Should I get a MacBook Pro?
Question: I've been using a pc for a while. The battery is shot and Vista home premium is not compatible at my school. I really could use it. I also have the sims 3 which doesn't work well on my computer either. With schoolwork and the sims, how many years could it last? I've used macs before, but not longterm. Also, I've heard there's a battery managing chip that doesn't overcharge the battery so it has the best possible lifespan. Can you tell me more about this?
Best Answers: Should I get a MacBook Pro?
I would not get the Mac.. (Also, note: Don't just trust what people say, they could pretend that they are something that they are not and make up personal experiences.. So look at the facts that backup the claims)) Reasons not to get a Mac. 1) Mac uses a subset of PC hardware but you pay significantly more for it. http://blogs.eweek.com/applewatch/content/channel/should_you_pay_twice_as_much_for_a_mac.html 2) Mac OS X less secure than either Windows Vista or Linux. Mac OS X was hacked in 30 min., 2. min, in 2006, 2008, 10 seconds in 2009. http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/19/Researcher_cracks_Mac_in_10_seconds_1.html http://www.osnews.com/story/13886 http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Mac-OS-X-hacked-under-30-minutes/0,130061744,139241748,00.htm http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/27/pwn-2-own-over-macbook-air-gets-seized-in-2-minutes-flat/ http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/181/1049181/mac-hacked-two-minutes-flat 3) Although Mac currently does not have as many Spyware/Viruses they are on the rise. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/01/26/more_mac_malware/ http://blog.absolute.com/mac-malware-on-the-rise/ http://www.techchuck.com/2009/01/26/mac-malware-tide-on-the-rise/ 4) Linux has more cool effects than Mac OS X and can do every effect Mac can do.. http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=compiz+fusion&emb=0&aq=0&oq=compiz+f# http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=compiz+fusion&emb=0&aq=0&oq=compiz+f#q=cairo+dock&emb=0 http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=compiz+fusion&emb=0&aq=0&oq=compiz+f#q=awn+dock&emb=0 http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=compiz+fusion&emb=0&aq=0&oq=compiz+f#q=linux+look+like+mac&emb=0 5) For graphics/video production PC is equally as good. Each company has it's preferences but Dreamworks Animation uses PCs http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ (under studio- Technology of Animation).. 6) All computer manufacturers have problems but there are plenty of problems with Mac. Sample problem with battery reveals truth http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2007/04/apple-acknowledges-macbook-battery-problems.ars http://www.appledefects.com 7) Follow the logic: Facts... A) XP and Linux are faster than Vista, Mac B) OS X runs faster with more memory, C) Vista runs faster than OS X on Mac with 2+gb http://www.gadgetell.com/tech/comment/vista-runs-faster-on-mac-pro-than-apples-os-x/ logical deduction from facts above ( - CONCLUSION: A PC with Vista 2+gb runs faster than Mac OS X with lower specs but even with higher specs since a Mac uses the same components (so if B AND C are true this is a true statement, AND A would be even faster) as a PC .., remember Linux and XP run faster than Vista.. ANOTHER OPTION: Dual boot with LINUX - You don't need to choose Windows or Linux... have both at no extra cost.. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/ http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing General Information About Linux: http://www.desktoplinux.com/ http://distrowatch.com/ http://polishlinux.org/ http://www.openprinting.org/printer_list.cgi 8) Apple advises people using macs to purchase Antivirus software due to the significant rise in viruses. http://infosecurity.us/?p=4005 So any mac fan cannot claim "no need for antivirus software" for mac. Not only that, as there are really good free anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-malware programs for the PC such as Avira Antivir. Which means you will shelling out more even more $$$ for the Mac. Comodo Free Software http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html IoBit has a free System Care and excellent defragger program http://www.iobit.com/ CCleaner is an excellent junk cleaner http://www.ccleaner.com/ ANTI-VIRUS Avira Antivir (FREE) for 2009 personal edition is free (there is a paid version) the free version was rated the best by consumer reports 2009. http://www.free-av.com/ Avast (Free- Click under Free Software and download Avast Home Edition) http://www.avast.com/ ANTI-MALWARE Windows