iMac or MacBook! - page 5

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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    Quote from pmabraham
    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.
    I have a dell thats been running for 8 years and ive never had an issue with it besides a battery. Got it for $600 too. I have a 6 year old alienware thats never given me a problem. I dont run anti-spyware or back up my pc either.
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    I have a Macbook (2008) and it's treated me well through school thus far, except since the software is older I cannot update Adobe or Quicktime Player. This has not interfered with any homework thus far, though. Personally, I love my Mac because I can sync my iPhone's calendar to it seamlessly and that has been a lifesaver for juggling a busy schedule. If you aren't super familiar with Macs, getting a regular Windows laptop would be just as good and less expensive. If you do get a Mac, make sure to get Office for Mac.
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    Quote from pmabraham
    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.
    I have to admit I went through them the same way. Back when I was a total noob. Want a tip? It's the USER, not the hardware (unless you got some really cheap garbage from a brand like Rosewill.) Either way you're talking software not hardware so this is off topic. Surely being in IT for so long this is elementary, right? Get smarter friends or teach them like I did.

    But more onto what you were saying. Quality of workmanship? The internals in a Mac are made by Intel, AMD, Seagate, Kingston, Crucial, etc. All the major brands that PC builders know and that are in my system right now. You think somehow overpaying for it to be in different case with an Apple on it suddenly makes it better?

    And don't even get me started on the freaking Air series. One look at the specs for that thing fills me with rage because I know people like you don't know any better. Pmabraham my friend, I'm on a cheap 500 dollar Sony Vaio right now. EVERY single piece of hardware in that Mac is lower. Even the screen resolution! And it's a Mac! That's one thing where they usually excel! Although it does have one more USB slot. That's worth $500 dollars right?
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    So let me ask u a question Juan, I need to buy a laptop for my daughter who is in high school. This will be used for school work and Internet. I am not trying to spend a lot of money on this, but I do want something decent. What would be the best brand to buy for her? Thanks!
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    Quote from hardwrkingmama
    So let me ask u a question Juan, I need to buy a laptop for my daughter who is in high school. This will be used for school work and Internet. I am not trying to spend a lot of money on this, but I do want something decent. What would be the best brand to buy for her? Thanks!
    Asus

    I swear by that brand because they have by far the best internals and pretty good support. Never had a problem with any of my 3 of them. im even on one now thats about 6 years old
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    Quote from hardwrkingmama
    So let me ask u a question Juan, I need to buy a laptop for my daughter who is in high school. This will be used for school work and Internet. I am not trying to spend a lot of money on this, but I do want something decent. What would be the best brand to buy for her? Thanks!
    I don't pay much attention to brands, I look more at the internals. Although I agree with Fireman767 that Asus is a pretty good brand that keeps their prices low. And if you're merely doing school work then you really don't even have to go over $500. Unless you want a metal frame and fancy things like that which could drive the price up a little. Just post the laptop you are considering and I can tell you more about it.
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    Thanks Fireman and Juan, I will look into the Asus.
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    Good day, juan.ramirez0426:

    As I shared, I was in I.T. for almost 30 years, built my own P.C., etc. Since I was in the industry for so long, I think I have the ability to say I know what I'm talking about. So save the noob user comments.

    The PC quality continues to go down hill. Consumer Reports does a good job at being accurate.

    Yes, some people have both sides -- PC and MAC -- for a while, but on a macro scale, things shake loose in favor of the MAC.

    In the end, each person will pick what works best for them. For some, it will be a PC, others a MAC. As for me, when my PC desktop goes or it otherwise fits the bill to buy, I'll be going the MAC route.

    Thank you.
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    I know there are already a ton of pro-mac/pro-pc posts in this topic, but here are my two cents. I have a MacBook Air... and I LOVE it. It's 4 years old and it's been through hell and back. I've dropped it on the travertine floor more times than I'd like to admit, my almost 3 year old has dropped stuff on it and spilled on it several times, it's nice and light so it travels with me pretty much everywhere I go, and in my opinion it's super easy to navigate. My father-in-law made the switch from PC to Mac about a year ago and his take on it is "You have to dumb yourself down to use a Mac. PC makes everything more complicated. What takes a PC 6 clicks to do, a Mac can do in 2." Even my very anti-mac husband uses my laptop significantly more than he uses his windows laptop (like he hasn't turned his on in over 6 months). If you are willing to make an investment a Mac is the way to go.

    Now to get to your original post, go with the MacBook. It's portable and it can do everything an iMac can do. I use mine in class and if you get Office for Mac (which I HIGHLY recommend) you can even record the lecture as you're taking notes and it will sync up what your professor is saying to what you're typing. Just use the "Word Notebook Layout" click the Audio Notes tab and click record. Simple as that.
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    Quote from Fireman767
    Asus

    I swear by that brand because they have by far the best internals and pretty good support. Never had a problem with any of my 3 of them. im even on one now thats about 6 years old
    Are you a wizard? I ask because I just walked out of Microcenter with a touchscreen ASUS.


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