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    I'm going to University in September and need to invest in a Laptop! When I went to University open days everybody seemed to have an Apple Mac and I was wondering does this actually have a benefit at University over Windows?

    I find Windows very easy to use and Microsoft documents easy to send as most other people use it, however, Apple Laptops are very light weight and I feel this might be a huge benefit at University as I will be bringing it to lectures etc. etc.

    I'm studying Law if that matters... I will be doing lots of pro bono work which I may also need to take a laptop to.

    What do you think, Apple or Windows?
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    I think it depends on how much you are willing to spend. I made the swap from Windows to Mac last year, and haven't looked back. Seeing as you're doing an essay based subject, you won't come a-cropper when you can't find odd software in a Mac format, so it's down to personal preference more than anything. Have you used a Mac before? If not, go to an Apple store and play with one for a bit and see if you like it before you spend a lot of money on a computer you may not like. Also, make sure you understand that there can be compatibility issues with word documents if you're moving them between Windows-based university machines, to your own Mac. Most issues can be avoided by getting a Mac version of Office, but I still find occasionally something doesn't convert properly. Hope this helps
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    The majority of people own a mac because they want, not need one. If you're doing law you won't specifically need one so you may as well either save a fortune and get a windows one, or get a really awesome one if you spend the same amount as a macbook.
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    (Original post by kittyb99)
    I think it depends on how much you are willing to spend. I made the swap from Windows to Mac last year, and haven't looked back. Seeing as you're doing an essay based subject, you won't come a-cropper when you can't find odd software in a Mac format, so it's down to personal preference more than anything. Have you used a Mac before? If not, go to an Apple store and play with one for a bit and see if you like it before you spend a lot of money on a computer you may not like. Also, make sure you understand that there can be compatibility issues with word documents if you're moving them between Windows-based university machines, to your own Mac. Most issues can be avoided by getting a Mac version of Office, but I still find occasionally something doesn't convert properly. Hope this helps
    What made you switch?

    I have an iphone/ipad so use them regularly and absoloutely love them. I have never had a Mac laptop so I don't know exactly how that works. I have played around in the shops though... I love the clearness of them and the layout but I can tell it takes some getting used to!!

    Oh I see, so if you get apple Microsoft Word can you then transfer documents between computers all the time? What if someone sends you a document in Word?
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    (Original post by sabian92)
    The majority of people own a mac because they want, not need one. If you're doing law you won't specifically need one so you may as well either save a fortune and get a windows one, or get a really awesome one if you spend the same amount as a macbook.
    The thing is it's actually a present from my parents for getting into University haha! (it's been a long time coming)... they offered to get any laptop as it's the last thing their ever buying me after I leave home haha... so price isn't a big deal, (luckily!). that's why I need to know genuinely why they are better and not just about whether ones cheaper etc.
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    (Original post by millie-rose)
    What made you switch?

    I have an iphone/ipad so use them regularly and absoloutely love them. I have never had a Mac laptop so I don't know exactly how that works. I have played around in the shops though... I love the clearness of them and the layout but I can tell it takes some getting used to!!

    Oh I see, so if you get apple Microsoft Word can you then transfer documents between computers all the time? What if someone sends you a document in Word?
    The fact I'd been through two laptops in three years and Windows became very slow and unstable once you'd had it for more than a few months (and yes, I did do the usual defrag, disc clean, etc ). I was tempted by the student discount and 3 year warranty, and I wanted a big iMac to write my dissertation on, so I took the plunge and LOVE IT! I had the other i-things first, and they really encouraged me to get the Mac If you like how your iPad et al function, you'll love Macs
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    I have and use a laptop. I find there is no need for a Mac. Everything i do can be done on my Windows laptop.
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    (Original post by kittyb99)
    The fact I'd been through two laptops in three years and Windows became very slow and unstable once you'd had it for more than a few months (and yes, I did do the usual defrag, disc clean, etc ). I was tempted by the student discount and 3 year warranty, and I wanted a big iMac to write my dissertation on, so I took the plunge and LOVE IT! I had the other i-things first, and they really encouraged me to get the Mac If you like how your iPad et al function, you'll love Macs
    You bought an 1100 quid iMac... to write a Word document on? Holy ****. That's a little OTT to be honest. You could do that on a cheap PC/Laptop (and you still wouldn't have had to use Windows - there are loads of linux distributions that are just as good as Windows and free!).

