I'm sort of at a cross roads here. I've been eyeing a tablet PC for a while. With the introduction of the Pentium M it has made the Tablet PC all the more tempting. However. In the last 6 months I've also been tempted by the dark side of the farce. :robot:
That 17" Apple surfboard...I mean PowerBook is a thing of beauty. Its the 2003 equivalent of the 1980's luggable but in this case its 1" thick and weights in at5 6.9 pounds. Add to that some of the cooler features like built in DVD burning, backlit keyboard, BT, 802.11G and I'd be sold if it wasn't for this:
The Pentium P soundly trounces the "NEW" 1.33Ghz G4 chip. The M at 1.6 is benchmarking out at twice the speed of the 1.33 system. Now I know Apple has the rep of their systems being overpriced. Going into this decision I knew you paid a premium for a Mac and I was fine with that. I'm not fine with paying a premium AND not getting equal or near equal performance of a PC. For the average user 1.33Ghz and its performance really is good enough. But in my case I want to run VPC which needs as much horsepower as it can get its bits on.
So right now I'm at an impasse. I'm thinking about holding off on a new laptop purchase until a G5 shows up in a PowerBook. IBM it debuting 90nm chips sometime this fall. Current G5 chips run too hot and are too power hungry to run efficiently in a laptop. The new 90nm process should bring the G5's into an acceptable range however these chips weren't designed for a mobile device. I just don't see them getting good batt life even with a shrunk chip. Itís like Intel stuffing the mobile P4 into a laptop. It can be done but at a major sacrifice to batt life.
My current laptop fleet is:
1x Dell Latitude 12" 500Mhz, 40GB hard drive, 384MB RAM
1x Toshiba 15" 850Mhz , 60GB hard drive, 384MB RAM
Both "get the job done. But sure take their time getting there.
The biggest reason I've considered a Mac over a PC is Final Cut Express. I've found myself getting more and more interested in video editing and this software looks godlike. That and the iApps. I like iTunes and its music store. Yes Iíve tried Music Matchís new store. Its still very quirky.
If the hardware was up to par I wouldn't have any hesitations. As it stands I can't warrant shelling out 3 grand on a device with half the performance of a PC laptop.