Should I get an Apple computer?
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No
95.7% (225)
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So I definitely need a new laptop. I've been interested in a MacBook Pro for some time now, more as a curiosity than anything, but since the time has come to seriously start looking for a new computer, I find myself facing the question as to whether I should bite the bullet and buy a MacBook or spend the money on something like a Vaio?

Since the community here seems to be more or less technologically competent, I figure this is the best place to ask.

If you have a MacBook tell me why you bought one and what makes it worth spending the money on. Would you buy another one? How is Apple's customer service if you have a problem with it?

If you don't have one, what do you have? Why did you choose it? Was it a good choice?

If you like Apple products and that particular interface, and don't like PC Gaming or your money, buy a Macbook Pro.

EDIT: Oooh, the shiny 999!

You could buy a Windows laptop and build a cheap gaming rig for the same price as MacBook Pro, just sayin'. But if you've got money to burn then why the hell not, if that's really what you want.

Ninja'd by TheBobmus...

It depends on what you plan on doing with it most of the time. If you plan on making videos for youtube, designing houses, putting together reports and charts. The MacBook is for you. If you want to play games, get a windows based laptop.

The only reason I have a MacBook Pro is because it was a gift. So unless you're being given one, I'd recommend something else (no idea what, though.)
Actually, I do really like the OS. Although a lot of that like comes from it being Unix based. And the trackpad is the best I've ever used. Plus the customer service is great (provided you're willing to pay for it.) Even so, I'd consider them to be not worth the cost.

Do you have the money and the desire to spend lots of them on a laptop? If not, then don't go for Apple. If yes, then maybe you can get an Apple laptop.

I myself don't like Apple but I wouldn't stop anybody from getting their products. In fact, their PCs are rather good, I think. Only a tad overpriced for my taste. Since I can get basically the same benefits for lower amount of money, I've never felt the need to get a Mac.

Antari:
Ninja'd by TheBobmus...

It depends on what you plan on doing with it most of the time. If you plan on making videos for youtube, designing houses, putting together reports and charts. The MacBook is for you. If you want to play games, get a windows based laptop.

I'm not really into PC gaming. I use my current one more for writing, web browsing, movie watching, etc. I'm a student so this would be a big investment for me.

I've heard that Mac computers are superior for video/photo editing, though the artists who told me that never explained why. I guess if you're willing to pay an extra 500-1000 dollars for the same hardware as a PC, but superior video/photo editing, go for it. Otherwise, I don't really know why you'd want a Macbook

Jacco:

Antari:
Ninja'd by TheBobmus...

It depends on what you plan on doing with it most of the time. If you plan on making videos for youtube, designing houses, putting together reports and charts. The MacBook is for you. If you want to play games, get a windows based laptop.

I'm not really into PC gaming. I use my current one more for writing, web browsing, movie watching, etc. I'm a student so this would be a big investment for me.

Then as a student, be smart with your purchase. The MacBook is for once your in the workforce, for what your doing now, nearly anything will do. Just make sure its not a netbook as those will have a bit of trouble with video. A full laptop is a good choice, but don't go breaking the bank just yet. Besides as a school machine it will get beaten up, don't spend the extra cash to be trashed. Lenovo's have always been durable.

Apple Products are usually solidly built (which can also be a bad thing if you want to get inside,) They are just badly overpriced. A girl I know bought a Macbook for $2200, I was able to spend $1100 building a rig with better parts. If your just planning a comp to have, I suggest going desktop unless you need a comp at all times. Might even be better to get a weak laptop for school notes and do the rest of the work at home on a desktop. As long as you can find a place to build one, you can get it done for cheap. The place I go for parts usually can build it for around 100$ which can still cheaper than buying one from somewhere. It is all about price range too though, I'm not sure how much your willing to spend.

Jacco:

Since the community here seems to be more or less technologically competent, I figure this is the best place to ask.

Out of the gate you are immediately looking at spending twice for a Mac than you would any other brand. You need to ask yourself "why do I specifically need a Mac"? There are advantages and disadvantages to Macs(oddly enough the lists are mostly the same). A macbook would be worth it if you intended to do a lot of video editing for example.

No. And if you are Canadian, look at the Staples sale going on right now. Until May 15th, laptops have big price cuts.

This is what I have.

It has been more than adequate for movie viewing, web browsing and note taking. Why you would want to spend considerably more money for the shiny Macbook is up to you. If you just want something to use for at school consider buying the newer version of what I'm running. I put Linux on it because I wanted to try the OS out on something that wasn't my main PC and it turned out okay.

