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    I am a windows person always have been.

    But I think I will be getting a Macbook Pro because it is more reliable, faster and works well for basic things.

    It's pretty much for uni stuff only, logging into moodle/shared area, pdf notes.

    Has anyone else gone from windows to mac and found it easy or difficult?
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    Mac books are crap compared to windows
    First off you wont have word and you cant do formatting and things everyone love word for.
    And macs arnt too bad sooo yeah
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    (Original post by konvictz0007)
    I am a windows person always have been.

    But I think I will be getting a Macbook Pro because it is more reliable, faster and works well for basic things.

    It's pretty much for uni stuff only, logging into moodle/shared area, pdf notes.

    Has anyone else gone from windows to mac and found it easy or difficult?
    It's fine. Learn the gestures etc and, after about two weeks, it will feel weird using a windows computer again
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    You can buy the Microsoft Suite for Mac too. It's a pretty simple transition after a week or two.
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    I recently got myself a Macbook Pro, after being used to just using Windows desktops and laptops for, well, since I can remember.

    And after about a week, I've already gotten pretty used to it (and love it ).
    The trackpad is the best I've ever used on any laptop, it now feels so strange when I use my Sony Vaio laptop.
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    One you go Mac you won't go back. The first few days of using the OS will seem a bit weird, but once you pick it up, you should realise how clunky Windows is.

    The only issue I found was having to use the odd bit of software that was Windows only. But the university provided this on their own computers, so no major inconvenience.

    The last incarnation of Microsoft Office for Mac was a poorer version of the Windows edition, old and buggy. However the recent release is absolutely fine.
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    (Original post by konvictz0007)
    I am a windows person always have been.

    But I think I will be getting a Macbook Pro because it is more reliable, faster and works well for basic things.

    It's pretty much for uni stuff only, logging into moodle/shared area, pdf notes.

    Has anyone else gone from windows to mac and found it easy or difficult?
    You will be disappointed. It is easy but no where near as good as windows
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    you are right they run a lot better because its essentially linux which has a lot less of a footprint than windows, but windows is easier without a doubt, not only that its going to drive you nuts when you keep press ctrl + "something" when you've got to press Apple + "something".

    migrating from windows MS office to Mac Office is perfectly fine, although I personally don't like the mac alternative to outlook its not so great.

    this is just a short list I could go on anyone feel free to add to the pro's and cons

    pro's:
    they're beautiful especially their screen quality,
    they're quick,
    its incredibly rare to get infected (of some sort).

    Con's:
    still not completely compatible with everything but they're almost there,
    be prepared to pay for almost every bit of software,
    don't expect to plug in any kind of universal cable without paying £30ish for an adapter.

    I would also just add that with a mac you're kind of limited to the hardware they supply

    where as you can go getting a top end laptop which would have A LOT more powerful parts inside and still cost less than a mac,
    and it would be suited to you because you're used to windows.
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    Yeah.

    It was fine tbh.

    Everything is just nicer. Would never go back to Windows now.
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    As always it depends on what you're using it for.

    I suggest looking at PCSpecialist custom laptops. They begin at low reasonable prices but there are definitely more premium laptops that you can find. One of which is the Lafite II, perhaps the closest thing they have to the design of a macbook.

    If OS X is a complete necessity then you can create a hackintosh laptop (not difficult but you need to usually swap out the internal WiFi card). There won't be 100% compatibility but it is good enough.

    128GB for the rMBP 13" at £859 (after student discount) is a joke though. This is barely enough storage for an expensive laptop to hold OS X, probably a Windows dual boot to use Windows programs if required, and media files. I recommend it, or the 13 inch Air, if you need OS X to work fully or need certain apps that aren't available for Windows, however likely this may be (e.g xcode).

    For the usage you've described it seems that any laptop above £450 will work, and do these tasks quickly and properly.


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    (Original post by konvictz0007)
    I am a windows person always have been.

    But I think I will be getting a Macbook Pro because it is more reliable, faster and works well for basic things.

    It's pretty much for uni stuff only, logging into moodle/shared area, pdf notes.

    Has anyone else gone from windows to mac and found it easy or difficult?
    It takes a couple of days to figure out most of the differences and get used to them. They both behave pretty similarly beyond the interface, spend twenty minutes in a Currys or Apple store trying the Macs out and you should be able to decide which you prefer. If there's something you can't immediately find, ask a member of staff or Google it, because there's nothing really missing compared to Windows in terms of basic functionality of the OS.

    That being said, your desire for a laptop that is "more reliable, faster and works well for basic things" can also be found in Windows computers, Macs aren't some special tier of computer sitting above everything else. Most people equate the fairly naff experience of dirt cheap, basic Windows machines to the entire ecosystem when premium machines definitely exist. If you find yourself liking the idea of a more premium laptop but don't find yourself enjoy the Mac operating system, check out the Dell XPS, Asus Zenbook, HP Envy/Omen, and Lenovo Yoga product lines.

    (Original post by RickmanAlways)
    Mac books are crap compared to windows
    First off you wont have word and you cant do formatting and things everyone love word for.
    And macs arnt too bad sooo yeah
    A) You can get Microsoft Office.
    B) All Macs come with Pages for free which has 95% of the functionality (aka anything virtually any non-professional grade user will want to do) of Word and is fully compatible in terms of reading, editing and exporting Word documents.

    (Original post by mooseh1988)
    its going to drive you nuts when you keep press ctrl + "something" when you've got to press Apple + "something".
    I've never met anyone who has taken more than a day to get used to this, but if they do, you can swap them around in System Preferences :yy:
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    (Original post by Gofre)
    It takes a couple of days to figure out most of the differences and get used to them. They both behave pretty similarly beyond the interface, spend twenty minutes in a Currys or Apple store trying the Macs out and you should be able to decide which you prefer. If there's something you can't immediately find, ask a member of staff or Google it, because there's nothing really missing compared to Windows in terms of basic functionality of the OS.

    That being said, your desire for a laptop that is "more reliable, faster and works well for basic things" can also be found in Windows computers, Macs aren't some special tier of computer sitting above everything else. Most people equate the fairly naff experience of dirt cheap, basic Windows machines to the entire ecosystem when premium machines definitely exist. If you find yourself liking the idea of a more premium laptop but don't find yourself enjoy the Mac operating system, check out the Dell XPS, Asus Zenbook, HP Envy/Omen, and Lenovo Yoga product lines.



    A) You can get Microsoft Office.
    B) All Macs come with Pages for free which has 95% of the functionality (aka anything virtually any non-professional grade user will want to do) of Word and is fully compatible in terms of reading, editing and exporting Word documents.



    I've never met anyone who has taken more than a day to get used to this, but if they do, you can swap them around in System Preferences :yy:
    im a touch typist / dev ops engineer, so I use ctrl ALOT thats probably why it drives me nuts, plus i swap between to 2
 
 
 
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