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Should I buy a MAC?

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07-03-2008, 05:51 PM
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Been a PC user most of my life, however I made the transition to mac about 4 years ago. I personally found it easy to move to mac and very easy to get used to. I now find it hard to get used to windows again; as I've been without my MBP and iMac since I went on vacation. Anyways...besides the point..

Mac OS X runs perfect for me on my iMac, it's booted with 3Ghz and 4GB Ram. It also runs Bootcamp with XP Pro and that loads quickly too.

I found that a few years ago the Mac OS was a lot quicker, Tiger I would say is better than Leopard, imho, I have found little annoying things happen to me in Leopard...One thing that took me a while to get used to was font smoothing, being on windows you're used to the fonts being pixel..thats just a little weird thing that took me a while to get used to.

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Originally Posted by BetaOrge View Post
If you have to ask a designer community if you should get a mac than you don't want one. 90% of the people here are designers and probably fell for Apples advertising scheme of getting all the designers and developers to buy a Mac. Everything you can do on a Mac you can do on a PC, but not everything you can do on a PC you can do on a Mac.

I would stay where you are and spend the $2000 buying a new mac on something that can actually effect your live, buy some furniture or a new website to make money. Or spend it fixing up your current site.

As you can clearly see I am not a Mac fan boy and therefore my comments are probably harsh. I do not wish to argue on my stance I am simply providing it to the thread creator as a "stance point".

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Who else was he to ask then? Was he supposed to say, don't reply if you are a designer or developer because I don't need your input because it will be biased. What other input does he need then?

If your going to say everything you can do on a Mac you can do on a PC, then you can say the EXACT same thing for vise versa. I have been able to be more productive by ten fold on a Mac. With TextMate and CSS Edit alone. You could say I am being biased, but he is asking us for our opinions and why he should get one.

Not only do applications on the Mac run natively fast (in my opinion, which Windows applications run fast as well). The only install process on a Mac is drag and drop (unless they need to install bootloaders, etc.), and to delete, you can just put it in the Trash. That simple, not 5 minute uninstalls, or 5 minute installs.

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Before buying anything, you should ask yourself these two questions:
Why am I buying it?
What will it improve?

The answer to those should decide whether it is a good idea or not.

While I like mac, I can't justify paying for it because it has no practical use over my windows.

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07-03-2008, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Not only do applications on the Mac run natively fast (in my opinion, which Windows applications run fast as well). The only install process on a Mac is drag and drop (unless they need to install bootloaders, etc.), and to delete, you can just put it in the Trash. That simple, not 5 minute uninstalls, or 5 minute installs.
I makes me wonder why microsoft don't make it this fast and simple...

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Originally Posted by n9com View Post
I makes me wonder why microsoft don't make it this fast and simple...
Because you have more customization options in windows.

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I am trying to make the exact same decision as Gareth right now. I'm not sure whether I should get an iMac or not.

The only thing is that I can find a PC that has much better specs than and iMac for like half the price. How would you Mac users compare Technical specs of a Mac with a PC?

I mean even though the iMac starts with 2.4 GHz and 1GB memory, would this run a lot better and faster than a PC with the same specs?


Help me out

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I bought a MacBook Air last night. They dropped in price this morning. (-_-')

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Originally Posted by Vizon View Post
I bought a MacBook Air last night. They dropped in price this morning. (-_-')
lol you noob

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Originally Posted by Oliver View Post
Don't switch to Mac, i have the misfortune of having to work with them, and also own a MBP. They're slow and the OS is bloated, like most of the software available for them as well.
are you using osx? calling osx bloated is the joke of the decade.

specs are specs, you will never get the same bang for your buck that you can get with pc, because apple is a boutique/brand computer. it's like buying no-name cola vs cocacola. there are subtle differences, but only if you really care, or if you're a brand nazi, will paying the premium for the brand be worth it.

windows treats me like i'm stupid, it's dissected into 1400 different versions so i can never get the full feature set i want, it's bloated, and it gets worse with every release. windows has to accommodate the lowest common denominator of user, which makes using it as a semi-advanced user a pain in the ass because you have to do so much work to make it behave like a reasonable piece of software.

osx is pretty bare bones. as a boutique computer brand, they don't need to accommodate to the lowest level user. the majority of people who use it are intelligent people who have chosen it for specific reason. the rest are either rich people, or trend hoppers who just want it for brand association and don't do anything complicated so osx doesn't have to do anything for them.

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Originally Posted by the matt View Post
I am trying to make the exact same decision as Gareth right now. I'm not sure whether I should get an iMac or not.

The only thing is that I can find a PC that has much better specs than and iMac for like half the price. How would you Mac users compare Technical specs of a Mac with a PC?

I mean even though the iMac starts with 2.4 GHz and 1GB memory, would this run a lot better and faster than a PC with the same specs?


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Every program can run blazingly fast with those specs. Maybe another gig of ram will be killer though.

Bloated = No

Derek, you killed it.

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