No 100% (21)
Yeah, thats a fair result.

Well if you are dumb and want to waste money - buy apple. all other cases - dont buy apple.

You could always try and save it with Ubuntu if you won't be using it otherwise. But yeah, get a PC, it does everything a Mac can, plays more games, and is about half the price. The whole 'better at graphics' myth was started in the 80's/90's due to most of the software being on Mac at the time, but it's completely untrue today.

If you buy that macbook you will be spending money on a name and NOTHING else.

Be smart, get something better that costs less money.

(Also lol @ 100% no vote)

Nah, Windows PCs are better bang for buck, I'd go for one of those.
An Acer, preferably, as they're quite well made and affordable.
Also, it's 100% for no, with 23 votes.

Ok, who was the combo breaker? Post and explain!

If you couldn't give a flying shit about messing around with the guts of your computer and just want the damn thing to work flawlessly and with minimal effort, definitely get a Mac.

Yeah I'll be the only pro-Mac person on the poll so far.

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Eh, my roommate has one... couple years old, i7 quad core, et cetera... for a media machine, it's pretty damn nice (though the proprietary connector for video output is a pain in the ass. at least my shitty HP has an HDMI port).

One thing I can say that I've never seen better on any other laptop... the case. That aluminum case with the internal structural rigidity frame and its million and a half screws make it the most solidly built laptop I've ever disassembled (needed the hinge tightened about a year ago, which is better than my HP, it's actually down a hinge, and the only way to replace it is to replace the CPU heatsink with it. Macbook=decent engineering for $3000, HP=shitty engineering with the same speed for $800).

All in all, it's a very, very nice computer for anything outside gaming (even after dual-booting with WinXP and optimizing the crap out of it, the video card being a chopped down mobile model takes a toll... but that's true of any laptop that won't burn a hole in your legs) . Even compiles video well. Worth $3000, though? Hell no.

**edit** after reading the post above me, though... I suppose if you're not tech savvy, addicted to convenience and have the cash for it, a Macbook Pro is a fine choice. Just expect to have to send it in for that hinge within a year. Should be covered under warranty, probably... but if you're like me and

describes you pretty well, you can get a whole lot more for your money elsewhere.

Starik20X6:
just want the damn thing to work flawlessly and with minimal effort, definitely get a Mac.

Does not compute. Macs are anythign but flawless.

Jacco:
So I definitely need a new laptop. I've been interested in a MacBook Pro for some time now, more as a curiosity than anything, but since the time has come to seriously start looking for a new computer, I find myself facing the question as to whether I should bite the bullet and buy a MacBook or spend the money on something like a Vaio?

Since the community here seems to be more or less technologically competent, I figure this is the best place to ask.

If you have a MacBook tell me why you bought one and what makes it worth spending the money on. Would you buy another one? How is Apple's customer service if you have a problem with it?

If you don't have one, what do you have? Why did you choose it? Was it a good choice?

About the customer service. If you buy it make sure you have a bunch of other apple products registered. The more apple products the better the customer service.
But i would advice you not to buy a macbook. If you have the money just buy a thinkpad or something like that, you'll get way better quality for your money.

Amaror:

Jacco:
So I definitely need a new laptop. I've been interested in a MacBook Pro for some time now, more as a curiosity than anything, but since the time has come to seriously start looking for a new computer, I find myself facing the question as to whether I should bite the bullet and buy a MacBook or spend the money on something like a Vaio?

Since the community here seems to be more or less technologically competent, I figure this is the best place to ask.

If you have a MacBook tell me why you bought one and what makes it worth spending the money on. Would you buy another one? How is Apple's customer service if you have a problem with it?

If you don't have one, what do you have? Why did you choose it? Was it a good choice?

About the customer service. If you buy it make sure you have a bunch of other apple products registered. The more apple products the better the customer service.

Ok I am all against macs cause of various reasons...

But this is a flat out lie. I have several friends who work in an apple call center, and all the calls are distributed randomly. You do not get better service if you have 7 apple products or 1.

People who do sound and video editing swear by Macs as being superior for that. I don't really know why. For just about anything else though Windows or Linux will do the same thing as good or better at a much cheaper price point.

Do NOT buy a pre made PC though. Go to a reputable shop, tell them what you are looking for and let them build you one. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck. One of my bigger regrets regarding my current rig was getting a pre made PC and thinking I could swap out my own hardware. Bad move. The Power Supply Unit is locked up tighter than a princesses virginity and looks like it's gonna be a bitch to get it out.

