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Ok all! I want to get a computer but don't know if i should get the MacBook or iMac. I have an iPad but want a computer to do the things I choose not to do on the iPad. Please help!... Read More

  1. Visit  clearblue3 profile page
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    I currently have both a macbook (basic model, $1000) and a iMac desktop ($1400). What I love about the laptop is obviously the portability. I don't take it out of the house much, but I like to sit in a comfy spot instead of at a desk. I don't think you would need anymore than the basic macbook...but I am not that computer savvy :-) The one reason I got the desktop this round was because I love to take pictures and I want to keep them on my computer so I can access them if I want to create online scrapbooks of my kiddos. a laptop just does not have enough memory for that. And I also want to be able to keep enough home video on my computer to work with it in imovie etc. It drove me crazy to have to erase photos or not be able to work on putting a video together due to lack of memory. Oh, and fyi the new mac desktops do not have a disk drive so you have to buy that separately ($100) so if you plan on using CDs/DVDs you would need to get that.
    just my two cents. :-) love macs though and the free 90 days of applecare support is phenomenal (you can call in and have them help you with anything computer related...whether you have a tech issue or you have a question about using an application). waaaaay better than geek squad. I will definitely consider paying for apple support when that runs out. :-) Good luck with your choice :-)
  2. Visit  AM326 profile page
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    I vote the Macbook...but I would do the Macbook pro...they are much more durable :3
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  3. Visit  GinaKinaBSN_RN profile page
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    I purchased my MacBook Pro back in 2010 when I first started my pre-reqs. Now, I'm completely finished with my nursing program and my MB Pro is still in fantastic shape. It allowed me to multitask during school, create professionally-quality projects, and it never crashed once during its lifetime. Also, every now and again, Apple runs a "back-to-school" promo which allows you to get a laptop or desktop and receive either an iPod or a printer at no additional cost. That was a few years ago, so I'm not sure what their current deals are. Overall, I am satisfied.

    Back then, I was debating between a MacBook Air and was immediately turned off by the idea of no CD-ROM with the MB Air and the need to buy an external disk drive to play discs. This was a major issue because most nursing textbooks come with a complementary disc to follow along with during study. After adding the external hard drive, the price was practically the same as MB Pro.

    Recently, my computer gave me the "service battery" alert that appears years after use indicating that the battery needed replacement. I was surprised to find out that a new battery wasn't 100% mandatory as the MB Pro would still work while plugged in to an electrical outlet even if the battery completely died (talk about a sweet deal?). I no longer have a need to tote my MB Pro around since school is over.

    Another thing...several people have advised me to make sure that the next time I buy any electronics (i.e. MB, iPad, iPod, iPhone, PC laptop, etc.) to make sure that I let it power completely down after the first few cycles in order to improve the longevity of the internal battery. I'm not sure how true this is, however, I will be sure to do so next time I buy anything of substantial value to avoid this very minor problem with the MB Pro battery. I know some people are saying why bother spend the extra money, but I consider my MB Pro one of my best academic investments. Some of my friends with laptops/PCs the same age as my MB Pro have already replaced their systems. Not only is my computer still completely functional, but it looks brand new because I covered it in a protective skin and have carried it in a fitted InCase zipped pouch. After I purchased this MB Pro, I tried other Apple products as well because I was so impressed with the quality of this laptop versus my other PCs. I hope this helps a little.

    **Also, I used my student ID at Best Buy (an authorized Apple retailer) when I purchased it and received a $200 instant discount. I'm not sure if they still do this. Additionally, I purchase Office Suite for Students at a local college bookstore that had it at the time and it was only $89.95. Not only did I get trustworthy laptop, but I saved money by doing my research about special offers beforehand. You also have the option of purchasing a Mini Port to HDMI adapter that allows you to hook your MB Pro up to a television if you feel like typing or watching movies from the couch with the option of using wireless optical devices. Another cool feature is that you can FaceTime from your MB Pro, so if you have friends with any Apple device with FaceTime, you can chat using your laptop versus your iPhone or iPad (or, just use the MB Pro if you don't own either one of them). Sorry to text your ear off, but I debated on buying my MB Pro and it ended up exceeding my expectations.
    Last edit by GinaKinaBSN_RN on Aug 7, '13
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  4. Visit  stephanie30 profile page
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    Hubby and I both have refurbished MacBook Pro's. We always consult our computer friend when buying and he said if we can afford a MB Pro do it. We have had PC laptops and desktops and they lasted 2 or less years. When we moved we purchased an iMac and LOVE it, so when he suggested a MB pro we went for it and do not regret it at all! Sure we could buy 2 PC laptops for the price of 1 MB pro but we hope it to last at least twice as long, so the price over time will even out or more.

