I'm in the market for a new laptop.
Staying with my old laptop (Dell Inspiron 1545) is definitely an option-- this isn't a desperate need.
I'd love to have an Apple product-- the writing software I use most often (Scrivener) is native to Apple, and while I have the Windows version of the software, it's not fully featured. However, even at outlet prices, the Macbook offerings I'm seeing are well upwards of $1000, for half of the power that my current, 5 year old laptop provides. I had a Powerbook a while back-- got a used one free from a very generous brother in law-- and LOVED it. But the price of entering the Apple market is steep.
What I'll use it for:
2) Writing while commuting.
3) Occasionally watching a movie.
4) Occasionally playing a video game-- I've got Minecraft installed on my current laptop, and it's a little laggy at times.
1) Must be able to run Scrivener (at this point, that means either Apple or Windows OS)
2) Needs to have a 13-15 in. display. I'd prefer one that is not a glossy display.
3) Needs an ethernet jack (or a cheap, efficient, usb alternative.)
4) Needs wireless
5) The more USB ports, the better.
6) Needs to be 5lb or less.
7) Needs a good keyboard (prefer one without a number-pad)
Refurbished computers are perfectly fine.
9) Must be less $700
1) I'd love a thin, lightweight laptop.
2) My current laptop runs OK on 4gb RAM. I don't want to go below that.
3) If I have to buy external devices (ex: usb ethernet), I don't want the total for external device + laptop to exceed my price points.
4) Would like it to be less than $500.
My questions are:
1) Is there a cheaper way to get a Mac than the Apple Outlet?
2) What are the most reliable laptops on the market? My experience has been with Apple and Dell, and both have worked pretty well for me; I haven't explored many other options. Acer? Asus? Lenovo? Toshiba?