So I am thinking about buying a Mac.... share your ideas...

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  1. Jimmy Pop Cornholio

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    Pros... Cons... I am only worried about software problems... Was looking at the new macbooks. Any input is appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. mrchina

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    What do you plan on using your computer for?
     
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    Pros-Software isn't an issue anymore because you can run windows on it.
    Cons- :dunno:

    I :love: my macbook
     
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    Pro's - everything
    cons - you don't have games unless you install windows

    other than that...nothing wrong with the system
     
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    Get Parallels ( until VMware Fusion hit the streets) load up a XP VM and be done with it.
    I used to be anti-mac ( 10 years as a MS Systems engineer) Until I bought one. I love my new MacBook. XP has never run so good.
     
  6. mrchina

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    Doesn't running Windows on a MacBook still make it so you can get viruses? What's the point if all you're going to do is run windows on a Macbook when you can get a similar PC for less? You still have to buy Windows if you buy a Macbook. You have to buy Parallels...
     
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    Or, install BootCamp...If you're installing windows to play games, Parallels will leave you sadly disappointed with the performance.

    In order to get the best game play you have to install Apple's BootCamp which allows you to creat another partition for Windows, isolating it from OSX. This takes care of the virus issue, if you get 'infected' you can simply reformat that partition without it leaking into OSX and fudging up your stuff.

    edit: and you don't have to buy windows persay, you just need XP with SP2...i used my Dell's windows reinstall cd and streamlined SP2 into the package.
     
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    you'll still get windows viruses if you don't take care of your windows system, but those won't affect your OSX system.

    sure you can get a windows system for less, but that's not the point of getting a mac system, you're buying a mac to get a mac, the fact that you can install windows is just a bonus. it would be stupid to buy a mac just to install windows..

    if you don't want to buy parallels, you can just use bootcamp, that's free.

    and everyone has some sort of windows XP disc laying around, hell i got like 4 copies
     
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    But if I wanted to use Windows I would just buy a PC laptop. I am going to use the Macbook for school, internet, mail, mobile internet etc. I would like to be able to play a few games on it while on vacation maybe.
     
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    Only software I am worried about is the software I use to connect to the internet through my mobile phone.

    I was looking at a macbook pro refurbished by Apple,are those ok? Whats the main differences between a macbook and a macbook pro? $500 more worth it?
     
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    Another question is battery life, what am I looking at for the macbook/mackbook pro...

    Only difference I can tell between them is 13/15" screens
     
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    dedicated video in MBP
     
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    what does that mean? I am a 100% mac noobie..
     
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    For the battery on my Macbook, I get a little over 4 hours...
     
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    nothing to do with a mac, you must be a computer noobie as well then.
    dedicated video is it's own video card with it's own ram (mb pro), instead of a video card that shares ram with the system (macbook).

    you'd want dedicated video if you were doing gaming, 3d modeling, anything graphic processing intensive

    battery life is about 4 hours for normal usage, if you turn off wireless, bluetooth, lower the screen brightness you can probably squeeze close to 5 hours
     
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    I watched a DVD on my plane ride the other day. I lowered the brightness, kept bluetooth on. The movie was 2 hours long and only used 40% of my battery :coold:

    BTW, i have the macbook c2d 2ghz
     
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    I'm on a macbook pro, I love it but the battery isn't great, other than that it is amazing. Very fast, and I went with a refurb unit, got the middle model right before they did the jump to core2duo, and I saved 1000 dollars. Total came to 2000 after shipping, 3 years of Apple Care and tax. Very nice computer if you've got the money.
     

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