I'll be going to uni this September and after a lot of debate I've decided a small and very portable laptop is the way forward.
I've been looking at laptops in the sub £700 category and the Macbook at £660 delivered (after student discount) seems to be the best deal I can find. The sleek design, diminutive size and native OS X / XP dual booting are big plus points for me as is the Core Duo processor.
The only laptop that I've managed to find with a similar spec and size at this price range is the Dell 640M (at around £636 with the bonus of a DVDRW drive) but it's ugly, bulky design and the notorious dell build quality turn me off. I'd only be paying an extra £40/£50 for the Mac with a similar spec and I feel that is justified by the stability of OS X, bundled software, the smaller size, build quality and sleek design.
So what I ask is if anyone can recommend a better or similar option to the Macbook then I'd like to know, thanks for any help and the specification I need is listed below:
- Has to be very small and light, this is very important as I'd like to use it in lectures for note taking
- Needs to have half decent battery life, 3 hours+
- Needs to be dual core so I can multi task and so that I'm future proofed
- Built in Wifi
- Has to be durable (this thing needs to last me 4 years)
- A DVDRW drive would be nice but not essential
- 512MB RAM minimum but the more the better
- Needs to cost less than £700 but the cheaper the better