Every once in a while I think about getting a laptop. My main computer will still be my desktop that I’m typing this post on, so I don’t need a really great system. Just something that I can do some word processing, maybe watch a movie on the road, and that kind of thing. As I think about it, my choices come back to an IBM, a Dell, or an Apple. Now that Apple has gone to Intel CPUs and dual-booting into Windows XP is possible the MacBook seems like a good choice except for the lack of office software, and, yes, I’d probably go with MS Office. Of course, if I’m dual-booting I’ll also have a copy of MS Office (probably Office 95) on the XP partition. Assuming the Dell XPS M1210 is a similar machine (in terms of processor, RAM, and so on) I think it’s a wash pricewise, though it’s hard to tell because Apple doesn’t give you all the information on everything in the computer.
Am I right in thinking this would work for what I want? I’m not the biggest fan of the OSX (or any other Macintosh) interface, though that might be from years and years of use of various Microsoft OSes. So I’d probably use OSX when I was working on things I’d want to use on the research groups computers (all OSX) and WinXP for when I was doing other things.