I'm buying a new laptop.... your thoughts.

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    Aug 04, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    I have an older Toshiba right now but I feel like it's time to upgrade. I've had my mind set on a Macbook for a while now, but since the time has come I'm wondering if it's actually what I should get. I'm going to use it for school notes while at school, 1 online class, internet browsing, pleasure and fun like photoshop, downloading music, watching videos, reading articles... What do you have? Do you like it? What should I get.....
  • Webster666

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    Aug 04, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    I love, love, love my MacBook Pro !
    I went from a PC to this Mac, and it was like going from the stone age to now.
  • studflyboy87

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    Aug 04, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    I used a PC for the first 18 years of my life. Then I got my first Mac. I will never own another PC. My iBook that I got when I graduated high school is still better and faster than most of my friends PC's. I used it for 5 years and it was still as fast as the day I bought it.

    I currently have a 15" Macbook Pro and it is great. It is fast, never crashes, and you don't have to deal with viruses. The multi touch gestures make browsing so much better. Every time I try and use a PC laptop where I can't 2 finger scroll or 4 finger swipe through my windows, I slow down by a factor of 2 on how much I am able to get done. iTunes is great. iPhoto is the best out there.

    There is not a stronger recommendation I would give to a single product than the Macbook Pro. Good luck finding something that works for you.
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    Aug 04, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    i just LOVE my Asus G73 . great vid card , great heat evacuation ( it's built for gaming and the vid card ( a GFX460 , 1.5gb vram ) heats up ... a lot ) .

    i had a small issue when i got it, bad RAM, they replaced it in no time, no fuss.
    Since then, it's beautifully smooth.
    And i can play at full resolution.


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    Aug 04, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    I have the RF711 Samsung, I like to game and I love music and video so it's perfect for me!!! It's pretty much a pleasure Laptop!

    It's fast, has a good graphics card very nice webcam icon_smile.gif. If you are a hardcore gamer than I suggest boosting this up to 8GB because this is a 64bit!
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    Aug 04, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    I suggest going with a mac. I have a 13" Macbook Pro. I love it. My friend has a 2006 Macbook and it's still works fine.
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    If you've had your eyes on getting a Macbook, then get one. Really, why deny yourself something you both want and need? Plus, it's a total gay magnet and will help you meet some new guys. icon_biggrin.gif

    Currently, I have an 11" Acer. Love the form factor. It was great for traveling. And it was very inexpensive, and practically disposable. But the Core2Duo CPU isn't quite keeping up with my current tasks. So my next laptop will be a ThinkPad x220.
  • FRE0

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    Aug 04, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    I have one that I use for traveling; it fits nicely into my motorcycle luggage. I also have an I-Mac desktop. Previously, I had PC compatible computers. You will not find a perfect computer, but Mac computers are more reliable than PCs; the OS is not constantly crashing.

    If the Mac becomes too slow, there are things you can do to speed it up. Make sure that nothing has been launched that you are not using. Then, delete the history from Safari and close Safari. Next, close everything and use Finder to delete the system caches; they are in one directory in the Library. The OS will create new system caches when it is restarted. Then, restart the computer.

    The built-in web cam has limitations; basically, it is good only for displaying your face. However, you can get a Logitech web cam that plugs into a Mac, but using it is slightly tricky and it took me a long time to find out how to make chat systems use the Logitech web cam instead of the built-in web cam. The trick is to launch Photo Booth before activating a chat system; then Photo Booth will use the built-in web cam forcing chat systems to use the Logitech web cam.
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    Aug 04, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    I use an Alienware. Your argument is invalid.
  • calibro

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    Aug 04, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    i love my ariodante... i've never topped a guy sitting on my lap with so much pleasure.
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    Aug 04, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    switched to mac in 2005. bought a 14" ibook then consequently bought a 15" macbook pro when the intel processors come out.

