Well I guess in terms of life and death - this really isn't a dilemma, but I was hoping I could get some advice from you all. As many of you probably know, both Microsoft and Apple have back to school deals going on right now. Microsoft gives you a free Xbox if you buy a PC that costs ~$700 or more from their Microsoft store, and apple gives you a $100 gift card if you buy a mac. I'm going back to school in August, and I wanted something that would replace my (now 5 years! old) gateway MT3707. I have a desktop that satisfies all my gaming needs, but I need something portable that will allow me to get on the internet, use word, etc. I'm looking for something that boots up/runs relatively quickly, can run the occasional video from Netfilx/Hulu/Youtube, and can do a few of these things at the same time without feeling slow and clunky. I'd also like something that is portable with enough battery life that it can make it through a day of classes on a single charge.
The PC that I'm looking at that capitalizes on Microsoft's deal is the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118
. And the Mac that I'm looking at would be the 11' Macbook Air
I guess I could also just buy a new battery for my gateway, but the hardware is a little long in the tooth, it's a little heavy for everyday transport, and even with a new battery, I don't think it would last all day.
Does anyone have any recommendations? It seems like the Microsoft deal is a little bit better - I get a shiny new Xbox!, but the hardware in the PC is a bit older compared to the Macbook. The battery life on the acer seems to be better. That, and the fact that I already have a copy of MS Office 2010 makes me lean a bit that way, but I'm open to suggestions. Please let me know what you think, thanks!
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