Is a MacBook worth it?

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#1 Posted by ferrari_102 (629 posts) -

For a college student who commutes and needs the laptop for roughly the entire day. My main uses are word processing, netflix, and web browsing plus reading some ebooks. Would you say I should go with a MacBook?

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#2 Posted by Allicrombie (26207 posts) -
I love my MacBook.
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#3 Posted by deactivated-59f03d6ce656b (2944 posts) -
No, you can do all of that on a cheap laptop.
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#4 Posted by Masenkoe (4897 posts) -

This is far better suited for the Computer Hardware board.

My opinion is of course no because Apple products are extremely overpriced. You're only paying for a brand.

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#5 Posted by Allicrombie (26207 posts) -

This is far better suited for the Computer Hardware board.

My opinion is of course no because Apple products are extremely overpriced. You're only paying for a brand.

Masenkoe

You're also paying for the option of not using Windows, which makes things a lot better.

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#6 Posted by KiIIyou (27180 posts) -

. You're only paying for a brand.

Masenkoe
That don't make sense for anything. ;p
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#7 Posted by Decko5 (9428 posts) -
Yea go for it or some type of ultrabook.
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#8 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

[QUOTE="Masenkoe"]

This is far better suited for the Computer Hardware board.

My opinion is of course no because Apple products are extremely overpriced. You're only paying for a brand.

Allicrombie

You're also paying for the option of not using Windows, which makes things a lot better.

You can install pretty much any Mac OS in any intel based computer.

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#9 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

This is far better suited for the Computer Hardware board.

My opinion is of course no because Apple products are extremely overpriced. You're only paying for a brand.

Masenkoe
This. There's no logical reason to purchase an apple computer unless you're ignorant on how computers work software and hardware wise.
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#10 Posted by MonsieurX (36890 posts) -
Nothing on that list makes you need a MacBook. Unless you want to be cool and score boys.
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#11 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
Assuming your uni has wi-fi, you could probably get off using a Chrome-Book. Assuming all you use a computer for is surf the web, create text documents, and email.
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#12 Posted by nini200 (11484 posts) -
No, you can do all of that on a cheap laptop.Person0
This
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#13 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (4996 posts) -

[QUOTE="Masenkoe"]

This is far better suited for the Computer Hardware board.

My opinion is of course no because Apple products are extremely overpriced. You're only paying for a brand.

Allicrombie

You're also paying for the option of not using Windows, which makes things a lot better.

Yeah, I definitely love to feel restricted when I use a computer. /sarcasm Macs are fine for those who know literally nothing about computers, but for anyone that wants a PC that can actually do many things, it's Windows or Linux. You're paying extra to have a locked down computer with a fraction of the programs Windows has. OS X has no advantages against Windows.
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#14 Posted by LOXO7 (5595 posts) -
pfft. You're not going to get much work done with that list. What's wrong with a typewriter?
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#15 Posted by Shottayouth13- (7014 posts) -
For what you plan to use it for, a $300 laptop will serve just fine.
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#16 Posted by General_X (9137 posts) -
In my opinion no, you can get a decent Windows Laptop for roughly half the price that will do all the things you listed.
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#17 Posted by dercoo (12555 posts) -

For a college student who commutes and needs the laptop for roughly the entire day. My main uses are word processing, netflix, and web browsing plus reading some ebooks. Would you say I should go with a MacBook?

ferrari_102

You'll find OSX is an incredible user friendly OS. Very efficient & reliable.

-Word processing: Microsoft office is available on OSX, but also Open Office (free word processor that can read, edit, and export word files amongst others, what I use for my university papers)

-Netflix: works on Mac, Actually just started the 30 day free trial for my Macbook a few hours ago. May have to switch a browser, but works.

-web browsing: recommend having both Chrome & Firefox. Safari a good 3rd choice, and still much better than IE. Chrome is very satable though for my Macbook. Currently have over 30 tabs.:P

If your not doing any heavy work I would recommend a Macbook Air or refurbished Macbook (Plastic body Macbooks are no longer produced, just Macbook pros)

Like I often say, if you have the money and are not a core PC gamer then a Mac is likely the best choice for you.

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#18 Posted by BuryMe (22017 posts) -

A non-macbok laptop would do all those things, and be a lot cheaper.

I have a mac book, and I'm sot of waiting for it to die now so I can justify going back to a PC.

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#19 Posted by muller39 (14953 posts) -
I love my MacBook.Allicrombie
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#20 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (4996 posts) -

[QUOTE="ferrari_102"]

For a college student who commutes and needs the laptop for roughly the entire day. My main uses are word processing, netflix, and web browsing plus reading some ebooks. Would you say I should go with a MacBook?

dercoo

You'll find OSX is an incredible user friendly OS. Very efficient & reliable.

