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Old 12-27-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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I need a laptop for work, hopefully someone has had a chance to get familiar with Windows 8. I used to sell computers but that was almost 2 years ago so I'm a bit out of the game. I've always used Windows PCs although for the last year I've been enjoying using my iPad and iPhone and the allure of compatibility to a MacBook is compelling. I also have a full version of Windows 7 that I could run in Parallels or Boot Camp on the machine, the downside would obviously be cost. Probably about $1500 for what I want.

On the flip side, I could go with a Windows 8 PC. I would lose the syncing between the computer and Apple devices but that seems like more of a luxury than necessity. The Windows PC would do everything I need for less, probably around $800. So I'm wondering if the cost difference is worth it going with the Mac. Has anyone had experience with Windows 8? I played with the beta but I'm sure it's different now. Thanks!

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Old 12-27-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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You won't go wrong with a Mac.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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My next computer will be be a Mac. I have slowly converted for much the same reason as yourself, iPad and iPhone
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:50 PM   #4
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If you have an iPad & iPhone get the Mac. It's a no brainer really. iCloud by itself is reason enough, factor in all the other apps that display across all your Apple devices and clearly a no brainer.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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With all of the apple fanbois (see: blind mice, sheeple, etc.) you are bound to get tons of recommendations for the macbook. I implore you to head to a windows store and check out the new windows 8 products. I, personally, was blown away by it. So much so that I immediately traded in my android for a WP8 phone. Next on the list is definitely a W8 laptop.

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Old 12-27-2012, 09:03 PM   #6
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I'm really not a fan of Windows 8. It's a version built for tablets that's supposed to be user friendly but comes across as dumbed down. And it makes everything take a second longer when you have to hold your cursor at the edge of the screen to get a menu open. It's pretty good for people who aren't exactly "computer people", though.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:07 PM   #7
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I honestly think this generation, both sides have just about flawless offerings in terms of OS, they really are great, both of them, you can't go wrong with either one.

I think it comes down to products, i'm a big fan specific ones such as the snap on tablet w8 devices and the macbook air - what i'm typing on.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:38 PM   #8
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I haven't used Win8 but if your thinking about cost already I would go that rout, I have an iPhone and can sync it fine on my Win7 pc, I hate iTunes and the Apple calendar but I don't think you need to spend all that money just because your worried about syncing.

You can get much better hardware cheaper in the Windows platform.

Good luck, tell me how Win 8 is.
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Mac in a heartbeat if for no other reason I do not have to buy virus programs to keep my unit free of crap.

Some day I might have to but not now.

If you want to run windows on the Mac you can. Not sure why you would but you can.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:07 PM   #10
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In the past 8 years I've purchased 8 laptops. 3 years ago is when I purchased my last laptop, a MacBook. It's has held up better than any pc I've ever owned. There was a steep learning curve for me to get used to the OS, but I love it now. Had to download Firefox for a few of the websites I use for work, but most things are now Mac compatible.

Since getting a MacBook my wife quit her Lenovo and bought a MacBook and we bought a used iMac for a desktop. There are still glitches with the machines, but my problem solving time, virus chasing time, and general load times are just less on the Mac.

There's a reason apple has such a devoted following.
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I need a laptop for work, hopefully someone has had a chance to get familiar with Windows 8. I used to sell computers but that was almost 2 years ago so I'm a bit out of the game. I've always used Windows PCs although for the last year I've been enjoying using my iPad and iPhone and the allure of compatibility to a MacBook is compelling. I also have a full version of Windows 7 that I could run in Parallels or Boot Camp on the machine, the downside would obviously be cost. Probably about $1500 for what I want.

On the flip side, I could go with a Windows 8 PC. I would lose the syncing between the computer and Apple devices but that seems like more of a luxury than necessity. The Windows PC would do everything I need for less, probably around $800. So I'm wondering if the cost difference is worth it going with the Mac. Has anyone had experience with Windows 8? I played with the beta but I'm sure it's different now. Thanks!
What do you do for work Montrose?
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:27 PM   #12
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In the past 8 years I've purchased 8 laptops. 3 years ago is when I purchased my last laptop, a MacBook. It's has held up better than any pc I've ever owned. There was a steep learning curve for me to get used to the OS, but I love it now. Had to download Firefox for a few of the websites I use for work, but most things are now Mac compatible.

