Post # 1
For some reason I can’t post this to the lounge from my phone.. Sorry 🙁 it’s almost my birthday and my family has generously decided to give me a new laptop (with a 1k $ limit, but if I want a more pricey one I can pay the difference)! I am very excited and was thinking of splurging on a MacBook pro. But I have always been a pc user all my life, and am nervous to make the switch. Has anyone made the switch? What did you think? Is it worth it?? I would only be using it for stuff like web surfing, skype, photo storage etc. All my powerful programs would be on my work laptop. Any and all opinions would be so helpful!!
Post # 3
I made the swtich two years ago and I’m very happy with my Mac. It’ll take a little while to figure it all out, but once you do, you’ll be wishing any PCs you have to deal with were Macs (I’m on a Mac at home, PC at work).
I’d buy an external harddrive for photos and music…just in case. I’d do that regardless of the computer I had.
Post # 4
I made the switch and I am very meh about it. Mac books are insanely overpriced for the hardware you get. Also, you may not get the blue screen of death but you do get that stupid colorwheel. It is nice fo syncing iPads/iPods/iPhones.
Post # 5
Too expensive for too little, imo. You can get everything you need for MUCH less if you bought a PC instead. Especially If you’re not even going to be using it for “powerful programs”, it’s not worth the extra money. That said, if you want it, don’t be afraid of it because of switching operating systems. While there are things that annoy me when using both windows and a mac, both work pretty much the same way in the end. If you’ve used a PC your whole life, making the switch won’t be difficult for you.
Post # 6
I made the switch a little more than a year ago, very hesitantly. Now I absolutely love my MacBook Pro and would not buy another PC!
Post # 7
For those who said they prefer a pc, any suggestions for a laptop ?
Post # 8
I switched to an iMac a little over a year ago, and I had used PCs my entire life…I LOVE it, and the only reason I have a small netbook that is a PC is because I couldn’t afford another mac at the moment and I needed something to take with me when I commuted to school. I didn’t find the switch difficult, and I don’t think I’ll ever by another PC if I can avoid it.
Post # 9
I switched 4 years ago!
I went through 2 PC laptops in 4 years before I switched to a mac. Now I have had the same mac for 4 years. Yes they are more expensive but they last longer and they run better for longer. I like the fact that I can rely on my computer and as a PhD candidate my computer is my life.
Most of my lab and many in my department have now switched to Macs. And I don’t know anyone who regrets it!
Post # 10
100% yes. I love my mac. I still use PCs for work and they aggravate me to no end.
Comb the website for refurbished macbooks. I ended up buying new because I got some great promos and a student discount, but at the time they had a macbook pro (refurbished) for about the same price as a new macbook.
Post # 11
I switched in 2007 and just got my second mac a few weeks ago. To me they are worth the money. People can make all the over-priced arguments they want but the bottom line is that you canNOT get the same thing in a pc. Setting aside getting to use a Mac OS for a second (which is way way way way way better than windows) and the fabulous tech support (no more calls to india– woohoo!), I actually went looking this last time to see if I could find a PC with as good or better specs (in terms of power, performance, battery life, size, and weight) for a lower price than my macbook. Can’t be done. You can get a powerful pc laptop that’s freaking huge. Or you can get a lighter one that isn’t nearly as fast/good. You can’t get one that is actually comparable to macbook for under the macbook price.
Post # 12
@atalante: totally agree about refurbished. My latest computer is a refurbished macbook pro 15″ and it came looking absolutely new. And I saved like $600.
Post # 13
Wow, this is making me so excited to get a Mac!!:) Could someone tell me exactly why they love Mac? Is it just more user friendly? Better programs? I have heard it lasts longer which is a huge plus! I went through 2 laptops in 2 years. Were there any comPatibility issues for common programs? Like Microsoft office or picture sharing? Thank you thank you 🙂
Post # 14
You know how you scream at your computer when its being really dumb and seems to hate you? You’ll do about 90% less of that on a mac.
Reasons I love my mac:
– Much faster/more powerful than any pc I owned
– Very light for its size (I have the 15″ now)
– Very intuitive. Most navigation can be done using the trackpad and multi-touch gestures. Like to go back to the last webpage I was on I don’t have to go up and click the “back” button or even hit anything on my keyboard. I just swipe 2 fingers to the left on my track pad. To see all my programs I swipe 3 fingers down and my thumb up (it’ll get easier if you watch the little tutorials).
– Mac utilizes “spaces” which basically means that you can have multiple desktops open at one time. This is SO useful. If you’re doing a couple things at once it sucks to have a cluttered desktop. I like to open up a few “spaces” (desktops) and organize stuff by what I’m doing so I can go in between them and not get confused. And to get from one to the other, I just swipe 3 fingers left or right across the trackpad.
– You can search for things SOOOOOOO much easier than on a pc. PC “search” function blows. It takes forever and its not very good. You know how gmail is 10x better at searching through your email than say– yahoo? Thats like mac to pc in searching for things on your harddrive.
– Tech support is amazing. You can always either call or go into a store. Both are free (buy the warranty). But when you call… you talk to a real american person in the us. And better yet– you DON’T wait for hold for 45 minutes and the very first person you talk to can ansewr your question. When I had a dell I would frequently be on the phone with india for 2-3 hours at a time yelling and pulling my hair out trying to get to someone who I believed had actually seen a computer before. With Mac, it takes about 20 min start to finish and its just soooo easy.
Regarding compatibility, I haven’t really had many problems. I would buy the office suite rather than the iwork suite. I have both actually but I much prefer the office programs because they’re the standard and you dont have to convert anything to send it out then.
Post # 15
I have a macbook, but I wish I had gotten the macbook pro. I do enjoy being a mac user but hate the power cable they give you. I had to replace mine 3 times. If you buy Microsoft Office for Mac you should be fine.
Post # 16
If you want to stay with a PC, I suggest a Sony Vaio. I’ve had mine for about 3 years with absolutely no problems – Darling Husband just got a brand new one, too. We love them!