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    Default Any reason not to buy a Mac?!

    I'm a PC user, have been all along, since for so long there were so many issues with compatibility. It seems that this is no longer the case. I am due for a new computer- my current one has a screen held together with binder clips and a battery life of 0.00001 seconds- but it survived nursing school with me, so I figure it's paid it's dues! I have an ipad, which I love, and my mom has a mac that she loves. My only concern is that they are so spendy. So- are they worth the extra money? And is there any reason that a PC is still a better machine? Thanks!



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    I loff my Macs. The one I'm on right now is seven years old and still going strong.

    That said, I think it's largely a personal preference thing. Some people like PCs, some people like Macs. I think they're probably pretty similar - reliability and compatibility wise, anyway.
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    Macs are great and I would not consider going back to PCs any time soon. No viruses, regular updates available, and sturdier than any PC I've ever had, aside from a few scratches on the outside cover, it's still pretty much perfect 4 years later. I never had a PC last longer than 2-3 years, and this Mac is showing no signs of slowing down. Expensive, yes, but MORE than worth it, IMO.


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    Love my MAC the only draw backs I can think of is the high price, I paid $1100 for mine (that was the cheapest Macbook Pro) and the lack of a right click button

    Other then that I love it, I haven't had any virus issues (I'm sure if I went on some weird fetish porn sites that would change) and I can get all the same programs for it that you can get for a PC.

    Also this is my 2nd Macbook, the last one lasted me 4 1/2 years and had no major issues. I'm sure it would of lasted longer had I not spilled orange juice on it at one point....


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    Quote Originally Posted by AffirmedHope View Post
    the lack of a right click button
    You may already know this, but...

    If you put two fingers on the track pad and then click the mouse at the same time, it works as a right click. Just FYI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantanaKC View Post
    Macs are great and I would not consider going back to PCs any time soon. No viruses, regular updates available, and sturdier than any PC I've ever had, aside from a few scratches on the outside cover, it's still pretty much perfect 4 years later. I never had a PC last longer than 2-3 years, and this Mac is showing no signs of slowing down. Expensive, yes, but MORE than worth it, IMO.
    This. Husband and I both have macbooks, mine is an '07 model, his is '06. Definitely more pricey than PCs, but after I'd run through 3 PC laptops in a 4 year period, I was done.

    I have a Dell laptop for work (as I have had for years now) and it is constantly being fussy and difficult. And when the viruses ran through the network last year... oy. Lost a bunch of work.



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    Other than the price?? Nope!! I'm on my second MacBook in 6 years and I LOFF them. My first one worked great until it fell off my bed and the screen broke. It would've cost more than it's worth to fix it so I bought a new one. Ended up selling the old one to a friend who repaired the screen and it's still working great too.
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    I think this one is 8 years old and I have not treated it well. It's fallen on the floor more than a few times. The hard drive crashed about a year ago, but we were able to buy a new harddrive with triple capacity for $150 and install it.

    So much easier to use than PC and no viruses. SO is a PC person who tried to defend it, but gave up and prefers the Mac.



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    Reality check: the "no viruses" thing? Total lie. And increasingly (as more Macs hit the market) a fallacy. Just google "mac viruses" and viola, you will see your days of immunity (which were just because Macs represented such an insignifcant market share as to not be worth attacking) are behind you.

    My main beefs with Macs?

    1) Less hardware for the price. (don't kid yourself. You get less machine for your money. You're buying a brand.)

    2) Inability to do hardware upgrades myself, inability to swap out hardware myself.

    3) Lack of right click (drives me bonkers)
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    Quote Originally Posted by littleum View Post
    Reality check: the "no viruses" thing? Total lie. And increasingly (as more Macs hit the market) a fallacy. Just google "mac viruses" and viola, you will see your days of immunity (which were just because Macs represented such an insignifcant market share as to not be worth attacking) are behind you.

    My main beefs with Macs?

    1) Less hardware for the price. (don't kid yourself. You get less machine for your money. You're buying a brand.)

    2) Inability to do hardware upgrades myself, inability to swap out hardware myself.

    3) Lack of right click (drives me bonkers)
    The biggest thing I have been told was really crappy service when something breaks

    Oh, yeah, you open your device up yourself you void any warranty...


    I like to pick on my vet tho...when his office network is slllloooooooowwwww again. He loves his Mac...
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    Quote Originally Posted by littleum View Post

    2) Inability to do hardware upgrades myself, inability to swap out hardware myself.

    3) Lack of right click (drives me bonkers)
    2 - Huh? Apart from the concern about the warranty, it's perfectly simple to swap out hardware components.

    3 - As posted above, you can either place two fingers and click, or you can hit control-click. It is DIFFERENT than a PC, but that does not mean it is worse.

    OP - Avid Mac user/techie here. And I actually USE my computer, in terms of some heavy duty programs and what not, not just browsing the internet and photo sorting. You could not pay me to go back to a Windows machine. I have my Mac dual-booted with Windows 7, because there is that rare program that isn't put out for Macs yet, and it always makes me angry.



