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November 23, 2008 @ 06:39 PM
INotoriousJI

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I've been a devoted pc user my whole life but all my friends use a macbook and swear by it that it's the greatest piece of machinery they have ever had. I'm purchasing a laptop this Christmas, but i'm really hesitant to make the switch to mac os. Somebody hold me and tell me its gonna be alright.
November 23, 2008 @ 06:54 PM
Abobo

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macs be for them trendy cats hence the absurd price. anything with a dual core chip and decent memory will suffice my dude. pretty much spend more than $600 on a comp. and you safe.
November 23, 2008 @ 06:57 PM
HH

Post: 492

Join Date: May 2007

Location: long beach

macbook.
November 23, 2008 @ 07:00 PM
waytoogojustin

Post: 948

Join Date: Feb 2008

Location: SD

AYO
get a MACKBOOK
so we can matchies
kay?
November 23, 2008 @ 07:03 PM
southwest55

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Join Date: Apr 2008

Yea get a macbook so you can be one of the cool kids on campus.
November 23, 2008 @ 07:06 PM
CanIKickIt?

Post: 323

Join Date: Sep 2007

Location: Chicago

November 23, 2008 @ 07:13 PM
raptrex

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Join Date: Mar 2007

macbook, the new ones, not the 999 white one
November 23, 2008 @ 07:14 PM
skaeggska

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Join Date: Oct 2008

Location: Chode Island

anything that you can go on facebook with
November 23, 2008 @ 07:18 PM
Sarcaustic

Post: 2297

Join Date: Sep 2008

Location: California

Not just any Macbook.

Get a Macbook Pro.

You will not regret it.
November 23, 2008 @ 07:20 PM
hatchofchi

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Join Date: Oct 2008

Location: MyHouse

MacBook Its the hype thing to do...smile
November 23, 2008 @ 07:21 PM
hatchofchi

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Join Date: Oct 2008

Location: MyHouse

Oh yeah and dont forget to put stickers all over it. LOLZ
November 23, 2008 @ 07:24 PM
illy

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Join Date: Aug 2006

Location: sandiegocaliforniaba...

macmacmacmacmacmacmacmac
everybody should have one. =P
November 23, 2008 @ 07:29 PM
grimlock

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Join Date: Nov 2008

if it is just for everday use, either one will be fine.it does take a little time to get used to mac's format, but once you do it becomes second nature. if you have the money go with mac, but if you dont a pc will be fine.
November 23, 2008 @ 07:34 PM
blee358

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Join Date: Mar 2007

Location: New Jersey

don't they give u a discount too if ur a college student?
i got an ipod nano and a printer with mine fo free
November 23, 2008 @ 07:37 PM
skaeggska

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Location: Chode Island

fuck wat^^^^??!?!
November 23, 2008 @ 07:41 PM
Sarcaustic

Post: 2297

Join Date: Sep 2008

Location: California

don't they give u a discount too if ur a college student?
i got an ipod nano and a printer with mine fo free


Only during the summer, a few weeks before the fall term starts.
November 23, 2008 @ 07:50 PM
Medasyn

Post: 1182

Join Date: Dec 2007

Location: London

Macbook Pro FTW. Coz everyother guy in college will get have a macbook.
November 23, 2008 @ 07:53 PM
pnsho

Post: 6871

Join Date: Jan 2007

You get a discount if you're an entering college student.


By August/September next year, I'll probably have a MBP, and give up my PC to my fam.
November 23, 2008 @ 07:57 PM
TL

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Join Date: May 2008

get a sony, macs are too common
November 23, 2008 @ 08:15 PM
koedog.

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Join Date: Dec 2007

Location: NEW YORK.

I want a MacBook Pro

@KOEsher INSTAGRAM & TWITTER

November 24, 2008 @ 10:47 AM
theconqueror

Post: 1066

Join Date: Aug 2008

Location: 323

get a macbook/or a pro. depending on how much money you have...

the quality of an apple computer is ridikulus. i got used to the OS in 2 weeks time. its definately worth it.

and if you want to save money, you can buy a *refurbished* pervious generation macbook pro for $1300. thats a steal considering they used to be priced at $2000. and it still comes with a year warranty like the new ones do just in case your refurbed mac fucks up so you aint gotz to worry.
November 24, 2008 @ 10:56 AM
SK1

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Location: mA$$

If you can afford a Macbook Pro then go with that, if only a Macbook get that. I'll be honest, are they the trendy laptop to get, yes, will you see them all over campus, yes again. But, this is something no one has really mentioned, you get what you pay for, I really think the Macbook is the best laptop you can buy. First of all, you don't have to deal with Windows Vista or XP, both are clunky, slow, apps don't run very smoothly, and Windows does not take full advantage of the hardware. Not even going to go into Viruses, Spyware, Ad-ware, etc. Most of my friends have Dells, and guess what, after a year or two all of their Dells have broken. I've had my Macbook since they came out a few years ago, its been going strong, little to no problems, its amazing really since mine is on literally 24/7.

