Originally Posted by Blackhood
There was a time when a Sony laptop was the best alternative to a mac. I've had a few and they never seem to fill up or get sluggish. Consider them if you're looking for Steez with some functionality.
I have a Sony Vaio FW that I used from 2008-2011, didn't have any problems, probably played too many games on it though. Currently using a Macbook Air, it's amazing in terms of weight and the SSD is blazing. I have some objections to Mac as well, but at their current price points (+student / employee discount / Amazon discount/no tax
) it's hard to compete. Warranty service is amazing too.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the cheap large screen laptops will have terrible screens. Don't know how much of a factor that is to you, but it matters quite a bit for me. I was going to get a Sony SA until I saw the screen and had no other option other than my current MBA.
HP also sometimes have deals such as 25% off + $100 back or something of the like. So you could get a dvt6 quad or envy loaded for under $1k.
And every hot girl in the coffeeshop will be sitting with her mac