Mac or PC

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by musicman14, May 10, 2009.

  1. musicman14 macrumors newbie


    May 10, 2009
    Ok. I know. This is something that people have seen over and over and over again. But right now I am really torn. I will be going to college within 1 year and I really like the mac book pro. However my mom believes that the cost factor is too high and thinks i can get another PC laptop with the same specs and software uses for a cheaper price. I need some up to date info for what the best decision would be. Thanks!:(
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    "Why you should get a Mac for college (and not a PC)"
    Written by a college student, just like you
    (who also works for an on-campus computer store and repair shop)

    Hi, welcome to MacRumors' forums. Here you'll find a lot of useful information on just about everything Apple, including iPhones, iPods, and of course, the Mac. Your question is a common one, especially for the college-bound kid. Many students nowadays are seeing why the Mac is the best choice for the next four (or five, or six) years. It's the best selling and number one computer on college campuses. So with all that being said, the question is how to convince Mom or Dad why to get a Mac instead of the old, dying PC.

    To make this even easier, it's safe to know that I'm currently a college student for a very large university in the midwest. When I'm not in class or sleeping, I'm usually working at our on-campus technology store -- where we sell both Macs and PCs. I used to work sales, but now I work tech support for our business. Having seen both sides of the spectrum really gives you an idea of what the best choice of computer is for the average college student. Our campus, which has over 27,000 students, is primarily Mac-based. It's interesting to see, because in a world filled with so many Windows machines, thousands of students here use Macs in conjunction with their iPods or iPhones. Of the computers we sell at our store, 75% of them are Macs! It can be pretty crazy during back-to-school season, to say the least! So what makes the Mac such a go-to computer for all these college kids? After a little bit of research (and simply going to work everyday), it became quite obvious...

    Macs don't get viruses. This is essential. Sure, you'll get the PC-pundits who'll say otherwise, but truthfully, you really don't need to worry about getting adware, malware, spyware, or any of that nasty stuff when you're on a Mac. At my work, we get almost 100 PCs per week that are being checked in for repair simply because of virus problems. You know what we do? We erase their entire computer to get rid of the viruses -- and we charge them for it, almost $115 each time they need to do it. That's a lot of money... and some people come in once a semester for it! Imagine $115 multiplied by the number of semesters you're in school -- that's money you wouldn't have spent should you have got a Mac instead.

    Macs have all the best software. Sure iTunes is great and all, but until you're seen iPhoto, you haven't seen anything yet. iPhoto enables you to organize, edit, and upload photos to Facebook (all in one program, mind you). The application is so intuitive and easy to use, you'll have a blast editing pictures and creating awesome projects. The same goes for the rest of the iLife suite, including the ability to edit video and create websites. As technology becomes such an important part of the classroom experience nowadays, more professors are requiring students complete video projects and presentations. Why not make it look great and easy to do all at the same time. You won't have to purchase any additional software (unlike your PC peers), so you'll save money and be able to have a project that looks better than anyone else's in the lecture hall. That means more time for important things, like watching The Office or playing some Gears of War, of course.

    Macs are great to take with you. The MacBook and MacBook Pro are both under an inch thin, and weigh only five pounds. Compare that to the typical PC, which is oven more than an inch and a half (if not more) in thickness. It usually also weighs a ton. No wonder why most PC users still take notes the old fashioned way: their PCs are still sitting back in their dorm rooms because they're annoying to have to drag from class to class. But the Mac is light and elegant -- you can easily slip it in your bag or backpack, and be on your way. That gives you more room for the heavy and bulky stuff, like that English 101 textbook.

    Macs are computers to grow with, not out of. With so many built-in features and applications, a Mac is simply a joy to use. And because everything is designed and engineered by Apple (the machine itself, the operating system, and its apps), if there ever is a problem, you can always contact Apple for award-winning, first class support. A classic example is something like a power charger -- if it breaks, Apple will send you a new one, free of charge, in 24 hours. Compare that to say, HP... who takes up to two weeks to do the same thing (believe me, customers get angry about it). It feels great knowing that Apple's on your side, which is part of what makes using a Mac a blast.

