Originally Posted by patrickf
... My daughter and I have been mac fanatics and we do like windows 7. Her MacBook is dying and she is looking at getting a pc. Simply because mac cost too much for web and email
I find this kind of hard to believe. I think you are exaggerating here.
If all your daughter wants is "web and email" then the $499 iPad is the cheapest, and yet the most futuristic and cool product available for that.
If she actually needs more than just that, then the iPad is still a very good buy that will probably fill her requirements anyway. Even if it doesn't, the baseline MacBook is still the fastest machine she could buy for one of the lowest prices she could find anywhere (Mac or PC).
The only thing cheaper than a MacBook, is a netbook, but even then, you have to pay 600-800 bucks to get a netbook that will actually be useable and last longer than a month or so. It won't last a fraction
of the time the MacBook will, it won't be even a quarter
as fast, and it will only save you a couple of hundred up front. Money you will be paying next year when you get her another one, whereas if you buy the MacBook, it will still be around five years from now.
I also think that it makes no sense that you say you've been a Mac user for 20 years, but the *price* is getting you down currently. Macs have always been a bit more expensive than PC's and only recently have they got reasonable. If you were using a Mac 20 years ago, then you were using some of the most expensive computers that were ever made. the price differential used to be about 50% higher, now it's more like 5% or 10% and you think it's too expensive now?
I just don't find anything you are saying her makes much sense.