Which laptop is better for watching you tube, surfing net, watching movies?

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  1. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The HP will playback youtube videos way better, but also be aware that since it runs Windows, you could also run the risk of getting spyware/viruses.
     
  2. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    The HP will playback youtube videos "way better" ?

    Whaaaa ???
     
  3. belvdr macrumors 601

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    For that, I'd go with the HP. It has more memory, bigger hard disk, bigger screen, and HDMI out already, so you can plug it right into your TV. Of course, you have to be happy with Windows too.
     
  4. JG271 macrumors 6502a

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    Its a mac forum, what do you expect the answer will be:p

    Any laptop these days can go on the internet and watch films, but the macbook will be a better built and an all round better computer - for a similar price.
     
  5. belvdr macrumors 601

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    That extra 260 Mhz is really doing its thing, I guess.
     
  6. gixxerredliner thread starter macrumors regular

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    Let me get this straight

    I can only get spyware and viruses if i download illegal music like from lymewire right? if im using itunes only i cant get viruses right?
     
  7. belvdr macrumors 601

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    No, some websites have viruses which you can click on. Just keep a free AV program loaded and you'll be fine.
     
  8. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    hahahah..


    Aha! So it was youtube that was maxing out my CPU all this time. ;)
     
  9. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Use less processing power, produce less heat. Haven't you ever seen a Macbook uses over 50% of its processing power trying to play a youtube video, and then watch as a windows PC uses about 5% to play back that same video?

    Adobe really needs to give the OS X version of flash player some TLC!
     
  10. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    No sir, I haven't. You have?
     
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Like this one!
     
  12. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Or AVG (free.grisoft.com)
     
  13. gixxerredliner thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow

    Macbooks use 50% of power to play a youtube video vs a PC? OMG thats crazy why?
     
  14. belvdr macrumors 601

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    I've heard of Linux and OS X users having issues. Since it is affecting 2 OS, there must be something in Adobe's Flash Player.
     
  15. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I jumped over to youtube, clicked a video and opened up Activity Monitor. I have a 2.16 Core 2 Duo with 3 gigs of ram, and Safari is using between 55% and 70% of my CPU power. If I have the tab hidden, it still uses around 20%.
     

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  16. gixxerredliner thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow-the Jaded Monkey

    You freaking rock dude. Thats amazing how you did what you just did simply amazing.
     
  17. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    And this video uses 5% on a windows PC?

    (I'm at work right now, so I can't do any type of testing right now)

    Also - I partly blame all of this on Celine Dion.
     
  18. gixxerredliner thread starter macrumors regular

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    TheJadedMonkey

    I see you own a macbook pro, do you also own an iphone?
     
  19. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Hmm ... after some independent research, it does appear that Flash is a bit crazy on OS X.

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081017-benchmarking-flash-player-10.html

    It's funny though, I've had a ton of crap going on and never once did I think my CPU was anywhere close to being maxed. Nothing slowed down at all, and I've even had multiple youtubes going for video comparisons. How odd ....
     
  20. agurlnamedgoo macrumors member

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    No... you can get viruses all over the damn place.
    I have managed to go through 6 PCs before finally crying and just coming to terms with NEEDING A MAC. This mac has lasted almost 4 years now, and it still runs slower than my PCs did brand new, out of the box... nevermind how they ran ONCE THEY GOT BOGGED DOWN WITH CRAP!!!
    I just find that you don't have to do nearly the same amount of MAINTENANCE on a mac to get it to work as you do with a PC. For this reason, I'd go with the mac every time... no matter how much faster the PC may or may not be.
     
  21. gixxerredliner thread starter macrumors regular

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    So.....

    Should I go with the entry level MACbook ALum or the New entry level non ALum Macbook? for what im going to use it for?

    Thanks
     
  22. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Maintenance? Gee, I just let my AV and Windows auto-update. I never do anything to it. :confused:
     
  23. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Well, it's truly up to you and what you like. If you like aluminum, buy the new one. If not, then go white.
     
  24. QueenZ macrumors 6502

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    I'm on iBook G4 and i haven't experienced any problems so far. I watch movies, surf the web and it all works smooth so i would say that pretty much any mac will do ;)
     
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