Don't buy into the hype about the supposed security of Macs. Hackers are seeing a major reluctance to give software updates from mac and there have been several high profile virus attacks in the past month on Mac OS. They could not have happened if the shit eaters at Apple had put out an OS patch on the security flaw in their system like 6 months ago when they first found it.

Never buy an Apple, sure you're going to get a nice computer/laptop when you buy from them, but the markup is usually at least twice what it's actually worth. I've never seen a Windows computer that has ever been inadequate to the point where Apple would seem worth it.

If you like paying twice as much for the same hardware and being more vulnerable to viruses, then sure, get an apple.

FelixG:

Amaror:

Jacco:
So I definitely need a new laptop. I've been interested in a MacBook Pro for some time now, more as a curiosity than anything, but since the time has come to seriously start looking for a new computer, I find myself facing the question as to whether I should bite the bullet and buy a MacBook or spend the money on something like a Vaio?

Since the community here seems to be more or less technologically competent, I figure this is the best place to ask.

If you have a MacBook tell me why you bought one and what makes it worth spending the money on. Would you buy another one? How is Apple's customer service if you have a problem with it?

If you don't have one, what do you have? Why did you choose it? Was it a good choice?

About the customer service. If you buy it make sure you have a bunch of other apple products registered. The more apple products the better the customer service.

Ok I am all against macs cause of various reasons...

But this is a flat out lie. I have several friends who work in an apple call center, and all the calls are distributed randomly. You do not get better service if you have 7 apple products or 1.

I didn't meant at the call center. Got a couple of friends, who had broken apple products. One of them owned 10 other apple products and got his problem fixed in a matter of days. The others had to waid a month or so. That was not a one time thing.

I get a feeling that nobody needed a new computer, and this topic was started only to create an argument.

thePyro_13:
...and being more vulnerable to viruses, then sure, get an apple.

Wut? I hate apple as much as the next person, but aren't they supposed to be good with viruses, or is that all bullshit too?

What can you do with a Mac that you can't do with Windows?

Not much, it turns out. There isn't much advantage in OSX over Windows for everyday use.

I own an older iBook which, while it was still functional, was a fine computer in its own right, but nothing special. It succumbed to--wait for it--a design flaw. Due to the timing of when it manifested, the best Apple could tell me was "open it up and stick a shim in it up against the GPU."

TacticalAssassin1:

thePyro_13:
...and being more vulnerable to viruses, then sure, get an apple.

Wut? I hate apple as much as the next person, but aren't they supposed to be good with viruses, or is that all bullshit too?

It's bullshit. There are viruses, worms, and other malware for OSX too. Mac users are often more vulnerable to infection since they often wrongly believe they're immune to such things.

TheBobmus:
If you like Apple products and that particular interface, and don't like PC Gaming or your money, buy a Macbook Pro.

EDIT: Oooh, the shiny 999!

Pretty much this. Apple products are generally on par or slower than PC's, cost around 1.5-2x as much, and give you as much freedom as a dictatorship. But they are very shiny and uniform in design!

P.S. The poll results made me laugh. 1 troll, 58 computer nerds (not a porno name, BTW).

Don't go Mac. The OS is fine, but the stuff is overpriced as all hell and works just as well as a (good) Windows computer.

Plus, if you get a Windows machine, you can actually play games on it! I mean, come on, who does not want more games, amirite?

TacticalAssassin1:

thePyro_13:
...and being more vulnerable to viruses, then sure, get an apple.

Wut? I hate apple as much as the next person, but aren't they supposed to be good with viruses, or is that all bullshit too?

Worse than mere marketing bullshit. Their architecture doesn't account for security issues the same way other OS's do. They don't patch security issues as fast as Microsoft and other OS developers.

Add to that marketing campaigns that tell users they don't need anti-virus. The only reason the internet isn't blanketed in MacOS virus's is because servers don't run on Mac and the Mac market share is too small to allow efficient virus spreading(like a zombie outbreak without humans to infect).

The only reason I hate apple is their prices and marketing, I feel sad that their users are more vulnerable to virus's though, as OS developers they owe it to their customers to protect them from these kinds of threats.

TacticalAssassin1:

thePyro_13:
...and being more vulnerable to viruses, then sure, get an apple.

Wut? I hate apple as much as the next person, but aren't they supposed to be good with viruses, or is that all bullshit too?

Probably more an issue of quantity rather than quality. Macs are too few to be taken seriously by hackers but that is beginning to change

A friend just bought this and I'm drooling. You should buy it instead of a mac. I have a great multipurpose laptop like it that I bought 2 years ago for the same price. This almost beats my gaming desktop.

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