Last week I began at a new company as their Project Coordinator. For the first few days I had been asked to provide my own laptop, so I gladly brought with my my trust old MacBook. Within a few days of starting, my laptop had finally arrived. I was presented with an HP Elite notebook, which by the way, I have to say I was very impressed with. Aesthetically I personally believe this is the most beautiful PC laptop that I’ve had the privilege to work with. But besides its looks, I was very surprised to learn that the company had globally moved to Windows Vista SP1. In my previous job, I had used Windows XP as the primary OS which was also new to that organization, seeing as they had made a move from Windows 2000 not too long before I joined.
What’s shocking about it though, is how well the OS has performed. Mind you I haven’t actually been able to run it through its paces, but for work purposes, it seems to work really well without give me any problems. Initially I had thought that I would run into several problems running on this platform, but after using this machine and this OS for a week now, I have to admit I’m thinking of purchasing a similar machine.
Biggest withdrawal from actually going out and making a purchase, is the fact that despite being aesthetically gorgeous, and doing everything that I need it to do, I can get the same results from running Windows Vista, or the new Windows 7 through bootcamp or parallels on my mac. And seeing as I am looking forward to purchasing a new 15″ MacBook Pro within the next 18 months, why spend anywhere between $1500 – $2000 on this HP Elite notebook, when I could add a additional $2000 and purchase the topped out 15″, with a 3.06 GHz processor, 8GB memory and a 500GB 7200rpm HD. Hardly worth spending the cash now when I can enjoy all the features of Vista or Win7 through my mac at a later date.
Overall though, I have to say that I am very impressed with the OS and the hardware itself. I do recommend that people look into this system if they are interested in a new PC laptop.