Thinking about getting a new notebook...but which OS Windows or Mac?

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    Jan 24, 2008 5:50 AM GMT
    Hey, I have always had windows operating systems on my computers..had HP desktop about 7 years ago, then got a hp laptop...the latter had a bad hard drive and some other minor problems(like goin out of date)... and then I bought a Sony Vaio Desktop, but doesnt give much versatility as far as travel goes(esp being a performer I need something I can bring where ever I go. Question now is should I get a Windows Laptop like Sony Vaio, or should I go the Mac root... I am familiar with Mac and really computer savvy so learning new things isnt a problem...
    whats your feedback?

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  • helium

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    Jan 24, 2008 6:06 AM GMT
    It's all based on what you will be using it for. I know that I went with Mac myself since I have 2 towers with their own operating system. One tower is running Vista while the other is using Linux. So I got the Mac to add to the collection of various OS systems to use. As for what you should get, do what you feel is best for the main purpose that you need the laptop for.

    In my personal opinion, I would say go with Mac since it sounds like Windows is not working out for you.
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    Jan 24, 2008 7:20 AM GMT
    I would say that if you're already running windows on your other computers, you should stick with windows so you don't run into any compatibility problems. I'd stay away from a Sony Vaio though considering they seem to be a little pricey and don't offer much of a return in terms of what you get for the money paid. I personally use a HP laptop which works really great and has so far lasted 2 years without any problems. Though, if you're just going to be using it as a travel computer, it doesn't really matter what kind you buy and would probably be best to go with something inexpensive (though if you end up going with Windows and it has Vista, make sure it has at least 1Gb of ram, otherwise it'll be really slow)
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    Jan 24, 2008 3:13 PM GMT
    You should avoid Vista like the plague.

    You can't by a Vaio anymore that has XP. It's a shame. I like a few of the Vaio models but any model sucks if it has Vista on it. Recently, Dell announced it would sell XP on their machines again (they too were only selling Vista on most of their models but too many complaints and a decline in sales changed that).

    Macs are great for audio/video production, but you're limited by the number of apps that will run on them. Of course, the absolute best A/V production stuff on the planet is made for the Mac - Protools. There are windows versions of Protools but they don't measure up to the Mac versions.

    Windows machines have a greater menu of apps that will run on them and a lot of hardware and software combinations allow for a greater range of budget constraints.

    If my job wasn't database-centric, I'd go Mac.
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    Jan 24, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    I'd say get a Mac but then I'm biased since I own one icon_wink.gif


    I've had a powerbook for near 3 years and the only issue was the voluntary recall they had on batteries. When it comes down to it a windows laptop built to the same mac capacity is near the same price anyhow. And I think the little cost difference is more than made up in the fact you have far less worries with malicious software on a Mac.
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    Jan 24, 2008 3:57 PM GMT
    If you can handle the cost differential, go with the mac--it runs Windows as well (I do it every day), it's got a rock-solid OS, and it's hot! My entire office runs mac, our tech partner (16-person shop) is switching to mac, and my mom, dad, and brother have all migrated happily as well. icon_smile.gif
  • maximumrisk

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    Jan 24, 2008 4:12 PM GMT
    If you dont care about Computergames, then there is nothing wrong with buying a Mac. I hate Windows, but Mac is not as supported as Windows. I dont mean by comercial software, but most private software is programmed for Windows and gets adapted way later for other systems.
  • auryn

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    Jan 24, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    Why not have the best of both worlds and get a Macbook or Macbook Pro? With Bootcamp or Parallels you can run both Windows and Mac OS on one machine. I loves the Macbook.
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    Jan 24, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    Mac, Mac, Mac.

    The new Intel macs let you run windows if you desperately need it. I find the Mac OS to be infinitely more reliable and idiot proof. My PC would pick up bugs like a hooker in a crack house, but my Mac has been free from any such worry.

    Additionally. If you get tired of your Mac or want to upgrade in two years those babies retain their value like you wouldn't believe. Just take a look on ebay and compare the two. My BF sold his two year old macbook for $1,1k which is about $200 less than what be got it for. Try doing that with a Sony Vaio.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 24, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    Yeah totally MunchingZombie...
    I've a MAC and boot into Windoze for computer games and watching videos from Netflix.
    Otherwise it's OSX
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    Jan 24, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    Depends upon your requirements, obviously.

    If you need killer apps like Quickbooks, or M$ Project, etc, to get along, then, Windoze is the answer.

