Why I'm thinking of switching:
- I've found over the past few years of owning my own PC's, I've been having to upgrade almost every two years and it's been getting
frustrating in that regard - I tend to upgrade because I find my computers get laggier and laggier
- When I do anything moderately intensive (such as using iTunes before v11 was released), open lots of tabs in Mozilla Firefox, use
certain streaming services (mostly the ones that bands use to stream concerts) my laptop gets super hot (even though I'm using a
cooling mat) and my PC will crash.
- Simple things are starting to make my computer lag out which is pretty frustrating.
- If I stay with Windows I'd be getting Windows 8 most likely, so I'd have to learn a new OS either way
1) Don't get this, I don't really understand why you have to upgrade your computer at all, especially if you don't game on it, I'm guessing you're not trying to run Crysis maxed out etc. I think this is a software issue, especially if you have an Acer laptop, it's going to have a shit load of bloatware and processes running that you don't even need, unless you've already got rid of it.
2) That's a problem with the laptop's cooling system, the i3 isn't a very beefy processor, sounds more like a hardware problem than Windows cocking up.
3) What do you mean by lag out? I'm guessing it's just locking up etc.
4) I've used Windows 8 and I think it'd be great on a tablet or touchscreen device, I wasn't too sold on it when I was using it on my laptop though so I think you'd be better sticking with Windows 7, they're not just going to drop support for it.
I think most of the issues you have are due to the lower end CPU in the laptop, and it sounds like it could do with a fresh install of Windows. I'd be surprised if you had any issues after that (Apart from the laptop overheating, again that's probably a hardware issue)
The laptop I use is old as shit, it's like 1gb RAM, shitty onboard intel GPU, 1.8ghz dual core but I have 0 issues with it. I formatted it and it does everything I would want to do on a laptop with no problems at all. Honestly, I would make a back-up of all your important stuff and do a fresh install of Windows, you might end up saving yourself some cash moniez.
I've not had any issues with Windows since ME (lol) I have no problems with Apple as a company, their software or anything like that, but I just would not fork out extra for the premium on the hardware. A 13" macbook on amazon is £882 whilst the Sony equivalent has a bigger screen, a bigger hard-drive and it's £479. Personally, for what I use a computer for a mac is totally irrelevant to both me and my wallet.