I own a 2007 Macbook Pro and am looking to buy a new notebook for school.
My first option is a new Macbook Pro, but I am considering a PC because I can get one for about 40% less than the Macbook. I use a Windows desktop PC at home and find it pretty good.
One of the things that worries me about non-Apple notebooks are the touchpads. My friend bought an HP notebook recently and told me it had multitouch and everything. I was REALLY, REALLY disappointed when I used it. Nothing like an Apple touchpad. Two-finger scrolling was absolutely terrible. I guess Apple spoiled me with their amazing trackpad.
His HP had a Synaptic touchpad. Are there are other manufacturers? Does any PC have a touchpad that rivals Apple's offering?
Found an interesting article by Engadget - http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/18/the-windows-pc-clickpad-finally-improved-synaptics-clickpad-is/ - which seems to indicate the answer to my question is NOT YET. I searched the net and didn't find any notebooks with this new (well, new to PCs, since Apple has had it for a while) technology. It was supposed to appear in notebooks in the first semester of 2011.