-Word processing: Microsoft office is available on OSX, but also Open Office (free word processor that can read, edit, and export word files amongst others, what I use for my university papers)

-Netflix: works on Mac, Actually just started the 30 day free trial for my Macbook a few hours ago. May have to switch a browser, but works.

-web browsing: recommend having both Chrome & Firefox. Safari a good 3rd choice, and still much better than IE. Chrome is very satable though for my Macbook. Currently have over 30 tabs.:P

If your not doing any heavy work I would recommend a Macbook Air or refurbished Macbook (Plastic body Macbooks are no longer produced, just Macbook pros)

Like I often say, if you have the money and are not a core PC gamer then a Mac is likely the best choice for you.

So just because he "has the money" he should waste it on an inferior product? That makes no sense. Nothing you posted says that "macbook is the best choice for you" because all of that is possible on a Windows PC for much cheaper.
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#21 Posted by PonchoTaco (3183 posts) -
Planning to do any intensive video editing or graphic design? Then, no.
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#22 Posted by Lucky_Krystal (1390 posts) -

I don't have one, but my older sister does. She's had it for months and says she likes it and that she has not gotten a single virus (amazing, considering all the shady websites she goes on).

But with the stuff you want to do, you could get a regular PC and get by fine. Macbooks are expensive as hell. My sister paid around $1000 for hers.

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#23 Posted by ArcadeHead (25 posts) -

If money isn't a huge issue, then absolutely. Yes, it's overpriced, but it has everything.

OS is so much better than windows

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#24 Posted by dercoo (12555 posts) -

[QUOTE="dercoo"]

[QUOTE="ferrari_102"]

For a college student who commutes and needs the laptop for roughly the entire day. My main uses are word processing, netflix, and web browsing plus reading some ebooks. Would you say I should go with a MacBook?

Toxic-Seahorse

You'll find OSX is an incredible user friendly OS. Very efficient & reliable.

-Word processing: Microsoft office is available on OSX, but also Open Office (free word processor that can read, edit, and export word files amongst others, what I use for my university papers)

-Netflix: works on Mac, Actually just started the 30 day free trial for my Macbook a few hours ago. May have to switch a browser, but works.

-web browsing: recommend having both Chrome & Firefox. Safari a good 3rd choice, and still much better than IE. Chrome is very satable though for my Macbook. Currently have over 30 tabs.:P

If your not doing any heavy work I would recommend a Macbook Air or refurbished Macbook (Plastic body Macbooks are no longer produced, just Macbook pros)

Like I often say, if you have the money and are not a core PC gamer then a Mac is likely the best choice for you.

So just because he "has the money" he should waste it on an inferior product? That makes no sense. Nothing you posted says that "macbook is the best choice for you" because all of that is possible on a Windows PC for much cheaper.

OSX is not an inferior product though:?

Besides software compatability(da games) OSX blows windows out of the water.

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#25 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (4996 posts) -

If money isn't a huge issue, then absolutely. Yes, it's overpriced, but it has everything.

OS is so much better than windows

ArcadeHead

OSX is not an inferior product though:?

Besides software compatability OSX blows windows out of the water.

dercoo

How so? I see people saying this, yet they never give any reasons. It's blind Apple loyalty.

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#26 Posted by ArcadeHead (25 posts) -

It kind of is, I havent used windows in so long that I probably couldnt give you a decent specific. It's just awesome, simple yet eloquent.

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#27 Posted by dercoo (12555 posts) -

[QUOTE="ArcadeHead"]

If money isn't a huge issue, then absolutely. Yes, it's overpriced, but it has everything.

OS is so much better than windows

Toxic-Seahorse

OSX is not an inferior product though:?

Besides software compatability OSX blows windows out of the water.

dercoo

How so? I see people saying this, yet they never give any reasons. It's blind Apple loyalty.

OSX is more user friendly than Windows(very visual based interface.),

more efficient with hardware than windows(spec to spec, will almost always out score Windows in performance test, even though it is slight)

more reliable(less prone to bugs & glitches),

more secure than windows(less than a percent of a percent as many viruses),

much longer lasting than windows(will run as fast as the day you got it, 5 years later).

I'm not a Apple fanboy, I carry an andriod Phone & tablet, an use Windows PCs at college for classes. Not every Apple product is good. There version of Office is *****

And **** do I hate the move away from Optical drives:evil:

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#28 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (4996 posts) -

[QUOTE="Toxic-Seahorse"]

[QUOTE="ArcadeHead"]

[QUOTE="dercoo"]OSX is not an inferior product though:?

