I'm in the market for a new high-ish end laptop. I'm a STEM graduate student, so I'll be carrying it around every day and using it for reading papers, programming, etc. I've narrowed things down to the Macbook Air and the Lenovo X1 Carbon. The memory, storage, and cpu specs are the same on both. After factoring in comparable warranties for both, the Lenovo is $90 more. The differences seem to be that:
-The lenovo has a slightly larger screen
-OSX vs. Windows 8
. I'm currently a Windows user, and while I don't use any Windows-specific programs, I'm a bit apprehensive about switching and having to relearn all the little tricks that go along with using an OS. But maybe I'm overstating the learning curve?
-The mac seems to have better battery life
than the lenovo. Reviews claim that the lenovo gets 5.7 hours (running windows 8) while the macbook gets 11+ hours. Can anybody with a lenovo or an air comment?
-On a related note, while the laptop weights are the same, I've heard that lenovo has much heavier chargers
. Can anyone comment?
-The macbook is prettier.
I've seen this
previous question, but that poster was looking for a secondary machine, while this will be my primary computer. I'm particularly interested in hearing more about the respective batteries and switching OSes. I know many people with a MacBook Air, but no one with a Lenovo X1 Carbon.