Is the Macbook trendy and cool, yes, but it is also way better than any Windows based laptop.

Oh, and don't get a Sony Vaio, did you know they're just repackaged Dells?
November 24, 2008 @ 11:06 AM
theconqueror

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Location: 323

First of all, you don't have to deal with Windows Vista or XP, both are clunky, slow, apps don't run very smoothly, and Windows does not take full advantage of the hardware.


XP is a beast. Vista sucks. Only reason why not to use xp its because its boring/out dated.

Most of my friends have Dells, and guess what, after a year or two all of their Dells have broken.


Ive had mine for 2 years + i bought it refurbished and no problems mayne. (knock on wood)
November 24, 2008 @ 11:14 AM
casanova

Post: 647

Join Date: Jul 2006

Location: Inglewood

mac... pcs just bug too much.. especially if your gonna be downloadin shit.

i never have to restart my mac like i did with all my pcs.. macs just run so smooth.. and dont get hardly as many viruses as pcs do
November 24, 2008 @ 12:38 PM
pnsho

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Join Date: Jan 2007

Most of my friends have Dells, and guess what, after a year or two all of their Dells have broken.


Is it physical breaking down?

Or their computer just died out? I've had my Dell for about 4 years, and very rarely do I get any real trouble. All you need are some free, essential programs, and you're good to go.
November 24, 2008 @ 01:26 PM
SprNtrl

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Join Date: Dec 2006

Location: The Athens of the Do...

If you can afford a Macbook Pro then go with that, if only a Macbook get that. I'll be honest, are they the trendy laptop to get, yes, will you see them all over campus, yes again. But, this is something no one has really mentioned, you get what you pay for, I really think the Macbook is the best laptop you can buy. First of all, you don't have to deal with Windows Vista or XP, both are clunky, slow, apps don't run very smoothly, and Windows does not take full advantage of the hardware. Not even going to go into Viruses, Spyware, Ad-ware, etc. Most of my friends have Dells, and guess what, after a year or two all of their Dells have broken. I've had my Macbook since they came out a few years ago, its been going strong, little to no problems, its amazing really since mine is on literally 24/7.

Is the Macbook trendy and cool, yes, but it is also way better than any Windows based laptop.

Oh, and don't get a Sony Vaio, did you know they're just repackaged Dells?
Okay, I'm going to stop laughing now and reply. I would advise the OP to ignore SK1's post. Lets clear some things up. *Cracks knuckles* You don't get what you pay for with a macbook. They are overpriced, period. Their value:money ratio is poor. END OF STORY.

Windows XP is pretty much the opposite of what SK1 has stated. It is a fast, stable OS. It's been out for 7 years for Christ's sakes. It is not the OS that makes the computer slow, it is user error. Windows Vista is also coming along nicely and is nowhere near as bad as it was when it first launched. However, if your familiar with WinXP, you do have the option to skip over Vista and wait for Windows 7 to release. From what I've seen, it's worth the wait.

An app won't run smoothly when it's not programmed correctly. With Windows having such a huge install base, there are alot of programmers making applications for the OS. Just like any other profession, there are good programmers who write efficient, quality code, and those who do not. The ones who do not write well are the cause of "slow apps". If you do find a sub-par app, you could easily just search the internet for a better program. Something that is a lot harder to do on a mac because of it's tiny install base. Who wants to code for the little guy, when you can code for Windows (and make some real money)?

Windows does take advantage of the hardware. Where the fuck did you get the idea that it didn't from? If it didn't, huge businesses around the world wouldn't be using it as the back bone and vital infrastructure to their operations. Why would a company invest in an OS that wouldn't use their purchased hardware to it's full extent? Doesn't sound logical to me.

Viruses and their evil ilk can all be easily maintained. Again, the majority of the horror stories are due to user error. Opening infected e-mails, bogus websites, allowing third party installs, etc. There are a number of small, good anti-virus programs to choose from on Windows. Install one and forget about it. I know this works because my family is nowhere near as vigilant as I when surfing the web, so they are more inclined to click on shit. But I've never had a problem.