    To wrap it up, college kids use Macs because they're the best choice for day-to-day use. The number of problems PCs encounter just aren't worth it when compared to a Mac: think of how much time and money you'd lose for working on a PC. And that’s just the thing: while Macs may seem a little pricier to start with, they often tend to be much cheaper in the end. I'd suggest taking this information to heart, showing it to Mom or Dad, and try to get their opinions on it. Don't forget that college students also get educational discounts on Macs, and Apple has often thrown in a free iPod touch and a free printer with each Mac purchase (I'd wait 'til June, that's usually when they announce that deal). Also, if there's an Apple Retail Store near where you live, take your parents there to really get a sense of what makes the Mac such a great machine. There, Specialists will be able to give a grand tour of what makes a Mac, well... a Mac. And maybe, just maybe, that'll convince them right there.

    Check out Apple's website for even more information, including guides for people considering the switch to the Mac, in addition to Apple's student site.

    Good luck, and welcome to Mac.
    (Yes, I'm a fanboy, I know.) :)
  3. MacLover4491 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2009
    I would get a PC because you have a budget. $2000 is a lot of money. You can get a similar spec Vaio for $1000. Save your mom her money.
  4. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
    it depends what you want to do

    however a mac can run windows via boot camp so you'll get the best of both worlds

    however, its best to be curtious to your mother. Its true you'll be able to get a PC with the same or even better specs than a macbook. but you wont get the mac experience.

    my suggestion is to get the pc if its money-wise. however if money is not a problem for your mom. tell her you can still run windows on the mac, in case windows is ever needed for college, depends what major you are going for.
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    It really depends on what you are going to use the laptop for. If you don't need the better GPU of the MBP then you could get a unibody MacBook for $1100 at the refurb store.
  6. maclover001 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada
    Post your question on a Mac forum, people will tell you to get a Mac
    Post your question on a PC forum, people will tell you to get a PC.

    Get a Mac.
  7. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    At least about two years ago, the MBP 17" was the lightest 17" laptop in the market.
  8. scottkifnw macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2008
    Trophy Club, TX
    Take the lead on this one.

    I have used Window since 3.0. I chose a Mac 1 1/2 years ago thanks to Vista. I wouldn't look back for so many reasons.

    I think you will love a Mac too, but it is your mother's money. Why don't you make a contribution of money you earn at a job to show you are serious. Also, you save mom money and get what you want.
  9. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    You have provided very few specifics, so without knowing anything else other than that you want a MBP, I would recommend a MacBook. A Pro is just too much money unless you really need the extras it has. For someone just starting off in college you only need something basic and a MacBook is good enough and cheap too.
  10. MacBook.Matt macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009
    I was in your position not two months ago...

    Money was tight, and I had to decide between getting a pc (used windows all my life) and a mac (never used one before). I'm not into editing photos and videos, but I am a big fan of music, video files, internet browsing, etc. Nothing too hard core. I didn't fit the "profile" of someone who should spend more money to get a mac. However, after doing extensive research I purchased a 2.4 GHZ unibody MacBook with an upgraded 4 GB of ram and haven't looked back.

    OS X is amazing compared to windows, and learned how to navigate my way around within the first hour. As far as $$$ goes, once you build a HP/Dell/etc. laptop of equal specs to my MacBook (which is hard to do, as they don't often come with DDR3 RAM) the savings is about $200-300, and maybe an extra inch or two of screen space. So for $200-$300 more I got Apples fantastic operating system, a beatifully constructed aluminum unibody macbook (all the hp/dell/etc. are cheap plastics), and a brick-and-mortar location to take my computer to in the event that I ever had a problem (with a pc, you'll have to pay some third party $50 just to look at it). I am now able to deal with English speaking representatives from Apples award winning customer service instead of someone I can barely understand.

    My only regrets: paying Apple to put the RAM in, when I could have upgraded it myself for $40 (I paid $90), and also not buying a refurb, which apparently comes in perfect condition minus $200 off the price of a new one. Make sure to get the education discount, and the free printer rebate.

