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should i go for a Mac book pro or a sony vaio?

fay23 Avatar
6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
I cant deceid whether i should get a Mac book pro or a sony vaio laptop. Has anyone got any suggestions, comments or experience on which is better/more reliable??....

thanks in advance
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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#1
What will you be using it for?
banned#2
Have you used a Mac before? What is your computing experience?
#3
macbook all the way.....
#4
thanks for your replys. Im a student so will be using it quiet a bit for research and essaying.

Nope i have never used a mac before, are they difficult to adapt to?
#5
why macbook?? Have you got one...apart from being pretty are they good? :)
#6
Why are you considering a Macbook, having never used a Mac or understand the benefits to them? Is it because of the hype and "oooh shiny" appeal?

(Not hatin' [even though I think they're overpriced pieces of shiny stuff] but just asking).

*Edit* If you got a Mac, would you intend to stay with OSX or install Windows?
#7
DragonChris
Why are you considering a Macbook, having never used a Mac or understand the benefits to them? Is it because of the hype and "oooh shiny" appeal?

(Not hatin' [even though I think they're overpriced pieces of shiny stuff] but just asking)


:-D partly yes!

Iv heard they are supposed to be better, im investing in a new laptop so i thought considering their ment to be durable i would go for a Mac as its gunna last me (hopefully!)

i would install windows too.
banned#8
fay23
why macbook?? Have you got one...apart from being pretty are they good? :)


If money is no issue then I would advise Macs over PCs for general use. If you're a gamer then stick with a PC/Vaio, if you have used Windows all your life and are reasonably IT literate then you'll probably want to stick to a PC too. If you use any sort of software regularly then check which formats are supported too.

For general web, email, document producing, calendar use then Mac gives the best more user friendly experience that even my gran could use!
#9
Just so you know for what you require, a regular Macbook would be more than sufficient. Though if you can justify the extra money spent on an aluminium housing then go ahead. Granted the Macbook Pro is a lot faster, but it'll remain untapped unless you use demanding applications.
#11
fay23
:-D partly yes!

Iv heard they are supposed to be better, im investing in a new laptop so i thought considering their ment to be durable i would go for a Mac as its gunna last me (hopefully!)

i would install windows too.


The whole durability debate is a bit weak imo (sorry, I should say some peoples side of the debate is weak). If you're going to use it around the house and transport it in a fairly safe environment (i.e. Not constantly lugging it around, banging around on buses trains etc, maybe just taking it in the car, walking to uni or whatever) most laptops are durable enough. Even if they will take some abuse, in a padded case they are likely to be fine.

As far as Macs being better, that is also debatable. If you intend to install Windows, I would say go for a Sony/Dell/whatever and not a Mac, as you can get much better specs for the money (others seem to argue otherwise, but Windows does use more resources than a Mac - Furthermore, Mac internal components are no different to any other laptop - except they're housed in shiny aluminium). *edit* However, for what you say you'll be using it for, I believe the Mac will do everything you need and more, unless you intend to run more intensive applications (and run them simultaneously). In fact, I'm sure a Mac would do everything you want (as would the Vaio, except you'll perhaps feel more self important with the shiny Mac :p)

I guess it's down to what you want though. Play with both in the shop - if your friends have a Mac, try it out with them, get their opinions as well. I however wouldn't get the Mac, but thats my opinion based on my judgements and needs (and funds). In fairness, I would like to have a good fiddle with OSX to see if Macs have improved since 1999 (First form ICT using outdated Macs - Have hated them ever since :p)

What's your budget?
banned#12
Both are overpriced imo. better of getting a cheaper laptop and installing a mac os on it.
banned#13
ryman1000
Both are overpriced imo. better of getting a cheaper laptop and installing a mac os on it.


Wrong on so many levels. Take TCO into account if you plan on upgrading/selling in a couple of years and both offer better returns than a cheapo laptop, a Mac more so though.

Wouldn't recommend a "hackintosh" for anyone other than a keen computer enthusiast.
#14
ryman1000
Both are overpriced imo. better of getting a cheaper laptop and installing a mac os on it.


