Sorry in advance, I didn’t realize how long this would turn out... I recently started going back to school online for healthcare administration, to support my progress in my career. I haven’t owned an actual computer in about 3 years since my MacBook Pro died a sudden and dramatic death after 9 years of almost flawless service. I say almost flawless because, 9 months before it gave up the ghost, was the first trouble I had, and that was the soft cell battery in it went bad. So, February 10th I went to Best Buy to get a computer to do my schooling on. I looked at Mac’s but couldn’t justify the price at the time. I looked at some of the PCs and settles on an Asus with excellent user reviews and that was spec’d about how I wanted it. It was 1 feature shy of what I really wanted. I wanted solid state hard drive with the larger mechanical storage, but the only computer that had that was $600 more and had extra features that I didn’t need or want to pay the surcharge for. So for a little over a month, my asus worked beautifully for my incredibly minimal strain on it. I did my school work, downloaded reaper and the HX update/edit(never used any of them) and streamed 3 episodes of a show on Netflix. Then, it died. The mechanical hard drive started whirring, then clicking, then... dead. It tried to diagnose and repair itself, but no luck. I had to wait until today to take it back to the geek squad. Because I knew I’d have to rely on the machine for at least 2 wars to finish my program, I bought the 2 year protection plan from Best Buy, and I’m glad I did. Even though I was past the return date, they let me return/exchange. Not only did they reimburse the cost of the machine; but also my Microsoft office license, my antivirus software, and the full cost of the protection plan. So, I shopped around. I considered the upgraded version of the laptop I’d bought, with the ssd and the video chip/5k display that I don’t need or really want... but then I found out the MacBook pros were on sale. For $150 less than that next step up PC, I could get the top shelf version of the 13” MacBook Pro, which is honestly the direction I wanted to go anyway. It’s a smaller display, but it’s what I’m familiar with and I trust the platform a lot more considering my history with my last one. All in all I ended up spending more than I initially wanted to but, I’ve got a lot more peace of mind with it.