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spikeyjacko Avatar
7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
I'm not trying to start a massive debate ( even though it probably will)
My two previous laptops have been vista laptops, and have both died on me. PCworld have just given me £500 in vouchers for my old laptop meaning a macbook pro would only cost me £400 ( in theory lol).
However, theres a couple of things putting me off a little bit :
the price tag ( im only 17 lol )
the OS (what if I don't like it)
Do i really need a macbook when all I do is download music/movies, watch the movies and surf the internet and msn etc..

Any help would be great..
Thanks
Jack
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7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
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#1
go for the new win 7 if your just into music or if you want to spend lots the mac which is good for designing things

edit thought you was after the os, the hardware should be good enough for few years in good laptops they will all break eventually lol but tech moves on and you will want to upgrade after 2+ years
#2
well macbooks are smart and good for office use where as windows is alot more customizable. however you can dual boot windows 7 on a macbook but you'll need the licence...And remember you get student discounts from apple but not pc world...so i would say you're better off getting a cheap laptop from pc then wait till you're in uni if you really want an macbook.
#3
Mac all the way no questions asked! :)
You can't beat them, I was a Windows user for may years then changed to Mac & now I wouldn't change back! :)
#4
dcx_badass
Thet use the same parts....


Don't listen to the serial Mac-hater. :thumbsup:

Get a MacBook. It's sturdier, more compatible, faster and sexier than a Windows Laptop.
You can turn your Mac into a PC with a certain app if you miss some aspects, although you can't do vice versa.
#5
Chocadooby;7040164
Don't listen to the serial Mac-hater. :thumbsup:

Get a MacBook. It's sturdier, more compatible, faster and sexier than a Windows Laptop.
You can turn your Mac into a PC with a certain app if you miss some aspects, although you can't do vice versa.

Can :)
#6
Chocadooby
Don't listen to the serial Mac-hater. :thumbsup:

Get a MacBook. It's sturdier, more compatible, faster and sexier than a Windows Laptop.
You can turn your Mac into a PC with a certain app if you miss some aspects, although you can't do vice versa.


t0mm
Can :)


Hackintosh :whistling: but it's not the same!
#7
There's very little difference between Windows and Mac OS. The close and minimise buttons are on the left instead of the right, the menu options for a program are stuck to the top of the screen not the top of the program and so on. It has a couple of neat tricks (shortcuts that double as task bar entries), but also a couple of annoyances (you can't turn mouse acceleration off).

I'd be quite happy to use either OS, ignoring hardware I'd probably chose windows because of it's better software support and more programs available. (if we don't ignore hardware then Windows is the only option for me as Apple desktops suck).

Laptop-wise a Macbook is a £900 laptop so it's likely to be better built then your previous ones (although to have two fail in a year you must have been very unlucky) but probably no more so than similar laptops such as a Thinkpad T400/T500. How important is a laptop to you? Unless it's very important I'd go for a cheaper one as a Macbook won't do any more (probably less, given Apple's fondness for leaving out otherwise standard hardware like expressPort and HDMI), only be better built and slightly faster.

If you're worried about reliability and build quality than you could get an entry level business laptop for £500-600. An entry level 14" Toshiba Tecra M10 (e.g. M10-1CN) is around £600 and comes with a three year warranty as standard but lots of other companies like HP, Dell and Fujitsu do ranges as well. You will get a lower spec than a shiny plastic laptop of the same cost, but you don't need a high spec for what you're using it for.
#8
livingthelife07
Mac all the way no questions asked! :)
You can't beat them, I was a Windows user for may years then changed to Mac & now I wouldn't change back! :)


I would completely second this. I too was a Windows user, and after switching to a Apple Mac, will never again go back to windows in our home. They just do everything you need seamlessly, and without crying like a baby when something doesn't go it way.
Invest now in a mac, it will serve you perfectly for years without problem. just compare complaints between OSX and Windows, and the choice is clear. It is different, and takes a bit of time to get used to some of the little differences, but within 2 days you'll wonder why you did get one years ago.
Just my opinion and experience. Hope it helps
#9
livingthelife07

You can't beat them,)


Thats a matter of opinion

but ive found macs are good for beating apple fan boys over the head with.
#10
dazleech
just compare complaints between OSX and Windows, and the choice is clear.


Ignoring hardware and other problems (of which there are plenty on each side), I don't think I've ever seen many complaints about design and features for either OS.
#11
Mac - Asthetically pleasing, super easy to use. You do pay a tax but at the end of the day, not many people know that some of intels best processors go into the mac's. They are built very very well and are very sexy to look at. The OS is simple but can get complicated if you want it. It comes with a little bit of useful software but some of it can be hard to grasp.

PC - Compatible with alot more, just as fast these days (depending on processor) - Not always as good to look at but this really depends on which one you go for.

