What features should I tell people about my Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Aneef, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. Aneef macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2015
    Lahore, Pakistan
    Hello everyone,

    Whenever anyone sees me using my Retina Macbook Pro 2014 15", the question I'm always asked is that for how much did I get this Macbook pro? When I tell them the price, they get surprised and ask about its features/specs. I tell them the specs but the usual reply is that with the same specs you can get a Windows machine at 50-75% of Macbook's price. Then why Macbook? Why did you waste your money on this notebook when u can get inexpensive notebooks. Deep inside I love my Macbook pro, I love the Apple ecosystem and I'm never shifting back to any Windows Machine, ever. But in order to satisfy them, I am not properly able to justify them the cost of this Apple notebook.
    What features do you people tell others when they ask about your Apple laptop?

    PS: Here in my country, the number of MacBook users are very low. You seldom see anyone having an Apple laptop here.
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Better integration with all other devices.
    OS X. Heck the ability to run just about any OS out there.
    Virus free.
    No annoying tuesday Windows update.
    Mission control.
    Build quality.

    Tell them to compared apples to apples. If you truly try to match spec for spec (high resolution IPS screen that is LED-backlit, backlit keyboard, form factor, PCIe SSD, etc.) a Windows laptop is often just as expensive if not more than a MBP.
  3. Niarlatop macrumors member

    May 13, 2015
    I don't really get the need to justify our purchase to others, but if you really want to, you should ask yourself what you really like about your Mac that you couldn't find on a Windows machine.

    It's also a good exercise to know wether you just "like" having a Mac or you "need" having one ;)

    As an example, I work all day on a computer, and when I discovered and tried Retina screens on a computer, I knew I couldn't go back. It's crappy for non-optimized pictures, but I deal with text mostly, and text is what benefit the most of having an HiDPI screen.

    Plenty of Windows laptop offers such screens, with sometimes way higher DPI, however the OS and its ecosystem is far from being HiDPI ready and the experience is really lacking.
    I also like being able to send music and image to my Apple TV, or answering my texts and call on my computer. But that can be done on a Windows machine with the proper software and hardware.

    For me, Retina experience and design makes my Mac a keeper ;)
  4. XoFu macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2013
    There is not need to convince others if you are convinced.
    My question is why did you get the mac? And would you give it up for a pc plus the cash difference?
    The answers to those questions are your reasons.
    Enjoy your mac, live long and proper:cool:
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    You don't have to justify it.

    There are many benefits such as the huge amount of inbuilt software that comes free with your mac, free OS/apple software updates, lack of bloatware, no viruses and not much malware, brilliant battery life great build quality, longevity, best trackpads by far, brilliant integration with phones and ipads, very little software maintenance etc etc etc.

    But if I was you I'd just say try one and see what the fuss is about.
  6. Evad3 macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2015
    Portsmouth, UK
    Whenever someone asks me on why I chose rMBP over other things I just say I wanted the operating system, it's far superior IMO
  7. makinao macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    For me, its simple, I prefer the Macs over the windows machine.

    I like what @makinao posted - because you liked it. I never try to force or convince people of spending 2,000+ dollars on a computer. Why because it almost always comes back to haunt you.

    Macs have a lot of advantages,
    windows has a lot of advantages
    Windows PCs have disadvantages, but then so doesn't Macs.
  9. Aneef thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2015
    Lahore, Pakistan
    Well, thank you all for your comments. So I've learnt that I don't need to justify my purchase. This is the best $2000 I've ever spent.
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's all that matters

    Enjoye your new baby :)
  11. Rhinoevans macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2012
    Las Vegas, NV
    I always say that there are very inexpensive and some relatively expensive PC. Just so happens that Apple doesn't make any cheap Macs. You get what you pay for. I have owned some expensive ($2000) Sonys, so Apple is the only ones with QUALITY HIGH END PC. I have also owned $300 PCs from BBY and they usually never last, and never have the best processors (Celeron), limited ram, and cheap frame (plastic). OS X I love, but I don't rag on Windows, just th cheap hardware. I have really like 7, 8, and now 10.
  12. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    That's all you need :D
    Enjoy your Mac!
  13. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    the trackpad actually works properly, it runs OS X, the battery life is great, the wifi is dual band unlike virtually every PC notebook on the market, the SSD is anywhere between 3-5x faster than anything you'll find in a PC notebook.

    Why do you care what people think? tell them to go actually use one for a week and then try going back to a PC.
  14. Blujelly macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2012
    South East England
    Just get them to touch the MBP and wait for the bomb to drop.

    You won't need to use words.
  15. Niarlatop macrumors member

    May 13, 2015
    Coming from Windows and Linux, it actually tooks me more than a week to get accustomed to the OS.
    Several mounths in fact.

    But I had my habits on these OS and wanted to try something different, an Unix OS with a better software offer than Linux. Then I got hooked by the trackpad, which is not crappy un like every other trackpad I have ever used.
    The mouse support is quite horrible when you are accustomed to Windows and Linux, but I can do with the trackpad and it's nice to have the hands near the keyboard all the time.

    Nothing is perfect, you just choose what have the least downsides for you ;)
  16. c8rlo macrumors 6502


    Sep 1, 2015
    i agree with most have already mentioned, you don't need to justify why you bought it. you just need to convey to them the appeal YOU experienced using it and what YOU liked about it that made you buy one.
  17. nobodyjustwalks macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    people are such haters. sad. love what you bought, for yourself. just like others have said.
  18. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    Just say, "windows is for poor people".

    That'll sort em out. Hey, my post is here... look up from my signature! :D
  19. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    90% of the replies so far have been people telling Aneef that he's asking the wrong question to the MR community - that he should take the high road so to speak. Hmpf. Let him convey to his friends some actual information.

    I agree with the second poster, that spec-for-spec you'd be hard pressed to find a PC computer that's cheaper than a rMBP. Also, given Apple's track record you can generally feel more confident in the build quality (e.g., unibody, battery, screen, trackpad) and experience (OS X, security, software integration with hardware) on the machine as opposed to a much wider and somewhat random selection of various PC manufacturers / models to choose from.
  20. marko.olama macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2015
    It's simple. MacBook Pro was the fastest Windows machine. Or you can tell them that you have extra cash to spend.
  21. Aneef thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2015
    Lahore, Pakistan

    That's what I'm actually trying to avoid.
  22. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2013
    The one feature that always keep me away from anything but MacBooks..
    For some magic? (tragic) reason not a single other hardware manufacturer out there seems to get this right.. MacBooks are the only laptops that actually works better without an external mouse. Most PC´s require an external mouse to be usable at all.
  23. mrex macrumors 68030


    Jul 16, 2014
    If you buy a good win laptop, not a budget price, it is hard to justify the price of mbpr.

    my old zenbook (15", 2012) is still working like a new one. Just updated it to win10 without a problem. It was about in the same price tag than my 13" mbpr, but zenbook has better specs. it also has ips, backlit keyboard, aluminium body, ssd, ports enough (usb3, hdmi...), a separate graphic card, i7 quadcore processor instead of dual core (i5 in mbpr), compatibility without a headache...

    but life is making choices... and my next choice is mbpr with a skylake architecture.
  24. patternjake macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2015
    In order-

    -Build Quality.
    -OS X (The best OS, period.)
    -Long Battery Life
    -Long Lifespan due to <1.
  25. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    Whenever anybody asks me what I paid for my Apple gear I always refer them to the Apple Website.

    Goes down better then

    Think Rolls Royce, If you have to ask!

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