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Old 01-19-2010, 06:43 PM
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looking at the 17", Never run a mac, I know what they are about, and heard a lot of praise about them has anyone have any bad experiences with them? Because most things are configured for PC has anyone had problems on the internet or loading software if you are not a tech geek?
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:45 PM
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Do you connect to a corporate network at work?

Do you have lots of money to spend on software?

You'll look really cool surfing the web at Starbucks, though
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Jdizzle View Post
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...co=MTM3NDc3ODM

looking at the 17", Never run a mac, I know what they are about, and heard a lot of praise about them has anyone have any bad experiences with them? Because most things are configured for PC has anyone had problems on the internet or loading software if you are not a tech geek?
I'm a PC convert to Apple, 6 years ago. I've got the MBP and love it. Never have had a virus pgm installed. No web issues, software loading is a breeze. Don't get one with Parallels. You'll just keep getting PC problems.
They are a little more expensive but in the long run, worth every penny. When you call tech support, you talk to a real live English speaking person that knows the systems and will walk you through with ease. Apple's Wi-Fi is superb.
Get the 3yr Apple care warranty. Bumper to bumper coverage. Walk into an Apple store and you're treated like royalty from the experts. Don't listen to the PC "experts".
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Originally Posted by Limbofish View Post
I'm a PC convert to Apple, 6 years ago. I've got the MBP and love it. Never have had a virus pgm installed. No web issues, software loading is a breeze. Don't get one with Parallels. You'll just keep getting PC problems.
They are a little more expensive but in the long run, worth every penny. When you call tech support, you talk to a real live English speaking person that knows the systems and will walk you through with ease. Apple's Wi-Fi is superb.
Get the 3yr Apple care warranty. Bumper to bumper coverage. Walk into an Apple store and you're treated like royalty from the experts. Don't listen to the PC "experts".
lol.."think differently"
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You'll look really cool surfing the web at Starbucks, though
that was one of the reasons I am hesitant about buying one.
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I'm looking as well. How techie do you need to be?
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I bought a 15 inch just over a year ago, my first computer and have enjoyed it, no problems.
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
I'm looking as well. How techie do you need to be?
I'm not sure how windows could be any simpler. Do you think it's difficult to use?
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:30 PM
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17" too big ... get the 15 .. my next might even be the macbook air.

Bootcamp works great for the PC needs where they arise. Parallels was not the answer for PC needs ... was an invitation to blue screen.
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Old 01-19-2010, 07:40 PM
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IMO is the only way to go. My family of 5 has four MACs and two 99.9999% unused PCs.
I concur on the size, 15 inch is the way to go. If you don't need the DVD drive much, the AIR is sweet. 4 years into MACs. Had one hard drive go bad after 3 years, nothing else.
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I have the 17" MacBook Pro. Had it for about 1.5 yrs now. Love it. I have parallels with winxp for when the need arises.

I also have a MacPro desktop now too. Just got it about 3 months ago and that thang is a workhorse.

I would say the only thing that's an issue sometimes are sites that are developed specifically for use in Internet Explorer. My work uses one for expense reporting and I always have to use IE in my winXP Virtual Machine.

More on Parallels. My work computer (I'm a software developer) is also a MacPro. 8 Cores and 10 gigs of RAM. I run 4 Virtual Machines simultaneously. WinXP for Visual Studio. Win server 2003 with SQL Server 2005, Win server 2003 with SQL Server 2008, and WinXP for utilities. All this in addition to a host of apps running in OSX. It's been pretty flawless so far.

For personal use you can use MS Office for mac or the free suite OpenOffice.org to take care of your documents/spreadsheets etc...
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:58 PM
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Oh yea, if you get the MacBook pro. Get the Matte screen (not the glossy) if it's still an option!

Those glossy screens are annoying (to me anyway), way too much reflection/glare.
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just got a 17n inch for Christmas. It hasn't locked up once and is much lighter than the Dells I have used in the past. It is rather intuitive and was reluctant to convert as well, but so far so good.

The Apple store is very helpful and I am so happy not to have to talk to Haji anymore
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
I'm not sure how windows could be any simpler. Do you think it's difficult to use?
Thats whats making me hesitant about mac, it does not use windows it uses it's own operating system, I have heard nothing but good things about it especially the no virus part
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what are parallels???
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Jdizzle View Post
looking at the 17", Never run a mac, I know what they are about, and heard a lot of praise about them has anyone have any bad experiences with them?
What do you want to do with it? Is it just some documents and web browsing? Or are you into digital imaging or video? What about gaming?

Depending on your primary use will determine whether a MBP is a good choice and if so what size to go with.
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Originally Posted by Jdizzle View Post
what are parallels???
It is a software virtual machine that is run on a Mac to allow Windows apps to be used.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallels_Desktop_for_Mac

IMHO if you REALLY need to use Windows apps, you are better off using Boot Camp and dual booting into XP for the times you need Windows.
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Originally Posted by Bayside Bert28 View Post
17" too big ... get the 15 .. my next might even be the macbook air.
It really depends on what you are going to use it for as to which size you should choose, but for general office use a 15" is appropriate, but for digital imaging you will probably want the 17" model.
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Originally Posted by tomarsyd View Post
Oh yea, if you get the MacBook pro. Get the Matte screen (not the glossy) if it's still an option!
Yes it is still an option, but it does cost a few extra bucks, but IMHO well worth it.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:26 AM
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So it's looking like the 15" is the way to go. Also, I'm only using it for internet/email, music and word docs. If I can do that on a PC then Apple is just as simple.
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