First Mac Advice Needed

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

  1. NoFiero macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2010
    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


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    -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


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    If you have the $ for i5, go for it, it's worth it.
  4. stomer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    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

    Nov 16, 2008
    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


    Mar 22, 2010
    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

    May 11, 2010

    good info so far.

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

    May 11, 2010
    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?

  9. dreven79 macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2010
    Perth Western Australia
    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

    Oct 14, 2008
    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

    May 11, 2010
    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

    Jun 29, 2007
    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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