Persuade Me To Buy A Mac...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by intempo808, Jul 1, 2007.

  1. intempo808 macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
    Okay, im 15, sick to death of Windows already becasue it keeps breaking. Persuade me to buy a new MacBook, rather than a Vista ready laptop ready for college...


  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    If you get a Macbook, you'll wonder how the hell you ever even considered getting a Vista machine :)

    I got my Macbook (first mac) last year, at 15 years old...
  3. intempo808 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
    But whats so good about them compared to Vista laptops? :confused: (not sounding rude, cos i really, really want one, but im still wondereing whether to buy a cheaper vista laptop)
  4. MattJessop macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    I think one of the hugest benefits of buying a Macbook would be that you no longer had to worry about it working. It just would work, and get out of the way and let you get on with what you wanted to do.

    Theres hundreds of great reasons to get a Macbook, including iLife and the upcoming Leopard, but at the end of the day, it depends on if your willing to buy into it.

    It will be a bit more costly than buying a cheaper PC laptop, but I can guarantee you that It'll be more than worth it :)

    Plus, I'm getting my Macbook next week.
  5. Shotgun Pete macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2006
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    get a macbook because I said so, it really isnt cheaper to go with a vista machine.

    If you compare processors alone you will notice that many PC laptops simply say intel core duo. little do they say that its really only a 32bit CD with around 1.6 ghz. comparing to a baseline MB with 2.0ghz of C2D.

    Also vista sucks up ram like there is no tomorrow. A MB with 1gb of ram will blow a vista machine with 1.5GB of ram out of the water.

    Not to mention the priceless non worrying non headache ease of OS X.
  6. Gandhi macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    While I have not used Vista, I have used every other Windows OS extensively, and the biggest advantage I see in OS X is that it just gets out of the way and lets you get on with your work. No baby sitting the OS, patching it, monitoring it, no virus headaches.

    It's kinda hard to explain until you try it for a few days and then you start to appreciate the subtle advantages. It's always the little things that make the largest difference.
  7. intempo808 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
    Well... so far I have saved up £40... lol... only £650 to go... but i intend to get a summer job next year, plus put some of my own money im saving now towards it and maybe use some money from parents... because they said they would put some money towards a laptop for me college life... but i don't know if they will be willing to fund part of a Macbook... becasue they're Windows all the way... but i will get one.. if i have to work until i pass out! I want one...

    I was trying one the other day in the Apple Shop in WestQuay Southampton and i was amazed. MattJessop is right... eveything just works. Its fasts, compatible, easy to use, even though i got confused with some things. However, i didnt like the fact that the mouse pad didnt work as a click pad too.. like on most other Laptops... but i dunno if that was a setting..? :confused:
  8. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    While a lot of the big things are shown here, its mainly the little touches.

    Apple has really refined the look of the OS and the hardware. You also get the extras - Magsafe, magnetic closing, iSight camera built in with microphone, remote for Front Row.

    OSX is much less buggy than Vista, and if you are unlucky enough to have a problem, Apple Support is much better than being tossed between Microsoft and the hardware manufacturer...

    Remember that you can get the education discount, and it will probably make your machine cheaper than a PC!

    It is. Even better is that tapping it with two fingers right clicks! And moving two fingers around scrolls!
  9. intempo808 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
    I had a try with the educational discounts... and it knocked off a tiny £50... woo :( lol

    but i suppose any saving is worht having!
  10. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Macs are now just PCs with a good OS.

    And software is the most important factor in choosing a computer.
  11. phalewhale macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2007
    Vista is NAF!

    Vista has many bugs. The most infuriating I experienced was the fact that it takes so damn long to copy/move/delete files. To copy 900MB of data to another partition took 10 minutes!!! A user on another forum mentioned it took 25 mins to delete 3.2GB of data!!! Apparently this is due to DRM??? Micro$haft are ignoring users who are having this problem. I was told it was my laptop that was at fault! What they couldn't explain was how I was able to delete the same data from within a virtual machine running XP in under a 20 seconds!!! MICRO$HAFT STINKS in this respect.

    Micro$haft have dropped a clanger with Vista. STAY AWAY!!!
  12. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    1) battery Life - Macbooks are easily at the top of the pile for battery life and don't need any large capacity batteries sticking out the back of the machine

    2) iSight - if you're going to uni having the webcam built in to the laptop is incredibly handy, especially now that wi-fi hotspots are becoming more common.

    3) OSX 10.5 - by the time you come to buy your machine 10.5 will be out and that brings a lot of revisions that are going to be useful for you. MOst obvious I guess would be time machine as, from bitter experience, having automatic backups of documents will be a bonus on the day before your deadline when you overwrite your project by accident...

