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Old 07-01-2012, 05:31 PM   #61
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What's your price range? I would start there. Won't hate on Mac but there's so much out there for a fraction of the price that will be very good. Can't speak for longevity in the desktop world because I build my own and usually just rebuild and upgrade every couple years for shits and giggles. As far as laptops. My last one was a Toshiba and that served me well for over 5 years with no issues. Sold it for a couple hundred to a co-worker who it's still working great for. I downsized from a normal laptop to an Asus Zenbook since I don't use the laptop as my primary computer. That's been awesome so far and my other experience with Asus has been good. I'd check out some of their stuff.

Sure, if you were already planning on spending the kinda cash a Mac would cost, sure go for it. However I wouldn't increase your budget that much to get one.
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I used to work on computers for a living, they are just like cars. I you take care of them they last.. It depends on the user, I've probably fixed upwards of 5k computers and the majority of them were porn related. Some porn sites are known to have malware, the only reason you don't see more apple computers being fixed is due to the lack of viruses on the market for them. Well that's all changed this year, there are now viruses for OSX so I'm sure there will be plenty of macs needed to be fixed.
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I see the virus already.
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Again, I'm sitting here typing on my 7.5 year old Powerbook G4. Don't know any PCs that last long.
My Dell was just over 10 years old and still working fine, until i replced it a couple weeks ago.
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I will look at the mac that's for sure! I see there is so many that believe in it it's worth trying to get.
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I will look at the mac that's for sure! I see there is so many that believe in it it's worth trying to get.
With going back to school as well, if you decided to buy a Mac, Apple does offer a student discount of ~$100 off. Also, right now, if you buy a Mac, you gwt a $100 giftcard to the App store to go with it. So technically you can look at that as saving yourself 200 bones since you can use the app store gift card for buying your needed softwares. I have personally, a mac mini from 2007 (typing on) and a Macbook pro from 2011. Also, an iPad 2, iPhone 4, etc. In the house, total, I've got 2 macbooks, 2 macbook pros, 3 iPhone 4s, and 3 iPads. Personally, I have a couple PCs for work, but I avoid using them. You will not regret buying a mac. If need be, apple offers payment plans also on them.
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I have been in the IT industry for 22 years and have had Gateways, HP, Compaq (both before and after they merged), Northgate (you will have to go way back to know who that was) and Dell. I have worked on IBM's as well. By far the best laptops I have ever used are the Dell Latitude series. IBM/Lenovo are decent and I almost went with a Toshiba over my Dell on my last tech refresh, but stayed with the Dell and have not been disappointed. My only knock on the Latitudes is they are not real strong multimedia systems. Video is decent but the audio is "tinny".

My boss has a Macbook and loves it, but I have just never been a big Mac fan. Not that Apple doesn't put out a good product, but just personal preference. It's not like it was years ago when there was not as many available applications for Macs, so that would not be a bad choice if you have the $$$.
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With going back to school as well, if you decided to buy a Mac, Apple does offer a student discount of ~$100 off. Also, right now, if you buy a Mac, you gwt a $100 giftcard to the App store to go with it. So technically you can look at that as saving yourself 200 bones since you can use the app store gift card for buying your needed softwares. I have personally, a mac mini from 2007 (typing on) and a Macbook pro from 2011. Also, an iPad 2, iPhone 4, etc. In the house, total, I've got 2 macbooks, 2 macbook pros, 3 iPhone 4s, and 3 iPads. Personally, I have a couple PCs for work, but I avoid using them. You will not regret buying a mac. If need be, apple offers payment plans also on them.

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You could almost do all of that from a smartphone, why spend over 2 grand?

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-G75VW-AS7...words=asus+g75

Well that could be true. I know I need another one for general stuff like pictures and if I need to do a report, etc. so I will need a laptop, but maybe I shouldn't spend that till after college..
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MacBook Pro gets my vote. Yes they are expensive but they will outlast almost anything.
I second that, I am typing on one now, haven't had any troubles with it at all. Been through 3 PCs already, but I am certain that this Macbook will be here to stay awhile! They are so easy to use, much more user friendly. Great battery life too, I can get 7 hours out of mine if the screen isn't too bright.
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Thanks!
Also, I have no relationship to Apple. Don't even have any stocks with them currently

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Another mark for MacBook Pro!

Ive had mine for almost 6 years, Granted my hard drive took a shit thats all ive had to replace, And it literally just happened two months ago, ended up being a 100 fix from apple, Not bad, i spent almost 1700 on this laptop and ive gotten more then its use over the years.

