Im going to think twice before purchasing a mac =(..

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by XheartcoreboyX, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a

    XheartcoreboyX

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    well i loved the OS of the mac...
    i loved the looks of the mbp and how fast it is and the fact that it does get viruses...
    it has LOTS of coool graphics software and widgets and multimedia stuff yo uwill not find on windows...for sure would make my life easier as im SICK of my win xp pc.....
    BUT...surfing in this website and others made me change my mind...
    1-msn got much bugs.
    2-my Logitech quickcam pro 5000 seems like it will NOT work..
    3-MANY people are talking about how slow it is to get files from a flash usb disk to the mac...or getting files from an external HDD...

    ..im afraid that i pay all the money for the 2.4ghz mbp and sell my current windows laptop then regret it...and wish i didnt do this!! ...it would be a bigg lose of money-for me-...
    -_-
     
  2. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    1. Use Adium. Works on the MSN network better than Microsoft's own MSN Messenger for the Mac.

    2. No big deal; your MBP will have an iSight built into it.

    3. I've not had problems using a FireWire hard drive nor a USB 2.0 flash drive. Always fast enough for me.
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Use Adium instead, it's a much better program and it will allow you to use your MSN messenger account.

    I have not experienced this problem with my MacBook Pro.

    I think I'll add that people are much more likely to post about their problems then when they're happy. What might look like over half of the people having problems, could only be about 2% of the people.
     
  4. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

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    1. AdiumX is much better than microsoft messenger for mac
    2. The built-in (webcam) iSight is most likely better or = to your Logitech quickcam pro 5000
    3. I've never had slow transfer times from an external usb/firewire drive and I can't imagine how fast it would be if I used fw800

    IMO I don't think you got anything to worry about.
     
  5. janey macrumors 603

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    what the ****?

    1. this has nothing to do with apple, blame microsoft
    2. blame logitech or find software that will work, if you can't use the iSight built in.
    3. why would it be any slower? I don't get where you're coming from with that...
     
  6. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    1. Of course it does. It's a Microsoft product. ;) As others have suggested Adium is the way to go.

    2. The MBP comes with a built-in camera.

    3. I think this is just false. I transfer stuff between Macs and PCs all the time with flash drives and haven't encountered any speed problems at all. I also use an external drive to clone my machine on a weekly basis. Again, no problems.
     
  7. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks all for response!
    but im sure that the builtin cam cannot be as good as my logitech cam..it has zooming feature and mirror and its very good quality,and it costs 80$ GRR..can any of you guys compare it with mbp's cam?? -_-
    ..i wish the files tranfering speed isnt really slow -_-,,,
     
  8. janey macrumors 603

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    cause the iSight is BUILT IN and comes with the computer, MAYBE?

    And where are you getting the file transfer speed info from?
     
  9. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    iSight is higher quality. With iGlasses, you won't miss your Logitech. Linkety
     
  10. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hey chill out >_<,,,,
    *well i think your right its microsoft's fault but remember that msn works perfectely on pc.....
    *i cannot blame logitech its the best company ever for making cams...maybe they just hate macs so they dont make drivers for them :mad:..
    *well some people talked about the slow tranfer thing in some threads i read before couple days..
     
  11. joekix macrumors 6502

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    I love my macbook pro that I got last december. I had just switched over too and I have no complaints. Osx is beautiful. Sorry for the typos, I'm on my iPhone
     
  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    hmmm msn works fine in windows because its made my microsoft. :rolleyes:
    logitech is alright. but the best? thats debatable. the isight is just as good, if not better.
    i've never had a file transfer problem. remember, not everything you read on the internet is true.
     
  13. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    http://support.microsoft.com/
    while you are waiting for that, use one of the third party alternatives suggested.
    Yes, that is important -- base the purchase of a top-of-the-line machine on whether the $50 peripheral can be moved over :rolleyes:.... The MacBook Pro has a built in Web cam...
    What are you talking about? That's just not correct information.
    Flash USB drives are relatively slow on all platforms. USB is USB. And Firewire, which is standard on the Mac, is about 2 x as fast as USB 2 in real-world file perfomance.

    If you are going to make a decision of this size, at least get the right information first.

    And if you come to a Mac forum and post a angry/sad icon post saying how you're not going to get a Mac because there are so many things wrong, you can expect your reasoning to be criticized.