Agreed i've got a vaio and it's falling to bit's wish i'd kept my toshiba now it was in better nick after two years than my vaio after 6 months. As for macs I think mac = overpriced, my next laptop wil be a high spec toshiba.
#15
danmc
Agreed i've got a vaio and it's falling to bit's wish i'd kept my toshiba now it was in better nick after two years than my vaio after 6 months. As for macs I think mac = overpriced, my next laptop wil be a high spec toshiba.


Tosh's are lovely machines, really well built. The problem is getting one that has high enough specs at a reasonable cost...
#16
get a mac...... your a student so you wont need a computer that works however if you want something that can run something other than pong get a windows laptop strip down the os and your done my better then a mac..... the plastic and cra* just like a big mac lol
#17
If you are used to a PC, I would get a high performance, Quality laptop.

Like the Sony etc
#18
DragonChris
Tosh's are lovely machines, really well built. The problem is getting one that has high enough specs at a reasonable cost...


Agreed but when you compare them to vaio's you would get either similar or better spec with alot more durability. Fair enough here are arguements for mac's, ie they hold their money, the os is better etc but as for vaio's I really cant see why they are so popular considering how undurable they are i'll wouldn't even consider buying another.
#19
i have to use wintel for my work but that aside when i dabble with Mac's I am so frustrated with the lack of a rihgt-click - i also think there is a lot of hype with them, that said, they are certainly pretty and have a solid O.S (although with Win7 I wouldnt necessarily say a better O.S any more...)

i would advise getting hold of each for a 'play' and see what you think...
#20
Get a Refurbished Macbook on the Apple store, they're as good as new and have the same warranty etc.

I find the Mac OS much better than Windows also the its well built. Ever since I got my Macbook in April 2009 I've been using it 98% of the time and only use the PC for occasional gaming.
#21
If your a student, go through the edu store?
Also I'm a student, and I love my mbp :) !
#22
One thing I will say for the Sony Vaio's

For the same price bracket, around £700 - You can get quite a bit of lappy for your money.

The CW2S1E - Has 320GB Hdd - i3 Processor - 4GB Ram and the most surprising thing is a Nvidia GT330M Graphics chip, which will play MW2 etc very well.

I find alot of the HP/TOSH etc dont seem to have good graphics, they have everything else though. Then you have to take bloat into consideration.

The ones I have experienced :-

Toshiba, lots of bloatware and software you dont need
Sony, same as toshiba
HP, not too bad
Compaq, same as HP
Acer, wayyy to much bloat
Samsung, not alot of bloat
Mac, None whatsoever

Of course you can install a fresh copy of windows on all laptops, but you will do away with your recovery partition, which sometimes causes issues if you have to send the machine back. Also finding all of the drivers can be an issue.
#23
MacBook, I used to be a PC many years ago bought a Mac & haven't looked back! :)
#24
just mac,mac and mac....don't miss out ur student discount check prices from ur college network....cheers...
banned#25
danmc
Agreed i've got a vaio and it's falling to bit's wish i'd kept my toshiba now it was in better nick after two years than my vaio after 6 months. As for macs I think mac = overpriced, my next laptop wil be a high spec toshiba.


+1, I've now got an acer, and despite the cheap tag that hovers above the name, i'm extremely happy with it. Superior battery life to any laptop ive ever used, great spec, light and very durable, I take it many places in a rucksack on a bike on a 4 mile journey with many bumps. Mac's are good but the actual machines are no better. The OS is just more lightweight and uses less resources than windows. Although hackintosh isn't ideal, you'll have a better machine
#26
nandeep8509
just mac,mac and mac....don't miss out ur student discount check prices from ur college network....cheers...


While I do like mac's - they are great machines. But if you are a PC user, there is a chance that it could be harder to swap over. The OP may benefit more getting a PC than a mac.

