(Closed) Any cons of a Mac?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a mac. You can buy Microsoft Office for mac its a little bit more expensive than the regular Microsoft office but once you have it you can create documents that are compatible with both mac and windows

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I loooooove my Mac! I’ve never owned a PC, although I’ve always used them at work and I HATE them! Too many problems, errors, having to force-quit programs.

What kinds of cons are you looking for? Macs last a long time as far as computers go, and they’re very reliable. The only problems I’ve encountered is with an old Macbook (bought six years ago) where I was running out of memory and it started to run kind of slow. I guess it depends what you’d like to use it for. For example, I do a lot of graphic design work, and Macs are pretty much the industry standard for that kind of thing.

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We love macs! We have nothing else in our house, and haven’t for as long as I can remember.

As mentioned you can buy Office for Mac, and since you will be going to school you can get a discounted disc through your school ($60 or $70 if I remember correctly).

The menus and file system take some time to adjust to, but the ease of use makes up for any first time frustrations.

Best of luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

1) price

2) despite claims, it is NOT fully compatible. If you’re only using it for personal use this will probably never matter to you but if you’re going to use it for business then you’ll need to do a little research. I’m a lawyer and mac-word is not the same as pc-word so my drafting docs sometimes get funky in transition which is super annoying. Also some court websites are simply not mac-compatible. 

 

That being said, I <3 my mac hardcore and I hope to buy another when this one dies. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i would say that the only con of a mac is the price. i am a devoted mac user and have probably a dozen apple products in our apartment. but, their computers are a bit more expensive. they also last longer though. we have 3 laptops in our apartment….an ibook that i bought in 2004, a macbook pro from 2008, and a sony vaio from 2007. the vaio (the only non-mac) is the clear loser of the bunch.

as for compatability, there is absolutely no issue with mac/PC compatability at this point. i run microsoft office on all my macs and then open the same documents on a PC. my Fiance had no clue how to use macs when we started dating and now he hates that he has to use a PC for work, he much prefers macs.

for what it’s worth, i’m an IT manager and work on computers all day for a living 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love my MAC.  Its three years old and I have never had a virus or a meltdown.  It prints just fine, you get just the right printer.  We have a HP with wifi and I can print from any area of the house.  My only regret was not getting the bigger screen.  I’ve also worn away some of the keyboard area I need to get it replaced.  I think the part that trips most people when they use my computer is that there is no immediate right click.  But I love it!  I’m so glad I got one.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I should clarify re: word compatibility— it is not that the words themselves get scrambled… just that the formatting can get funky. Legal docs have lots of VERY specific tabbing and it has to look a precise way… that gets lost in translation and I have to spend 10 min fixing it once I transfer the doc to a pc. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@SweetRose2011: Okay cool. Yes, like bells said you can get Microsoft Office for your Mac (and if you’re a student you can usually get a discount through your campus bookstore). The Mac also comes with a word-processing application that you can use if you decide not to get Office, but I’m pretty sure it’s not PC-compatible unless the PC document is .txt instead of .doc

One big con if you’re just using for writing is the price. To me, it’s totally worth it, but my Fiance is an engineer and he thinks it’s ridiculous that I spend this kind of money on a laptop when I could get a Dell for $400. That’s entirely up to you though, if you’re willing to spend it. I have a friend who is working to be a novelist, and she has a Mac as well and really likes it. So you can go either way.

Hope that helps! I’d be happy to answer any other questions. I come from a pro-Mac only family, so I’ve spent plenty of time talking about the differences and benefits. Excluding stuff like RAM and bits and technical whatnot. Smile

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@CorgiTales: if you are having trouble with word docs moving between a mac and a PC, then you are saving them wrong. don’t use the default setting for saving the document, use the one that says word 97-2004 compatable. if you save it as a .docx, it won’t work as well.

also, you can always run programs like parallels that actually let you turn your mac into a PC. it simulates a virtual PC environment on your mac and you run windows through it. for the occasional thing that has an issue with a mac (and i’ve never come across something that i couldn’t work around), having a virtual PC program solves it.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Fiance, a techy, says the only con is price.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I second Virtual PC if you’re worried about compatibility. I forgot about that for a second since it’s been so long since I’ve used it. Tongue out Thanks pb and j!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Con is price. You get very little computer for the price. To get a similarly-powered Mac to my PC, it would be 4,000. Mine was 800.

They’re also not “virus proof.” They just have such a small share of the OS market that no one bothers to create viruses for them.

I think they’re really pretty computers and I prefer the OS. But I could never justify the cost. If you keep your virus software up to date, don’t install facebook apps (seriously, inviting viruses), a PC will run beautifully.

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