsing and the such.
-I've read the instruction manual for BootCamp (which I most definitely will be running because I've been a windows user since 3.1 and abhor the way OSX is setup.) How well does Bootcamp run? are the drivers properly setup? how do I right click?
-Finally, How is the hardware reliability. I hear people talking about how reliable their mac is, then they go on to say how they have to take it back to an Apple store every 6-8 months to have it "looked at" (i.e. repaired). My PC has run for 3 months at a time, without a crash, I don't like unreliable hardware (as I hope no one should?)
Thanks in advance, hopefully I'll get a solid answer here :) Also, when does Apple release new versions of their hardware? Because if it's not too far away, I can wait for an updated model!