Stylish Windows Laptop Alternatives for the Mac User

Stylish Windows Laptop Alternatives for the Mac User

Jason Rodway
Oct 10, 2011

True, the team here tends to lean towards the Apple side of tech, however we never deny when other options tempt us from the realm of PCs (especially after a glimpse of Windows 8). Inspired by a past post about MacBook Air alternatives for PC users, we narrowed down our own search to three PC models/lines that we believe balance performance and design...

Samsung - Series 9
Granted, the Series 9 was obviously greatly inspired by the MacBook Air, but we believe the laptop differs beyond the category of both being ultra-portables. The dark metallic exterior exudes an aura of power and grace, a darker relative to the MacBook Air's design personality. Details we like include the well rounded hinge's smooth form and the beastly Intel Core i5 chip (second generation) with 8 GB of RAM, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3 and 256 GB Hard Drive (SSD.) This sleek Samsung also offers a touch pad with gesture based features, making it possibly the best Air alternative if you swing Windows way.

Sony - VAIO S
We've always felt Sony has been a company with a good sense of style and functionality, specifically exhibited in their VAIO laptop line. The VAIO S is a testament to the design philosophy, partially represented by the wide variety of colors that all compliment the slim chassis. Notably one of the hallmark characteristics of the VAIO S is the surprising affordability, even when equipped with features such as a Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 and a SSD hard drive. And since this is Sony we're talking about, the VAIO also integrates with their TVs in full 1080p HD and 5.1 Surround Sound, making it a good choice if you've already have invested in a Sony setup in the living room.

Asus - U43Jc
When it comes to the office we're a fan of integrating a wood finish to soften up our environment. The wood gracing the Asus is an eco-friendly combination of bamboo and aluminum, resulting in a eye pleasing balance of texture. Although the Asus doesn't feature some of the latest outputs like USB 3.0, the graphics card inside, a Nvidia GeForce G-310M (1GB DDR3), is a notch better than the competition, compared to the Intel GMA HD that usually comes standard with the new Intel machines. Definitely a laptop that'd turn heads in the coffee shop.

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