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    Which to go for? MacBook white with snow leopard os or a Sony equivalent with Win 7 pro?

    Lowdown. Well my Dell Laptop is on its last legs and is due for retirement. Its a dual core, win 7 laptop. So I've heard all the Apple fans spouting the "once you go Mac, you'll never go back" mantra and have been looking at trying one out for myself. The 1 I'm looking at has 2gb ram, 250hd, 2.4ghz core 2 duo, 13.3" screen BUT I've also seen a sony laptop with more ram, bigger hd, same processor, bigger screen but nearly HALF the price. So which one should I go for? Is the mac os really worth twice as much? Pros n cons appreciated! Thanks.

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    I'm a Mac fanboy and I would say the Sony Vaio. Not a fan of the white macbooks as they are quite poorly made in my opinion. Try and get an aluminium unibody and then go for that

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    Just get a Big Mac and fries.
    Edited by: "vibeone" 22nd Jul 2010

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    White MacBooks are for girls or gays...

    Get the Sony and dual boot Win7 and Snow Leopard (hackintosh/osx86)

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    master_chief

    White MacBooks are for girls or gays...



    I think you're confusing Macbooks with fellatio. Maybe you're visiting the wrong 'Genius bar'.

    Bazzaric is probably right.

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    FilthAndFurry

    I think you're confusing Macbooks with fellatio. Maybe you're visiting … I think you're confusing Macbooks with fellatio. Maybe you're visiting the wrong 'Genius bar'.Bazzaric is probably right.



    White fellatio?

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    bazzaric

    I'm a Mac fanboy and I would say the Sony Vaio. Not a fan of the white … I'm a Mac fanboy and I would say the Sony Vaio. Not a fan of the white macbooks as they are quite poorly made in my opinion. Try and get an aluminium unibody and then go for that



    I 'mguessing the alu model is even dearer, is it really worth it though? I hear you all saying buy mac but why? Is it faster? Easier to use? Etc

    The best advice I can give you is if you're considering spending twice as much for a mac try one out first. You've already used windows 7 so the sony isn't going to be anything new (maybe a little quicker) but mac os is quite a different operating system and I'd advise using one first before parting with double your money.
    And just a little side note don't worry about the mac seeming to have less ram, the solid state drive found inside a mac is very fast

    I've used a Mac at work and PCs at home daily for the last 5 years (I've been using PCs for 18 years) and I'm at the point now where I just can't see that the premium for the Mac is justified. My work Mac is due for an upgrade and I think I'm going to ask for a PC. I just don't find the Mac better than a PC on most tasks and on some it's a real pain.

    Look at it this way, You could buy the Sony now (with a higher spec) and in three years you could buy a new PC (with a much higher spec) and still spend less than on the Mac.

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    Paidia

    I've used a Mac at work and PCs at home daily for the last 5 years (I've … I've used a Mac at work and PCs at home daily for the last 5 years (I've been using PCs for 18 years) and I'm at the point now where I just can't see that the premium for the Mac is justified. My work Mac is due for an upgrade and I think I'm going to ask for a PC. I just don't find the Mac better than a PC on most tasks and on some it's a real pain. Look at it this way, You could buy the Sony now (with a higher spec) and in three years you could buy a new PC (with a much higher spec) and still spend less than on the Mac.



    Good point.

    Anyone want to submit a counter argument? How about apps and apple product connectivity?

    I have a macbook. It is quite nice, but I wouldn't pay the prices that they are new. I got it from a mate at work, and paid around the same price as I would have done for the windows equivalent. It is OK, and it is nice to use as a change. The wife doesn't like it (she wants me to sell it and get a windows equivalent). I don't think I could say anything that could justify its full asking price.

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    hooray290

    I have a macbook. It is quite nice, but I wouldn't pay the prices that … I have a macbook. It is quite nice, but I wouldn't pay the prices that they are new. I got it from a mate at work, and paid around the same price as I would have done for the windows equivalent. It is OK, and it is nice to use as a change. The wife doesn't like it (she wants me to sell it and get a windows equivalent). I don't think I could say anything that could justify its full asking price.