    Without doubt get a mac. Unless you are an avid gamer, you will not be dissapointed. And even then, if you are going with the MacBook Pro, you'll be fine (you could even run windows and osx on the same machine! Something pc users can't legally say).

    Get a mac, don't look back.
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    While they don't get viruses, you can still get malware on your Mac. If you're not smart about protecting your computer, you're not safe in the first place.

    Subjective, and also ********.

    ...IF you have AppleCare. Otherwise prepare yourself for major disappointment and tribulation.

    ...if it's a manufacturing defect. They also take your credit card number so they can charge you if they determine that it is accidental damage.

    Not officially announced yet, but it's more than likely they'll run the back to school promotion again.
  12. Sehnsucht macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2008
    Send an email to Steve Jobs and ask him. :p
  13. musicman14 thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 10, 2009
    what i want to do is typical school work, but also im a big music geek and multimedia type person (video editing, picture editing). Also i want a computer that can handle good games like call of duty 4.

    Oh also for those who need a reference of what kind of laptop i have, i have a Toshiba Satellite L25-S119. It stinks!!!!!!
  14. JCastro macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    Get a MacBook already! :D

    Trust me you won't regret it. I converted last November. There is no way I will ever go back!
  15. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009
    ill tell you, i just got a new gateway fx laptop and it would kick the crap outta any mac notebook, but with that said, i have gotten 3 blue screens of death and the charger makes weird noises. If you want a reliable computer that will last well beyond the point that its obsolete get a mac, if you want something that will be good for a couple of years get a pc
  16. fokket macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2009
    if you really want to save money go for desktop PC
  17. fokket macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2009
    I've been using Mac and PC for last 5 years and proficient with them, I used to fix PCs daily.

  18. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2008
    Buy an XPS or IdeaPad (with dedicated graphics) and hackintosh it. Thats how you get the best of both worlds.
  19. adamvk macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Believe me, once you get a Mac, you'll never go back. 1 year ago I never imagined being a "Mac person." But this January I bought my first Mac, and I LOVE IT. I thought there would be some regret because not all my software wouldn't work on it, but thats not the situation at all. I found new software to replace it, and I love the new software even better.

    My Mac works great, never locks up, never freezes, and Apples Leopard+ iLife 09 is fantastic software.

    Also like someone mentioned, Apples support is great. My Power adapter was making a humming noise, so I brought it in to the Apple store, and no questions asked they just gave me a new one.

    What I'm trying to say here is:

    GET A MAC!!! In the long run it will last longer, and you'll enjoy it much more than a PC. You'll never look back
  20. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    well, you could go either way. i guess it really depends on how much money your mom is willing to spend. if money is the main issue, then get a pc
  21. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...get a whitebook from the :apple: refurb store for $849 and a seperate monitor in 20" or 22" for under $160 and you've got a nice setup for collage...
  22. Burnsey macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    The base unibody Macbook is the BEST student notebook on the market, if not the best notebook period. Sure some PCs offer faster processors and gimmicks like finger print readers, but if you want a durable, beautiful, fast, light and stable notebook for a pretty good price, the unibody macbook cant be beat.
  23. js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Did you actually expect to get any answer other than "buy a Mac" here, lol? Let me give you some advice (from an 8 year college student, 2 degrees, and a teacher for 7 years) - you won't have time to play games (a lot) in college. Sorry, but that's the truth - at least if you are actually focused on your classes, that is.

    So my advice about the computer - get the (refurb) white Macbook - most of the same tech as the unibody, and refurb its only $849. If you insist on the fancy aluminum unibody, get the refurb, too - I think its $1099. Upgrade the memory yourself to 4GB. They both have the GF 9400m and its a decent gamer (my sis's unibody plays my old games fine - AOE3 and GR:AW). However, if its not enough of a gamer, just get a console (you probably have one already, anyway). :) My advice and a buck might buy you a Coke... if you're lucky. :D
  24. musicman14 thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 10, 2009
    this is very useful! thanks! Now only if i can convince my parents...I should probably mention that I'm in 11th grade so I have over a year. Does that change my situation at all?

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