You need to weigh up the odds
banned#27
a basic dell, for about 350

your research will just be browsing the web and writing documents, no particular processor or high spec needed
then you have 500 or so quid in your pocket, any pc will be junk if you use it every day for 3 years anyway, might as well have money in your pocket
#28
jubbyme
a basic dell, for about 350

your research will just be browsing the web and writing documents, no particular processor or high spec needed
then you have 500 or so quid in your pocket, any pc will be junk if you use it every day for 3 years anyway, might as well have money in your pocket


Again all depends, personally I hate it when computers take all day to do a simple task!! Not everyone knows that simply surfing the web can eat up loads of processor power.
#29
thank you all sooo much for your responses. Although i think im more confused than i was before :) lol

hmmm i think i shall sleep on it...
#30
fay23
thank you all sooo much for your responses. Although i think im more confused than i was before :) lol

hmmm i think i shall sleep on it...


Another thing you could do is buy the Mac online, then you can try it and send it back if you want for a refund. I know this is not really a good or nice thing to do, but the more people who do this, the more refurb models will be available for cheap in the future!!
banned#31
aircanman
Again all depends, personally I hate it when computers take all day to do a simple task!! Not everyone knows that simply surfing the web can eat up loads of processor power.


I hate IE for that reason. Takes way to long to do anything even on a decent computer and crashes all the time. G. chrome is 100x faster, IE is the worst software ive ever used.
#32
aircanman
Another thing you could do is buy the Mac online, then you can try it and send it back if you want for a refund. I know this is not really a good or nice thing to do, but the more people who do this, the more refurb models will be available for cheap in the future!!


Forgive me if I'm wrong but I believe if you've opened the Macbook used it and then send it back then you are subject to a 10% restocking fee. Unless of course there's a fault with the machine.
#33
spikeyjacko
If your a student, go through the edu store?
Also I'm a student, and I love my mbp :) !

livingthelife07
MacBook, I used to be a PC many years ago bought a Mac & haven't looked back! :)

nandeep8509
just mac,mac and mac....don't miss out ur student discount check prices from ur college network....cheers...


+1

go buy a MacBook on apple education store. I'm assuming your loans coming in tomorrow so budget won't be a problem? :p
13" is plenty for a student in my opinion and if you go for the new (2009) model, the 7 hour battery life is also very useful. If this is your first mac, definately start with a MacBook. You'll get used to it within the first 10 mins. It's already entertainment ready so all you need is MS office and your sorted. good luck :)
#34
mac alll the way - im a student and got a macbook pro.
Also took a nice big PC to uni.
Started writing my screenplay on my mac got to the end of it and PC broke. Have had to reformat everything.
Thank god i wrote it on my mac :)
#35
freeDUMB
Forgive me if I'm wrong but I believe if you've opened the Macbook used it and then send it back then you are subject to a 10% restocking fee. Unless of course there's a fault with the machine.


Distance selling, not even Comet (famous for the 10% restocking fee) can charge you it. You can pretty much do what you want with the product unless you damage it etc.
#36
ele-font
+1

go buy a MacBook on apple education store. I'm assuming your loans coming in tomorrow so budget won't be a problem? :p
13" is plenty for a student in my opinion and if you go for the new (2009) model, the 7 hour battery life is also very useful. If this is your first mac, definately start with a MacBook. You'll get used to it within the first 10 mins. It's already entertainment ready so all you need is MS office and your sorted. good luck :)


http://www.software4students.co.uk/
Cheap legal ms office for mac :thumbsup:
#37
Mac any day they last longer, they are easier to use, and they do resell quite well, you get discount anyway from the student site.
I bought one when i went to uni, i left uni 3 nearly 4 years ago and it only just broke last week, but i think its just the charger
#38
You can run windows 7 on a macbook if its the OS that your worrying about, just dual boot & have the best of both worlds :thumbsup:
#39
stgeorge
You can run windows 7 on a macbook if its the OS that your worrying about, just dual boot & have the best of both worlds :thumbsup:


Personally, I find the standard hard drives on macs are a bit too small to dual boot with the full effect. Needs to have 500 gig on it at least to have all your photos etc on it.
banned#40
Scrap dual booting, just get a copy of Parallels or similar. That's when your Mac becomes the ultimate best of both worlds.

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