Previously I have used Win XP on a Dell Inspiron laptop but I’ve passed this on to my eldest daughter for schoolwork (Hrm..).
The speed of the Mac is astounding compared to XP, fast boot up, brighter graphics – and The Sims 2 runs much faster! OK, so software is a bit more expensive but if you shop around this needn’t be the case. For example I bought Photoshop Elements 3 and The Sims2 from Amazon for a lot less than RRP.
I never normally recommend anything but if you are fed up with Mr Gates’ offerings do consider an Apple – I don’t think you’ll regret it!
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