I am wondering if you can answer me this question:
I have been a Windows user for all my life, and now I am buying a new laptop why should I go with the Mac. Also all
my games and most of my software is only compatible with Windows so that is also a problem. Can you tell me why I might want to buy a Mac Book Pro rather than a Windows Vista Laptop
This was the response from Klaus
I'm "just" a very satisfied customer like millions of others.
I have used Macs for quite a few years by now. And I have found them to be efficient, reliable, low-maintenance and even pleasant tools to use, leaving me more time and nerves for the actual task at hand.
I have used several Windows versions along the way as well (and still occasionally do), and none of them has ever raised any desire in me to make them my primary platform or even suffer them any longer than absolutely necessary.
I have been a Windows user for all my life, and now I am buying a new laptop why should I go with the Mac. Also all my games and most of my software is only compatible with Windows so that is also a problem. Can you tell me why I might want to buy a Mac Book Pro rather than a Windows Vista Laptop
First thing: You actually don't have to choose at all.
Every current Mac can run Windows Vista as well as or better than the majority of the other PCs out there. Highly ironic, but a fact.
If your priority is a cheap game machine, you'll probably be better off with some PCs specifically tailored to only that purpose and little else.
For almost everything else, a Mac will give you everything a PC will (which is probably in the foreground for you right now), plus all the advantages of the Mac (which will probably grow on you quicker than you may expect, as most people experience it).
Specifically, the advantages are:
- A Mac is a multi-machine. It runs pretty much every piece of software under the sun (MacOS, Windows, Linux, etc.).
- Excellent design, construction, system integration and manufacturing quality. I've yet to see anything comparable to my MacBook Pro. All MacBooks are very compact (and thin), but still well-featured and very practical. The Pro models primarily differ in their dedicated graphics processor for much better 3D performance, higher screen resolutions and an aluminium enclosure.
- Apple integrates the entire system (hardware, operating system and even some high-profile applications) and consequently provides a solution where everything "just works" out of the box. There is also no "call Dell" - "no, call Microsoft" support ping-pong. (Apple's support is also usually top notch.)
- At this time there is no known malware "in the wild". This may change at some point, but at this time some reasonable caution is sufficient to secure a Mac. No expensive and/or time-consuming and potentially destabilizing "protection" software required. As I said, this might change. But for more than five years since the first release of MacOS X there hasn't been a viable threat so far.
- Apple applies much higher standards to both their hardware than most PC vendors and to their software compared to Microsoft. As a consequence a Mac will usually waste much less of your time than you may be used to.
- Initially you will need a certain transition period, but the benefits start kicking in pretty quickly for most people, so most perceive it as relatively painless.
- Apple doesn't produce low-end machines. But if you try configuring a conventional PC which can only run Windows to comparable specifications of a given Mac, the Mac will usually not cost significantly more, especially when you're considering the flexibility and the included software package (no "crapware" on Macs - you'll get quite a number of actually useful full versions!). All Macs come standard with analog and digital video out (DVI), analog and digital audio in/out, gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth and fast Wifi - even up to the new a/b/g/n level in all but the smallest models (wireless is optional in the tower Mac Pro).
- If you should need it, you can use Windows either by dual-booting either into MacOS X or into Windows or by running Windows within a virtual machine, which basically means that it runs in parallel to MacOS X. Consequently, the currently best of several such solutions is named Parallels Desktop. It even allows you to freely mix Mac and Windows applications on the same screen. It can also use a Windows installation which you'd otherwise use for dual boot, so you can choose freely what better suits your needs at any given moment (boot natively into Windows to run 3D games, run Parallels (which at this point has no 3D support) if you're doing your taxes with your old Windows program).
Macs aren't perfect, but they suck a whole lot less than your usual PC.
If you've got an Apple store anywhere near you, take the opportunity and get a direct look.
If you have any further questions, you can keep asking me. You could also start a new open thread for the benefit of others in a similar situation. And/or you could go here:
Now my next question
I have heard lots of cases of Macbooks blowing up, is that a common thing or is there only a 1 in a 1000 chance of that happening.
What about the warped scree?
I am asking this because my time is coming for me to leave home and go for boarding school. I don't want my laptop to blow up during those years
Hope you have survived this