First Mac Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NoFiero, May 11, 2010.

  1. NoFiero macrumors newbie

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    I have been a PC user since the mid 80's and have been looking at Mac's for about 10 months now. Like most I waited for an updated product line before getting serious. So here is my questions.

    Trying to decide between the 13.3" and i5 PowerBook PRO(which seems like a common question). I like the portability of the 13" but being a PC user for years my brain says buy the most horsepower you can afford if you plan on having this machine for 3 years. Is this true in the Mac world?

    I use www, itunes, email, MS-Office, want Garageband and Handbrake. Will the i5 mean much to Garageband and Handbrake?

    What is a good software like "DVDShrink" to back up by DVD's for streaming?

    Can you run a Macbook Pro plugged in all the time or should you be cycling the battery (plugging in a PC laptop all the time spelled certain death to a battery)?

    Should I be hidding out from all my PC using friends after the switch? :)

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    -The 13" will be fine for you
    -i5 will be noticeable in Garageband and Handbrake, but it's not really that significant.
    -No idea, someone else can tell you.
    -You can leave it plugged in. You'll end up cycling it every once in a while anyways.

     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you have the $ for i5, go for it, it's worth it.
     
  4. stomer macrumors 6502a

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    If portability is important to you then go for the 13.3.

    - it's 500g lighter
    - it's smaller
    - battery lasts longer (10 hours)

    I doubt you'd notice the speed difference between at 15 inch and 13.3 inch.

    RipIt and Fairmount will allow you to rip your DVDs.
     
  5. seb-opp macrumors 6502

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    Handbrake is for encoding DVDs for iTunes and other formats, while if you wanted an exact copy of a DVD, Mac the Ripper is pretty good
     
  6. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    I love Ripit. It makes an exact copy of the DVD for your HD. They are typically large files though. (8GB a movie)
     
  7. NoFiero thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks,

    good info so far.

    Any good place to gain Garageband insight?
     
  8. NoFiero thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I made my mind up and ordered my FIRST Mac.

    I got a good deal on a Macbook PRO 15" i5 2.53GHZ model. Hopefully it is in early next week.

    Any tips on how to adjust to a Mac or things I should do when I get it opened up?


    Thanks
     
  9. dreven79 macrumors member

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    Congrats, i just got on the Mac train as well. Still learning the OS and it feels weird as i just started using my MBP literally 2 hours ago. i hope to get my Apple legs in a week or so....

    Gd Luck
     
  10. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    One thing you will notice is how nice iTunes really is. It doesn't play that nice with PC, but obviously it is a different beast for Apple.
     
  11. NoFiero thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I just got my new Macbook Pro turned on tonight. Took about 8 minutes to be fully connected and typing this.

    I have no idea how to even install software or what I need but I will search around the site a bit.

    It's the 15" i5 2.53 Macbook Pro.

    So far I love it.
     
  12. imationx macrumors member

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    I have always noticed this. Many Windows users HATE iTunes with a passion. Maybe this is an Apple technique to want you to switch to a Mac? although it can also go the opposite direction.
     

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