Besides software compatability OSX blows windows out of the water.

dercoo

How so? I see people saying this, yet they never give any reasons. It's blind Apple loyalty.

OSX is more user friendly than Windows,

more efficient with hardware than windows,

more reliable(less prone to bugs & glitches),

more secure than windows,

much longer lasting than windows.

I'll give you that OS X is more efficient with hardware than windows, but that's because Apple has a lock on what can be put on the platform. As for the rest of your points, they're all complete bullsh*t. Windows isn't less reliable, it isn't less secure, and how the hell does OSX last longer than Windows? Also, saying it's user friendly is an understatement, OSX is for those that know nothing about computers, which is why it exists. Windows is perfectly user friendly, but it doesn't limit you unlike OSX.

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#29 Posted by Wilfred_Owen (20964 posts) -
If I had a macbook maybe my game would get better with the ladies.
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#30 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
If I had a macbook maybe my game would get better with the ladies.Wilfred_Owen
I already told you. Not gonna happen.
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#31 Posted by Wilfred_Owen (20964 posts) -
[QUOTE="Wilfred_Owen"]If I had a macbook maybe my game would get better with the ladies.Fightingfan
I already told you. Not gonna happen.

Then what do I do man!?
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#32 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
[QUOTE="Fightingfan"][QUOTE="Wilfred_Owen"]If I had a macbook maybe my game would get better with the ladies.Wilfred_Owen
I already told you. Not gonna happen.

Then what do I do man!?

Have a friend steal her macbook, chase him, pretending to fight, and retrieve her macbook.
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#33 Posted by way2funny (4570 posts) -

The macbook pro? I dont think so, but I have a macbook air and I love it. One of the few ultrabooks that allows you to get 8gb of ram. I am by no means an apple fan, but truth is, apple makes very good laptops, yes in general they are overpriced (especially the macbook pros), but IMO the airs arent really that bad compared to all the other ultrabooks with similar specs.

I tried really hard to find a laptop thats not a mac in the laptop space, but the air was the only one that checked out my checklist which was

- i7
- 8gb of ram
- Good LCD quality
- Backlit keyboard
- Under 4 pounds
- Good battery life

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#34 Posted by charizard1605 (82661 posts) -
I adore my Macbook, and I have been a lifelong Windows user.
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#35 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

The macbook pro? I dont think so, but I have a macbook air and I love it. One of the few ultrabooks that allows you to get 8gb of ram. I am by no means an apple fan, but truth is, apple makes very good laptops, yes in general they are overpriced (especially the macbook pros), but IMO the airs arent really that bad compared to all the other ultrabooks with similar specs.

I tried really hard to find a laptop thats not a mac in the laptop space, but the air was the only one that checked out my checklist which was

- i7
- 8gb of ram
- Good LCD quality
- Backlit keyboard
- Under 4 pounds
- Good battery life

way2funny

WTF are you gonna do with an i7 and 8GB of ram in a laptop? Shoot predator missiles for NATO?

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#36 Posted by PernicioEnigma (5881 posts) -
No, get a cheaper laptop running Windows 7.
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#37 Posted by way2funny (4570 posts) -

[QUOTE="way2funny"]

The macbook pro? I dont think so, but I have a macbook air and I love it. One of the few ultrabooks that allows you to get 8gb of ram. I am by no means an apple fan, but truth is, apple makes very good laptops, yes in general they are overpriced (especially the macbook pros), but IMO the airs arent really that bad compared to all the other ultrabooks with similar specs.

I tried really hard to find a laptop thats not a mac in the laptop space, but the air was the only one that checked out my checklist which was

- i7
- 8gb of ram
- Good LCD quality
- Backlit keyboard
- Under 4 pounds
- Good battery life

Fightingfan

WTF are you gonna do with an i7 and 8GB of ram in a laptop? Shoot predator missiles for NASA?

Virtual machines, IDEs, and still be able to work on multiple websites, music, etc all at the same time? You have eclipse open, couple of websites, music, a VM and there goes your 8gb of ram

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#38 Posted by Guppy507 (17401 posts) -
Macbook Air? Yes. Macbook Pro? Nah.
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#39 Posted by PernicioEnigma (5881 posts) -

[QUOTE="Fightingfan"][QUOTE="way2funny"]

The macbook pro? I dont think so, but I have a macbook air and I love it. One of the few ultrabooks that allows you to get 8gb of ram. I am by no means an apple fan, but truth is, apple makes very good laptops, yes in general they are overpriced (especially the macbook pros), but IMO the airs arent really that bad compared to all the other ultrabooks with similar specs.

