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Utopi

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Macbook pro
« on: Sep 21, 2012, 02:30 PM »
So for school I am delving into graphic design. Needless to say Macs are much better for this type of work.

I have never bought or even owned a mac before so do you guys have any input?

This is what I am currently looking at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074712UY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER




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Re: Macbook pro
« Reply #1 on: Sep 21, 2012, 02:47 PM »
Macs make great laptops. You should get max storage, though...

You can put Windows on a mac laptop via BootCamp and it will run natively, meaning that you can use it as a real computer, too. The file systems are so different that they pretty much can't interact with each other in a meaningful way (file reads generally work--deletes and changes do not).

The only thing wrong with mac laptops is that they can get hot as fuck. I'd get the applecare 3 year plan doohickey just because I've melted the guts of a macbook pro once or twice.
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Crabbok

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Re: Macbook pro
« Reply #2 on: Sep 21, 2012, 02:54 PM »
My wife just got a macbook air and it's nice.   Doesn't have a CD ROM but there are tools where you can use yoru windows PC's CD ROM drive over the network and get your stuff. 

  Macs are also nice if you have any other apple devices like iPhone, iPad etc, and Apple TV since they all sync really well together.   The new OS Mountain Lion just came out, and if you buy one now it might not actually have it loaded already so make sure you download it( It's a free upgrade to recently purchased Mac's).  My wife managed to do it on her own so it's not hard. 

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Re: Macbook pro
« Reply #3 on: Sep 21, 2012, 02:59 PM »
Macs make great laptops. You should get max storage, though...

You can put Windows on a mac laptop via BootCamp and it will run natively, meaning that you can use it as a real computer, too. The file systems are so different that they pretty much can't interact with each other in a meaningful way (file reads generally work--deletes and changes do not).

The only thing wrong with mac laptops is that they can get hot as fuck. I'd get the applecare 3 year plan doohickey just because I've melted the guts of a macbook pro once or twice.

Unfortunately, I wasn't looking at spending more then 2k for this laptop. I would either have to go with the extra storage or the Applecare.


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Re: Macbook pro
« Reply #4 on: Sep 21, 2012, 07:28 PM »
The Applecare is 100% worth it imo. If you plan on being in school for at least a couple of years, and anything breaks or you need customer service worth a damn for your Mac even once, it'll have paid itself completely. If you really want extra storage that bad, I'd say just go with an external drive.

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Re: Macbook pro
« Reply #5 on: Sep 22, 2012, 12:48 AM »
You can add AppleCare at any point during your first year, IIRC.

OS X is a "real" OS the same as Windows.  There's really nothing you can do on one that can't be done on the other.  For the most part the "Macs are better at graphics/audio/video" stuff is a myth.  They are used for it more commonly, and they do have more available applications, but they are not inherently better at it.

I switched to Macs because they really do "just work" most of the time, and they have sweet, sweet UNIX under the hood.

tl;dr You don't have to get a Mac for graphic design unless you want to, but I recommend them to everyone who isn't looking to game on their laptop.

 

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