What I tell my clients is to get the computer that their support person has. That's the person you can call in the middle of the night if you have a problem and need to finish the job by morning..
Otherwise why are you changing operating systems if you have money invested in hardware and software? The only difference is the skill of the person using the computer..
Steep hardware requirements and having to pay $400 for the version that does half of what OSX does. Why is there 4 versions of the same software?.
Other than that, Vista is good .
OSX Leopard, just released. Way cool. And I'm a PC guy. I won't buy a system with Vista on it..
There's a reason why Dell and others still offer XP as an option on most new systems..
The Lenovo (ex IBM laptops) are very good. Very tough and reliable if you replace the worthless Hitachi drives. Only go with Seagate. I'm seeing a 3-6 month failure on Hitachi laptop drives..
The MacBook Pro is awesome. Best built laptop I've seen. Buy used or refurb and save some money. Apple has a good return policy, so you can save some money on a return...or search Craigslist many students need to make a switch for school..
I use both Macs and PCs. The MacBooks run Windows extremely well, so that gives you more options, but the cost of entry is higher. I wouldn't bother with a standard MacBook, they seems cheap and the keyboard is marginal..
As for the OS, you'll have lots of arguments here. I personally don't like the Mac much for image work, others will disagree. I've been running Vista on a test machine for over a year and I agree with the previous poster - I wouldn't buy a laptop running Vista. Thought it does seem like the less "techy" you are, the more you like Vista. I have to run Vista at work for software development and testing. I have yet to meet a tech that likes Vista - it's painful..
I wish I could run Linux, but the image tools I want just don't exist. GIMP is too painful to use..
P.s. for showing your images, I think Mac is best...
I'm in It and I've used OSX, MS Winddows whatever and Linux. I can do that because I know ( supposedly ) what I'm doing..
Basically OSX is very nice to use, but you need to know if the OS you're planning to use supports the software your have to. Not all software is available for all OSes..
Vista has a bad reputation in the IT community - many companies are (trying) to keep XP. I am required to use MS systems sometimes for business reasons, but I would find ithat a horrible prospect having used Linux and OSX as a desktop system for so long. Of course I am technically capable of dealing with problems myself..
Bottom line : don't switch to OSX ( or Linux ) unless you have a good reason an dare sure it can do everything you want..
Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..
Thanks everyone, I think I'm going to stick with windows, I just upgraded to vista a few days ago and I cant use my computer, it's telling me my version is not genuine I guess best buy sells fake vista disks.thanks again for everyones comments.Steven.
So you've tried to validate your OS online and you're getting that message? It's worth a support call to Microsoft on that issue. Probably faster than downgrading...
Desktop I think that the equation is closer, but for laptops, no one makes hardware like Apple. OSX is just so much more stable too. Unlike games and data bases, image processing is one area where most software works on both. When I'm not behind the lens, I am CIO of a 10,000 node computer network, half Dell, half Apple. Everyone one of my engineers and Windows PC technicians chooses to have a MacBook or MacPro tower even if they run XP or Vista all the time. If you don't like OSX (which I can't imagine) Intel macs make great PCs...