    While a MAC is pricier, it's based upon BSD / DARWIN, and UNIX is the rock-solid OS that runs every telephone office in the country and the guts of The Internet.

    Depends on how much you want to spend and what you need.

    You CAN run Windoze in a virtual machine on the MAC via Parallels and for the most part it will behave.
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    Jan 24, 2008 4:59 PM GMT
    Depends on what you use it for, but if you are ok with learning new things...

    Why not Linux?
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    Jan 24, 2008 4:59 PM GMT
    Go with the majority Mac OS and others have said if you need windows, you can partition and run that too

    yes biased as i have a MacBook Pro and looking enviously at the MacBook Airicon_evil.gif
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    Jan 24, 2008 5:09 PM GMT
    An average user will freak at LINUX, unless it's mandated. Most folks are simply to lazy, or disinterested, or don't have the skillset to manipulate LINUX.

    I use LINUX every day. All day. However, it's my profession.

    M$ VISTA is horrible: slow, complex, SLOW.
  • maximumrisk

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    Jan 24, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    ITJock saidDepends on what you use it for, but if you are ok with learning new things...

    Why not Linux?


    Learning new things is one, but Linux might be to confusing. Always depends on the release. If you want to give Linux a try I would suggest Ubuntu. I used it for some time and it should be the best one for a beginner.
  • maximumrisk

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    Jan 24, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidM$ VISTA is horrible: slow, complex, SLOW.


    I got myself the Dark Edition from Windows XP. Looks like Vista, many features of Vista included, but it has the XP core and is therefore way faster. The perfect release. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 26, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
    The thing with linux is, I dont have a problem learning a new os... its just I would rather go with a os that every other person has..and even though linux is slowly making its way into homes...I think its not the way for me...
    And to answer other questions..
    I will use the laptop for my headshots that I take to give that professional look, as well as use it to compose music. They have some programs for windows but windows always freezes up as with anything u run on windows in time it freezes....
    so maybe I should just go with the mac...
    now lol should I go for regular macbook, macbook pro, or the macbook air?
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    Jan 27, 2008 2:46 AM GMT
    Yep.

    We all want to killer apps:
    Quickbooks
    AIM
    Yahoo Messenger with cam.
    Games...
    etc.

    If only it was simple.
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    Jan 27, 2008 3:01 AM GMT
    Vista make suckee bigtime. Mac velly nice fo you no good computer man. You wanna make datathingies, pray gamez? You get XP on nice refixup Dell raptop fum website.
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    Jan 27, 2008 3:06 AM GMT
    LMAO

    You very berry funny.
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    Jan 27, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    I've used both Macs and Windows since around 1991-92.

    For years, I found Windows easier for me to use, but much harder to maintain. By that, I mean that Windows had powerful shortcuts and applications for geeks, but it suffered from constant disk and registry fragmentation, applications that wouldn't uninstall, and applications that damaged other applications.

    Meanwhile, my Macs were pretty and they were self-maintaining, but when I needed power and flexibility, the Mac seemed dumbed down to me.

    Vista fixed none of the self-maintenance issues and added a whole new layer of serious stability and usability obstacles. Meanwhile, most applications improved on the Mac and the Intel chip tripled the system speed while enabling full-speed Windows on the rare occasions that I needed it.

    I now use an iMac and Macbook. I don't go mobile often enough to justify the cost of a MacBook Pro. If I needed to run Windows or other huge applications on the road, I'd get a Pro (for its added memory, speed and screen size) but otherwise a Macbook suits me fine.

    The Air is so feature-limited that I don't see a practical use for it until version 2.0 comes along.
  • red_series

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    Jan 27, 2008 4:12 AM GMT
    A question about running both OS's on a macbook pro. How viable is it to run vista with parallels? I like the idea of being able to pull up vista in a mac environment for the occasional excel add-on that's only available for pc's (PHstat, for example, is an add-on only available for the windows version of excel) and being able to use that same parallels partition to boot into a native windows environment if need be. But, does anyone know how well this setup would actually work? I've heard vista 'runs better on a Mac' anyway but I have no experience with that.
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    Jan 27, 2008 4:30 AM GMT
    Excuse me... I only use Windows when I have too forcefully expell the contents of one's stomach through the mouth.
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    Jan 27, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    I hear Windoze runs better on the MAC, too. I was reading about it on linuxinsider.com.

    Go figure, huh?
  • TrueJock

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    Feb 01, 2008 6:46 PM GMT
    go mac
    I did and never went back