    (Original post by millie-rose)
    The thing is it's actually a present from my parents for getting into University haha! (it's been a long time coming)... they offered to get any laptop as it's the last thing their ever buying me after I leave home haha... so price isn't a big deal, (luckily!). that's why I need to know genuinely why they are better and not just about whether ones cheaper etc.

    Ah, I understand.

    Personally, and this is just what I'd do, is get a Windows laptop, aim to spend around what a MacBook costs but get a far better laptop for the money. You could get an awesome laptop spec wise for the 1300-1500 quid a MacBook costs.

    I was up in the air about getting a MacBook myself but I decided to spend the same amount of cash on a homebuilt desktop instead. Far better spec (but desktop parts are cheaper anyway, plus building it yourself brings the price down) and I can change parts on a whim.
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    (Original post by sabian92)
    You bought an 1100 quid iMac... to write a Word document on? Holy ****. That's a little OTT to be honest. You could do that on a cheap PC/Laptop (and you still wouldn't have had to use Windows - there are loads of linux distributions that are just as good as Windows and free!).
    Tbh, they did tell me that in the Apple shop, and the nice lady there did talk me out of one of the 27" iMacs! But I now have a reliable computer, and I feel like it was money well spent
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    (Original post by kittyb99)
    Tbh, they did tell me that in the Apple shop, and the nice lady there did talk me out of one of the 27" iMacs! But I now have a reliable computer, and I feel like it was money well spent
    Fair enough - at least you got something you like and something you use. I really hate people who buy a Mac because it looks cool then complain how it's nothing like Windows and that it's crap. In all fairness though, Microsoft generally make good, stable operating systems (apart from the odd one or two - I'm looking at you, Windows ME!) - it's often the hardware that lets you down.

    I personally find it a little awkward having a Mac & Windows as I find Macs sort of hem you in to buying the next one and the next one to keep up to date as eventually their OS updates simply don't work on the older models. When a Windows PC gets to that point you can install Linux on it or something and use it as a server or similar - I don't think it's as easily done with a Mac (especially one with a 21" screen :awesome:)

    I like to build my own anyway which Apple have done away with now with their newer products. You can't even change the RAM/hard disc yourself in the new MacBooks, which ultimately put me off as their servicing prices border on criminal sometimes. I like the ability to be able to think "I want a new hard disc/more RAM/more fans/better processor" and just be able to buy it and fit it. You can't do that without major disassembly with the iMac.
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    (Original post by sabian92)
    Fair enough - at least you got something you like and something you use. I really hate people who buy a Mac because it looks cool then complain how it's nothing like Windows and that it's crap.

    I personally find it a little awkward having a Mac & Windows as I find Macs sort of hem you in to buying the next one and the next one to keep up to date as eventually their OS updates simply don't work on the older models. When a Windows PC gets to that point you can install Linux on it or something and use it as a server or similar - I don't think it's as easily done with a Mac (especially one with a 21" screen :awesome:)

    Plus I like to build my own anyway which Apple have done away with now with their newer products. You can't even change the RAM/hard disc yourself in the new MacBooks, which ultimately put me off as their servicing prices border on criminal sometimes.
    I do totally agree with you Macs are often used as an expensive status symbol.

    You sound like you're good with computers though, so I can hardly blame you for avoiding them as they are no good for anyone who wants to play about with their computer because Apple does force you to run Macs in a certain way, and a lot of specialist software is Windows-only. Though I actually put Windows 7 on my Mac so I could play games that had no Mac equivalent
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    (Original post by kittyb99)
    I do totally agree with you Macs are often used as an expensive status symbol.

    You sound like you're good with computers though, so I can hardly blame you for avoiding them as they are no good for anyone who wants to play about with their computer because Apple does force you to run Macs in a certain way, and a lot of specialist software is Windows-only. Though I actually put Windows 7 on my Mac so I could play games that had no Mac equivalent

    I will be honest, I had a MacBook when I was 16 (the last plastic one before they went to aluminium) because I thought it was cool

    I'm an IT student haha I'm going to study Forensic Computing in September at Liverpool John Moores so I know my way around a PC haha I know what you mean though, I've got an iPad/iPod and they're very.... restrictive in how you can use them. No themes etc unless you jailbreak which isn't everybody's cup of tea.
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    (Original post by sabian92)
    I will be honest, I had a MacBook when I was 16 (the last plastic one before they went to aluminium) because I thought it was cool

    I'm an IT student haha I'm going to study Forensic Computing in September at Liverpool John Moores so I know my way around a PC haha I know what you mean though, I've got an iPad/iPod and they're very.... restrictive in how you can use them. No themes etc unless you jailbreak which isn't everybody's cup of tea.
    Ah, your course explains the knowledge! And yeah, I jailbroke, but then got frustrated that I couldn't update iOS :/ But the restrictions are annoying
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    At the end of the day your buying the operating system. Pick one you like. Simple.

