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Considering saving up for a MacBook for uni in September. Good idea or would I better just purchasing a good laptop?
depends entirely on the course and your needs, plus I dont think you should be thinking about this, until the time comes for such a purchase.

(Original post by ChopinNocturne)
I had a laptop for the first year and a half of uni, was about a year old before uni; it did everything I needed it to do but by the end of that time was getting really buggy, slowing down a huge amount. We'd spent a fair amount of money upgrading parts etc, didn't just give up on it, but in the end decided it was time to replace it. I have a Macbook now and absolutely love it but wouldn't have gone for it if it wasn't for the fact that it has software I use for my course - if you're tight on money and don't need special features then I would go for the laptop and save yourself the extra cash. If you have the money and want the Mac, then go for it, but in the majority of cases you don't *need* it and you're spending money which, at the start of uni, has lots of different places it could be going!
Should have got an SSD, a bit expensive, but it makes up for a crap cpu
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Should have got an SSD, a bit expensive, but it makes up for a crap cpu
Tried that. It worked beautifully for a while and then the whole machine just started grinding to a halt. Same with replacing/increasing RAM. Maybe there were more options we could have explored, but ultimately I think I made the right decision for the circumstances I was in!
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Tried that. It worked beautifully for a while and then the whole machine just started grinding to a halt. Same with replacing/increasing RAM. Maybe there were more options we could have explored, but ultimately I think I made the right decision for the circumstances I was in!
Hope you kept that SSD around for future use, they are extemely good to hand on to
It might have been a slower ssd make, ssd make speeds vary depending on maker
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Laptops just break after like a year, at least with apple you get the warranty!
Yes warranties do not exist out side of apple products ...:rolleyes:
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In my opinion also MacBook is the best, while compare to the laptops. Because these are having more advanced and innovative features, greatest speed in working and good battery life etc... So it's better to purchase the MacBook only.
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mac design is pathetic and old

pay similar price for a lappy

however thunderbolt is awesome
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Hahaha got a lot of hating for that post! Every laptop I've ever owned has been pretty crap so I was just going off my own experience!
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In my opinion also MacBook is the best, while compare to the laptops. Because these are having more advanced and innovative features, greatest speed in working and good battery life etc... So it's better to purchase the MacBook only.
But they don't have any innovative features, the only actual difference between them is the software they run, so it all comes down to the programs, which unless you need something very niche and specialist, is likely available on both platforms. They're definitely not faster than a comparably priced Windows laptop, obviously if you're comparing a £1,500 MacBook to a £400 budget laptop then yes, but if you compare them equally, they'll be very close, or likely the Windows laptop will be faster as you're paying less in "brand tax". Battery life they're often better, but again it depends what laptop you're buying, most in the same price range are pretty similar.
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Get a Macbook, they are brilliant. They look beautiful, are powerful machines and can do practically anything a regular laptop can do as well as being able to run Mac OSX, which is unrivalled in my opinion. I will never go back to Windows after getting my Macbook. Also don't worry about them breaking etc. It rarely happens and if it does Apple offer fantastic customer support and will often fix it for free!
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Macbook with retina display every time
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I bought retina MBP custom, 16gb ram, 512gb flash storage, 2.6Ghz processer. £2089 with students discount. If you got the money then why not. Macs never really get virus. I had my old macbook for 3 years and it still works like brand new and its still worth around half the price i paid for it.
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If you get a mac ensure you use the student discount as you get 15% off and apple care for £60 instead of £300
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dont be telling me horror stories like that haha
This isn't relating to Macbooks but is relating to Apple
I had a ipod touch, not the first ones, I think it was 4th gen, anyway after 6 months it suddenly got bubbles under the screen, I had done nothing to it, we took it to Apple and they agreed to repair it after my mum yelled at them for a while.
They had it for a good few weeks and when we got it back they said they couldn't fix it so they had to give me a new one.
Another couple of months later it just switched off, stopped working completely. So we took it back to Apple, they refused to fix it and but said we could buy a new one for £200, however he did have a look at it, and we found out they the previous time they did not give me a new ipod but just replaced the back so it looked new. This time they said the battery was gone and it wouldn't work that I should get a new one, blah blah blah.
Anyway about a year later we found my ipod and on a whim decided to try use it, and it works, we almost were conned
I hate Apple.

However my brother has just purchased a Macbook as about 75% of the people on his course have one.
I also hate peer pressure.
haha
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I bought retina MBP custom, 16gb ram, 512gb flash storage, 2.6Ghz processer. £2089 with students discount. If you got the money then why not. Macs never really get virus. I had my old macbook for 3 years and it still works like brand new and its still worth around half the price i paid for it.
Are you serious? You spend over £2000 on a personal computer, and think that's wise spending? You could have brought a decent new Lenovo (new IBM) laptop with good specs for £500-£700; saved £300 in a high savings account, and gone on holiday twice during winter with the remaining £1000.

