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    if you had £500 pounds mac or windows

    A friend has £500 pounds budget. whats the best laptop he can get. or should he just get a mac for a little more.

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    Mac everytime - once you try it you won't go back

    jdspinks;6215407

    Mac everytime - once you try it you won't go back



    crappp

    I have had 4 macs, and sent 4 back. Useless. Something that wont even work on ebay. And you have to mess around with software etc. Basically, buy a mac, and steve jobs has you in his pocket. You do what he wants u to do, not the other way round!

    Macbook xD

    jdspinks;6215407

    Mac everytime - once you try it you won't go back



    I did.

    Cheaper for pc if things go off to replace as well.

    Edit laptop wise I still would prefer c2d with windows op

    dcx_badass;6215466

    Windows, might not look as nice, but more for your money.



    +1

    For that price range then definitely windows. I love mac OSX but the hardware available at that price range is utterly pathetic compared to the rigs you can build yourself.

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    aircanman;6215455

    crappp I have had 4 macs, and sent 4 back. Useless. Something that … crappp I have had 4 macs, and sent 4 back. Useless. Something that wont even work on ebay. And you have to mess around with software etc. Basically, buy a mac, and steve jobs has you in his pocket. You do what he wants u to do, not the other way round!



    Huh? Im using a macbook right now and have been using ebay flawlessly.

    I could even use the ebay app for firefox if I wanted to.

    If you can't get ebay to work, I don't know quite what to say.

    Open Safari.

    Type in [url]www.ebay.co.uk[/url]

    Press ENTER

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    Just noticed that no-one has bothered to ask what it is that your friend wants to be able to do with his laptop.

    Once You Go Mac You'll Never Go Back!

    sarah7989;6215562

    Once You Go Mac You'll Never Go Back!



    Not true lol, i know enough people who have gone back to windows. Including myself.

    Macbook

    jdspinks;6215407

    Mac everytime - once you try it you won't go back



    sarah7989;6215562

    Once You Go Mac You'll Never Go Back!



    aircanman;6215455

    crappp I have had 4 macs, and sent 4 back. Useless. Something that … crappp I have had 4 macs, and sent 4 back. Useless. Something that wont even work on ebay. And you have to mess around with software etc. Basically, buy a mac, and steve jobs has you in his pocket. You do what he wants u to do, not the other way round!



    MarzBarz;6215600

    Not true lol, i know enough people who have gone back to windows. … Not true lol, i know enough people who have gone back to windows. Including myself.

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    It's another £249 for the cheapest Macbook, unless you go second-hand. It's a bit of a jump if you're saying he's only got a £500 budget.

    But, personally, I'd say it was worth it.

    pc everytime, can custom build so fit exactly to your own spec and fairly simple to do. pc more appealing with the realease of windows 7, a great o/s. macs have more useful software pre installed but its easy and mostly free to download exactly the same or similar on a pc.

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    mr.potato_head;6215670

    pc everytime, can custom build so fit exactly to your own spec and fairly … pc everytime, can custom build so fit exactly to your own spec and fairly simple to do. pc more appealing with the realease of windows 7, a great o/s. macs have more useful software pre installed but its easy and mostly free to download exactly the same or similar on a pc.



    Which virus software would you recommend?

    Yeah what removes apple software

    FilthAndFurry;6215682

    Which virus software would you recommend?



    Avast for a Windows PC, not so sure about Mac.

    FilthAndFurry;6215682

    Which virus software would you recommend?



    The same one thats now being included with leopard??

    FilthAndFurry;6215634

    It's another £249 for the cheapest Macbook, unless you go second-hand. … It's another £249 for the cheapest Macbook, unless you go second-hand. It's a bit of a jump if you're saying he's only got a £500 budget.But, personally, I'd say it was worth it.



    No its not. If they were the same I would say mac would edge it because of OSX, but if you get Windows 7 installed then there isn't too much difference.

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    matt3454;6215759

    No its not. If they were the same I would say mac would edge it because … No its not. If they were the same I would say mac would edge it because of OSX, but if you get Windows 7 installed then there isn't too much difference.



    Personally, it is. For my needs, I always prefer a Mac laptop to a Windows laptop.

    But I use it mainly for websurfing and word processing. I have a Vaio loaded with Windows 7 and it's much better than Vista, but I just prefer to use Mac for the little things that save time.

    At £500 I'd go with a windows laptop, then if you want to use OSX then dual boot it. Best of both worlds (well not quite). Have a google for laptops that have good support for OSX installs.


    Well the fastest and safest solution..........Linux!:thumbsup:

    FilthAndFurry;6215801

    Personally, it is. For my needs, I always prefer a Mac laptop to a … Personally, it is. For my needs, I always prefer a Mac laptop to a Windows laptop.But I use it mainly for websurfing and word processing. I have a Vaio loaded with Windows 7 and it's much better, but I just prefer to use Mac for the little things that save time.