Again, with the broken Dells, it could be numerous reasons why they broke. Mishandling, accident, bad hardware batch, bad batch of plastic, etc. To counter the assumption SK1 makes that all Dells are shit is that I have 2 Dell laptops, one for over 2 years that runs at 100% load nearly all the time, and travels with me to school, and I've never had a problem. It does have a few cracks in it, but that's because it fell from well over 4 feet off the ground onto concrete. It still worked fine. Unlike the thousands of cases of previous gen macbooks (and even iPhones and iTouchs) that developed cracks in the plastic casing for no apparent reason whatsoever. Quality stuff those macs are.

Sony's aren't repackaged Dells foo'.

You know what the real difference is between a PC and Mac laptop? The OS. The hardware found in Macs comes from the same companies (Intel, Foxxconn et al.) as the hardware found in PCs. Shocking, I know. The only reason Macs have become popular is because they finally chose to use hardware that had been found in PCs for many years prior. Macs weren't popular when they were running IBM procs.

There are plenty of companies too that produce nicer, higher quality laptops then Apple does, for a lesser price to boot.

Phew.

As for the OP's question:

Look for a laptop that fits your needs. You said you want it for school. If you're just going to use Word, Excel, and an internet browser, then anything on the market right now will fill those needs. You need to get to a store (Best Buy, etc.) and have a look at the laptops on display. Pick them up and flex them, feel their weight. Look at the screen resolutions and decide if you can handle WSXGA+, or you're more comfortable with a lower res. screen. Check to see if you like a glossy screen or matte one. Picking out a laptop is more subjective then one might think. Once you have a good idea when you're looking for, you can start delving into the hardware specs.
November 24, 2008 @ 07:35 PM
pnsho

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Join Date: Jan 2007

I'd like to see somebody counter SK1's post, 'cause I sure as hell won't and can't.


And I use Windows, and I'm fine with it. Like I said before, I've had this computer for 4 years (actually 5, but I didn't start using it seriously until 2004), and the only problems I have/had are the relatively minor things that I've asked for help here on HB (refer to my past threads).

Still, I ran on McAfee (a rather average (shitty) anti-virus program) and relied on it for 3 years until SprNtrl gave me more info on how to make my PC run mad sexy smooth like it is now. Most of the problems I've had most likely stemmed from my interaction with porn/beastiality/shady porn sites/etc. Ever since that brand new updating and downloading essential programs that will make your shit even better, I've gotten very used to and after such a long time, I've come to like Windows for what it is. Everything runs smoothly as fuck.

Even though I will probably get a MBP for college, I don't dislike Windows.
November 24, 2008 @ 07:53 PM
dacheese

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Join Date: Oct 2008

$1100 old 2008 macbook pro 2.4 ghz at the UCLA store. Talk about a fucking steal. Hello new laptop.
I was torn on either getting a new macbook or getting a refurbed macbook pro but this deal definitely tipped the scales.
November 24, 2008 @ 08:30 PM
SK1

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Location: mA$$

Okay, I'm going to stop laughing now and reply. I would advise the OP to ignore SK1's post. Lets clear some things up. *Cracks knuckles* You don't get what you pay for with a macbook. They are overpriced, period. Their value:money ratio is poor. END OF STORY.


I mean, I feel like, and its entirely possible that I am misunderstanding you, that if I responded to your post the way you did mine, we'd be playing a dumb language game. What do I mean by that? Well I mean I think you'd be misunderstanding my posts and therefore we'd have trouble understanding each other. I want to make this pretty clear, I am speaking from my own personal Windows vs. Mac experience, as I've been using both for years. In no way am I into Mac culture or ideology or anything like that, I am speaking solely from my own experience with my Macbook versus my PC's. On the other hand, your post sounds like you took mine personally, which is why you added in that little "Im going to stop laughing now" which shows me you have some sort of ideological tie to Windows or Dell. This is plainly stupid and if we spoke in that manner we'd be playing the game which I mentioned above. So therefore, if we are going to try to have this discussion, I think we should do so as objectively and unbiasedly as possible, without mixing in Ideology or trying to make things personal. Theres no need to try and bump up your own Ego by belittling another person when we are supposed to be talking about Laptops. Enough of that now:


Windows XP is pretty much the opposite of what SK1 has stated. It is a fast, stable OS. It's been out for 7 years for Christ's sakes. It is not the OS that makes the computer slow, it is user error. Windows Vista is also coming along nicely and is nowhere near as bad as it was when it first launched.


