I know I want a laptop for college, and I don't quite know which I want to get. I'm a long time PC user, but I'm thinking of getting a Mac. With both, I plan to wait until the new OS's are out--no way am I getting Vista. Here's what I use my laptop for:
Writing: I write fiction for fun, and some of my writing gets big. I've been using yWriter 5 on my PC, and if I were to get a Mac, I'd switch to Scrivener, which costs $35 but has features that I consider worth the price (yWriter's free, I haven't had any issues, and I recommend it to anyone who writes long pieces on a PC, but it lacks some features I want that Scrivener has)
Internet Surfing: I tend to multitask with my internet surfing, having lots of tabs plus my writing and music in the background, and so I want a computer that can multitask.
I don't really play games, but I'll want to watch movies/you-tube videos, etc.
I really, really want a laptop that will last and won't give me much trouble--I'm not really a computer person. I also want a laptop between 13 and 15 inches, and the lighter the better. My planned major is in biology, which can be math-heavy, and I want a laptop with the kind of power/OS that will work for the kinds of biology-specific programs I'm likely to need.
All my colleges are platform-agnostic, but I'll probably be going to Pomona.
I don't want to pay more than 1,500 for a good setup. Is the macbook (the upper level, with the lighted keyboard) worth it? What are some good, reliable PC choices? What are the minimum specs I should look for?