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April 30, 2013 10:36:59 AM

I am looking to buy a new laptop and have really been wanting to get a Mac. The concerns for it is obviously money. I am ready to spend the money but only if it is worth it. My girlfriend has a Macbook Pro without Retina and loves it. I have played around on it and also like it but just concerned with it being good for my use for it. I am currently working a simply office job doing basic word and excel things and some IT stuff, but I have an older laptop for any IT stuff. I am going back to school for animation and graphic design and I also think IT because I really enjoy both. My concern with the Mac laptop is graphic design and animation I am just not sure which Mac would be best.

I have a PC desktop with an i7 3770k Processor and 16 GB of RAM with a 670 GTX FTW 2 GB video card. I need a laptop for portability so I can always work on a project no matter where I'm at. I want a Mac because they last so long and are very reliable. I am not worried about getting the best of the best Mac just something to get me through my years in college. My Price range is at max $1900 and that is including BESTBUY protection plan at $349. I am purchasing an regular 2 TB external this week and I know about the USB SuperDrive that will have to be bought with some Mac laptops if I need to use disks.

I would like to work on animation, some video editing and possibly gaming with this laptop if it is in the price range. I might consider a PC laptop but I just hate how fast some mess up. Please help me with my problem.

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April 30, 2013 10:48:36 AM

If you like overpaying for inferior hardware, yes. Otherwise, no.

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April 30, 2013 10:48:47 AM

Its truely not worth buying at all, go for a custom built laptop with that kind of money you can get something that will last a very long time. If you compare 1900 custom built laptops to any mac laptop you will understand what I mean. Mac overprice their computers heavily becuase they know that the people who purchase them know nothing about computers and just want what the preppy ppl have. It would only cost you about 1000$ to match the macs specs in a laptop. Put 1900# into a custom built and you will beat the macs specs in every way conceivable. Dont throw your money to the wind!
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April 30, 2013 11:02:14 AM

Absolutely not worth it, no.

Also, consider this: You say that you don't like how quickly PCs can get problems... but when they do, you can fix them yourself.

When a mac gets a problem, you have to take it to the mac store, and pay apple's barely trained techs to do what they won't let anyone else do... and even the right to pay them that requires you pay a monthly fee.
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April 30, 2013 11:55:05 AM

I want to offer a different answer. Given that you want to start doing graphics design, I'd say go with the Mac. Althought they are very expensive, I feel that they are worth the price. I've been using both PCs and macs for years, and the experience doesn't even compare. Although some may argue their hardware isn't impressive enough to warrant such a price, you have to understand that OSX works very differently from Windows. It's very efficient and runs really well even on a 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo from 5 years ago. One thing that people underestimate in a laptop is build quality. No matter what people say, the Macbook Pro line has the highest build quality of any laptop out there. My girlfriend has a $2k Dell Precision mobile workstation which is quite high end for PCs. Well it looks and feels downright cheap next to my macbook.

The other thing you need to consider is the battery. Macs come with good batteries with which you'll get more recharge cycles than comparable PCs. The work experience with Mac OSX is also fantastic. It comes with virtual desktops (I really wonder when windows will adopt this) and way better window handling/multitasking which will make your work experience a breeze. I work with many windows at once and I'm at a lost when I switch to windows which doesn't have window scaling or virtual desktops. Finally, I think Mac OSX is better at handling large workloads due to its BSD roots. Your user experience will simply be smoother and faster on a mac. Hell, even MS Office for Mac seems to work better than its windows counterpart.

In my opinion, there are two reasons you might want to go PCs. First, if you're only interested in doing basic computing like web browsing, word processing, emails etc, then a $600-$700 laptop PC will do that just fine and you can save $300-$400 over the cheapest Macbook. Second is gaming, windows is still the platform to beat for that aspect. But since you're interested in doing more serious work like graphics design, and you already have a beastly PC that will let you game, I'd say the macbook will server you way better. In conclusion, yes the macs are worth the money in your specifc circumstance.
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April 30, 2013 12:00:13 PM

Um why would you ever say that If he was concerned about the Operating system he could still get a custom built laptop and use Virtual pc. Run Mac osx linux and windows at the same time with better hardware then what comes with a mac. Theyre is no reason to spend a bunch of money on a prebuilt mac computer. If the operating system is the concern use virtual pc
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April 30, 2013 12:19:11 PM