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    I've used them for work and like them, but I didn't have the money for it. Even refurbished Macs (generally worth a look!) were more expensive than a PC with similar power. I also know certain statistics programs that I like still don't come in a Mac version.
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    They suck at data and shine at graphics. So if you're looking for a mac to crunch numbers in excel and collaborate with fellow researchers don't do it. Otherwise, if you have the money, go for it. I have a PC only rule in my labs because group work goes to heck when someone in the group is using a Mac.

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    Never had a problem with excel and other people's computer even though I have a fairly old version of microsoft office on my mac. And I use my computer for bioinformatics--lots of scripting and data crunching. Works great.

    My favorite thing about my mac is that even after 5 years old it still runs fast. It's slowed down a little because I had a new OS put on it and I think it's just a little much to handle. But if I kept with the same OS that was on it, it would still be running like I'd just bought it. Won't find that in a PC. They start slowing down after about a month of use and by the time they're at 5 years they're virtually useless. That's what I hated the most about PCs. I used PCs all my life (my dad's a software engineer). This is my first mac.

    It does take a while to adapt though. It's a bit like culture shock. I was rather frustrated for the first 2 weeks of having my mac. Then I got used to it. I'm very proud that I can use both PC and Macs. So many computer people can't and they get frustrated and blame the machine for their lack of ability. 

    My biggest complaint about Macs are their price (you are buying a brand) and that their worker conditions in China are awful, even for China. It always burns me to buy something for top dollar when I know it's being made in China for pennies. I think when I need a new computer I may get a PC and then install linux on it. problem sort of solved.


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    Yes, Macs come with a higher initial price. But if you amortize that out over the useful working life of the machine, their yearly cost can be less than the cheap PC that dies / requires major repairs after two or three years.

    *star*, sitting in front of a 5-year-old iMac that runs perfectly
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    I went through 3 computers in undergrad (all brand new, all various brands of PC - two of which died right before finals. Typing up final papers in the computer lab will make you want to jump out a window).

    Soon as I got into grad school I told my mother I was getting a Mac because I was not going to take the chance of it being a repeat of undergrad.

    Aside from having to replace my charger my Mac has never given me a moments worry.

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    Default Only computer I ever owned.

    I adore them, They are so EASY. No huge complicated instructions, No defragging.. whatever that is. But they are expensive! I> have had this mac book pro for I don't know 5 years! Love it.
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    I'm always baffled by these folks who say they go through PCs that fast. The average computer user doesn't do much on their computer besides browsing the internet and word processing. I run several heavy programs at one time and am a huge multi-tasker and my little Dell business laptop has been ticking away for over 7 years with minimal loss in speed. I've accidentally dropped it more times than I'd like to admit and that thing still keeps going. Anyone going through computers that fast needs to re-check how they care for their machine.

    Honestly, when you get down to it, the real difference between a Mac and PC is the OS. The myth that Macs are better for graphic design is a total branding and cultural assumption and is absolutely not true. This myth just gets perpetuated by those who believe it and outfit Creative departments with Macs.

    Then there's also the myth that "Macs don't get viruses," which was touched on above by littleum. It's not that Macs are so superior that they cannot be hit by a virus, it's that the people who write viruses had no incentive to target Macs due to the lower market share and the fact that most businesses operate on PCs. It's more profitable to target a PC with a virus.

    I'm a PC girl because I prefer the OS. I can use a Mac easily, but it just doesn't mesh well with my work style. I also don't like to pay more $$ for the bells, whistles, and brand.
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    No.

    I've gone through 3 PCs in about 10 years (all Dells, one desktop and two laptops). I've grown to hate them. I used to hate Apple and all the hoopla about their stuff. Then I got an iPod. Then an iPad. Then an iPhone.

    I just got my Macbook Pro on Friday and I already love it. Tap with two fingers, boom, right click menu pops up! Easy.

    Pricewise... If you're in school, you get an education discount. I got $100 off the base price of my computer, and $10 off each of the upgrades I got ($90 instead of $100), so I saved $120, plus however much in taxes.

    Also, if you order through this website, you get 1% cash back. (Make an account, click the "shop now" link, and it'll take you to the Apple store where you can place your order.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoForAGallop View Post
    2 - Huh? Apart from the concern about the warranty, it's perfectly simple to swap out hardware components.
    My point was more I can't go BUY Mac parts and BUILD a Mac. You have no choice in vendors and extremely limited choice in hardware. And tweaking the hardware (last I checked, so correct me if my information is out of date) is simply not possible.

    For the record, I actually did Mac tech support for 4 years during the system 7 years. And I have an old SE trundling along with 6.0.8 that I love, I have a working Classic and a working Performa 475. And an old ImageWriter that still works. So I'm not a Mac "hater" by any means. I used and loved them most of my youth, struggling with exporting between programs and even different 3.5 formats. And I am obviously well aquainted with how robust Apple hardware can be.

    But I roll my eyes at the Macphiles who just say "buy a Mac" and say dumb things like "they get no viruses" and "they never fail", and seem oblivious to some rather large considerations to weigh: lack of hardware choice, lack of vendor choice, more money for less hardware and a more limited software catalog. It's not that I think these things disqualify a Mac from contention but in my mind they are pretty serious things to consider when choosing a platform.

    As for the voiding warranty thing, yeah, that happens anytime you open the case on any production line PC.
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