    He suggested the refurbished because he said the outside it kept but the guts get replaced. You have to watch what they put up because it changes sometimes day to day. For a while they had some that were more than we needed so we just kept watching, we ended up scoring 2 pros with more than enough memory and a disk drive for cheaper than a new Air. We have 13 inch screens because 15 wasn't in the budget, but it has been fine.
    Hubby is military and takes online classes, I take online and face to face classes, and we have 5 kids. We really needed a desktop and laptops. The kids use the desktop and hubby takes his laptop with him and I can use and take mine. No fighting over the computer! Just decide if a desktop or a laptop will suit your needs better.

    This is where to find the refurbished ones, just keep in mind they have a 1 year warranty....but you buy from Apple not an offsite place.
    Refurbished Mac Computers - Refurbished Notebooks & Desktop Computers - Apple Store (U.S.)
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  5. Visit  dt70 profile page
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    I also reccomend the Mac air. You can get the base 13" for $1049 plus a free $100 apple gift card for accessories.
    Office 2011 for Mac cost me $9.95 in Microsoft's home use program.
    12 hour battery is awesome. Says 20 hours after charged but drops quickly to 16 hours when being used. I managed 16 hours use without Internet and 12 hours with.
  6. Visit  jessburjess profile page
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    I just got an iMac and LOVE it. Its less expensive then a Macbook and you get a larger screen and all the same programs. (I do my school work at home tho)
  7. Visit  nurseprince2b profile page
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    Thank you everyone for your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. I think I am going to wait until the beginning of next year to make a purchase after starting the nursing program, so that I may see if I study more at home or somewhere else. I have to really make sure I know what I want and what is going to fit my needs then.
  8. Visit  juan.ramirez0426 profile page
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    I hate Macs. They're traps for computer noobs. Just google computer hardware and read for 30 minutes. Just yesterday I built my buddy's beastly PC after moving to his new house. 8-core AMD Bulldozer processor @ 4Ghz, 8 Gigs of Ram, 500 GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 1000 Watt PSU, and a GORGEOUS HD 7970 for 1300$

    And to think for 3000 dollars, you could get yourself a quad-core Macbook PRO...
  9. Visit  pmabraham profile page
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    Good day, juan.ramirez0426:

    And that Macbook Pro travels with you where the beastly PC doesn't ;-)

    I did build the PC I'm using using newegg and a lot of help (I'm not too mechanically inclined). I'm not sure how much money I saved vs. buying a store-based PC. I do know that if I had to do it all over again, I would consider a Macbook Air or Pro.

    Why? Mobility.

    Thank you.
  10. Visit  Fireman767 profile page
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    Quote from pmabraham
    Good day, juan.ramirez0426:

    And that Macbook Pro travels with you where the beastly PC doesn't ;-)

    I did build the PC I'm using using newegg and a lot of help (I'm not too mechanically inclined). I'm not sure how much money I saved vs. buying a store-based PC. I do know that if I had to do it all over again, I would consider a Macbook Air or Pro.

    Why? Mobility.

    Thank you.
    I have an alienware thats got a quad core system, more ram than apple will ever offer and its got a back lite keyboard that glows in over a million different colors (really its like 50 colors but they advertise over a million). it cost me $1100 and ive never had an issue. It turns more heads than macbooks and it can run any game on max settings out there. I also built a desktop thats a beast (dual processor, dual personality system) and its got power but i use it for gaming.

