Help Needed For Buying a MacBook Pro vs Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lukeowen, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. lukeowen macrumors member

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    Hey Guys
    I was just wondering, as a person that grew up using Windows and have never used a Mac (but idolise them anyway lol) do you recommend me first of buying a Intel Mac Mini or just go all out and buy a MacBook Pro. Any help or opinions would be greatly apprecieted.

    Thanks Luke
     
  2. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816

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    Depends solely on your budget, The MacBook Pro is an incredible machine, check eBay for a cheaper Mac so you can learn OS X.

    Rich.
     
  3. lukeowen thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    Really money is no object. Is it wiser to buy a mini first and then buy a MacBook if i like Mac OS X. I'm just a little bit worried if i buy a MacBook Pro and then not like Mac OS X. Any other advice or opinions are welcome.
     
  4. MIDI_EVIL macrumors 65816

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    If money is no object, the a MacBook Pro is what you want!!

    There is little chance you won't like OS X, it's a beautiful OS.

    Don't spend nearly £500 on a Mac Mini because WHEN you realise you love OS X you'll wish you got the MacBook Pro...!

    Rich.
     
  5. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Go all out, if you don't like OS X (give it time, it's like learning to ride a motorcycle after years driving a tractor) you can pop it on eBay and make back pretty much all of your initial outlay - MBP's are in hot demand.

    PS. Add RAM - as much as you can.
     
  6. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    If you don't need a portable and you don't intend to hook it up to your TV, the iMac is probably the best choice.
     
  7. lukeowen thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys, thats what i was thinking too cause Mac Minis are around AUD$1,200 here and I would probably want to buy a MacBook Pro cause I would prefer a laptop. Do you think i would use 2GBs of Ram and should i upgrade to the 2.16 proccesser. Are MacBook Pros as good as the sound cause the sound absolutly amazing. Is it hard to go from being a windows user to a Mac user.
     
  8. Spies macrumors regular

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    If money is no object then why not.
     
  9. lukeowen thread starter macrumors member

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    I was hoping to keep it under AUD$4,000 by using these specs:
    2.16GHZ Intel Core Duo
    1GB 667 DDR2 - 1 SO-DIMM
    100GB Serial ATA drive @ 7200 rpm.​
    You dont think 2GBs would be overkill
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I'd go for the 2.0GHz and get more RAM from Streetwise or someone like that who do Mac RAM, Streetwise have pretty good prices and ship all over the country (yes, they're Aussie).

    I don't know if they're as good as they sound but you have to remember we've been stuck at a point for ages with the G4 processor so the Core Duo is a massive relief to us all.

    It's not hard to switch, it just takes a bit of re-learning to do so. A few of the biggest things you will have to get used to are:

    - Windows do not take up the full screen, well, most of them don't. It feels really weird until one day when you drag a picture from the web into a word document and don't have to minimise anything. Exposé is awesome for switching between other open windows.

    - Clicking on the red x in the top left corner will not close the app, just the window. I go into the Mac labs every now and then and find the Macs running a million programmes cause the kids have just closed the window. You need to type apple-q to quit the app or do it from the menu bar.

    - networking with other windows machines is a mess, no matter what Apple says, browsing networked computers is way easier on Windows, it's the only thing I miss.

    - you don't have to shut down much. I have left my iBook on for over a month and there was no slowdown or anything. I sleep my iBook when I'm travelling and when I go visit my folks all I do is open it and the wireless network is automatically detected and set up. It takes a split second and I'm surfing the net. Zero config is the greatest. Also, most installs do not require a restart of the computer.

    So to summarise, ask as many questions as you want, be specific so we can help you quickly and remember, this is like learning another language (albeit much easier) so it takes a little bit of time to get used to it. I just decided to forget all I'd learned from Windows and try the Mac way:
    - "how do I get that picture from the web to the dasktop? right-click, copy, paste? NO, just drag it there."
    - "How do I email this document? Open a new message, go to attachments, select the file, click add? NO, just drag the file onto the mail icon in the dock."
    - "How do I uninstall this app? Find the uninstaller, run it, do a registry clean up? NO, just drag it to the trash."

    And so on. We're always willing to help switchers, they keep our favourite tech company in the $$$ so ask and ask and ask but before you ask, search.
     
  11. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Awesome specs, simply awesome. If you want the absolute best performance, go for the 2GB. Personally I think you'll be fine with 1GB but OS X loves RAM and will use every last drop you put in. It dynamically adjusts the RAM each app gets so more RAM = faster performance as it doesn't have to page stuff on and off the HDD. I'd rather go for a 2.0GHz and spend the extra dosh on RAM - you don't need to go through Apple, a reputable 3rd party would do just fine so long as they guarantee their RAM on Macs, they can be more demanding of quality.
     
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  13. lukeowen thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all ya help guys, I think ill go for the MacBook Pro. I if i want to ask questions about making the switch, do i need to make a new thread or can i just continue asking them in this thread.
     
  14. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

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    A new thread is probably better, but make the title as specific as you can.
    Before you start a new thread, however, search the forums and have a look in Guides (at the top of the screen) especially the Beginner's Guide.
    Good luck and have fun.
     

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