OSX and Windows

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hyunkeru, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. hyunkeru macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2004
    I'm looking to get a laptop to run both MacOSX and Windows and my budget is around $1500. I'm still debating if I should get a Mac or PC. I'm looking for something between 13.3 to 15. For hardware wide, it seems to me I will get more on a PC. I'm just basically look for a faster system. Any advise, should I get a PC install Mac OS and a Mac install Windows?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Far easier and more stable IMO to install Windows on a Mac than to install OS X on a Windows PC

    On a Mac you have the option of BootCamp and/or virtualization (Fusion/Parallels)
  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Which will you use more often? Lion or Windows?

    I haven't fiddled with installing a Mac operating system on a PC for years, but it used to be such a pain. It may have gotten a little bit easier, but imaginably it's still an annoying process (especially keeping it updated). As ^MacDawg said, installing Windows on a Mac is easy as cake (I use VirtualBox for virtualizing; it's free).

    $1500 is a pretty decent budget, but you're limited to either the 13in MacBook Pro or 13in Macbook Air. What else will you be doing with the laptop?

    I love the the MacBook Air, so I'd recommend that (SSD, higher resolution screen, ultraportable). But depending on what you need it for, you may need the expansion aspects of the MacBook Pro (have more than 4GB RAM, need more than 256GB hard drive space, desire for extra ports, etc.)
  4. hyunkeru thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2004
    I'll be using Windows more often for now. The laptop will be mainly be used when I'm on the road and I have to using OSX and Linux for work. MBA is good, but it's kind of slow and looks kind of fragile to me. I'm still debating if I should get 13.3" or 15" MBP. Quad-core is more tempting, but it's also heavier. Is Apple gonna to release a Quad 13.3 model anytime soon. One last thing, can I install Linux without using any VM. Thanks.
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    My MBA is extremely quick and runs Windows 7 very well through VMware Fusion

    You will never virtualization to install Linux as well
  6. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    What will you need Windows for exactly? You may be pleasantly surprised to see that nearly all you think you need Windows for can be done in the Mac environment. For example, all MS Office documents can be opened with Mac versions of Office or within the Apple iWork program suite.

    I just say this to add to the votes for getting a Mac...and to say that many who made the jump to Mac from Windows barely, if ever, use Windows on their machines now, despite thinking they absolutely needed Windows.
  7. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    You can run Linux in a virtualbox. Why would you want Linux outside a VM? I suppose you could. You could partition the HDD such that there was a swap, boot and data partition for Linux, leaving a big partition for Macintosh HD and possibly a partition for Windows/bootcamp but that is so 10 years ago. The way to go is really virtualization so you can move files between the 3 OS's seamlessly and never have to reboot just to change OS.

    I am a long time Linux user. Since Slackware 2 something. Once I got OS X, my Linux use waned dramatically. The bash shell on OS X is almost identical to the bash shell on any modern Linux distro. I wouldn't jump to the conclusion you need to be rebooting all the time if I were you, nor would I jump to the conclusion Windows would be the OS you use most. Wait until you taste OS X and you might find yourself belt-sanding those other 2 OSs away.
  8. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  9. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Wouldn't it be twice as heavy as a dual core? ;)
  10. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2010
    definitely get a mac and run windows on it, a lot better software to help you do it
  11. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I'd highly suggest buying a Mac, install a VM application like VMware for Windows 7 & Linux. The reason I'd choose a 15" MacBook Pro is it's ability to easily upgrade both hd & ram.

    Once you get it setup you may find it far exceeds your expectations & decide to keep it longer than you initially planned. That's the same reason I'd choose a 15" hi-res anti-glare display.

    I have both MBA's & MBP's. The gorgeous hi-res MBP display is stunning. The display on my 13" MBA is OK, but nothing in comparison to MBP.

    The more you use it, the more you'll experience just how great OS X is. At just under 1" thick, the MBP is far more portable than your average Windows Laptop.
  12. asmiller, Dec 23, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011

    asmiller macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2004
    OS X and Windows

    Weight goes up in proportion to the cube of the linear dimensions, so it would be 8 times as heavy.;)

    And yes, get a Mac and run Windows in a VM. You won't be sorry.

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