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Apple vs. PC laptop for personal use

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by DemoChristian, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. There always seem to be some people on this board who know a lot about any technology question that gets asked, so I thought I'd see what you all thought about my situation.
    I have a nice PC at home. We use Macs in the office. I'm likely going to get a laptop for personal use (and may take some classes and use it there).
    I think it would be cool to have a Mac laptop and keep the PC desktop so I have all the bases covered, plus it would be great for interactivity with my iPod when I go on the road. Also, I could probably put some of the work programs on my laptop so I can do even more things from home if I get a Mac.
    Are there going to be some technical issues I haven't considered? I doubt I would network the at home much, but even if I did, I can do that with a Mac and a PC, right?
    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    You can certainly network the two with minimal problems. Since bootcamp comes with the new Mac OS, you could also load Windows onto the Apple laptop and have access to all your programs on one machine.

    Remember that you'll pay more for a Mac, and I assume you know that iTunes is on both Mac and PC so that shouldn't have any impact on your decision.

    Other technical issues? Um, none. I guess you'll want to with wireless Internet in your home, so make sure you know how that works, but that's about it.
  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    OS X and Windows network easily... Also, one nice thing about Apple having moved to Intel architecture is that you can run Windows (dual boot) on an apple laptop now, in addition to OS X. You can set up it so you can decide which to boot to, or you can use one of the programs like Parallels, that allows you to run Windows within an OS X window so you can use Windows applications without having to reboot.
  4. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    I have fooled around with the Mac Book Pro the last two Fridays. I am officially in love. The moment I have enough coin to afford one, I will be a Mac man.
  5. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    You will pay more for a Mac, but, as an owner of both a Mac and PC, the Mac has held up significantly better. No problems with spyware/pop ups, no problems getting software to work properly, no freezes. Get a Mac.
  6. As I expected, some good information quickly. Thanks guys.
    Just because I didn't fully explain earlier, my iPod is formatted for a Mac. Thus I cannot make any changes with it at home, only at work. It'd be nice to have more flexibility with the iPod.
    I know a Mac costs a little more, but it does seem it's worth it.
    I'm going to do a lot of research before I buy, but does anyone quickly know the difference between a MacBook, a MacBook Pro and a MacBook Air (which I think is just the thinner one)?
    Also, what do I need to make certain I have? I know an AirPort, but it appears that all new Macs come with that anyway.
  7. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    Mac Books and Mac Book Pros are fairly similar, except the Pros are a bit more powerful (more ram, memory) and typically have larger hard drives. The Airs are wonderfully light/thin, but they're not quite as powerful and lack a CD drive and certain ports.
  8. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    I'd recommend the MacBook Pro. And as I do on every one of these threads, I'll recommend also that you buy it refurbished from Apple. A substantial savings, and the same warranty as new.

  9. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    FYI, you can reformat your iPod as a PC if you wanted to use your home computer as the main base for it. Keep in mind that no matter what laptop you buy, if you're doing things like syncing from work, that doesn't mean you can now sync from your laptop as well. The content is on your work computer unless you plan to move it; and you can move it to either a PC or a Mac laptop.

    The Air is light and thin but way overpriced for the technology in it. Get a Macbook Pro if you're going to use things like Photoshop, InDesign and Quark (especially at the same time), but if you don't need that much power the regular Macbook will do the trick.
  10. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    Thanks for that link, JG. I've never seen that before, and I plan on using it when I make my next purchase :D
  11. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    My pleasure, 'beet. We've got four Macs around the house at any given moment, and bought three of them refurbished. Never had a single problem, and have put hundreds of thousands of work-related travel miles on two Powerbooks and a MacBook Pro. And 35% off - sometimes more - is nothing to sneeze at.

    If you lose the link, just go to the Apple store page, and look for the clearance section on the lower left banner.
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Just remember: Easily hacked. As in, "two minutes."


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