    However, if rephrase your post to say something like:
    "Thinking of buying a Mac but have some questions
    Hi, I'm thinking of selling my Windows machine and getting a MacBook Pro, but I have some questions to be answered before I spend the money:
    1) How can I do MSN effectively? I've been reading reports of problems with the MSN for Mac.
    2) I want to use a webcam, but I don;t know if my Logitech will work. What do you suggest
    3) Is the Mac just as fast to use USB flash drives and to copy files on and off external hard drives as a Windows machine?"

    And you will get much more friendly responses, because you have displayed an open mind.
     
  14. 66217 Guest

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    MSN for Mac is completely different from the MSN for Windows. But don't worry, Adium is perfect. It only misses video capabilities, but asido from that, it is even better than the MSN for Windows.

    The iSight would be more than enough, and being buil-in is just much better.;)

    Never heard about the slow transfer thing.
     
  15. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    Your Logitech is a 0.3MP (640x480) camera. The iSight in the new MBP is actually capable of 1.3MP (1280x1024).

    As for the slow file transfers, it just simply isn't true in my experience. What's your source for this information?
     
  16. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey thanks for the info about the usb..i think your right ...
    and by the way thanks for teaching me how to talk O_O...i honestly was just pissed cause i know i will love a mac and i love all its features and stuff..so i was dissapointed about the webcam thing and thinks that i will probably face similar problems in future..buying usb stuff and they dont work on mac later ...

    well thats not true..my logitech cam is 1.3MP as well =\ but it has great features like right light2(perfect light even in a dark room)[i care about it alot as i have a dark room painting)..thats why i hated the fact that i wouldnt be able to use it with mac..
     
  17. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    The software was enough for me to switch... everything else that came with it is just an added bonus. Mac OS X is the best OS I have ever used. Vista is almost there, made me think about getting an Alienware Laptop with SLI... but I just HATE windows.
     
  18. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    it has a 1.3mp only with software that enlarges and 'enhances' the picture.

    and as someone mentioned, iGlasses will take care of any lighting issues no problem.
     
  19. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    From Logitech's site: Still Image Capture: up to 1.3 mexapixels (software enhanced). Native resolution is 640 x 489

    In other words, the camera only sees 640x480 and the included software uses interpolation to create a larger image. This is not the same thing as having a camera with a native 1.3MP resolution.
     
  20. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well umm WOW O_O..so my logitech cam is crappy??!! =\
    by the way,does the isight cam work well? i mean i always heared that builtin webcams always gets worse and stop working in little time...is that true?!
     
  21. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    You wouldn't buy a peripheral for a Vista machine without checking if the drivers were Vista compatible, right? Same reasoning applies. Check compatibility first. Buy second.

    Where ARE you getting your information from?
    Seriously?
    Wherever it is, (slow file copying, webcams that always fail...) --- stop listening to them.

    A webcam on a Mac, a PC or an external casing use the same basic technology. A USB keychain drive for Mac and PC is identical. USB uses the same technology on Mac and PC. The hard drives are the same units in both machines.
     
  22. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    The iSight in my MacBook Pro is working great and the picture it takes is pretty good. I've had my MacBook Pro since October.
     
  23. XheartcoreboyX thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    all people who got the VX Resolution cordless mouse from logitech..which says''made for mac''..they installed its driver and it 90% of the time not working...when trying it on pc it works!....so thats a bit confusing..
     
  24. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    I really don't know where you're getting these figures from, but it helps when making an expensive decision like buying a new computer to not delude yourself and stick with the facts. I'm surprised that you would even need to use the Logitech drivers (which are, in my personal experience, not very well-coded), but I don't own a Logitech VX Resolution. I do own a Logitech G7 wireless mouse, however, and it works fine without Logitech's proprietary drivers. You could also try USB overdrive. Obviously some hardware may not be 100% compatible between the two operating systems, but you'll run into these same problems with certain hardware going in either direction (Windows -> Mac or vice versa).

    Other than that, it seems that the other posters have certainly done their best to show that your reasons for not purchasing a mac are non-concerns so unless you have some other concern, I'd say this is pretty much a closed case.
     
  25. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't call it crappy, but your contention was that iSight isn't as good. I was only trying to illustrate that you may not have all the facts.

    As far as built-in cameras that stop working, I can't think of one good reason why that would be true. I know the older iSights were 640x480 like your Logitech, so it's very possible the actual camera was made by the same OEM. Just because one is housed in an external enclosure doesn't make it more reliable than one that's built-into a display bezel.

    In any case, it sounds like you've been given some bad information. I encourage you to "get the facts" before you make your decision. It's your money, after all.
     

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