Is it a good idea to buy a MBP even if I will only use Windows?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by raptorstv, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. raptorstv macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    I've been using my laptop for four years now, and I think it's about time that I will want to upgrade to a newer laptop soon. I'm really tempted to buy MBP because of its "cool" factor, but on the other hand, I am working as an accountant and most of the softwares would probably only run on Windows. It may also be easier because at work I am already used to doing work using PC. So.. is it still a good idea to get a Macbook Pro even when I know I will probably be using Windows most of the time anyway?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    There are much cheaper solutions for you on the Windows side
    And there are some pretty nice Ultrabooks as well
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're primarily using Windows, you can buy a nice notebook in another brand for less money. If you're one who's motivated by what others think of your computer and don't mind paying extra, get the MBP.

    However, I encourage you to first identify what software you need to run and see if there are Mac equivalents that meet your needs. Also, if you choose to get a Mac and run Windows on it, I encourage you to spend some time checking out Mac OS X. You may find that you greatly prefer it to Windows.
  4. Wonderhaven macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    If money wasn't an issue I probably would. The build quality of Apple laptops is top notch when compared to most windows laptops. Additionally, the customer service provided by Apple when it comes to hardware is priceless. But again, there are a lot cheaper options out there if you aren't going to be using the Mac OS.
  5. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    I think the main problems you would encounter with running exclusively windows is power management (battery life may not be not as good as comparable windows notebooks) and fan control (os x has far more aggressive throttling so they may run a bit louder under windows). However, I haven't tried Boot Camp in the last couple of years so I am not sure if these are still real issues.
  6. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    I run bootcamp on my mbp. It's the best machine you can get to run Windows.
    Know the limitations on the retina mbp though. Resolution issue.
  7. Mosco macrumors regular

    May 26, 2002
    I wouldn't just because every windows battery test I have ever seen on a Mac had shown significant battery drop.
  8. Suno macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2011
  9. Drask macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    What resolution issue?
  10. riveting macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
  11. surjavarman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 24, 2007
    It is definitely worth it. Since macbooks are really build well and have some fantastic features. I bought the MBP not because of OS X or Windows but because of the hardware itself.

    That being said though. Thinkpads are equally as worth it as macbooks especially if you want to use windows only. I actually think that for 80% of the time a Thinkpad offers much better value than a Macbook for most people. I recommend them to my friends but they all go for Macbooks anyway. I guess people just go for looks.
  12. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    That's not necessarily true. It depends on use. Apple's laptops do get quite hot when pushed hard. I still own them, but it annoys me. As for bootcamp, you're more likely to come across things that just aren't supported or driver issues if you're primarily using bootcamp. It's not really the best supported side of a Mac as it's not their focus.

    I suggest reading reviews. You can always find complaints with literally any computer line. What matters is the nature of the common complaints and how quickly they're resolved.

    They do come up. The keyboards are also slightly different. I have no idea what will make it to Windows 8 drivers.

    Again they don't spend as much time on bootcamp optimization. This doesn't really surprise me as they want you to run OSX.

    That may be your opinion, but I'd call it false information. If I wasn't running primarily OSX, I wouldn't be running a Mac. They're just not going to test and certify every last thing when it's primarily aimed at running OSX. It's there mostly for Windows switchers and people who want to play games unavailable under OSX. It works fine for those purposes. I just wouldn't suggest it to someone who wishes to run only Windows. If I ever did switch, I'd probably dual boot it as a hackintosh, but just for fun. I wouldn't do that with a work computer. Hackintoshes are similar to bootcamp specifically in the sense that most things work, but if you use one long enough you'll find something broken.
  13. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Agreed. I love the build quality of the MBP but don't like the path OSX is taking. I'd use mine for a dedicated Windows machine but you're at the mercy of Apple for the drivers. The glorious trackpad sucks in bootcamp (but ironically runs beautifully under parallels).
  14. WA2SI macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2012
    Soundly seconded!
  15. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    The suggestion from me again is YES. Because the MBP will run Windows well, at the same time you can enjoy the usage of MacOS whenever you want to. No other system allows you to do so (so easily). MacOS is very easy, and intuitive to use.
  16. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    As others have said, if you are dead set on Windows, get a different computer. If you are willing to try out OS X, get the MBP. At least use it for a week and try out all the shortcuts/multitouch gestures if you do try out OS X.
  17. Blue604 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2012
  18. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2011
    I havent had a single issue running windows via bootcamp (engineering software and video games) other than noticeably shorter battery life.

    EDIT: the trackpad isnt quite as awesome in bootcamp
  19. \-V-/ Suspended


    May 3, 2012
    I think it's a gigantic waste of money, personally. Plenty of cheaper Windows computers out there that will suit your needs. But Windows does work great on Macs, but you'll have to maneuver around OS X anyway to get it set up or to manage your Windows partition. Might as well give OS X a try while you're at it.
  20. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    Those are the key words...mac book pro's retain there value way better then pc laptop...period!

    So the extra money you pay now,will in fact retain a better %...and that any accountant can understand....
  21. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Given the OP is an accountant, I am surprised that no one has mentioned virtualisation. Rather than use bootcamp he is better off getting hold of something like Parallels and running a virtual copy of Windows. I am an accountant and this is exactly what I do. ERP systems and other Windows business apps can run side by side with your Mac Apps so you can get the best of both worlds.
  22. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    It's your money . Yes it looks cool so if you like it go for it.
  23. taedouni macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    When I first purchased my Macbook Pro early 2011 (15" $2200 model) I did it mostly for the specs because they were awesome and because I tried out an old 2007 Macbook (white) and felt that the OS was pretty decent. Once I got it my time using windows was very limited.

    Now a days I only use Windows to either play games or use an old program that was is not supported by OSX (rare).

    If you purchase a Macbook Pro, I'm just going to warn you that you will stop using Windows 7. So don't say that you will ONLY use Windows. There is a reason why OSX has been so successful.
  24. colour macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009

    It depends what you need windows for? gaming? high end apps? portability? or just basic generic pc stuff? I personally buy macs for the OS not for the design because over the past year we have seen some nice if not better designed ultrabooks on the market that I would buy if I wanted a pure windows experience.
  25. FluJunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2007
    Me too.

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