geekwench wrote:WHY are you trying to switch your "household to Apple"? Serious question; I'm trying to figure out what makes the idea of limiting to a single manufacturer/software pool appealing.
Good question. I'll give you an honest/serious answer. I never had Apple gear aside from a used iPod until I got the first gen iPad a few months after it came out. Then my son got an iPod Touch, and then my wife and I got iPhones (4S). Then I splurged and bought a MacBook Air (early '11).
I'm not a "single manufacturer buyer" simply because of the company name. My audio gear is a mix of Oppo, Onkyo, Sony and Yamaha. I have had HP, Dell, Asus and Acer computers. I still have an Acer desktop for my Media Center, and HP and Asus netbooks for my wife and son, as well as a home-brew desktop.
But the Apple gear works. And it works well. No bloatware on their computers. No need to go in to system preferences to 'tweak' things. OSX is much more intuitive to operate, and my MacBook never black/blue-screens. I use Win 7 HP on my media PC and every two months I have to take care of updates/adjustments etc. Not so with my Air.
I have a full-time job and am writing my third book on the side, so I don't have a lot of time to do network maintenance, update AV software, adjust system settings etcetera for my family's computers.
If Asus (or Sony or HP or ChinaTechInc) came out with a PC that ran as well as an Apple, I would buy it. I don't care about the Apple name. I'm not a fanboy. I just want stuff that works without having to constantly "maintain" it.
But Apple's expensive. Except for maybe the iPad (based strictly on what it does), it's TOO expensive. That's why I have only one Apple PC in my house, and 4 Windows PCs (+ 1 for work). I would like to have more maintenance- and worry-free PCs, but simply can't afford it. So, my son needs a computer, I found this deal, I've never had any problems with Woot or Asus, and there you go.