Did you "NEED" or "WANT" a MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Chiuy, Aug 8, 2011.


Did you buy a MBP because you "NEEDED" or "WANTED"?


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  1. Chiuy macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2011
    NorCal, Bay Area
    Just wondering... a survey/poll.
    What exactly made you get the MacBook Pro? Is it because you "NEED" or "WANT" a MacBook Pro?

    I keep asking myself this question, why would someone "WANT" a MacBook Pro if Windows laptop can probably do the same stuff better, especially when people ask about how well the 13" MBP can play games, but we tell them to go with the 15", then they say it's too expensive, so why not a Windows computer?

    Post your reasons why you "NEEDED" or "WANTED" a MBP.

    My reason, I'm going to college soon and I wanted a laptop that has power to do stuff and the battery to last me 7-8hrs+ surfing, etc. It was also very portable.

    My true reason that I "NEEDED" a MBP because I hope to work for Apple one day and that I also got an internship with Apple. I assume you need to know their OSx if you want an internship with them right? It'll be a bit embarrassing if they tell you to do stuff on a computer and you don't know how to run the OSx.
    Another reason was because I love time machine, it has already saved me one time when I accidentally deleted my essay.
  2. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    i need food, shelter and clothing. i want a computer i enjoy using. it makes me money, and has more than paid for itself, so i have no complaints.
  3. Pyre1582 macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    I feel that both have their merits. The Macbook Pro I wouldn't recommend for gaming but it is capable. Macs are generally seen as 'better' because of the plug-and-play nature it has. I know a lot of people who don't care to install drivers or configure their systems, etc. A Mac 'just works' rather than Windows 7. Not that I'm bashing Windows 7, I have it boot camped on my Macbook Pro.

    I just wanted a Macbook Pro. And so... I got one. Build quality is amazing and Time Machine saves lives; at least it saved mine a few times.
  4. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    i "NEEDED" a macbook pro because i needed a laptop for university.

    but i WANTED the 15inch macbook pro when i didnt need such a high end computer

  5. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    Technically speaking, nobody "needs" a computer...
  6. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    Even Steve does not need a MBP ... he could get by fine with Windows :D
  7. mystik610 macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2011
    A laptop is required for graduate school, so I NEEDED a laptop.

    However, the Macbook I ended up with is above and beyond the requirements of grad school....in fact, it prove a bit inadequate for some applications, even running through bootcamp.

    But I WANTED the ability to run OSX, and Windows concurrently. I wanted the design and build quality of the Macbook Pro. I also wanted a powerful GPU, higher resolution screen, and a faster processor.

    And so I paid probably about twice as much as I would on something that would have sufficiently filled the requirements of grad school.

    I don't see why there's anything wrong with buying something you don't necessarily need, however. We don't need to eat good food, wear nicer clothes, drive nicer cars etc etc. So long as you have the means to pay for it, there's absolutely nothing wrong with spending a little extra purely for the luxury of it.
  8. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    The line between want and need is completely arbitrary. Nobody needs to do anything, the consequences can just get worse and worse.

    For example, I don't need to breathe, however it is preferable.

    I wanted a nice new Mac. So, I got one. I could have survived without it, or got a cheaper Windows PC, or something comparable like a 17" HP Envy, however my computing experience would be much less enjoyable.
  9. randomerratum macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    I work in TV post production. My 17" MBP became my primary edit station... Needed it because I needed to run uncompressed 1080 video at full raster.

    Wanted to Boot Camp windows and run Flight Simulator in best possible performance... without getting a PC
  10. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Well, both.
    I knew I needed a computer for college, but I wanted to get a good one, to last me through these 4 yrs. Therefore, I chose to buy a Macbook Pro.
  11. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    But speaking non-technically, some people actually DO genuinely need a computer, especially in 2011.
  12. tonyunreal macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2010
    I needed a laptop that is fast, reliable but at the same time quiet and not so hot, weight wasn't a problem and I'm pretty open on budget at the time, so Macbook Pro really was no brainer for me. NEEDED +1.
  13. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    I would say your own example is a flawed example of 'need.' You're just starting college, which means 4-6 years until done. If you haven't started yet, I'm assuming you also don't have that internship with Apple actually confirmed/scheduled already? You might argue that you wanted an Apple laptop, but that doesn't mean a Pro - I'd bet a 13" Air would do you just fine as a student.

    I *needed* a Pro (compared to an Air) - needed 8GB of RAM to run multiple virtual machines locally, and I needed more storage than the Airs could provide.

