In the mood for new Notebook. Quite like the Apple style. Any thoughts on the pros and cons on Applemac and the others. The system is different, but is it a pain to use. I hear a lot of people swear by them(and some at them Ive no doubt!!)
It is not that Apple is weird. It is simply a different way of life with many advantages over the PC, so users will tell you.
It is the difficulty of X-platform use, that made me warn you about changing your lifestyle.
If you want an alternative to explore, and make another feature to your hobby, go ahead. Just be warned that most things (hard and software) cost more with Apple and at times you have to decide whether it was a mistake to build a project on this machine or for that matter, the other!
I've got an iBook as my second computer and it's great. Contrary to Diemmess's view, it's actually not that different to Windows - although the underlying system is very different, the interface is easy to get to grips with.
It's easy to network with your Windows box, too - all Macs these days come with an Airport (wifi) card and it will simply join the network you ask it to. You then just need to set up Windows filesharing (post back here for how to do that) and likewise on the Windows box, set the folders you want to share on the network.
The only thing I would say is make sure you add more Ram to your notebook when you order it. Apple is a bit mean and only ships notebooks with 256MB which is pathetic - up it to 768 or more and it will purr along beautifully.
The other thing going for them is the battery life - I get the thick end of five hours out of mine.
They are a little more expensive than a similarly specced Windows notebook but I'd choose an Apple notebook every time.