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1Lori_OGara
Editado: Fev 6, 2010, 1:41pm

I am looking to buy my first Macbook. I am a bit worried about the price. Seems I can get a faster PC for the same money, but I am sick of my crashing freezing and error filled pc laptop. Any advice before I spend my tax return on a MAC?

2rebeccanyc
Fev 6, 2010, 10:25am

My brother in law talked me into getting a Mac laptop a little over a year ago after I had problems withmy PC and I am so happy with it not only for the reasons you give but also because it updates itself more easily, starts up faster, and is just all around easier to use. When I use a PC now, it just seems clunky and irritating. Apple was able to transfer most of the data from my programs to the Mac, leaving me with very little manual updating of info. And, I have to say, I never thought of myself as a person who craves what's cool, but the Macbook is just plain cool.

Having said that, it takes a little time to get used to what's different about it (but it would also take you a little while to get used to Vista or the newest version of Windows if you bought a PC), and I would recommend getting a book like Switching to the Mac by David Pogue which helped me not only understand the differences and find out about some of the cool features of a Mac but also change some things that annoyed me so they are more PC-like (e.g., moving the down arrow for the scroll bar to t the top of the screen and the up arrow at the bottom of the screen as they are on the PC). I also, but this may be more advanced than what you want to do, and again I needed my brother-in-law's help, installed a program called VMWare that allows me to have a "virtual PC" on my Mac so I can run a couple of programs that are available for Windows but not for Mac.

3benuathanasia
Fev 7, 2010, 10:42pm

Yes you can get a "faster" PC for a much better price, but PC programs allocate memory so horribly that a Mac with 2MB will run the same as a PC with 4MB (my mother and I both just got laptops two weeks ago; mine the 13in 4MB Mac with 265GB, hers a 17in Dell with 2MB and 100GB). I've have spent a substantial time on both (I'm "tech support" for my house) and I can easily say I think I got the better deal although I spent 3 hundred more. Not only that, but a Mac is much "heartier" they live longer, better lives.
Yes it was very confusing the first week or so trying to find the Mac-PC conversions, but I don't regret it for a minute. Not only that, but find a friend with a Mac; in my experience, they are all too willing to teach you all the cool things you can do and will expound (at length) on the virtues on a Mac over a PC.
As for VMware, you could do that, or you could use Bootcamp. Bootcamp allows you to create a partition (non-invasive and very safe, no reformatting needed...unlike a PC) to run either XP w/ service pack 2 or Vista on it (free with iLife). I do highly recommend getting iWorks as well.

4Lori_OGara
Fev 8, 2010, 4:07pm

Thanks for all the wonderfull advice.Rebeccanyc, I bought Switching to the Mac and benuahanasia thanks for the advice. I have decided to get a Mac but I have to save the money since it is a bit more expensive. My hubby and I will be debt free in 2 years, so credit is out of the quesiton.
I figure a couple of months of waiting will be worth it.
But tell me what is iWorks??

5varielle
Fev 8, 2010, 4:24pm

Your local Apple store also should have free classes for new Mac users to get you in the swing. I switched from a PC to an iMac 3 years ago and am so glad I did.

6plovs
Fev 8, 2010, 4:25pm

iWork is the apple office package. It is quite cheap, and really nice to work with, I think it is the nicest office package I have ever used. But it is not in the league of MS Office, so if that is what you need, then iWorks is not a replacement. I personally use neoOffice, the openoffice variant for OSX, my needs are limited, so for me it is enough. You can download a demo of iWorks from Apple: http://www.apple.com/iwork/

7Lori_OGara
Editado: Fev 8, 2010, 7:16pm

We don't have a local Apple store :( bummer. I have to get mine from the Bestbuy shelf or order it. I use MS Office on my work desktop so I will need to transfer Excel and Word docs between computers.

8plovs
Fev 8, 2010, 5:23pm

Basic excel and word docs work on a mac both with neooffice, openoffice or iWorks. Anything complicated needs MSoffice for mac.

9Lori_OGara
Fev 8, 2010, 7:09pm

Yeo that is all I do basic spreadsheets. (profit + and loss -) statements and in Word letters, essays and such.