    Now, did I *need* an Apple laptop? No, but I can't do my job efficiently or sanely on a Windows machine as I've been working with Unix and Linux since the early 90s. After using Solaris and/or Linux as my primary OS for workstations, then switching to keeping a single laptop vs multiple machines to keep in sync and running Linux on laptops, OSX gave me most of the development tools and open source environment that I expect and *need* to be most productive and to do my job, while avoiding most of the occasional hiccups or annoyances that comes along with Linux on most laptops - chasing down hacked drivers or changes required to make hardware <X> actually work correctly, occasionally conflicting update or specific software dependency issues that turn into timesinks, etc., or coming across the few apps required at work that simply don't exist under Linux.. The things that are fine if being paid to upgrade a server, or on your own time rebuilding a gentoo system just waste productive time at work when they're inevitably hit. Linux has come a long way with hardware support, and I've still got my servers and ubuntu system, but 'it just works' was important when I switched to OSX 5 years back, so I keep my productivity up with OSX + sane dev tools and GNU/Linux open source tools, run Windows the only 'safe place for it' inside a VM, have dozens of Linux and *nix servers I own at work and at home, and a secondary Linux system at home + VMs - best of all worlds, at least for the time being.
  14. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    No one "Needs" a MacBook Pro. Everyone can make due with a $399 Acer PC laptop.
  15. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I could live without it, but I did 'need' my MBP as Windows can't run FCP at all.
  16. Chiuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2011
    NorCal, Bay Area
    Woa woa woa, calm down guys.
    Lol, I'm not trying to be that specific on "need"
    We all know that you don't "need" a laptop or any techs to survive in this world.
    I'm talking about a more broad term of "need".

    And to that replier asking if I had my Apple Internship yet? It's schedule to be next summer, my parent's knows a good friend that knows a high ranking person in Apple that was willing to give me an intern. But no, it hasn't been confirmed, but I will be getting the internship.
    Also... I believe the MBA was much more expensive than the 13" pro base.
    11" MBA... let's just say my eyes won't be able to bare the small screen.
  17. Filipek macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2011
    I will be completely honest here.

    I wanted a MBP because:

    - It looks good
    - I love the backlight keys
    - Everything works perfect
    - Love the trackpad
    - OSX is just a huge improvement compared to Windows, everything always works so far, no errors, no problems with drivers, etc.
    - I love the unibody aluminium
    - Love the battery capacity (±7 hours)
    - Hopefully it will last longer than my previous windows machines, but can't say this at the moment
  18. badsmurf macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    I have a works T400 that is locked tight as a drum. For years I have used the company machine as my own and they were OK with that; however due to a few recent incidents at other companies they have tightened everything up.

    As a network admin and server support specialist I have elevated access and I can bypass the security to do everything I want to do. However even browsing eBay history etc is erased like a CSI is going to look for it at the end of every shift. They have this idea that anyone with an elevated ID gets monitored just in case they are compromised. Think it is called targeted fishing, sending email to people with known access levels and it apparently quite effective.

    I have put up and worked round it with it for years and to be honest there is not much I can do on my MBP that I could not do on my T400 or servers but this draconian security gets to me. I did not really NEED a MBP but I wanted one for years and one that was mine to do with as I please. No enforced password standards, restricted software usage, screen saver and power and group policies are all pre defined like a prison. Ironically I started calling my test servers after local prisons, no one caught on till I used US prisons :D

    Mine should be here between 2 and 4pm GMT today, 2.2 15inch with 128GB SSD. I already have 8GB of Crucial RAM, a Time Machine and a MDP to HDMI converter and cable ready for use so I am rearing to go.

    I am sure I will break it, a little knowledge can be a bad thing :eek:
  19. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
  20. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    I want a Macbook Pro but when I have it... I probably won't. A little bit how I as with the iPad. At first I wanted it, but now because I have it, I'm not bothered about it.
  21. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I voted for needed because I need a computer that is mobile and my desktop was just to heavy to lug around and it won't fit in my suit case
  22. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    Actually nowadays people do need a computer. People use computers for everything now. Especially kids growing up in this era. Teachers expect them to type papers for homework, etc. So I think a computer would now be more of a "need" then a "want".
  23. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I didn't need a new laptop, i WANTED a MacBook Pro.

    I just bought a new windows laptop last August when the one I was using died all of a sudden. Took that one in and the prognosis was it would be cheaper to just buy a new one rather than trying to repair it. I was saving for a MacBook at the time, but only had a little over half the funds needed, but needed a laptop so I bought another Windows machine.

    Fast forward to March 2011, a good friend of who buys new Apple products whenever a new one gets released was in the market for the new revised MacBook Pro, he bought a 13" MacBook the day the 2011 models were released. A few weeks later he realized he should have gotten the more expensive 17" model, so he bought that one and knowing I wanted a 13" MacBook Pro sold me his recently purchased model at a great savings to me. all I had to do was buy a copy of Snow Leopard and whatever software I wanted, so I basically got a whole new 2011 Mac for about half the price. Since then, the windows laptop hasn't even been turned on.

    What I am enjoying now is the ease of carrying it with me. I can check my emails or actually accomplish a few things on even a 15 minute break. Try that on a windows laptop and it takes most of that 15 minutes just booting up. I don't have to carry the recharger with me as the macBook battery literally lasts the whole day. The Mac Applications just seem a lot easier and are more intuitive to use as well. There are though a few apps that I wish were on the Mac or, as well done as their Windows counterparts, but for the most part I am a lot happier with it.

    Also, I cannot forget that since using the Mac, I have had no issues whatsoever syncing my iPhone, iPad or iPod.
  24. MacsAreBetter\ macrumors member


    Jan 15, 2010
    Gold Coast, Australia
    I'll be honest; I could theoretically get by with a $300 Windows craP-C. But since I fix computers to make money, while going through college, I have quite a bit to spend.

    I wanted a $2,600 Apple computer, and I got it.

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