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Macbook Really Worth It?

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Been looking into getting a Macbook for ages now and i think im about to take the plunge and just get one lol. It would cost be about £650 for the basic one with 2.0 Ghz Dual Core 2 Processor. But is it really worth the money? My bro seems to think you can get a laptop for roughly the same spec for about 500 or so. Don't know why but the macbook just has something lol probably leopard OS.

What does everyone think?
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Your brother is probably right in the sense you could get a similar specced laptop from the likes of dell or acer for around £500 but that is not to say the macbook is necessarily overpriced - it is build to a decent quality and mac hardware has always been at a premium. Are you elligible for student discount as that makes the price far more competitive?

It sounds like you are a fan of OSX in which case I'd probably say go for it. None of the people I know who have a mac (and there are quite a few) are dissapointed with it...
#2
totally,please dont just look at the price tag,take into account customer service,walk into any apple store they repair on site,replace anything in warrant for free,(just had a 11 month old battery replaced FOC),try doing that in pc world and the like

No virus checker needed,that saves you another £50 or so

all the drivers for printers and such like are built in...

there is no packaged bloatware as with windows.

the design cannot be beaten IMHO

I guarantee once you start using OSX you wont go back

good luck
#3
the first thing you need to know is that there is huge difference between mac and pc based system. they are totally two different types of OS with there own advantages and disadvantages.
you need to ask yourself what you really want to do on computer and have you used mac before? and based on that you candecide what you really want to buy. Macs are always expensive than PC laptops.
#4
boothy

No virus checker needed,that saves you another £50 or so


Agree with most of what you said but the above is simply nonsense - who in their right mind would pay £50 for antivirus? Lets try not to overexaggerate...
#5
Well to tell you the truth i just want it for general use. Word, Internet maybe some gaming though i know the macbooks dont really have great graphic capabilities. Oh and i do get the student discount, thats the price with that applied. One thing i was thinking about was that the screen size is pretty small. I guess you just have to weigh out all the pros and cons
#6
Small screen size = much better portability

Depends on how you intend to use it i guess - if you plan to take it to lectures/on trips etc the small form factor is a big bonus, but if its your main use computer you might find it a bit frustrating. Graphics chipset is the same on most other similarly specced notebooks (ones with dedicated graphics cards tend to be larger desktop-replacement systems and as such are far less portable and have less battery life).

Remember you have the option of installing Windows if you find you can't live without it (though OS-X is probably a nicer operating system to use for the sort of things you wish to do...)
#7
tbh apple are only good for designers/filmmakers as i used them in college. they were good for photoshop etc. but playing games and what not is a no go area
#8
You should do a bit of research about what software you commonly use on your PC now and what alternatives are available for the mac. Programs that are made for PC's wont run on Macs. So that includes all exe files.
Gaming isn't the greatest on a Mac, anyone can tell you that. Take a look at the Apple online store to see a catalogue of games. If there's a certain game that is only available on Windows then you could always install Windows onto your Mac and run games/other Windows only apps like I do. I have no regrets about buying my Macbook Pro even though the price was a premium. It'll last for a long while!

Another note, don't pay for any hardware updates through Apple i.e. RAM, Hard drive etc. they can be purchased much cheaper elsewhere online and installed with relative ease. Tutorials for installing RAM available from Apple themselves.
Apple charges approx. 3x more for RAM chips.
#9
jah128
Agree with most of what you said but the above is simply nonsense - who in their right mind would pay £50 for antivirus? Lets try not to overexaggerate...


agree,most people on here wouldn't but go into a pc world and watch the "assistants" selling it to unsuspecting punters in there
banned#10
well worth it
#11
i read somewhere that if your planning on getting a macbook you can get flights to NY, buy it there and it works out the same price. Might be worth a cheap holiday?
#12
you can turn a mac into a windows machine but you cant turn a windows machine into a mac

so gaming wont be a problem
#13
mrplay
you can turn a mac into a windows machine but you cant turn a windows machine into a mac

so gaming wont be a problem


The macbook has no dedicated gaming graphics, so yes it will.