    4) Windows - If you decide you don't like OSX, or if you need access to Windows software for your coursework you'll be able to install Vista (or XP) and run it at full speed via bootcamp. Or stick Parallels (or equivalent software) on OSX and run Windows apps in a virtual machine.

    5) Support - depending on where you go to uni you may have an Apple store close enough to use them as your local support centre. If anything goes wrong just take it along. Oh, and your student discount is good on Applecare as well so you'll be able to get three years international support for a hell of a lot less than us regular schlubs.

    6) Resale value - once you're done with your course your Apple laptop will still be worth more than the equivalent Windows machine.
  13. antibact1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2006
    Here's an idea, check out the product page on the Apple web site. If you're looking for information as to why you should switch, you'll find it there. If you have any specific questions, come back when you're done.
  14. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    At 15 you don't really need portability that much unless you want to take it to the library or work in your living room and stuff.

    You're not going to be doing heavy graphics, gaming, or anything are you?

    If I were you I'd get a stock baseline MBP since the current MB doesn't have Santa Rosa chips and no dedicated graphics.

    Now I say get a Mac or use Mac OS X because that better then those encrypted errors.

    You're computer has experienced error 0X0000AE4R
    Report Problem No

    Solution - Please go to your software developer's website and ask your problem there.

    How would you rate this answer? 1 2 3 4 5
    Did it help you? Yes No
    Feedback ----

    God I got so sick of that crap and the disorganized look of Windows compare to the Mac system.

    Oh and I'm 14 =)
  15. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2006
    Nassau, Bahamas
    everybody here has given great reasons for buying a MacBook. My first laptop was a Windows XP Dell. My dad has used Macs for years, but I ended up getting a Windows laptop for games and compatibilty issues (issues that were not only non-existant, but also never ended up being relevant). Within a few months I regretted buying a PC when i saw friends with iBooks. When it came to replace my Dell I bought a black MacBook and have never regretted it.

    My fiance was also anti-mac for years, until she used my MacBook. Now her next machine will be a MacBook Pro.

    All I can say is just buy it... you'll never regret it.
  16. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    The best persuasion would be to actually use one. No amount of other user's experiences or eye-candy videos can prepare you for the feeling of using an OS that actually works.

    Get a ride to an Apple Store or find someone using a Mac in public and politely ask them if they would take the time to show you around OS X.

    I got asked about my PowerBook so much that I created a guest account just to let people poke around for ten minutes while I answered questions. I see a lot more Apples around campus now than four years ago, I like to think I may have had a small part in that. :)
  17. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    1. Can run windows (xp, vista, 2000, etc)
    2. No viruses
    3. Better Support
    4. More Stable
    5. Ready out of the box
    6. Better Hardware for the buck
  18. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    Buy a Mac or I will shoot you. (did that work?)
  19. intempo808 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
  20. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    Sorry, I didn't read the entire thread before I made my post. My mistake.

    Just remember, a computer is merely a tool. You should get the one that you are most comfortable using.

    But I hope it doesn't mean you're crazy if you give it a name and treat it like it has a personality. :eek:
  21. eluk macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2006
    East London, UK
    Just make a typo when you log-in an smile as Tiger shakes it's head. :)
  22. sfisher macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    Yes, that's an option you can turn on.
  23. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Heh, I love it when it does that. OP, you will NEVER regret buying a Mac. It's everything that counts, the small things and the large things. A Mac will not be slow, and it will last a nice bit longer than a PC (I've heard of iMac G3s still running after 8 years). If your not going to be doing graphically intense things on it, a MB is best, but I just sold my MB for this awesome MBP because of the GPU (and my obsession). The Mac will treat you well, and you will love it. Vista might be flashier, but it runs slow and is just distracting. Macs have appropriate eye candy, so to speak, which just fits in. Buy the MB, you'll love it and it will love you:D

    P.S. I was in the same situation as you. I be 15 for 9 more days, so I can relate.
  24. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    you shouldn't have to be convinced...and on a site like this, it's not as if someone will tell you to get a PC :)

    read about it, go test drive one at the store, etc, then make an informed decision...don't let us decide for you. good luck!
  25. bocomo macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    New York
    tons of great advice! just use one for a bit like everyone says and you're set. i'm chiming in because i just made the switch and was considering the pros and cons. i ended up getting a mac pro because i need the horsepower for graphics and i love the upgradability of that thing. having said that, i can truly say that now i never really touch my PC laptop, really. i didn't really get into the mac hype like many of my friends until i owned one and realized how smooth, well organized and simple things are. by the way, i had my first vista experience at a friends house and it may look a little better but it is still a confusing clutter of crap. i did not want anything to do with that! if you get a pc, stick with xp

    happy buying...

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