Preface: My Dell Studio XPS 16 became deathly ill sometime in early January. Symptoms being random hardware lockups, occurring at an increased frequency until it became unusable. Diagnosis was a bad HDD, which was replaced... only to have the exact same problem present itself a mere two months later! Diagnosis this time? Bad drive controller. So my options were presented as: get new laptop; replace motherboard at a cost of $500, and cross fingers; replace HDD every 6 months and deal with the occasional, random lockup.
I chose option one... Ding Dong, the Dell is DEAD.
After much deliberation, and after a lifetime of using mostly Windows machines, I decided to go with a Macbook Pro.
This is where you come in! I would be ever so freakin' grateful to anyone who can point me in the right direction so I can educate myself on the use of this new tool/toy of mine!
Also, I hope this thing actually lasts more than two years, as opposed to the StudioXPS 16 and Pavilion dv6729 that preceded it.