Originally Posted by bdkennedy1
The people that made them the number 1 PC maker got sick of the crappy quality.
Truer words couldnt be spoken. In Sept 2009.. thanks to a 25% cashback reward offer from Bing.. I bought a $649 HP DM3 13" laptop to replace my 1 year old $599 Acer laptop that had BOTH of its hinges break. You would have thought I had learned my lesson with 'cheap' laptops from what happened with my Acer. But nope, I just couldnt resist a $485 HP that "looked just like a Macbook". The HP had the Macbook style chicklet keyboard, brush aluminum lid, HDMI out and was advertised to have a 8 hour battery life. When I recieved it I was amazed, I couldnt believe the deal I had gotten.. it seemed like the best bargain ever.. I had a "Macbook" equal for less than $500 bucks. That was until I actually begin using the DM3. \\
First thing I noticed was it was pretty heavy for its size, it sucked to lug it around. Next was the heat, the heat coming from the laptop was so bad that you could not sit it on lap (your bare skin legs).. what good is a laptop you cant use on your lap? Because of the heat, the fans were also blaring loud 24/7. The fans ran at 2 settings.. LOUD and LOUDER. The worse was trying to watch a full screen video.. the fans were so loud you could not hear the damn audio coming from the video. You either had to hold the laptop up to your ear and watch the video sideways.. or use headphones. I take that back.. the worse was the actual touchpad. Who in the hell designed HP touchpads? Its like it fights your finger to move, there was so much friction. In order to get it to work properly I had to first wipe my fingertip on my forehead or nose to pick up some oils (no bullshyt) then use the touchpad as the oils from skin provided enough lubrication for the mouse cursor to move halfway decent. The battery never lasted 7 hours.. even with wifi off and the screen dimmed. There were plenty of times I flew on a plane and couldnt even watch an entire movie, because the battery wouldnt last.. not to mention scurring thru airports looking for a outlet to recharge my dead and thus useless laptop.
And those are just the hardware issues.. software wise Windows7 ran decently.. but was never what I would call snappy. And thanks to all the bloatware HP pre-loads on their computers, I had to go out and buy a $90 OEM Win7 disc just to run the 'standard' version of windows. After a couple of months of surfing the web the laptop had collected viruses & pop up spam. I loaded McAfee (which was provided free by my employer) but it still didnt stop the pop up spam. So I backed up, wiped the HDD clean and reinstalled Win7.
After going thru all that for about 9 months.. I had enough. I already owned a iPod Nano I bought in 2004. And a iPhone3GS purchased on launch day 2009. Both of those products performed wonderfully, were well built and most importantly JUST WORKED. I decided I would sell my HP DM3 and give the $1000 Macbook a try. Ended up getting the 13" CD2 Macbook Pro from Microcenter for $999 in July 2010 (thanks to a $200 instant rebate). Needless to say on an Apple forum.. that MBP turned out to be everything I ever wanted in a computer and more. It took a while for me to get used to OSX, but using bootcamp I also ran Windows on the computer. After a couple of months, I never used Windows again.. strictly OSX. The MBP did everything right. It was lightweight, it didnt get hot.. shyt it didnt even get warm. Rarely did you hear the fan, maybe twice in a year of ownership. The screen was bright, and the backlit keyboard was a dream to use in the dark or on a plane at night.. and best of all you could fully control the brightness (even turn each off individually it you wanted too). The touchpad & keyboard were both hands down the best I've ever used.. and Ive had about 10 different laptops in the past 10 years. The magsafe connector meant no more trips & falls or broken power connectors. The single jack for mic/headphone/SPDIF out was wellthought out and cool. OSX was another joy.. no viruses.. always snappy.. best of all whenever I closed the laptop it went to sleep. Open it and instantly OSX responds.. that had never happened so fast & consistent on any Windows laptop I've owned. The battery lasted a real world 8-9 hours. My headset from my iPhone also controlled the volume up and down on the Mac. When I say it did all the little things right. It did ALL of them right. This laptop wasnt worth a $1000.. it was literally priceless because I had finally stop wasting my time, money and frustration on laptops that just didnt work. This one did. As someone who works on a computer for 10-15 hours a day.. I would have paid $2000, maybe $3000 for this "just works" Macbook that travels well and has a long lasting battery.
My sister who was going thru the same issues with her 15" Toshiba laptop had used my MBP quite a few times and was always interested in giving Macs a chance, but simply couldnt afford one. So when the new 2011 Macbook Air was announced, I was first in line to get the 13" 256GB model.. and sold my sister my 2010 MBP for $600 bucks. She got a great deal considering 2010 MBP's still have a trade-in value of $800 on Amazon RIGHT NOW. For everything the MBP did great.. the new Air does it even better. I cannot say enough about how well Apple products work, look, feel and hold their value. Since I've bought my first Mac.. I've also bought Apple's Extreme router, AppleTV and the new iPad2. All of these devices work wonderfully together with no issues or diffulculties.
Sorry for the long pro-Apple rant. But I'm sure several people share my story and experiences. From the iPod to every Apple. With the easy-to-use & "it just works" appeal of their products.. its no wonder they have become not just the worlds largest consumer device manufacter. But are also the most successful company as a whole. I just read an article that states Apple has sold more computers in China than Lenovo.. which shows exactly how popular are worldwide!