Is it stupid for me to buy a Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hazedragon45, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. hazedragon45 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    I'm basically a full time student, and all I need a laptop for is: Videos, Notes, Internet. I've used the Mac OS before and i really enjoy it over windows, but what else am I getting out of it besides the Luxury of having this gorgeous notebook? ** lets say money's not an issue.**
  2. kroeks macrumors regular

    you can also install windows on it tho.

    what you get = quality.
  3. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    You'll get something that isn't gonna die on you and get viruses. :) You'll love it. You know you want one. Buy it.
  4. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Im student also, my friends are always having problems with their windows laptops, my mac just keeps on going. It was a wise investment.
  5. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I work in IT and I bought my parents and sister both macs because I was sick of removing viruses, re-imaging the machines, etc.

    If you enjoy the Mac OS why make yourself miserable and get a PC? I myself could never go back (even though a PC is my work machine and I make a living fixing windows machines and servers :D)
  6. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    You're the perfect Apple customer: You want to buy a Porsche 911 Turbo just to do your weekly grocery shopping.
  7. ipodftw macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
    Macs are great for students, i would recommend them [​IMG]
  8. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    There are certainly advantages to having a Windows machine, but I buy Macs primarily for their longevity these days. I'm pretty comfortable knowing that my current machine will last me 5+ years with minimal need for replacement.
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    No virus
    No virus scan sucking 10% of your cpu and battery life
    No long start up / long shut down

    Easy backup with timemachine
  10. chill. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    i think you probably have the same computer requirements as 80% of apple users

    the really killer feature is the trackpad imo. it's amazing in internet browsing and i really ache when i use other trackpads. is the trackpad/OSX worth like $500 though? well i shelled out for it.. which makes me feel kind of guilty

    if money is no object, then go for it
  11. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    If money is no object, why is the MacBook Pro the wrong idea? For students Mac's are ideal: solid OS, solid construction, great battery life and reliability.
  12. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    screw the 911 turbo give me the GT3 :D
    When you say videos do you mean youtube or editing? imovie or final cut?
    Have you considered a macbook?
  13. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Wirelessly posted (Nokia 5800 Tube XpressMusic : Mozilla/5.0 (SymbianOS/9.4; U; Series60/5.0 Nokia5800d-1/21.0.101; Profile/MIDP-2.1 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 ) AppleWebKit/413 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/413)

    The ifference being that Porsches are fast. :p

    It's not a stupid idea to buy a Mac. Personally, I don't think viruses are the biggest benefit of OS X, since OS X isn't completely malware resistant, and it has been shown to be quite easy to hack. Also, Win7 is supposed to be quite different, and most people's experiences are with XP, perhaps Vista.

    The benefit of OS X is the extra productivity I get with the OS interface, and features such as Expose and Dashboard. Time Machine is useful, and Apple always seems to be on the ball when it comes to adding cool and useful features so the difference between OSes always seems to be there.
  14. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Would you be getting a mac because it's a fashion statement, or because you need it?
  15. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    the answer is really just quality... clean workspace, no viruses, easy to use... in my eyes, a good feng shuai [​IMG]
  16. Angra-mainju macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2009
    I am a student and I have been enoying my mac for 4 months and I still love it :)
  17. SXR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2007
    Mac OS X Snow Leopard is really a great OS , thats why you should buy the computer. Much much nicer than windows in my oppinion.
  18. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    I'm not entirely clear on your question. Are you debating whether to buy mac vs. pc or decided on buying a mac and asking if the MBP is overkill for your needs?

    If you're debating mac vs. pc then everyone above has pretty much nailed it, especially if cost is not a deciding factor.

    If you're debating MBP vs. Macbook for your needs well it pretty much depends on your choice of screen size and portability. I say that because if money is no option and you don't have power user needs then the size and weight pretty much become the deciding factor.

    To answer the question directly from a Mac forum perspective, it's never stupid to purchase a Mac product. :D
  19. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    OP you match the profile of roughly 90 percent of student Macbook "Pro" owners who
    A) Check myspace/facebook
    B) Watch Videos
    C) write papers
    in that order.

    Don't know firewire(my wire catches on fire?) from USB except one is a square that doesn't fit the ipod sync cable. Couldn't care less about what panel type it uses, Will never connect it to an external monitor, and will run programs that utilize a fraction of the available processing and graphical horsepower. I.E. the perfect netbook or macbook owner.
  20. macshill macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2008
    London, Ontario, Canada
    Then what's stopping you from buying a 17" high-end MacBook Pro? lol I quasi-kid. :D Actually, depending on your needs, a 17" MIGHT be a beast to carry around if you're getting it for portability. A 15" high-end MacBook Pro would be pretty sweet and the best of all worlds.

    That PP about driving the Porche to the supermarket just about sums you up as the perfect Mac customer. Not by any means saying it's a bad thing. Far from it. I guess if you got it, flaunt it. ;) But you're probably doing it for a 50/50 split of the ease of the Mac OS and the prestige factor that sucks in a lot of Mac customers. :p Let's call a spade a spade here.
  21. thefaceless macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2009
    England, UK
    Let me tell you a story, OP. Fourth year uni student here.

    In my first year I figured I wouldn't be using my laptop for a huge amount, so decided to just go with a comparatively cheap Acer laptop. It lasted about a year and a half before it started having huge issues, so I needed to replace it. So, second year, and I have a new laptop already. Just over a year later, that one starts having issues too, so I have to buy a third, and now that's having issues too.

    So, that's 3 laptops in basically as many years, costing about £1700 in total. With that kind of money I could've bought a MBP and 3 year applecare, and still had about £800 left over. If you can afford it, I really don't recommend cheaping out. You could always consider the regular MacBook though - it's cheaper and still more than capable enough for your needs.
  22. jbrady3324 macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2009
    If everyone buys a mac, then programmers will have more reason to create virus, thus there will be viruses on macs. Even more so if macs become more common in the business world. So don't buy a mac because "it cannot get viruses" as that is very untrue. There are plenty of REAL reasons to buy a mac as noted in this thread and there are plenty of reasons NOT to buy one.

    Mac's hold their value, so once you pay the premium, upgrading to the next version is easy.
  23. 7031 macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2007
    As much as I liked the quality aspect when it worked, my Macbook died after about 20 months, so I'm not completely sure I got the best value for money.

    To be fair though, the shop assured me that I had just been very unlucky, but I am now having to switch back for the simple reason of: I can't afford a new one.
  24. nOw2 macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2009
    You're in the UK? Exercise your consumer rights. 20 months for a laptop isn't good enough.
  25. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    If you get a mac, you won't need to upgrade again in your whole university life. It will definitely meet your requirements for at least a 3 year course, and up to 5 if you can accept not having the latest and greatest.

    Im a 2nd year University student and had my macbook since after GCSEs. All I've had to do since then to keep it relatively modern is upgrade ram from 512mb to 2gb when it reached one year old, then got a bigger hard drive the next year.

    If you got a windows laptop you'd no doubt want to replace it during your course, not necessarily because of the specs, but because windows laptops generally aren't as robust as macbooks, generally not strong enough to be taken to and from campus every day for 3-5 years. That obviously doesn't include premium laptop brands, but if you're going upmarket, why not get a mac anyway?

    Finally, HE student discount is 14% I think, so it's basically removing the 'apple tax' that regular consumers have to pay. And you get discounted apple care!

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