I wish I had an AMD Readon! ;)
For the specs on this unit at this price level you could throw your own SSD into it and still be less than a MacBook Air anyway.
A valid alternative to any Mac would need to be able to run OS X
jbb:A valid alternative to any Mac would need to be able to run OS X
Quote: "If you're a diehard Apple
fan, move along, there's nothing to see here but a low-priced Windows
PC that can't possibly compare with your swank new MacBook Air."
Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.
realneil: Then the headline is invalid too, isn't it? Not an alternative to a Mac, just a low-priced Windows PC
Just got one, in the 4BG RAM and 640GB drive version... I noticed an amazing thing with the system recovery, you can install a minimal system (win7 + drivers only, the HP software up-grader is still included, but it's legitimate!) ... so I did it!
Now I also ordered an SSD drive for the machine..
I wanted the mac book air, but the inability to upgrade even the RAM by myself just made no sense in my mind... but sure, the air has obvious benefits over it in therms of built quality, but frankly I like that one too (and it won't be as painful the day I drop it).
one small problem: the network adapter does not seem to be compatible with my belkin router :-S either with or without cable (it seems to work everywhere else...)
jbb:realneil: Then the headline is invalid too, isn't it? Not an alternative to a Mac, just a low-priced Windows PC
Not craving validation here,......
You would have had me dead to rights before Win-7 came out. But since it did, I sold my Mac to my son who is in school. I recognize the mac OS-X goodness, blah, blah, blah,.....
But Win-7 works just fine for me. So yeah, this little PC is a good, and cheap alternative.
You are wrong on two counts:
1. There are no other computers running OS x due to Jobs idiocy.
2. SO Windows PCs are the only real alternative to macs - macs can't compete against themselves.
realneil: You kind of hit the nail on the head: It comes down to the OS. Whichever one works for the user is pretty much all that matters. If you want or need to run OS X, you either need a Mac or a machine that can run as a Hackintosh. On the other hand, you *could* run Win7 on a Mac, but what a waste.
jbb:You kind of hit the nail on the head:
I try to,....fact is that it was a great PC. (an iMac 24" with the Extreme Intel CPU and a 512MB Radeon video card in it)
Once the multiple Win-7 boxes were up and running, I had no pressing need for it anymore. These do it all for me, reliably, and they GAME like a mad dog too!
While Win-7 runs on a Mac, (it did on mine anyway) it runs a lot better on a souped-up bone cruncher with a pissed-off video card in it. I thought about building a Hackintosh, but I don't need it to start with, and I sure don't need to jump through hoops just to keep it running properly either.
The subject of the article is "an alternative to the MacBook Air", Not Macs in general, and yes, there are other comptuers running OS X, although illegitimately. Some of the Dell netbooks with the right chipsets, for example, make capable Hackintoshes.
And by your argument, there are other OSes (linux distros for one) that compete against both Windows and OS X.
jbb: there are other OSes (linux distros for one) that compete against both Windows and OS X.
And you hit the nail on the head too.
I like Linux a lot, and If it gamed like win-7 does, I'd never look back.
It can run OSX. It just doesn't come with it installed on it. Impressive for the price though....
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