Which should I buy: a MacBook pro or a windows laptop?

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Which should I buy: a MacBook pro or a windows laptop?
I know you're not meaning it, but this question is almost a flame nowadays. Cue Apple fan boys and then those who think it's a load of overpriced nonsense.

You need to decide how much you want to spend, what you're going to be using it for (mainly) and what, if any, specialist software you might need and what OS you're most happy using. For me, it would be a Mac, but I've used Macs for a million years and can't imagine using a PC day-to-day.
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I know you're not meaning it, but this question is almost a flame nowadays. Cue Apple fan boys and then those who think it's a load of overpriced nonsense.

You need to decide how much you want to spend, what you're going to be using it for (mainly) and what, if any, specialist software you might need and what OS you're most happy using. For me, it would be a Mac, but I've used Macs for a million years and can't imagine using a PC day-to-day.
Hi. Thank you for the reply. I'm a University art student, who is planning on buying a laptop to use for writing essays, mainly on word, Microsoft etc. Also using the adobe creative apps, such as Photoshop, lightroom, etc. I've always used windows laptops, but recently have been curious into converting to a MacBook.
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Hi. Thank you for the reply. I'm an art University student, who is planning on buying a laptop to use for writing essays, mainly on word, Microsoft etc. Also using the adobe creative apps, such as Photoshop, lightroom, etc. I've always used windows laptops, but recently have been curious into converting to a MacBook.
In that case, I'd definitely recommend a Mac. Creative professionals almost exclusively use Macs in conjunction with Adobe software, and it's more than likely you'd use one in a professional capacity. I've had the misfortune to use both Dreamweaver and InDesign on a PC and it wasn't a pleasant experience. However, this was pre-Creative Cloud era (when we still had CS6 :moon: and so I don't know if the C.C. is better on PCs now).
If you've got the spare cash, I'm sure you'd be happy changing ecosystems - it might be worth seeing if you can borrow a Mac from either your university department or a friend to give it a 'test-drive' first, before you commit serious cash to one.

Also, if you're thinking of buying a 16"MBP, then they will be updated later this year using Apple Silicon (non-Intel based), so I would wait until then. MacRumours is a good site to see where things are in the product cycle, and recommendations on what, and what not to buy now.
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If you've always used Windows, stick with Windows.

For your use, aim for a reasonable laptop. The value is in used business laptops off ebay or Facebook marketplace.

And aim to get the best (used) Wacom tablet you can.
The tablet will make more difference to your quality of life than the particular laptop you get.
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Windows Laptop.
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In that case, I'd definitely recommend a Mac. Creative professionals almost exclusively use Macs in conjunction with Adobe software, and it's more than likely you'd use one in a professional capacity. I've had the misfortune to use both Dreamweaver and InDesign on a PC and it wasn't a pleasant experience. However, this was pre-Creative Cloud era (when we still had CS6 :moon: and so I don't know if the C.C. is better on PCs now).
If you've got the spare cash, I'm sure you'd be happy changing ecosystems - it might be worth seeing if you can borrow a Mac from either your university department or a friend to give it a 'test-drive' first, before you commit serious cash to one.

Also, if you're thinking of buying a 16"MBP, then they will be updated later this year using Apple Silicon (non-Intel based), so I would wait until then. MacRumours is a good site to see where things are in the product cycle, and recommendations on what, and what not to buy now.
As good as the Apple silicon is, since it’s not based on x86, it might have some compatibility issues with applications that haven’t been updated for ARM processors.
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As good as the Apple silicon is, since it’s not based on x86, it might have some compatibility issues with applications that haven’t been updated for ARM processors.
Yes, good point - always important to check that all the software you're definitely going to need to use will run on any Apple Silicon computer.
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