    Take a Mac apart and it's the same components as a windows. It's the operating system your buying.

    I use PC because I like the for ability of its OS

    I've had 2 macs in the past. Both didn't last a year so that over 3000 down the toilet for £500+ repair work.

    I've had 2 PCs both have last 11 years. And I still use then today.


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    (Original post by jimheru)
    At the end of the day your buying the operating system. Pick one you like. Simple.

    Take a Mac apart and it's the same components as a windows. It's the operating system your buying.

    I use PC because I like the for ability of its OS

    I've had 2 macs in the past. Both didn't last a year so that over 3000 down the toilet for £500+ repair work.

    I've had 2 PCs both have last 11 years. And I still use then today.


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    You can still do a Hackintosh build anyway, if you feel up to doing it and it'll save you a fortune. An OSX disc is what, 15 quid?
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    (Original post by kittyb99)
    The fact I'd been through two laptops in three years and Windows became very slow and unstable once you'd had it for more than a few months (and yes, I did do the usual defrag, disc clean, etc ). I was tempted by the student discount and 3 year warranty, and I wanted a big iMac to write my dissertation on, so I took the plunge and LOVE IT! I had the other i-things first, and they really encouraged me to get the Mac If you like how your iPad et al function, you'll love Macs
    Oh so you bought the a computer rather than a laptop?! Is that good for university? Because I've actually been undecided on whether to get a big iMac for exactly the reasons you had or to get a laptop and it be portable. I could get an iMac and then a windows laptop but I think that would just be annoying when transferring work. I deffo can't afford both!

    I didn't know whether people took computers to uni or not? I guess if I had an iMac I could just take my iPad to lectures...
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    (Original post by millie-rose)
    Oh so you bought the a computer rather than a laptop?! Is that good for university? Because I've actually been undecided on whether to get a big iMac for exactly the reasons you had or to get a laptop and it be portable. I could get an iMac and then a windows laptop but I think that would just be annoying when transferring work. I deffo can't afford both!

    I didn't know whether people took computers to uni or not? I guess if I had an iMac I could just take my iPad to lectures...
    Well I just use my iPad to type lecture notes, then it all gets iClouded over to my iMac before I've even got back to my room I prefer desktops because they are nicer to work at, so if you think you can manage with your iPad, get the iMac
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    (Original post by kittyb99)
    Well I just use my iPad to type lecture notes, then it all gets iClouded over to my iMac before I've even got back to my room I prefer desktops because they are nicer to work at, so if you think you can manage with your iPad, get the iMac
    Thanks so much for the advice because I really had no idea what to do! I think I could cope with an iPad in lectures, or i could get one of those wireless keyboard thingies if I really can't keep up with typing.

    The idea of an iMac appeals to me because I don't want to be hunched over a laptop all the time writing long essays! Do many people take computers to uni?
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    (Original post by millie-rose)
    Thanks so much for the advice because I really had no idea what to do! I think I could cope with an iPad in lectures, or i could get one of those wireless keyboard thingies if I really can't keep up with typing.

    The idea of an iMac appeals to me because I don't want to be hunched over a laptop all the time writing long essays! Do many people take computers to uni?
    I find the on-screen keyboard sufficient Erm, in lectures, I'd say about 15/60 have a laptop or an iPad
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    Personally I love my Macbook Pro. It's great- plus you get student discount and if you buy online through Topcashback its another 2/3% cash back- so 12/13% off. Apples customer service is excellent- make sure you get the Applecare though because if you ring up for support you have to pay for it.

    If your going to buy one- make sure it is from a Apple store or the apple website. My friend brought one from PC World and when it broke down- PC World told her she needed to take it to Apple, and Apple wouldn't touch it because it was brought through PC World.
 
 
 
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