here's the thing.. it wasn't a PC thread. the suggestion could've been get a macbook and run bootcamp and windows so that he could still use both FL and Live.
which is a waste of money as i see it because he just needed a simple windows laptop. but then you go and throw in your two cents which showcases your lack of a sense of humor by just simply saying "iPad!", which is neither a punchline nor a useful product to that guy. and you knew that. so that makes you an ass!
i hate apple and macs with a passion because of people like you that would suck Jobs' cock and lick his sweaty toes if you had the chance. the products are decent but the fact that they are way overpriced just ruins it for me. and they don't do anything that i couldn't do with some other product, aside from running the apps that are specifically made for them. apple products are not god's gift to us and Jobs is not god!!! and guess what else.. windows does everything osx does and more. there is more software developed for windows, more VSTs for windows, more hardware is supported on windows.
so if i owned a studio (i really wish i won that mega millions. that would've been awesome!), i would run windows systems. they are just as reliable now, easily upgraded, and as most of the custom built DAW performance tests results show, they are a lot faster for a lot less money. in fact, with regards to the price of a laptop... the macbook pro with the dual core i7, 4gb ram, and a 500 gb 7200 rpm hard drive, costs $2250. the cost for an hp g62t with the dual core i7, 4gb ram, a 500 gb 7200 rpm hard drive, and a blu ray player is only $1400. plus it looks pretty nice...
what's the better value? or he could have an HP envy custom built with an i7 quad core cpu, 8 gb ram, a video card good enough for gaming, and a full 1080p res display for only $2600. that would be my choice of new laptops.