making the switch, new to Mac!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Phatt Controlle, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. Phatt Controlle macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2006

    I've been a long time PC user, but i have recently decided that i need to buy a laptop. So the question is because i know almost nothing at all about mac, what should i be buying or look out for? I'm thinking the new Macbook (the black one is tempting, but i'm a student teacher so $ is a factors for me)

    I would be using it around Uni, school, library, around the city, home etc so portability is a must. I would be using it for:

    Microsoft Office (i know it exists on a mac, but does it come standard?)
    Web browsing
    MSN messenger
    Watching DVD's

    I would need to be sending files to and from my desktop pc, to the laptop, does the macbook or powerbook come with bluetooth? or would it be easier to use a usb memory stick? Stupid question i'm sure, but i can hook up my monitor, keyboard, speakers, etc to the macbook too right?

    Thanks Heaps!

  2. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    The MacBook sounds like the perfect option for you. It will be capable of everything you need. It does come with Bluetooth but I'm not sure if file transfer is possible between two computers - I think you might need to set up a network (or at least an ethernet cable) to achieve this. Hooking all of those peripherals will not be an issue either.
  3. TJJ macrumors newbie


    Jan 26, 2005
    Bern, CH

    MS Office doesn't come standard (pre-installed, if that's what you mean), you'll have tu buy it you really need it. (130$ student ed.)

    I'd go for the MacBook if i were you, just be sure to put a litte extra RAM in it, 512MB works but 1GB (or even 2GB) would be better to my opinion.

    Sending files with Ethernet works fine, i do that all the time - as for MemoryStick it's also possible, just be sure to format FAT32 (i think), because Windows doens't work with HFS+ (my iPod is formatted for WinXP and OS X: works fine, just takes a little bit longer to mount on my Mac).

    Hooking up peripherals isn't a problem, if you want to connect a monitor don't forget tu buy an adapter (MiniDVI to VGA for ex).
  4. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    You might not need Microsoft Office... there are free alternatives that support Microsoft's file formats, like OpenOffice

    There'd be no harm in trying it before splashing out on MS stuff that, as it isn't native to Intel processors on the Mac yet, will probably run slower than the free alternatives.
  5. BrianSalts macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    CAn I use the built in webcam in the macbook to do webcam messaging with msn?
  6. pjo macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2006
    Not with the default msn messenger software AFAIK. You're probably looking for amsn []
  7. TJJ macrumors newbie


    Jan 26, 2005
    Bern, CH
    I think people are having trouble with MSN an Video-Chat on the MB; you should tell your friends to instlal AIM on their PC, that should work.
  8. BrianSalts macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    Does teh default msn work with voice messaging with the built in macbook mic?

    And does adium work with voice messaging with the built in mic too?

    And when will adium integrate webcam support?
  9. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Not in the near future I don't think. Adium is OS X only, and iChat's video quality is superb. Why bother competing?
  10. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    I just wanted to mention that sending files with Bluetooth is easy and works very well. I regularly use Bluetooth to send files back and forth between my PowerBook and other computers, both Mac and PC. You don't have to setup a network first either.

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