Since getting a MacBook my wife quit her Lenovo and bought a MacBook and we bought a used iMac for a desktop. There are still glitches with the machines, but my problem solving time, virus chasing time, and general load times are just less on the Mac.

There's a reason apple has such a devoted following.
Counterpoint: All of the developers at my company have either Macbook Air's or Macbook Pro's. Our failure rate is higher than at my previous venture where we mostly used cheap Dell's.

Our average lifespan for a Macbook Pro is about 1.5 years. Which is good for a developers machine, but not fantastic. We're forced into it as all of our developers touch iOS at some point.

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:31 PM   #13
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:42 PM   #14
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If you have used a Pc forever the Mac is actually a pain in the ass. Windows 8 is nice and runs very well. I would download the app to get the start menu back though

Btw I have an iPad and iPhone 5 and they sync just fine with windows 8

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Old 12-27-2012, 10:47 PM   #15
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Im in the same boat. I have an iPad and Galaxy S3. I like android better than iphone but rather have apple os on cpu and tablet.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:02 PM   #16
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Speaking as someone who has been a PC guy for most if his life, Windows 8 is truly a hideously, hilarious attemp to be visually relevant if it was 1998. The new interface is absurd and desperate. I'll probably still run both pc and Mac in my house but Microsoft just keeps making it harder and harder for me to care.
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Good rule to follow.....Never buy a Windows OS until at least service pack 2 comes out, unless you like to be a tortured lab rat fed bugs.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:42 PM   #18
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Macs are expensive and impossible to improve. Get a pc with windows 7.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:59 PM   #19
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Mac in a heartbeat if for no other reason I do not have to buy virus programs to keep my unit free of crap.

Some day I might have to but not now.

If you want to run windows on the Mac you can. Not sure why you would but you can.
Ignorance is bliss.

Same goes for Iphones. Andriods have been putting out superior hardware and features for years.

Didn't Apple just advertise a "Bigger screen" and "Panoramic Pictures"? Lol.

I'm not saying Apple is a bad product. But Apple Products are like the Beats Headphones of the industry now. Nothing more than a status symbol.
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I build my own PC's, so I have a bias towards Windows machines, but if I was going to buy a laptop and money was no object I'd get a Mac. If you are looking for the best bang for the buck, do NOT buy a Macbook. If you have tons of cash to spend, Mac's really are a great product. They look great. They work great. They feel great. Mac is the best design company in the world at present. They just aren't great value and good luck getting one fixed for cheap once your Apple Care runs out.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:27 AM   #22
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I build my own PC's, so I have a bias towards Windows machines, but if I was going to buy a laptop and money was no object I'd get a Mac. If you are looking for the best bang for the buck, do NOT buy a Macbook. If you have tons of cash to spend, Mac's really are a great product. They look great. They work great. They feel great. Mac is the best design company in the world at present. They just aren't great value and good luck getting one fixed for cheap once your Apple Care runs out.

Apple Care is three years. once that runs out the machine is out dated. Laptops are basically a throw away product with a 3 year life span.
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I've been a PC guy almost my whole life and have had a PC of my own since I was 3 years old. Gave Windows 8 a serious try because I always like to see what is coming out. It is worthless and most people agree. Look at all the good tech sites on the Web and you won't see any groundbreaking reviews on it. Haven't really been impressed with any Microsoft OS since XP -- and even that took till SP3 to even be completely stable.

I would go with a Mac in a heartbeat. I bought a MacAir a year ago and the only problem I had was an issue with a trackpad, but that was fixed easily under Apple Care. One free year, three extended for $100 which is worth it on a $1,000+ investment. It has nothing to do with being a sheep. The high end laptops with Windows 8 cost just as much as a MacBook/MacAir. I don't think I have ever had a better machine than what I do now. It boots up in seconds and runs absolutely smoothly. The only thing I can say is with the flash state and how many websites use it, the battery life isn't as good as I expected. I'm not sure what the new generation of Mac's run at -- but my Air gets ~ 4.5 hours, sometimes 5 depending on the settings.

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Not even remotely true at all. The only people who don't realize how you can upgrade a Mac are the people who don't know anything about computers other than how to boot them up and surf the web. It takes a little "smarts" to do it, but it easily can be done. How many people with PCs do you know that are bossing 32GB of RAM in their system. Probably none.
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