    Ironically, the 14" iBook is now a paperweight and I gave my 15" macbook pro away after a failed hard drive and failed battery. plus since its the first intel dual core it's not 64 bit and wont take more than 2 Gb of RAM.

    Bought an HP tablet that I have a love hate relationship with. It's great for digital storage of class notes, but the screen was resistive so it looks blurry, and it's not even precise around the corners. Glossy screen also makes it difficult to look at in classes with lights shining directly on it. Haven't had any issues with it despite everyone harping on HP's shitty quailty.

    Currently I'm using a Clevo which has the most amazing specs (and better than any macbook pro you can buy), but I am tech savvy so I knew how to customize it and set it up to my liking. Core i7 2720 quad core sandy bridge, 16GB of 1333 DDR3 RAM, 64GB Sandforce SSD with 500GB 7200 RPM drive, Nvidia GTX460, 15" 1080P NONGLOSSY screen (awesome), THX speakers and a subwoofer, numpad, etc. etc.

    And it only cost 1600 dollars. (I use this machine for video editing so that's why the specs are so baller)

    Anyways, even after all is said and done the 11" macbook air with the 128gb SSD and 4GB of RAM looks to be a pretty capable machine for your uses. It's got a sandy bridge processor with HD3000 graphics now for 1200 or 1300 dollars. Good price for a superthin ultraportable.

    The only thing I would say is to stay away from 2GB of RAM (the base macbook air) because from my experience, 2GB was not enough for OS X.
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    And everyone talking smack about PCs... you need to get real. Macs can get viruses. Mac OS does crash (i've had "grey" screen kernal freak out before). Applications crash way more often on macs than windows. PCs do have multi-gesture trackpads (I can scroll with two fingers). And functionality-wise they are pretty much the same.

    Opening up a web browser, typing in realjock.com, and clicking links and typing shit really isn't that much different on whatever OS you use.
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    Aug 04, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    MacBook Pro here and run Parallel 6 to run Windows Programs.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 04, 2011 5:43 AM GMT
    MacBook all the way man.
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    Aug 04, 2011 6:19 AM GMT
    You can get so much more power out of a PC for so much less. Or you can be lazy and spend an extra 600 bucks for the Apple logo. I guess it doesn't matter if all you do is surf the web and use Microsoft Office/photoshop.
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    Aug 04, 2011 6:44 AM GMT
    Get a fucking maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaac. I've had a few problems with mine, but the warranty covered it, and I bought the extension for AppleCare for another two years just in case.

    If you're a student, you get a discount on the Mac itself, as well as the extended discount.

    I love it because everything literally just works together. Seamless integration (minus having to get Microsoft Office if you need it).

    I have a 13" MacBook Pro and it's amazing.

    Last summer when I got it before I went off to college, I compared it with my other friends' laptops...mine has:

    -A backlit keyboard. Once you have it, it's amazing. Theirs didn't.
    -A 10 hour battery life. Although this really depends on how many applications you're running, it's still awesome to think that I have up to 10 hours running, say, iTunes. Theirs? 4 max.
    -A one-touch track pad. Awesome? I turned the settings off so I don't even have to physically "click" the pad down, I just have to tap it. Sideways scroll up and down the page with two fingers, rotate photos etc. Theirs? I have to do all of that with a mouse, and I have to click only at the bottom. Annoying.
    -No BS software. I don't care that your computer comes with a trial of photoediting software or a cool game...the Mac comes with iLife and a whole host of fun programs like photobooth and garageband.

    Those are the real highlights of things that I really enjoy about it. It's also lightweight and while it has a few dings in it now, it's solid (unibody enclosure).