My opinion: Macbooks are good peices of technology, but not really worth it for most people. I use my laptop for media-intensive purposes, such as music production and photo editing; a little bit of movie editing; and it is 3 years old and has never not worked efficiently and promptly for my needs (I have a Lenovo ideapad - so fairly entry-level, but still comfortably usable). I have also never had issues with viruses/hacking, which is common so long as you know how to use the internet safely and can conduct simple maintenance from time-to-time. I paid £399 about 3 and a half years ago, and it has never let me down. I am looking to replace it in a few months though.

If you have stupid amounts of money to spend, perhaps consider a Mackbook, but when you peel back the hype and trendiness, they are just incredibly expensive machines which are very easy to use, but ultimately offer the same functionality as a windows-laptop: browse the internet, edit media, word process.
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Get a MacBook Pro avec Retina Display. Partition your disc - one half Windows, one half OS X. I have Windows for things such as Matlab, Altera, Multisim etc and OS X for Logic Pro, MainStage, etc. Absolutely perfect.
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No way could I bring myself to pay 2 grand for a laptop lol I can live with paying around 200 more for something I know I'll enjoy and can use alongside my iPhone!
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Are you serious? You spend over £2000 on a personal computer, and think that's wise spending? You could have brought a decent new Lenovo (new IBM) laptop with good specs for £500-£700; saved £300 in a high savings account, and gone on holiday twice during winter with the remaining £1000.

My opinion: Macbooks are good peices of technology, but not really worth it for most people. I use my laptop for media-intensive purposes, such as music production and photo editing; a little bit of movie editing; and it is 3 years old and has never not worked efficiently and promptly for my needs (I have a Lenovo ideapad - so fairly entry-level, but still comfortably usable). I have also never had issues with viruses/hacking, which is common so long as you know how to use the internet safely and can conduct simple maintenance from time-to-time. I paid £399 about 3 and a half years ago, and it has never let me down. I am looking to replace it in a few months though.

If you have stupid amounts of money to spend, perhaps consider a Mackbook, but when you peel back the hype and trendiness, they are just incredibly expensive machines which are very easy to use, but ultimately offer the same functionality as a windows-laptop: browse the internet, edit media, word process.
Yeah I would not buy it if I couldn't afford it. One of my flat mates in uni has the highest spec version which cost him £2600! with discount and he accidentally dropped it and damaged the screen which cost him £588 to replace haha
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?I got a MacBook Pro earlier this year and absolutely love it. I'd have my previous laptop for 4 years and despite the MacBook being 3 times the price, I don't regret it in the slightest.
That said, it's going to come down to you personally.
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It depends really, if it's for a computing course then go with a good laptop with windows because they're a lot better at networking and more suited to technical aspects.
I'm sorry, what?

I'm studying for a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, which I'd argue is pretty damned technical. Windows has absolutely no advantages in terms of networking when compared to any modern Mac, at least not for the student or home user. Mac OS X is based on UNIX; any decent computing course is going to be fairly UNIX-centric, so I don't buy the 'more suited to the technical aspects' argument either.

However, I will gladly admit that a Windows machine is both less expensive than a Mac and superior in certain tasks (i.e. gaming). It's really down to personal taste but certainly for a computing related degree I'd argue the Mac is just as suitable, if not more, than a laptop running Windows.
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Considering saving up for a MacBook for uni in September. Good idea or would I better just purchasing a good laptop?
If you do buy a MacBook wait until you're at Uni before you get it as you can then use the education store to get the discounts and extra warranty.

As for whether it's a good idea or not it's mostly down to personal choice. For the most part you can get good specs for mac and windows laptops. Most Mac software is also available on windows (but not all windows software is available for Mac).

I'm currently looking at getting a new decent laptop and for a 15" laptop it looks like I can get a much better spec laptop from http://pcspecialist.co.uk/laptop-computers/ than a 15" MacBook for a better price (Quick compare suggests I can get a comparable EnigmaIV laptop for about 1/2 the price of the first 15" MacBook option, There are other options that might be better specs than you can get with a MacBook)

The only real hardware reasons you might want a MacBook over a non apple laptop are firewire (non retina macbook), Thunderbolt and the Retina display all of which either don't exist on other laptops or are harder to find. The main item I'm aware of that non apple laptops can have (which I don't think apple offer) is a bluray drive (retina display macbooks don't even appear to have a dvd drive now)
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