If you want to play games (apart from web based, and very basic commercial games) you will need a macbook pro.
#14
I was looking into just getting the standard macbook lol. I know about the RAM and HD prices and they can be bought a lot cheaper elsewhere. Its just i dont want to be spending so much on a laptop (Macbook) if it has so many cons. But looking from the posts on here, it seems my initial suspicions were right in that the Macbook is in fact really good lol
#15
Oh if you need any help getting any applications, I can help you there *nudge nudge wink wink* hehe
And i think the white looks better than the black macbook :)
#16
Sweetchinmusic
I was looking into just getting the standard macbook lol. I know about the RAM and HD prices and they can be bought a lot cheaper elsewhere. Its just i dont want to be spending so much on a laptop (Macbook) if it has so many cons. But looking from the posts on here, it seems my initial suspicions were right in that the Macbook is in fact really good lol


I use both a PC and a mac, and have used the older version of the macbook. Like others have said, it is more about the software you want to use. For basic everyday computing though, the macbook is great.

Have you used a mac before? How the OS does things is slightly different to windows. Some people prefer OS X's ways of doing things, some people prefer Windows. I tend to be half and half. ;-) So if you haven't used one before, and are used to windows, it might be a little strange getting used to the new OS.

As for screen size, it shouldn't really be a problem. However it's always best to go somewhere and see it in person if you can, to see whether it will suit your needs.
#17
mrplay
you can turn a mac into a windows machine but you cant turn a windows machine into a mac

so gaming wont be a problem


Since Macs started using Intel chips this isn't true.
Hackintosh .
OSX86project

It's a lot to go through for non-native software that may not even fully work though. :roll:
#18
Yeah i may go to an Apple store tomm just to test it out a little bit. Havent properly used the Mac OS so no harm done by going and having a look.
#19
Ungreat
Since Macs started using Intel chips this isn't true.
Hackintosh .
OSX86project

It's a lot to go through for non-native software that may not even fully work though. :roll:


wow that is impressive. i have seen the cheesy oxs apperance tools even tried them myself in the past, but this is great especially if you want to create a top of the range mac without the looks

£17,132.92 for the best mac pro with best twin screens.
#20
apple are normally used for more of a design purpose as they have better and greater processing power/speed... laptops are just plain rubbish as the hassle of:- is the battery charged for use (before i sold my laptop the complete battery length was 10mins as it was left on charge.. so i cudnt use it portably- it was basically a home based pc) so its just annoying.. and to be honest is there much point of a laptop if all you gonna do is take it downstairs.. wow portable fun haha

stay clear of the new macbook air as the overall package is such a downgrade even to normal laptops, its pointless... your better of saving up the dosh and going for a macbook or a macbook pro (if you really want it portable)... i myself prefer the imac all together (its basically portable itself as everything is built into the screen).. so my opinion is either spend the dosh and get a better system or just buy a home based pc where everything will be miles better and cheaper than an actual laptop.

biggest downside with apple tho is that software doesnt come free with the item on purchase and cracking the software with mac is risky because on log in onto the internet they send information to apple to check that the software hasnt been pirated. But on the upside apparently there are little/no viruses for mac
#21
Titchimp
i read somewhere that if your planning on getting a macbook you can get flights to NY, buy it there and it works out the same price. Might be worth a cheap holiday?


Since im going to NY soon im keen to hear how much you think i will be able to pick one up their for.

Thanks
#22
mac mac mac, by along way. i want an ibook
#23
One thing to note is that if you are a student or know someone who is you can buy the laptop through the student store to get a discount (about 10%) and a 3 year warranty as standard. Also if you end up not being a fan of OS X you can always use bootcamp to install XP/Vista.
#24
ryancs
Since im going to NY soon im keen to hear how much you think i will be able to pick one up their for.


Mac prices are fairly standard, so your best bet is to check out the US Apple site. You might be lucky and find somewhere that sells them cheaper, or there might be offers on, etc. but this should give you an idea of how much they will be and you certainly shouldn't need to pay more than this. (I use this site for currency conversions)

cold toast
mac mac mac, by along way. i want an ibook


You're out of luck, they stopped making those a couple years ago. :p
#25
RoidHeadRick
biggest downside with apple tho is that software doesnt come free with the item on purchase and cracking the software with mac is risky because on log in onto the internet they send information to apple to check that the software hasnt been pirated. But on the upside apparently there are little/no viruses for mac


Not really true. You can use an application called "little snitch" which blocks applications from "calling home" to their developers, not to Apple. Not all applications try to "call home" though.
If you want any applications then I'll do my best to help you out. Just PM me.

No virus thing is true though. :thumbsup:
#26
Im thinking of getting a mac also, along with my pc, i always thought that, i could get a super duper laptop for that price but then a mac is completely different and would be a different experience using and owning 1. Was going to go for a MacBook Air, but then thought naa ill go for the Macbook, get paid at the end of the month so hoping to get one!!!
#27
Magic_monkey
Oh if you need any help getting any applications, I can help you there *nudge nudge wink wink* hehe
And i think the white looks better than the black macbook :)


I can help you there as well no problems...