See what you're doing here is just getting into an opinion versus opinion discussion. It isn't "user error" that makes the XP or Vista slower, it is that they're poorly made and are susceptible to Spyware, Ad-ware, etc. which slows down the computer, along with all those little processes Windows runs in the background, again, slowing down the computer. You can't compare how fast the Mac OS is to Windows, I know for a fact that my Macbook will boot up from a shutdown, wake up from sleep, and open Word much faster than a Windows based PC. And you can't deny that Windows crashes, freezes etc, I've not once seen a Blue Screen of Death in my Mac OS. smile


Windows does take advantage of the hardware. Where the fuck did you get the idea that it didn't from? If it didn't, huge businesses around the world wouldn't be using it as the back bone and vital infrastructure to their operations. Why would a company invest in an OS that wouldn't use their purchased hardware to it's full extent? Doesn't sound logical to me.


This post is just tinged with ideology and emotion. First of all, did you know that all the major servers around the world don't use Windows? They use IBM based architecture and run Linux. I think its pretty obvious that most businesses use Windows because it became more popular in the 80s-90s when companies like IBM reigned supreme, IBM would never be allowed to run Apple software, therefore, the place for Windows to emerge. But the companies, again, in case it wasn't understood, who really need to take advantage of their computers, do not run Windows, they run Linux. Lets not make this personal, just the facts.


Viruses and their evil ilk can all be easily maintained. Again, the majority of the horror stories are due to user error. Opening infected e-mails, bogus websites, allowing third party installs, etc. There are a number of small, good anti-virus programs to choose from on Windows. Install one and forget about it. I know this works because my family is nowhere near as vigilant as I when surfing the web, so they are more inclined to click on shit. But I've never had a problem.


Okay, but wouldn't anyone prefer to not have to worry about it at all? Why would one choose to have to install a bunch of anti virus or anti adware programs, scheduling time to scan the system, etc. With a Mac, you don't even have to worry about it, there is no hassle.


Again, with the broken Dells, it could be numerous reasons why they broke. Mishandling, accident, bad hardware batch, bad batch of plastic, etc. To counter the assumption SK1 makes that all Dells are shit is that I have 2 Dell laptops, one for over 2 years that runs at 100% load nearly all the time, and travels with me to school, and I've never had a problem. It does have a few cracks in it, but that's because it fell from well over 4 feet off the ground onto concrete. It still worked fine. Unlike the thousands of cases of previous gen macbooks (and even iPhones and iTouchs) that developed cracks in the plastic casing for no apparent reason whatsoever. Quality stuff those macs are.


First of all, what I said was not an "assumption" as you tried to categorize it. An assumption would be me trying to make a general proposition and categorize it as true. I was in no way trying to do this. I was simply stating, again relying on my personal experience, that all of my friends have had to replace their Dells by now, since we started school 3 years ago, while my Macbook is still running strong. This is not an assumption but a fact, just two weeks ago when I was in Philadelphia both of my friends Dells harddrives crashed, again this is not an assumption, but a fact of what occurred in my personal experience just two weeks ago. I could go on an on, you'll just would have to take my word for it. (Or don't).


You know what the real difference is between a PC and Mac laptop? The OS. The hardware found in Macs comes from the same companies (Intel, Foxxconn et al.) as the hardware found in PCs. Shocking, I know. The only reason Macs have become popular is because they finally chose to use hardware that had been found in PCs for many years prior. Macs weren't popular when they were running IBM procs.


You said it best, the OS, and guess what, its the OS that will allow you to access the internet, document applications, watch a DVD, etc. not the hardware. And the Mac OS is just simply better than Windows. But saying its the same hardware as a Windows based PC is just not a true characterization. Can I stick my PC memory on a Mac? Nope. Why? Apple uses different motherboards, memory, etc. The hardware is not the same, just the Intel chip.


There are plenty of companies too that produce nicer, higher quality laptops then Apple does, for a lesser price to boot.


Now this is an assumption.

Just the facts:
Personal Computers: Apple skyrockets
Customer satisfaction with PCs retreats for a second year, falling 1.3% to 74 to match the level of 2004-2005. Except for Dell (up 1%), the drop is connected with the Windows-based machines - Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, and Compaq are all down by 4%. Not only is Apple bucking the slide, it registers its greatest ACSI increase ever (up 8% to 85) to lead the industry by a wide margin. The satisfaction of Apple PC customers is 13% higher than Dell in second place and 21% higher than Compaq. This is one of the largest gaps in customer satisfaction in any industry covered by ACSI. It is also a record high for Apple.


[www.theacsi.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=183&Itemid=189]

Windows customer satisfaction: 69%
[ACSI 2008]
November 24, 2008 @ 08:51 PM
shinesolo

Post: 808

Join Date: May 2008

Location: li, ny

EEE PC for classes, then for home, use like $700 to make a PC.

You'll get way more use out of your stuff this way, the laptop is small and efficient for taking notes, and the PC is good for everything else.

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