    Thanks for the input.

    So why do people buy macbooks? And more importantly why should I buy a macbook? I'm wondering if its because of the easy syncing of ipods and phones or is it just the prestige of owning a mac? I tried a 10 min go in the apple store and thought the os looked nice and shiny but I wasn't blown away, but you can't get a good all round view of a product in 10 mins!

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    ei8hty5ive

    Thanks for the input. So why do people buy macbooks? And more … Thanks for the input. So why do people buy macbooks? And more importantly why should I buy a macbook? I'm wondering if its because of the easy syncing of ipods and phones or is it just the prestige of owning a mac? I tried a 10 min go in the apple store and thought the os looked nice and shiny but I wasn't blown away, but you can't get a good all round view of a product in 10 mins!



    Go in and spend an hour on one, they're more than happy for you to do that. Get one of the staff to go through it with you too.

    If you're not convinced after that then it's probably not for you.

    There are some handy features of the mac OS, like "spaces" and having all the printer drivers, so they all automatically work without trouble. You do need a few weeks to figure them all out. They are fun to play with. and I find spaces increases productivity. There is nothing that will blow you away. Oh and if you are getting a white one, the graphics card is awful.

    well it all comes down to personal preference, i brought mine macbook because i liked the design, the battery's good about 7-10 hours, customer service is good, mac is pretty solid, boot camp, and basically i wanted to try something different.

    in my opinion mac is so much easier to use compared to windows

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    Once you switch you never go back. MacBook everytime.

    The "premium" is the same kind of premium you might talk about a Mercedes having over a Kia. Quality costs. You get what you pay for. The Mac will still be working in 10yrs time.

    The Mac might still be working 10 years from now, but you probably won't be wanting to work with 10 year old IT. The thing with design is that there are some nice looking PCs out there now (even the new Dells look pretty good). So the 'better looking' argument worked better when PCs where big ugly things. My experience each day as I move from a Mac at work to a PC at home is that really there isn't much difference. I just don't feel that I'm missing anything when I use the PC. I still like the Mac, I just don't think it does anything that much better (or different even). And so I just don't see the point in paying twice as much, unless you really want that Apple logo. It doesn't seem to me that you do. You want a justification based on performance and I just don't think there is one.

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    master_chief

    Go in and spend an hour on one, they're more than happy for you to do … Go in and spend an hour on one, they're more than happy for you to do that. Get one of the staff to go through it with you too.If you're not convinced after that then it's probably not for you.



    In all honesty I'll be embarrassed standing there for an hour asking questions! What should I look out for? What would you say was its outstanding features? What can you say it does that genuinely makes your life easier or which program is faster or better than its counterpart. Someone tell me something it does to justify its premium.

    A mac will almost certainly outlive a windows pc. I have been using windows all my life, I still use my desktop (im on it right now) which is a around 3 years old and has been upgraded to windows 7. I then purchased a unibody macbook (late 2008) and I love the mac OS. Its very simplyfied, and everything works, it doesnt slow down, and even though the specs are poorer than on my desktop, the macbook is so much faster, dont know why, even a full factory restore and my pc would never be as fast as day one, you notice a pc degrading, you cant really tell with a mac.

    I would spend the extra and go 'pro' with a unibody macbook, you wont be wanting a new one for years.

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    Bryan839

    A mac will almost certainly outlive a windows pc. I have been using … A mac will almost certainly outlive a windows pc. I have been using windows all my life, I still use my desktop (im on it right now) which is a around 3 years old and has been upgraded to windows 7. I then purchased a unibody macbook (late 2008) and I love the mac OS. Its very simplyfied, and everything works, it doesnt slow down, and even though the specs are poorer than on my desktop, the macbook is so much faster, dont know why, even a full factory restore and my pc would never be as fast as day one, you notice a pc degrading, you cant really tell with a mac.I would spend the extra and go 'pro' with a unibody macbook, you wont be wanting a new one for years.



    That I can understand! I hate the way windows starts slowing down with age and how start ups and power downs get gradually longer and longer...granted its less noticeable with win 7 but I like the sound of that!
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