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Old 11-16-2010, 02:50 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I've been thinking about getting a mac for uni too...my 4 year old HP laptop is dying on me and I already have a heavy duty PC so I just need a laptop that'll get me through my uni work.

Thing is though, on the Apple website, the cheapest one for $1099 gets you 2gbs of ram and a 64gb harddrive and a kinda old processor...you could get a lot more from a $400 Windows laptop at Futureshop or Bestbuy.

If your looking at used, you could probably get a relatively new one for a grand. Get the latest ones, the $2100 ones for $1600 if you can find them online from people selling them.

$1600 is still way too much imo though so i'm still looking.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:57 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Thing is though, on the Apple website, the cheapest one for $1099 gets you 2gbs of ram and a 64gb harddrive and a kinda old processor...you could get a lot more from a $400 Windows laptop at Futureshop or Bestbuy.

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actually pretty sure the cheapest macbook has a 250 gig harddrive.
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you will have no issue transfering files over from mac to PC (unless they are larger then 4.3gb, then the issues start) because NTSF (which allows you to move files bigger then 4.3 gig) is not compatible with apple because they have their own file system for the large files.

Pictures, word documents and everything under 4.3 gigs will transfer without issue. (yes your mp3 cd's also)

Don't buy a labtop unless you are really key on moving the computer to diffrent parts of the house or back and forth from work. You sacrifice performance for portability
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:01 PM   #24 (permalink)
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actually pretty sure the cheapest macbook has a 250 gig harddrive.
most likely yes, anything smaller is an insult. 250gb is not much though
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actually pretty sure the cheapest macbook has a 250 gig harddrive.
oh ya your right. The cheapest Macbook air has a 64gb harddrive and it's $1049 but it's understandable considering how small and thin it is.

The Macbook for $1049 has these specs:

* 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB DDR3 memory
* 250GB hard drive1
* 8x double-layer SuperDrive
* NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
* Built-in 10-hour battery2
* Polycarbonate unibody enclosure

And the Macbook pro for $1249 has these specs:

# 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
# 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
# 250GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
# None
# Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide
# None
# SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

I'm looking at buying the Macbook pro tbh
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:15 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I just purchased the 13" Macbook Pro yesterday.

I had a plain macbook about 3 years ago, liked it a lot.

I agree with those who say it really depends on what you use it for. I have a PC at home that does most of my downloading, file storing and whatnot.

I use my MAC for organization, business, school, some light music editing...If you can comfortably spend the money, then it's a solid buy. Essentially it does come down to preference, but from all my experiences using laptops, I've usually found the Mac to be one of the quickest, friendliest and most reliable of them all. Of course people will disagree, some have had terrible experiences, some great ones.
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I just purchased the 13" Macbook Pro yesterday.

I had a plain macbook about 3 years ago, liked it a lot.

I agree with those who say it really depends on what you use it for. I have a PC at home that does most of my downloading, file storing and whatnot.

I use my MAC for organization, business, school, some light music editing...If you can comfortably spend the money, then it's a solid buy. Essentially it does come down to preference, but from all my experiences using laptops, I've usually found the Mac to be one of the quickest, friendliest and most reliable of them all. Of course people will disagree, some have had terrible experiences, some great ones.
how much did it end up costing you?
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how much did it end up costing you?
It was $1149 with a student discount. Ended up paying $1233 for it I think?

So far so good, it's a beautiful machine. Perfect for what I do/want to do. It's both functionally and aesthetically pleasing for me.

The new track pad is just awesome. They've incorporated so much into that thing that you don't even need a mouse button anymore.

Scroll up or down on a page - you just slide two fingers up or down

Go back or forward on a web page - swipe 4 fingers left or right

Right Click (on pc's) - press the trackpad with 2 fingers

Basically it has all kinds of functions like that. Cool stuff. The illuminated keyboard is also quite nice. Makes using the comp in the dark very nice and easy.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:27 PM   #29 (permalink)
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fancy, i'm not a big specs guy but i have a lot of experience with macs.

three years ago my family's home PC pissed out on us for no apparent reason and at the same time i needed a laptop for university. we went to the apple store and bought a desktop computer and a macbook, and both are running just as smoothly as they were the day we bought them. i've killed my macbook with downloading (music, video games, songs) and there has been zero decrease in performance.

if you're worried about compatibility, it's literally been a non-issue for me in three years. microsoft released an apple version of office and i've had no problems sharing files with buddies who have done work on PC versions of word. that's just an example, but it's generally the most commonly thought-of issue when you're talking PC-Mac compatibility.

i'm not a PC gamer so the lack of a graphic card and beastly processor isn't a big deal for me. if games are something you're looking for then you might want to stay away from macs.
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fancy, i'm not a big specs guy but i have a lot of experience with macs.

three years ago my family's home PC pissed out on us for no apparent reason and at the same time i needed a laptop for university. we went to the apple store and bought a desktop computer and a macbook, and both are running just as smoothly as they were the day we bought them. i've killed my macbook with downloading (music, video games, songs) and there has been zero decrease in performance.

if you're worried about compatibility, it's literally been a non-issue for me in three years. microsoft released an apple version of office and i've had no problems sharing files with buddies who have done work on PC versions of word. that's just an example, but it's generally the most commonly thought-of issue when you're talking PC-Mac compatibility.

i'm not a PC gamer so the lack of a graphic card and beastly processor isn't a big deal for me. if games are something you're looking for then you might want to stay away from macs.
sounds good. Does this program come with the computer? Is it free?
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sounds good. Does this program come with the computer? Is it free?
I got mine for free because of a promotion the apple store was doing, but you will have to buy it separately. I believe it's only $100.

Apple does have an "office" type thing solely for macs and from what I hear it's on par with microsoft office. That you'll get for free, but I'm not sure about the compatibility.
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I have a really old Powerbook and it is about to die. That's all the input I have here. I'm too poor to buy a damn new one.
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cuda, we could clean it and start over ya know, its good still
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cuda, we could clean it and start over ya know, its good still
No, the charger plug is pretty busted. Daisy knocked the comp down a few months back and it's been slowly getting worse. It might keep going for a little while longer.
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I got mine for free because of a promotion the apple store was doing, but you will have to buy it separately. I believe it's only $100.

Apple does have an "office" type thing solely for macs and from what I hear it's on par with microsoft office. That you'll get for free, but I'm not sure about the compatibility.
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keynote>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>powerpoint
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notepad and paint >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all
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i use office because of familiarity, but i have heard that iwork is better in a lot of ways. i've never used it so i didn't want to make a call either way.
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when I get lecture notes, hw and stuff for uni, its all with office documents
so there isnt a choice
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I would have bought a Mac but at the time I was using drafting programs for school which only ran on windows. I know that you can load windows onto your mac but that just beats the point of buying a $1600+ macbook. I went with a Gateway laptop. The average battery life on macbooks is like 4-5 hours which is a huge plus if your taking it to school or traveling. On most 15" laptops the battery will only last for 2.5 hours.
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I would have bought a Mac but at the time I was using drafting programs for school which only ran on windows. I know that you can load windows onto your mac but that just beats the point of buying a $1600+ macbook. I went with a Gateway laptop. The average battery life on macbooks is like 4-5 hours which is a huge plus if your taking it to school or traveling. On most 15" laptops the battery will only last for 2.5 hours.
buy those small 11'' laptops ($700 dell), they have 8 hours battery life
thats what I use for school
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