I'm a recent switcher and the primary reason is the bolded text on your post. And one of the great surprises not related to my actual use of an MBP is OSX. I can't believe how much of a pleasure it is to use this operating system. I don't have any issues as I did with Windows (and I was a lifetime user - until recently) and I have not looked back.I hope this would be the correct place to post this question/debate about getting a MAC or PC. I am a long time PC user, though I did have 2 yrs on Macs about 8 yrs ago. I am currently looking into buying one of the 2 MBP or a Dell XPS. The main things I would be using either one of these computers for, would be travel (using as a portal to get to my desktop), web, general net usage, some gaming, light web design, light flash and some decently heavey video editing.
I know there are many differences in these computers, and a ton of different ideas on which might be better and so on. I guess over all I am looking for some ideas or past experience from people that have crossed over or who are debating this same idea. What might I face? What will I have to deal with in a change of platform and so on?
As for the computers I would build a decently loaded computer either way. 2gb ram min, best video card so on..
Anything will help! Thanks!
Yeah you are right, I guess that I knew that there wasnt gonna be someone who was like Mac sux, stay with Dell!! But I guess that I just wanted to see how many people have switched and LOVE the fact that they have. I do like Mac's just want to make sure that the switch is the right idea. Bootcamp seems to be one cool reason that I would switch. I do still have a PC desktop and will add the MBP as sorta a desktop replacement / stand along if that makes sense.You know perfectly well what we'll tell you, this is a Mac forum after all. But myself being a switcher, I advise you to switch back, you'll love your MBP a lot more than a Dell, I do
Since this guy's sister "just got XPS" I doubt the validity of his claim that it "runs like crap." More than likely he just has some personal issues to work out. And his comment that "Dell is crap" leads me to believe that he's a chump. I have had two XPS machines, the most recent being the incredible (seriously) m1210, and I loved them both; never a single problem.My sister just got XPS, biggest piece of crap I have ever seen. It looks ugly as hell and runs like crap even with Santa Rosa at 2.2GHz. Dell is crap. The Computer is ugly and has no style at all. Buy a mac and unleash the power in a real laptop.
If you aren't going to be custom configuring it (the only options that might interest you would be upgrading to the 7200 RPM hard drive or getting the high resolution screen - the screen is $100 more, $90 if you are a student, HD prices vary - 2 GB RAM is standard and the upgrade price to 4 GB is insanely overpriced via Apple), get it at the Apple Store. If you qualify for the student discount, you get that at the store and you get the printer/iPod rebates.As I said in POST #16 I will be getting a MBP but had a few questions. And yes, posts with more content then xps SUX are a little more helpful..
"Would it be better and faster just to buy it from the store here in town or will it be shipped to me either way?
I guess at the store you get a free printer? Do you also get the Ipod if you are a student at the store too, or is that just a net thing?
I looked at the prices and I seem to remember them being the same at the store compared to online? Is that true?
And, last but not least.. I keep reading lots of posts about people getting problem macs, of course this is a forum and they are looking for help, and this could be just a few unlucky ones. But is this a pattern? Mac's have always had a rep of being good, built well and so on. But it seems there are lots of issues going on, should I be worried?" Thanks!!!
I agree with you on that one mate.I love all the FUD about viruses, crashes and whatever on Windows.
If you aren't a moron nothing of that will affect you.