I am looking to replace/upgrade my 9yr old Win7 HP laptop and having a hard time deciding which direction to go. Admittedly I am not a computer person, not and early adopter, and prefer to work in a plug and play environment. if I have to spend hours or continuously configuring, cleaning up, or tinkering with setup, it’s the wrong machine for me. I do some work in MS Office Pro apps, but I’ve gotten to the point of using my laptop for more than 90% photo editing in LR5.7, I don’t do video, and I don’t do games.
I’ve been looking at MacBook Air and Pros, and comparing to Dell machines I can get a potential corporate discount on. I had a bad experience with Win8 on a desktop that we had a friend upgrade to Win7 and it’s been smooth.
Is 8gb of ram going to be sufficient or should I be looking at 16gb? Do OS upgrades on Apple machines help/hurt? How critical is processor type/speed going to be. I’m seeing Win10 recent complaints for CC users, is this overblown? What’s an effective setup that will be relevant for more than 5yrs.
Not looking for Apple vs Win kool aid drinking debates, but seeking input if I’m on the right path, missing key factors, considerations I should have, and direct experiences from both sides of the aisle. I am working with 1K in Best Buy gift cards, and can add another 1K on top of that.