    To sum it up and i was making this point before everyone jumped on the "mac is better and pay $3k for a laptop because its better!" bandwagon. Your going to nursing school. If you have $3k to spend on a laptop then go for it, and in 3 years when its obsolete and not pretty and your spending another $3k to upgrade then go for it. Also, if you drop it once and break it then living with that blunder will suck. You wont notice a difference between a high end mac and a low end pc because you dont do anything that requires power or graphic ability. Maybe im not thinking the same way, but if a $400 laptop will do the same as a $3000 one, why is that an argument.
  11. Visit  pmabraham profile page
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    Good day:

    Prior to switching to going to school to work on my prerequisites for an RN program, I was in I.T. for almost 30 years. To my knowledge, almost all of those years had Apple receiving the highest marks for quality, support, etc.

    Over the years, I've seen Dell support drop to where I would be hard pressed to buy from Dell again. Lenovo was king for a while, and it's also dropped severely. HP scared people away when they stated they were getting out of the market only to change their mind. Gateway appears to maintain a middle of the pack gate. All through that time, I cannot remember a single Consumer Report where Apple was not on top -- quality, support, repairs not needed due to quality, warranty support quality when needed, etc.

    As for games, the more I get into my classes striving to do the absolute best I can do - not just for a good grade, but also to be able to carry the knowledge into the future where hopefully I can apply it, the less time I have for any form of gaming.

    While I do understand Window and now Android-based computers are cheaper, and some work out well being cheap, I've also had time periods where I went through computers (mainly Dell) where they would last a year or less. A similar Apple-based product would probably have survived several years making up the investment.

    Please note, I would never discourage anyone from building their own machine (I did; but I don't ever ever plan on doing it again) or buying a PC. I would like to encourage a long term view that it is not always about the initial investment. Support, warranty, quality of the crafting, etc. go a long way.

    Thank you.
  12. Visit  juan.ramirez0426 profile page
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    Quote from pmabraham
    Good day, juan.ramirez0426:

    And that Macbook Pro travels with you where the beastly PC doesn't ;-)

    I did build the PC I'm using using newegg and a lot of help (I'm not too mechanically inclined). I'm not sure how much money I saved vs. buying a store-based PC. I do know that if I had to do it all over again, I would consider a Macbook Air or Pro.

    Why? Mobility.

    Thank you.
    Mobility is now worth $3000?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152443

    Here you go. Took maybe a minute to find. That has a GTX 670 btw so it's technically a gaming laptop. What does that mean? That a laptop that suits your needs and still has higher specs than your Macbook PRO would cost less than $1500.

    You can't get a Macbook with those specs but do you have any idea how much it would cost for a Mac desktop to come close to that. It would be over $6000 dollars. The aforementioned PC I built? It's already spec'd higher for CHEAPER than the MSI laptop I linked.

    I'm giving this example as a sort of insight. You will always get screwed for going expensive on a laptop. They charge premiums on the same hardware, by the same companies, that is not worth that much and which will inevitably be limited because the heat-sinks and components in a laptop cannot physically handle the heat from better tech. (P.S the heatsinks in Macs are very low quality stuff.) I just hope you know that Apple is world famous for the most outrageous premiums of any company.

    You don't want to get screwed? Get a 500 dollar Vaio, wipe that sucker, and throw OSX Mountain Lion on it.
    Last edit by juan.ramirez0426 on Aug 21, '13 : Reason: Problem with the link.
  13. Visit  juan.ramirez0426 profile page
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    Quote from Fireman767

    To sum it up and i was making this point before everyone jumped on the "mac is better and pay $3k for a laptop because its better!" bandwagon. Your going to nursing school. If you have $3k to spend on a laptop then go for it, and in 3 years when its obsolete and not pretty and your spending another $3k to upgrade then go for it. Also, if you drop it once and break it then living with that blunder will suck. You wont notice a difference between a high end mac and a low end pc because you dont do anything that requires power or graphic ability. Maybe im not thinking the same way, but if a $400 laptop will do the same as a $3000 one, why is that an argument.
    Hit the nail on the head.

    The problem is people that go and spend that much money on a laptop will look for excuses in justifying the money they spent. They feel that there is a special type of "techno-magic" involved that only the exorbitantly priced machines offer.

    For you and me it is not so. We can look objectively at a computer's specs and understand how much it should be worth.

    We measure speeds in Ghz, memory in RAM, Size in TB's and GB's, and we get SSD's vs. HDD's along with many other things. And until someone else learns to do the same that person will continue to get screwed.


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