Plus, the new Macbook Pros are soo nice, Retina displays, The new mountain Lion is coming and iOS6! oh shittt that means iPhone 5!!!! CANNOT WAIT!
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Why is Mac so much better? I knew some brands would be better than others but I didn't know it was this strong for Mac. This is why I like to ask different people!
They're not. I'm a web developer, and when I was outfitting my office, I looked at the top of the line Mac, and bought a more powerful PC for half the price. The biggest advantage used to be the Apple OS, but with Windows 7, that advantage is virtually eliminated. As for viruses, a lot of Mac users like to say they don't get viruses, but the truth is, the reason that viruses are rare is because there are more PCs world wide than Macs. People who write viruses want to hit as many targets as possible, so they target PCs. As we found out earlier this year with the flashback virus, not only do they get viruses, but because of the myth that they don't, they spread rapidly. As a matter of fact-
http://m.smh.com.au/digital-life/con...703-21ei4.html
Apple is trendy ( they don't necessarily make superior products, but they do have superior marketing. As more and more people go to the hipper and trendier Mac, I predict viruses to increase.

Parts quality? A lot of hardware is made by the same manufacturers who make parts for other products. (Ironically, the processor for the iPad is made by Samsung, the company Apple is suing all over the world for copyright infringement). But there are so many PC manufacturers, it only makes sense that some are going to be better than others, and therefore more failures. Mac isn't a crap product, but I do believe you're paying for a logo.

As for quality PCs, I have an old Toshiba that is over 10 years old, it's bullet proof. I now use an HP, but after an issue unrelated to my laptop, I have sworn off of them for their piss-poor customer service. They'd have to get better to suck. Also found out they have cooling issues...it started to get to the point where it almost too hot to touch. After researching the issue, I now use compressed air to keep the internal fan clean, and no issues.

One thing I will give the nod to on Mac is their customer service. My understanding is it is second to none. For me, howeve, it didn't justify the $1 000 price difference.
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They're not. I'm a web developer, and when I was outfitting my office, I looked at the top of the line Mac, and bought a more powerful PC for half the price. The biggest advantage used to be the Apple OS, but with Windows 7, that advantage is virtually eliminated. As for viruses, a lot of Mac users like to say they don't get viruses, but the truth is, the reason that viruses are rare is because there are more PCs world wide than Macs. People who write viruses want to hit as many targets as possible, so they target PCs. As we found out earlier this year with the flashback virus, not only do they get viruses, but because of the myth that they don't, they spread rapidly. As a matter of fact-
http://m.smh.com.au/digital-life/con...703-21ei4.html
Apple is trendy ( they don't necessarily make superior products, but they do have superior marketing. As more and more people go to the hipper and trendier Mac, I predict viruses to increase.

Parts quality? A lot of hardware is made by the same manufacturers who make parts for other products. (Ironically, the processor for the iPad is made by Samsung, the company Apple is suing all over the world for copyright infringement). But there are so many PC manufacturers, it only makes sense that some are going to be better than others, and therefore more failures. Mac isn't a crap product, but I do believe you're paying for a logo.

As for quality PCs, I have an old Toshiba that is over 10 years old, it's bullet proof. I now use an HP, but after an issue unrelated to my laptop, I have sworn off of them for their piss-poor customer service. They'd have to get better to suck. Also found out they have cooling issues...it started to get to the point where it almost too hot to touch. After researching the issue, I now use compressed air to keep the internal fan clean, and no issues.

One thing I will give the nod to on Mac is their customer service. My understanding is it is second to none. For me, howeve, it didn't justify the $1 000 price difference.
Yes, which makes sense from a business perspective....why spend twice as much on products for your office and employees, when you can get the job done at half the price. If they last a couple to few years, that's plenty, becuase you'll need to upgrade anyways before then based on your needs. However, she has a different use. Apple's OS is superior. Macs CAN get viruses, but it's not common because the majority of the population still use windows based products. Why? Because they are more affordable and there are more out there offered by third party companies. So you are correct with that statement.

Based on her needs and wants, I still stand behind a Macbook Pro being the proper fitting product for her.
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Apple's OS is superior.
Before Windows 7, I'd agree with that statement. But with 7, even my peers and contacts who are involved in tech based careers concede there is virtually no difference. And while many comparison reviews give a slight edge to the Mac os, the price difference doesn't justify it IMHO. Windows 8 is going to be very interesting in that there is speculation it might over take Mac. Of course, that shouldn't matter much to tacoma4x4girl, as that probably won't be released in time.

At the end of the day, try them both. It's going to come down to personal preference. There is little difference between Mac and PC. The fan boys will tell you Mac is VASTLY superior, the haters will call it over-priced hype. Most others will tell you what they use is best. Myself? I'd get a PC for school work, and use the extra money to get a tablet for research, surfing and reading. (Android, of course) Then use the leftover money for toys for my Tacoma!
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More votes for the Macbook Pro. I just wish they weren't so expensive! I will still use it after college, but I don't think I will as much is the reason I say that.
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