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Thread: Are Mac computers/laptops worth the higher cost?

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    I agree on the Mac. My son is a computer guru who has to keep 400 computers happy. He recently returned to a Mac at home and is happy to be back.

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    I used to own only PCs, but I've converted to MACs. Love them and won't go back!
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    I love my Mac! I ran a Mac Network in the '90's and then had to "move over" to PCs. I finally retired and last time I replaced my 'puter, I went home to Mac. Been doing the happy dance ever since.
    DH has a PC laptop and has to spend $100 about every 6 months to get it cleaned up. Knock wood, I watch him do it! My MacBook Pro has freed up that money for more fabric I guess!
    My DIL does "SAP FI and SD data migration" and is in high demand around the world for lots of big corporations and SHE uses a MAC!!! Based on that girl alone, i would get a Mac.
    Also, I live in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, you have to travel about an hour and a half at the very least to get into major civilizations. My Mac fits in great here. There's a reason that lots of Mac repair places really aren't needed.
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    Thank you for all the input.

    A couple more questions -

    When I read the info on Consumer Reports - it says that the 'other' computers have more memory - does that affect/afflict how Macs operate as compared to PCs?

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    I have had PC's for years. Now I have a MAC. I love it. SOmeone said they can't download embroidery designs for their Janome machine on their Mac. I do it all the time. Not sure I would ever go back to a PC. I had questions and my Mac was acting a little bit funny. You can take your Mac to the genius bar for free at a MAc store for this. Yes some of the programs don't come in a Mac version. You can partition your computer and install Windows if you want. The software to do this comes on a Mac(at least on moine). Not a clue how to do it.

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    I really love my MAC and would not go back. Hey that rymes.
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    I am a die hard Mac user, have been for 20 years. Easy to operate and very user friendly. I also have Microsoft installed on my laptop, not big on using it but comes in handy. Have had my MacBook for 3 years, nice to sit in my recliner in the evenings and surf, hardly ever use my Mac desktop. U will not be sorry if U get a Mac laptop.

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    Both my daughters have had Macs throughout their college years and 2 Christmases ago, they got together with my DH and bought me one!! I will NEVER own another computer!!!

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    I have a MacBook Pro and love it. I've used PC's at work for years and really never enjoyed using them. There really is no comparison.

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    We had PC's for 15 yrs. and I finally became frustrated enough to consider another option. I got a Mac, and have been pleased for the 1 1/2 yrs. that we have had it.

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    I am not a huge fan of macs, but, yes, one will work just fine that way. For someone who is not computer savvy, QuiltPro is a much better bet, you can certainlly get it for either platform.

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    Through the years we have had 6 MACS and I now have an iPad. If you are near an Apple Store their Genius Bar is wonderful. No charge to solve my screwups. A charge for parts and repairs after the Warranty expires. Also the classes ($99) for three years are wonderful.

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    We have always used Macs when we had a choice and probably always will.

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    When home computers first came out, we had a MAC for our business. At my other job they bought a PC. What a nightmare!!! They became angry with me when I told them how much better a MAC is. Three years later Microsoft copied windows from MAC.

    Since then we have had four MAC's and we love them. Ours have never in all these years had a virus. They definitely are worth every penny.

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    I love my Mac... it was a gift from my DH and I keep telling him he needs one too... he's always having some kind of trouble with his PC... but I don't with the Mac... my only problem is ME... not understanding what I need to understand and not taking the time to really know this machine... but I do LOVE IT!!!
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    I love my Mac, but keep an old laptop around to run EQ7. I find the old laptop so annoying. I don't want to mess with Parallels, though I'm slowly reconsidering. A MIT professor recently called Windows 8 "A Christmas Gift for Someone You Hate."

    http://www.zdnet.com/mit-professor-w...te-7000008479/
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    I had a high end Toshiba laptop -- it always ran terribly hot and the DVD drive broke. While I liked having a portable computer, that particular machine always irked me. My DH currently has a high end ASUS laptop and hates it -- runs hot; keys stick; highest screen resolution is too low and gives him head aches.

    Four years ago, my DH purchased a Mac Pro for me (I did not request it -- he just thought it would be good for me). Yes, there was a bit of culture shock (even though I have extensive UNIX experience), but it turned out for the best in the long run. Previously my Windows PCs would wear out after 2-3 years (the latter if I was very lucky). My Mac Pro is still going strong and it is just as enjoyable to use today as it was 4 years ago. I would have had to purchase 2 Windows PCs in that same time period, so it has turned out to be very cost effective.

    I also have a MacBook Pro, which is almost three (3) years old, and I've enjoyed using it every minute. It has an aluminum case, which dissipates heat much more readily than plastic and it's vents are in the back, rather than the bottom. Yes, aluminum costs more than plastic, so that's one of the reasons why a Mac costs more. The keys are a dream to use -- especially for my achy hands. The screen resolution is higher than one can get on an equivalent Windows PC (there's a reason why graphics designers like Macs).

    Apple really supports their customers. I've dealt with Dell support (both USA & overseas) and a couple different computer store extended warranties -- they were downright horrible. This is also one of the reasons as to why a Mac costs more -- but to me it is well worth it for the added value.

    The only quilting software for Mac, of which I am aware, is Quilt Pro. However, their Mac version is currently lagging a year behind their Windows version, and there is no release date in sight for an equivalent Mac version. I'm using Parallels to run Windows to use Electric Quilt. While Parallels does cost money, you could use Boot Camp, which comes free with OS X, to run Windows in a separate bootable partition.

    There are some machine embroidery apps for the Mac. Most of them are stitch editors, but there are some new digitizing apps coming out for the Mac. I use the free StitchBuddy-QL to see my embroidery designs on the Mac in icons, Quick Look and StitchBuddy-MD for Spotlight. It helps me sort files that I download. I just purchased a license for StitchBuddy (it was on sale), so that I can now also edit my files under OS X. Other editors may handle more machine embroidery file types. I also use Parallels to run Embird under Windows on my Mac.

    There is a version of Microsoft Office for the Mac, which would cost you some money. Alternatively, you could use the free OpenOffice app, or one of its spinoffs. OpenOffice works fine as long as you don't have to save in a docx format (it can read -- but not write -- docx format). It can save in a doc format. BTW, OpenOffice is also available for Windows and other platforms.

    Some games come with both Windows & Mac installations -- check your packages. You could always use Boot Camp/Windows to run your existing games, or purchase new games for Mac. While you could run quite a few games via Parallels/Windows, you would not want to run intensive games in a virtual machine.

    As to the amount of memory that you can install on a Mac -- just like on a Windows PC, that depends a lot on which CPU you get.
    Last edited by countryone77; 12-10-2012 at 08:07 AM.
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