I don't know if you can swing it given that you're wanting the best buy extended warranty, but the 15inch model (non-retina comes in at $1799) comes with a quad-core i7 and discrete graphics. That might be the best choice that money can buy. Of course for graphics design, retina would be preferable, but those fall outside your price range unless you want the very capable 13 inch retina ($1499). I'd pick between those two.
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April 30, 2013 5:12:32 PM

Philippe Leblanc said:
I want to offer a different answer. Given that you want to start doing graphics design, I'd say go with the Mac. Althought they are very expensive, I feel that they are worth the price. I've been using both PCs and macs for years, and the experience doesn't even compare. Although some may argue their hardware isn't impressive enough to warrant such a price, you have to understand that OSX works very differently from Windows. It's very efficient and runs really well even on a 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo from 5 years ago. One thing that people underestimate in a laptop is build quality. No matter what people say, the Macbook Pro line has the highest build quality of any laptop out there. My girlfriend has a $2k Dell Precision mobile workstation which is quite high end for PCs. Well it looks and feels downright cheap next to my macbook.

The other thing you need to consider is the battery. Macs come with good batteries with which you'll get more recharge cycles than comparable PCs. The work experience with Mac OSX is also fantastic. It comes with virtual desktops (I really wonder when windows will adopt this) and way better window handling/multitasking which will make your work experience a breeze. I work with many windows at once and I'm at a lost when I switch to windows which doesn't have window scaling or virtual desktops. Finally, I think Mac OSX is better at handling large workloads due to its BSD roots. Your user experience will simply be smoother and faster on a mac. Hell, even MS Office for Mac seems to work better than its windows counterpart.

In my opinion, there are two reasons you might want to go PCs. First, if you're only interested in doing basic computing like web browsing, word processing, emails etc, then a $600-$700 laptop PC will do that just fine and you can save $300-$400 over the cheapest Macbook. Second is gaming, windows is still the platform to beat for that aspect. But since you're interested in doing more serious work like graphics design, and you already have a beastly PC that will let you game, I'd say the macbook will server you way better. In conclusion, yes the macs are worth the money in your specifc circumstance.


There is so much ignorance in this post that I am not sure where to start the rebuttal...
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December 2, 2013 12:42:48 PM

jbmaverick50 said:
I am looking to buy a new laptop and have really been wanting to get a Mac. The concerns for it is obviously money. I am ready to spend the money but only if it is worth it. My girlfriend has a Macbook Pro without Retina and loves it. I have played around on it and also like it but just concerned with it being good for my use for it. I am currently working a simply office job doing basic word and excel things and some IT stuff, but I have an older laptop for any IT stuff. I am going back to school for animation and graphic design and I also think IT because I really enjoy both. My concern with the Mac laptop is graphic design and animation I am just not sure which Mac would be best.

I have a PC desktop with an i7 3770k Processor and 16 GB of RAM with a 670 GTX FTW 2 GB video card. I need a laptop for portability so I can always work on a project no matter where I'm at. I want a Mac because they last so long and are very reliable. I am not worried about getting the best of the best Mac just something to get me through my years in college. My Price range is at max $1900 and that is including BESTBUY protection plan at $349. I am purchasing an regular 2 TB external this week and I know about the USB SuperDrive that will have to be bought with some Mac laptops if I need to use disks.

I would like to work on animation, some video editing and possibly gaming with this laptop if it is in the price range. I might consider a PC laptop but I just hate how fast some mess up. Please help me with my problem.

http://rasmoscar.wix.com/pc-setup I know there are some good ideas at this site
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December 21, 2013 8:27:46 PM

Not worth it at all. You do get higher build quality on a Mac, but higher build quality doesn't justify (in my opinion) paying $1200 for hardware that you can get in a PC for $600. For $1900 you could get a really nice Dell Precision (http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=s...). However, since you said you are into gaming, this ASUS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) is a good deal. Add Windows 7 into that and your total is around $1900 (unless you like 8/8.1).
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December 22, 2013 10:33:19 PM

Six month necro on an answered thread? Not bad, but I think a little past the school term the OP was aiming for.
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