I am looking for a decent laptop that will get me through four years of college, and hopefully past that. I have researched Apple, HP, Gateway, Sony, and Alienware for possible laptops and as of right now, have narrowed it down to HP DV6T Select Edition, MacBook AIR, and MacBook PRO. For both Macs I intend to go with the cheapest possible if I choose to buy a certain version.
As for what I wish to major in, I am currently in a toss up between Agronomy and Computer Sciences (If you would like to give advice on that one you can too). I hope to either attend University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, SMSU in Marshall, or St. Cloud State in Saint Cloud. All are in Minnesota. All three colleges are fine with OS x or Windows 7.
One of the concerns I have with Apple computers is the price, which is holding me back. I have heard rumors on other sites that the MBP is going to be discontinued soon, which could be bad if I bought one. The thing that is getting me to consider Apple's computers is that they seem to have excellent batteries, speed, and reliability. The reason I am considering the HP DV6 is it is fairly cheap and seems to get good reviews from people.
If I go into agronomy I would only use the laptop for Netflix, reports, web surfing, The Sims 3, and the Java game Runescape.
If I go into Computer Science I would probably use it for more than that so PLEASE consider that when answering the questions below.
So, how long would you expect the HP to last and how long would you expect the Macs to last if handled the same?
Is there a better PC out there at the same price, or less, than the DV6 that I should look into?
Can the MBP and MBA handle boot camping Windows 7 and still keep quality?
Which laptop is the most reliable?
What are the major differences between the cheapest MBP and MBA?
I might have more questions coming as I think of them.