Defender (FREE) http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx Malware Bytes (FREE) Limitation - No Realtime protection on free version. http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol Super Anti-Spyware (FREE) http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-Free-Edition/3000-8022_4-10523889.html?tag=mncol Spyware Terminator (FREE) http://download.cnet.com/Spyware-Terminator/3000-8022_4-10468541.html?tag=mncol AD-Spyware Terminator (FREE) http://download.cnet.com/Ad-Spyware-Terminator/3000-8022_4-63631.html?tag=mncol ANTI-SPAM SPAMFIGHTER STANDARD (FREE) http://www.spamfighter.com/Download_download.asp FREE TO TRY (15 days) Vipre (rated excellent) http://download.cnet.com/Vipre-Antivirus-Antispyware/3000-8022_4-10870576.html?tag=mncol SPYWARE BLOCKER Spyware Blaster (FREE) http://download.cnet.com/SpywareBlaster/3000-8022_4-10196637.html?tag=mncol Software to prevent Bad Websites WOT (FREE) http://www.mywot.com/ SiteAdvisor (FREE) http://www.siteadvisor.com/
It's a good choice to use a MAC. I love there computers (I wish I could afford one) and there OS. I would recommend for what you are doing to get the smaller 13" laptop. It's smaller, but the processor in it is slightly better (I believe 2.8 GHz compared to the others being 2.2 GHz). And you don't NEED to buy the Mac version of Microsoft Office. Office is compatible with a Mac OS and the other way around. So, you can buy a MacBook Pro, and put Microsoft Office 2010 onto it, and it should work just fine. As for transferring data, to do it yourself, I would say to go out, buy a pack of blank CD's, and burn the files you want to save onto the disc, and transfer it onto your laptop. This is a little more work, but you then have CD backups of ALL the programs and files you want to save, so, if you were to drop your laptop and need to replace the HDD, the more work with the CD transferring will pay off. You would not lose anything that is important. I think it is an amazing choice to go with Apple for this. 1. No, you do not need iWork. You can put Office 2010 onto you're mac and it will run fine 2. Yes, I MacBook most likely can support anything that Apple does. You will be fine with software for app development and school work 3. You won't need to convert if you put Office 2010 onto you're MacBook. But yes, if you decide to go with iWork, then you should have no trouble converting if need be
As the warranty period for standard warranty is one year and extended warranty, AppleCare, is three years a new MacBook Pro will last beyond AppleCare. The battery itself is good for close to 800 cycles which would be about three to five years with normal to hard usage. If you are just doing "schoolwork" and playing Sims you should be fine for close to five years if you keep good care of your computer i.e. don't drop it, spill anything on it, or treat it badly in general. The battery management just adjust the power charging the battery based on the current charge of each cell to give the correct charge to the battery then stopping when each cell has reached capacity.
Good choice! Macintosh's are amazing machines. I have a MacBook Pro and am also running XP using a program called 'Paralles'. When running, it eats up about half my RAM, so i can't play that many games. However, when you buy your MacBook, you can get a RAM upgrade to 4gigs (standard is 2 gigs), which will cost about $700 at the apple store. But upgrading RAM is very simple and can be done at home with a screwdriver and two 2gig RAM chips you can buy for about 70 bucks each. And it won't void your warrantee either. I had to upgrade my memory in order to play Counter Strike Source on Parallels, but it needed to much memory. The standard processor for Intel MacBooks is 2.2 GHz. This is pretty fast in itself, in that it runs with a dual core. The next step up is 2.4 GHz which also comes with a 160gig HDD (as apposed to 120gig). This is an extra 500 bucks i think. 2.4 is the best, but 2.2 still is wicked fast. Hoped this helps! ~wener~
The Air makes use of Flash reminiscence and now not an SSD incidentally. I went with the 15" Pro seeing that I desired an inner disk force and a bigger CPU. I find it irresistible and I realize I made the correct alternative. Also preserve in brain the Intel images scales as you set extra RAM within the method. At 4GB you could have 384MB and at 8GB you could have 512MB. Another factor for the Pro is that you'll set up a SSD or Hybrid force if you happen to wish to and set up a further HDD in position of the disk force.
I would say a 2.0 GHz just to save money, i have those two laptops and really cant see the difference in the speed of the computer.
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