I find with the mac you are sort of ushered into the OS, they want you to be compatible with it not the other way around, and this is what puts me off Mac. When I had one about 6 months ago, boot camp which gives you the option of two operating systems had little annoying bugs and they almost seemed as if Apple just diddnt care (mouse pad for one where it wouldnt scroll properly) - And things like Safari not wanting to work on ebay for selling, and while all of the Mac experts said just use a piece of listing software, its just another purchase you have to make to adjust to the Mac. iTunes is great but iPhoto is poor compared to the likes of the free Google Picasa. This aside, I am not 100% sure about the new Windows 7 because they seem to be pushing 64-bit versions (which I dont like due to some of my hardware not working) -

It is a big move jumping operating systems, you need to make a list of the software you use and what you think you will use in the future, and see if the mac will do the trick. But if you go for a PC, I think the only good laptop around at the moment is the Samsung variety. They come with two discs, one is the operating system, one is the drivers and bloatware, and you have the option to install what you want, so you dont have to deal with all the crap that usually comes with laptops slowing them down out of the box. I use a Samsung Q310 and a Q210 and both are fantastic.
#12
Hey Jack, I'm about the same age as you and use a laptop for same things as you (surf net/music and video download and watch/msn/but I also use Microsoft Office 2007 for documents.

So here is my advice. Only buy a laptop for your needs with decent looks, never get caught in the salesman talk.

I would say that you have 4 options for Windows 7:

1. Buy a decent netbook. They cost about £250-300 and you can do everything you mentioned in your OP on them.
2. Buy a cheap laptop £350-600, they can do everything you mentioned and a little more like watch HD Movies and play some games like War of Warcraft, Counter-strike.
3. Buy a high-spec laptop £600-800, they can do just about anything.

Mac OS? That would come under option 3 above but maybe you need to add a couple of hunded quid more and you wouldn't be able to play the latest games (because those ones would cost £1000++ and many games don't work on Macs.

But be warned, some programs won't work with Mac OS. You really need to also get used to the user interface. Your only 17 and only use a laptop for basic stuff so why would you wan't to use so much cash on Mac? I'd save up for a car at your age! :thumbsup:

I chose Windows 7 option 3 above. Although with hindsight, I really should have chose option 1, they keep their value so great for selling.
#13
I still think you should get a laptop look at pc worlds refurbs for sum good prices they should last a few years, do what you need and save a fortune on a mac, you can always upgrade the ram and hard drive and buy a new one later down the line and still save :thumbsup:
#14
Hmm I just can't decide! I would love a mac! Just the price :p
#15
Mac

Thread over and closed...
#16
Haha why though :)
How is safari compared to firefox?
#17
Btw what sort of everyday programs cant mac osx run?
#18
spikeyjacko
Haha why though :)
How is safari compared to firefox?


Safari is dire, even worse than IE7/8 interface-wise. Thankfully a lot of browsers have mac versions so you could keep using Firefox (I don't know how it works plug-in wise) or take it as an opportunity to try out opera, chrome, camino etc. and see which one you like best.

spikeyjacko
Btw what sort of everyday programs cant mac osx run?


All of them.

Only programs written for Mac OS X (and Linux if you don't mind some fiddling) will work so any programs you use now will only continue to be usable if they've got a mac version (firefox does, but your music/movie player(s) may not and I don't know if MSN has all the features of the windows version.)

aircanman
Mac - Asthetically pleasing, super easy to use. You do pay a tax but at the end of the day, not many people know that some of intels best processors go into the mac's. They are built very very well and are very sexy to look at. The OS is simple but can get complicated if you want it. It comes with a little bit of useful software but some of it can be hard to grasp.

Super easy but hard to grasp?

I'm not sure what you mean about macs using Intel's best processors, the macbooks are still using the older Core 2 design when a lot of other laptops are moving to the new Core i7/i5 mobile while the iMacs are using the lesser i7-860 and not one of the i7-900 series.

aircanman

I find with the mac you are sort of ushered into the OS, they want you to be compatible with it not the other way around, and this is what puts me off Mac.

Yeah, I'd definitely agree with that. The video-out connector is probably the best example. Apple use a proprietry video-out connector that only connects to their monitors and charge you ridiculous prices for the adapters to connect to any other screen or projector (I think it's £20 for the normal version and £50 for the high resolution version), even though they'll only cost 50p or so to make.
#19
Thing is everyone I know who actually has one , loves it!
#20
spikeyjacko
Btw what sort of everyday programs cant mac osx run?


Most big applications have a mac version anyway - and anything that is windows only will have a Mac Alternitive.

At the end of the day programs used to be a problem id say... 8 years or so ago but now, with the huge rise in apple popularity, programs arnt short, and theres many that are mac only and much better than windows

Im a MAC Guy, bought by first Imac probs.. 5-6 years ago now, Had 2 macbooks since, non have ever chrashed. Their batteries are going strong, worn very well and still in very good condition. Very good specs and overall the Macbook Pro is my Gadget of the decade.

Whilst i agree on most aspects EndlessWave has said - I find them no problem at all, if your laptop is for media based apps or just for general browsing and work - I would choose a Mac Everyday (Apple's customer service is also exemplary compared to Microsoft, So long as you dont mind a good american "Good Day Sir, How can I help you?")

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