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Old 12-14-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Default Buying a new laptop- Apple?

I'm in the market for a new laptop. Have had a Dell for the past 5 years and it is time for a new one. In most of my computer experiences they performance goes down after the first year. I've only ever owned Dell computers and used Windows. Not a fan of Windows in any way, just always seemed very buggy. Cost isn't an issue in this as I want to get something that will last a while and not give me many problems...

Step in Apple. I've never really heard bad things about them, but at the same time I don't really know what is so much better about them. My personal experiences with Mac's have been great. Fast startups (from off or sleep mode), easy to use OS, great movie/photo editing, and the trackpad without the buttons is great.

Anybody out there that uses Linux? I've considered this but I don't want to spend a lot of time configuring the new computer. So if anybody could give some input on ease of use and what is out there for it.

I need the laptop for presentations (30%), photo/movie editing (10% of use), internet use (lots of this 45%), and movies/music (15%). I am rarely ever in one spot with a laptop so portability is important. I have a 17 inch screen now but probably will move down to a 15 inch.

I'm 51% sold on the Apple. Is it worth it? or should I be looking at something else?
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:38 PM   #2
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Get a Dell with Windows 7 Professional with at least 4GB of Ram
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Buying a new laptop- Apple?

This one is going to generate lots of responses going both ways.
I have an Apple MacBook for about two years now and love it.
I don't see myself going back to a PC.
You have highlighted many of the reasons why but more importantly, with the PC, I was always being attacked by worms, viruses and so on. With the Mac, I have yet to ever have any issues.
My only regret is not knowing why I waited so long to finally switch over from PC.

BTW,
You want to know about any program? Go to Apple for an online tutorial video that teaches you.
Don't remember that with any of my PC's in the past. With PC's, you figure it out, find someone to figure it out, or never use it.
Not with Mac.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:42 PM   #4
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Get an apple Christos. You won't be sorry.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:45 PM   #5
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Get an apple Christos. You won't be sorry.



It sounds like you decided.

If you don't like to tinker I wouldn't really recommend Linux. IMHO.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:49 PM   #6
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You can have both Windows and OS X on a MacBook using BootCamp.
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Get a Dell with Windows 7 Professional with at least 4GB of Ram
Celeste and I both just bought new Inspiron Dells.

Windows 7
Power up and down is as fast as I've ever seen Christos.
We are really liking them so far.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:55 PM   #8
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Celeste and I both just bought new Inspiron Dells.

Windows 7
Power up and down is as fast as I've ever seen Christos.
We are really liking them so far.
I would love to hear more about Windows 7. I'm not opposed to getting another Windows based computer... I just am kinda sick of windows.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:56 PM   #9
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You want to know about any program? Go to Apple for an online tutorial video that teaches you.
Don't remember that with any of my PC's in the past. With PC's, you figure it out, find someone to figure it out, or never use it.
Not with Mac.
I'm with Blueface on everything he said. This point in particular though. You can also attend free workshops or set up appointments for instruction on many if not all of Apple's apps. I was sick of crashing and infected PC's. Haven't had a problem with the Mac.

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It sounds like you decided.

If you don't like to tinker I wouldn't really recommend Linux. IMHO.
I was thinking the same thing.

Also, remeber that Mac's come with Bootcamp so you can have Windows still just in case you need it. I have XP on my Mac also as a duel boot and in a virtual machine. There are a few programs through school and games that I need XP for.
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Default Re: Buying a new laptop- Apple?

dont have any laptop experience but the two apple products that i owned broke just after the warranty ended.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:11 PM   #12
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Default Re: Buying a new laptop- Apple?

Does anyone know if Apple will be releasing an update to the Macbook Pro anytime soon?? Obviously Windows 7 came out recently so no changes on that front.
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Default Re: Buying a new laptop- Apple?

Don't buy a Mac. Unless you are hardware obessed or have deep pockets, it's not worth it.

Make sure it is at least 2.1 GHZ, 64 bit processor and 16 GB of RAM minimum. Windows 7 Pro has 192GB max RAM in x64, so go nuts. Try adding 16 or 32 GB RAM in a MAC... Expensive I bet.
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I've been a Mac user since '89 and hate it when I have to us a PC. They just work!!!
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I went to a Macbook in October 08 and never looking back.
You really don't hear anyone say they tried a Mac but prefer a PC, at least I haven't.
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I would love to hear more about Windows 7. I'm not opposed to getting another Windows based computer... I just am kinda sick of windows.
I would let you test drive it if I could. Very fast from start up to access. Access meaning anywhere you want to go. My youngest has a gaming pc with Vista.
Even after a good friend and botl(I.T. guy)lopped a good amount of BS off the system,it still is nowhere near as easy and pleasing to navigate as this 7.

Kind in mind this is coming from a computer idiot <---
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I've used PCs for years. Then in the last yea3, we bught an older iMac from a friend. It was still lightning fast and runs very smoothly. We liked it so much we bought a MacBook toom. My wife uses it exclusively. The functionaloty and ease of use of the programs is awesome. I honestly don't think we'll go back to PCs. Yes they are pricier, but my experiences with them tell me it's worth it.
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Very apropos.
Secure, safe on the left.
Dangerous, bound to crash on the right.

I have yet to find a person that switched to a Mac from a PC that didn't love it.
Seems the haters are the ones that have never switched and need to justify not doing so somehow.
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I would let you test drive it if I could. Very fast from start up to access. Access meaning anywhere you want to go. My youngest has a gaming pc with Vista.
Even after a good friend and botl(I.T. guy)lopped a good amount of BS off the system,it still is nowhere near as easy and pleasing to navigate as this 7.

Kind in mind this is coming from a computer idiot <---
Oh come on Dave! You don't want to just ship me your laptop for a week

Let me know more when you start getting more use out of it. Even if you are a computer idiot, I appreciate any feedback. I'm no Bill Gates either
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