    Buy one.
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    Aug 04, 2011 7:11 AM GMT
    I've tried both. Used PC for ages, at one point in a while back I changed to new macbook pro for a few months and at first I loved it but then I hated it. From the proprietary connectors when trying to give a presentation to an audience to a variety of weird issues with how it handles PDFs and other image files, it was hell, all of it generated by apple's wish to force proprietary crap on me to the point of annoyance and inconvenience. Basically if you give presentations on a regular basis on the laptop don't get a mac, it makes life harder and more annoying. Inability to run any games worth anything is also a factor if you're into that, but many are not so maybe not a consideration for you. The macbook pro was incapable of performing better in computationally intensive simulations (which I do for work) than my then 1.5 year-old laptop, yet the macbook was more expensive by quite a bit than that same laptop. Hardware-wise you don't get a whole lot for your money it seems if you go with Mac.

    Currently I'm using a 2 year old Clevo and it continues to kick the ass out of the vast majority of new macbooks I see around and probably will continue to do so for the next year. So you should get a PC if your'e interested in a computer that can perform demanding tasks for the amount of money that you will pay.


    However, from your post it sounds like a Mac may be more for you. Macs are more user-friendly, hassle-free, less options but less trouble devices for things like browsing the internet, listening to music, and taking notes in a class. So you pay more money for less powerful but better integrated hardware (less power, more stability), and for looking cool and being hip with the young crowd. On a more work-related side, you should also get a mac if you are instead interacting with servers, especially ones that serve you X windows, as the free offerings on PC like Xming are good but not perfect. Also if you like using terminal to get stuff done instead of gui. It will also make you appear to be hipster-cool, so if that's your image go for it.
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    Aug 04, 2011 7:16 AM GMT
    i have an hp envy 14. i think it's a great compromise between the macbook pro's form fashion and familiarity of having windows 7. the screen is absolutely gorgeous!!

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    Aug 04, 2011 7:58 AM GMT
    I'm a little weary of HP consumer laptops. I hear the video has a high rate of failure. And then you have to replace the mainboard. If one chooses to get a Windows laptop, always choose the business/corporate models, instead of the off-the-shelf models you find at Best Buy. The corporate models are more reliable, come with better warranty and customer service, and do not come with junkware pre-installed.

    My last Thinkpad lasted about 5 years before I sold it. I beat the hell out of that thing and it kept rockin. Plus, I'll take TrackPoint over touchpad any day. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Aug 04, 2011 9:23 AM GMT
    Thanks for the replies!! I think I will go ahead and go with the Mac. Everytime I play on one, I fall in love. I don't think I'll be satisfied unless I get one. haha, plus I will get the student discount.
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:26 PM GMT
    ULmatt saidThanks for the replies!! I think I will go ahead and go with the Mac. Everytime I play on one, I fall in love. I don't think I'll be satisfied unless I get one. haha, plus I will get the student discount.


    Good choice! MacBookAir! ;-)
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
    ULmatt saidThanks for the replies!! I think I will go ahead and go with the Mac. Everytime I play on one, I fall in love. I don't think I'll be satisfied unless I get one. haha, plus I will get the student discount.


    Great choice! I fired Bill Gates 3 yrs ago and have never regretted the decision!
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    Lucky you! Mine was stolen and I can't afford another one. icon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gif
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    Aug 04, 2011 12:59 PM GMT
    Lucky you! Mine was stolen and I can't afford another one. icon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gif
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    Aug 04, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    I just got a Lenovo V570.. Love it so far.
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    Aug 05, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
    I've had PC's for most of my life. My IBMs and HPs seem to last the longest. Dell ones didn't seem to hold up. I like Macs, but I'm still not completely wanting to jump ship yet.

    If you're still in school, make sure your documents (like assignments, worksheets, etc.) are compatible with other students and maybe the school's system(s). If you're leaning towards a Mac, I believe you can get software that runs your Mac as a PC with Windows. That way, you aren't screwed for things like school assignments and need to share files for a major project.

    Ultimately, get what you want that fits your needs without breaking the bank (or getting into debt). Look into student packages. Sometimes, some colleges or universitites might have discounts if you buy from them the computer or software, so that will help you save some $$$. This is probably the best time to pick up something in terms of deals. Otherwise, you might need to wait until Christmas.