I have a blackbook and a silver macbook pro but much prefer the silver as the black shows fingerprints up really bad.
#28
ryancs
Since im going to NY soon im keen to hear how much you think i will be able to pick one up their for.

Thanks


not really worth it,after NY state sales tax you will save about £100 quid on a mid range macbook,bear in mind you have to dump all the packaging to avoid the chance of customs slapping you 17.5% VAT on it,its not really worth it,easier just to get from a Apple store here.

If you were thinking of buying Applecare though get that from the US
#29
Magic_monkey
Not really true. You can use an application called "little snitch" which blocks applications from "calling home" to their developers, not to Apple. Not all applications try to "call home" though.
If you want any applications then I'll do my best to help you out. Just PM me.

No virus thing is true though. :thumbsup:


Never had any issues with this TBH,there was a big thread about this on mac rumours and apparently he worst thing that can happen(in theory) is that the software stops working
#30
boothy
Never had any issues with this TBH,there was a big thread about this on mac rumours and apparently he worst thing that can happen(in theory) is that the software stops working


Having software to stop working is an inconvenience though, having to delete the preferences and and reinstall. Saying that, I just checked my little snitch list and I am not denying any application network access! :p
#31
boothy
not really worth it,after NY state sales tax you will save about £100 quid on a mid range macbook,bear in mind you have to dump all the packaging to avoid the chance of customs slapping you 17.5% VAT on it,its not really worth it,easier just to get from a Apple store here.

If you were thinking of buying Applecare though get that from the US


Thats what i was thinking with the tax etc.
Im just gonna get an iphone over there:thumbsup:
banned#32
Yep had laptop macs at college last year, truely fantastic very fast software, much faster OS etc.

Gaming is harder though
#33
boothy
totally,please dont just look at the price tag,take into account customer service,walk into any apple store they repair on site,replace anything in warrant for free,(just had a 11 month old battery replaced FOC),try doing that in pc world and the like


Erm that's what a warranty is all about. Replacing stuff for free...........
#34
I am surprised to see that people think Mac is not good for Graphics as it is the best machine available on earth for graphics. most of the people use macs for graphic designing and video editing as they are very fast ( its more to do with there OS)
#35
Goodman
I am surprised to see that people think Mac is not good for Graphics as it is the best machine available on earth for graphics. most of the people use macs for graphic designing and video editing as they are very fast ( its more to do with there OS)


Gaming graphics is different to graphics for graphic designing, etc. You need a dedicated 3D graphics accelerator for games, and the low end macbooks don't have them.
#36
306maxi
Erm that's what a warranty is all about. Replacing stuff for free...........


so when your toshiba/acer or whatever breaks down where do you take it to be fixed under warranty? anyones guess..how long do you have to wait?
#37
boothy
so when your toshiba/acer or whatever breaks down where do you take it to be fixed under warranty? anyones guess..how long do you have to wait?


You don't take it anywhere. You burn it because it has no warranty! It is useless. Anything which is not a Mac will never get fixed at all.

Happy now?

Back to reality...... having worked in a HP/Toshiba/Compaq service centre myself, as long as the parts are available it will take a few days for it to get fixed. Given that the failure rates for laptops are usually in single figures I don't think the less than 10% chance of a couple of days without a laptop for the few hundred quid you might save is a bad deal.....
#38
306maxi
You don't take it anywhere. You burn it because it has no warranty! It is useless. Anything which is not a Mac will never get fixed at all.

Happy now?

Back to reality...... having worked in a HP/Toshiba/Compaq service centre myself, as long as the parts are available it will take a few days for it to get fixed. Given that the failure rates for laptops are usually in single figures I don't think the less than 10% chance of a couple of days without a laptop for the few hundred quid you might save is a bad deal.....


I dont think he was trying to contest the fact that other laptop manufacturers dont have a warranty. Just trying to show that the Apple warranty is slightly better. If there is a macbook fault you can take it to the store and most likely be fixed quite quickly. Think he was just trying to show that Apple have good customer service
#39
Sweetchinmusic
I dont think he was trying to contest the fact that other laptop manufacturers dont have a warranty. Just trying to show that the Apple warranty is slightly better. If there is a macbook fault you can take it to the store and most likely be fixed quite quickly. Think he was just trying to show that Apple have good customer service


But is the less than 10% chance of an issue a reason to spend so much more?
#40
To tell you the truth im not gonna buy a £650 laptop just cause the warranty is slightly better than others. He was just listing the pro's and the cons.

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