iMac or MacBook! - page 4

by nurseprince2b

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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


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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 $9.95 in Microsoft's home use program.
    12 hour battery is awesome. Says 20 hours after charged but drops quickly to 16 hours when being used. I managed 16 hours use without Internet and 12 hours with.
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    I just got an iMac and LOVE it. Its less expensive then a Macbook and you get a larger screen and all the same programs. (I do my school work at home tho)
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    Thank you everyone for your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. I think I am going to wait until the beginning of next year to make a purchase after starting the nursing program, so that I may see if I study more at home or somewhere else. I have to really make sure I know what I want and what is going to fit my needs then.
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    I hate Macs. They're traps for computer noobs. Just google computer hardware and read for 30 minutes. Just yesterday I built my buddy's beastly PC after moving to his new house. 8-core AMD Bulldozer processor @ 4Ghz, 8 Gigs of Ram, 500 GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 1000 Watt PSU, and a GORGEOUS HD 7970 for 1300$

    And to think for 3000 dollars, you could get yourself a quad-core Macbook PRO...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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    Good day:

    Or they read consumer reports for why they purchased a MAC. Or they have friends who have their MAC for years when you or other PC users go through them like crazy because of quality of workmanship.

    As for the specs, Macbook Air is how much compared to $1,899.99?

    Thank you.


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