    But its not worth a 50% premium. I agree, i prefer OSX as an operating system, but when recommending it for another person I would never say its worth 50% more than the other.

    FilthAndFurry;6215801

    Personally, it is. For my needs, I always prefer a Mac laptop to a … Personally, it is. For my needs, I always prefer a Mac laptop to a Windows laptop.But I use it mainly for websurfing and word processing. I have a Vaio loaded with Windows 7 and it's much better than Vista, but I just prefer to use Mac for the little things that save time.



    Ok then smarty pants, how about you go into SAFARI and try to list something on ebay? Unless you know HTML code I will see you on a windows machine! :thumbsup:

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    matt3454;6215817

    But its not worth a 50% premium. I agree, i prefer OSX as an operating … But its not worth a 50% premium. I agree, i prefer OSX as an operating system, but when recommending it for another person I would never say its worth 50% more than the other.



    It's hard to quantify value like that. I personally think it is, because of the better work environment it provides.

    I absolutely think that it makes me more productive.

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    aircanman;6215835

    Ok then smarty pants, how about you go into SAFARI and try to list … Ok then smarty pants, how about you go into SAFARI and try to list something on ebay? Unless you know HTML code I will see you on a windows machine! :thumbsup:



    I've got a few auctions going right now, although I listed them through Firefox.

    Would you like instructions on how to download firefox?

    i dont like macs tbh i much prefer windows, its all down to personal preference really

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    micoo;6215855

    i dont like macs tbh i much prefer windows, its all down to personal … i dont like macs tbh i much prefer windows, its all down to personal preference really



    What type of Mac did you own? A desktop or laptop?

    FilthAndFurry;6215849

    I've got a few auctions going right now, although I listed them through … I've got a few auctions going right now, although I listed them through Firefox.Would you like instructions on how to download firefox?



    I know exactly how to download firefox. But lets be honest, safari can not even list on ebay. And firefox has known issues, its all over google.

    When you buy a mac, its like being tied to a beautiful car. It looks nice, its great to be on, but it wont let you go anywhere it doesnt want you to go.

    Ideal for photo editing, word processing, sound editing, etc. Only if you have £000's of pounds to buy the software tho.

    Oh, and if you buy a white one, in a matter of months it will be mingin.

    Banned

    aircanman;6215904

    I know exactly how to download firefox. But lets be honest, safari can … I know exactly how to download firefox. But lets be honest, safari can not even list on ebay. And firefox has known issues, its all over google. When you buy a mac, its like being tied to a beautiful car. It looks nice, its great to be on, but it wont let you go anywhere it doesnt want you to go. Ideal for photo editing, word processing, sound editing, etc. Only if you have £000's of pounds to buy the software tho. Oh, and if you buy a white one, in a matter of months it will be mingin.



    I just checked - Safari works fine on ebay. I really don't know what your issue was.

    I'm really not sure what restrictions Mac places on you. I've never felt restricted. It's done all the things I need and many with greater ease than my Windows laptop.

    jdspinks;6215407

    Mac everytime - once you try it you won't go back



    rubbish,,,pc every time now,,,
    :thumbsup:

    FilthAndFurry;6215935

    I just checked - Safari works fine on ebay. I really don't know what your … I just checked - Safari works fine on ebay. I really don't know what your issue was.I'm really not sure what restrictions Mac places on you. I've never felt restricted. It's done all the things I need and many with greater ease than my Windows laptop.



    So you can list items on ebay, with safari? I dont think so. Every mac I had wouldnt let me do this. Only with firefox, but even that had its issues.

    Maybe I need it for more things than you do?!

    Windows

    "Ah say you buy one and i'll give you one free"

    http://www.safestyle-window-man.co.uk/images/12-safestyle-window-man.jpg

    WINDOWS !!!!! so much easier to use

    All that mac bashing, and I diddnt help the OP!! Anyway, a little advice. Keep an eye on Tesco online, good deals to be had there. I would also take a look at currys and pc world, while not always the best on price, the choice is very good. Argos are also a nice company to deal with. You shouldnt get any issues with a laptop of that price, but I would avoid comet at all costs. If there is a problem you are usually handed over to the manufacturer, they dont repair themselves. And dont even think about a refund if something goes wrong!! - With tesco you have no issue, pc world and currys use their own in house repair company which are ok. Argos are easy going etc. - buyer beware, but make sure you try out the machines first, see how much bloat ware is on them, see how fast or slow they turn on and off. I would also say usually intel are the better ones to go for. Quicker, quieter and coooooler most of the time.

    Original Poster

    thanx for the advice.

    dont know what to tell my friend.

    inconclusive.

    will just email him the url for this post and let him decide.
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