I tried really hard to find a laptop thats not a mac in the laptop space, but the air was the only one that checked out my checklist which was

- i7
- 8gb of ram
- Good LCD quality
- Backlit keyboard
- Under 4 pounds
- Good battery life

way2funny

WTF are you gonna do with an i7 and 8GB of ram in a laptop? Shoot predator missiles for NASA?

Virtual machines, IDEs, and still be able to work on multiple websites, music, etc all at the same time? You have eclipse open, couple of websites, music, a VM and there goes your 8gb of ram

Sure, if you allocate a sh*t tonne of memory to your VM, or have a bunch of them running simultaneously.
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#40 Posted by way2funny (4570 posts) -

[QUOTE="way2funny"]

[QUOTE="Fightingfan"] WTF are you gonna do with an i7 and 8GB of ram in a laptop? Shoot predator missiles for NASA?PernicioEnigma

Virtual machines, IDEs, and still be able to work on multiple websites, music, etc all at the same time? You have eclipse open, couple of websites, music, a VM and there goes your 8gb of ram

Sure, if you allocate a sh*t tonne of memory to your VM, or have a bunch of them running simultaneously.

yeah 1 windows VM give it 2gb of ram, eclipse, and / or xcode, several websites, skypes will easily exceed 4gb of ram. Easily.

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#41 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

[QUOTE="Fightingfan"][QUOTE="way2funny"]

The macbook pro? I dont think so, but I have a macbook air and I love it. One of the few ultrabooks that allows you to get 8gb of ram. I am by no means an apple fan, but truth is, apple makes very good laptops, yes in general they are overpriced (especially the macbook pros), but IMO the airs arent really that bad compared to all the other ultrabooks with similar specs.

I tried really hard to find a laptop thats not a mac in the laptop space, but the air was the only one that checked out my checklist which was

- i7
- 8gb of ram
- Good LCD quality
- Backlit keyboard
- Under 4 pounds
- Good battery life

way2funny

WTF are you gonna do with an i7 and 8GB of ram in a laptop? Shoot predator missiles for NASA?

Virtual machines, IDEs, and still be able to work on multiple websites, music, etc all at the same time? You have eclipse open, couple of websites, music, a VM and there goes your 8gb of ram

That's bullsh*t, I can run Crysis and with tons of programs in the back and not even use 6gb or more then 4 out of my eight cores.

*Hm not sure on skype comment don't use that.

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#42 Posted by way2funny (4570 posts) -

[QUOTE="way2funny"]

[QUOTE="Fightingfan"] WTF are you gonna do with an i7 and 8GB of ram in a laptop? Shoot predator missiles for NASA?Fightingfan

Virtual machines, IDEs, and still be able to work on multiple websites, music, etc all at the same time? You have eclipse open, couple of websites, music, a VM and there goes your 8gb of ram

That's bullsh*t, I can run Crysis and with tons of programs in the back and not even use 6gb or more then 4 out of my eight cores.

*Hm not sure on skype comment don't use that.

Do you program? IDEs take up quite a bit of ram, now you mix that with a VM, + all the other normal things you do, your easily over 4gb of ram. Anyway, that was my checklist and the air was the only one that filled my quota

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#43 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

[QUOTE="Fightingfan"]

[QUOTE="way2funny"]

Virtual machines, IDEs, and still be able to work on multiple websites, music, etc all at the same time? You have eclipse open, couple of websites, music, a VM and there goes your 8gb of ram

way2funny

That's bullsh*t, I can run Crysis and with tons of programs in the back and not even use 6gb or more then 4 out of my eight cores.

*Hm not sure on skype comment don't use that.

Do you program? IDEs take up quite a bit of ram, now you mix that with a VM, + all the other normal things you do, your easily over 4gb of ram. Anyway, that was my checklist and the air was the only one that filled my quota

I find it interesting someone would be able to productively use things of that nature on a laptop. Your battery would almost instantaneously die, and if you're plugged in constantly it would of been better to simply get a desktop. I find that insane that someone can exceed 6gb. I use itunes(which is a ram hog on PC), and I use everything in Google's eco which is always running in the background with steam, and even with a console port game I've never hit the 6GB mark, especially from a laptop.
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#44 Posted by way2funny (4570 posts) -

[QUOTE="way2funny"]

[QUOTE="Fightingfan"] That's bullsh*t, I can run Crysis and with tons of programs in the back and not even use 6gb or more then 4 out of my eight cores.

*Hm not sure on skype comment don't use that.

Fightingfan

Do you program? IDEs take up quite a bit of ram, now you mix that with a VM, + all the other normal things you do, your easily over 4gb of ram. Anyway, that was my checklist and the air was the only one that filled my quota

I find it interesting someone would be able to productively use things of that nature on a laptop. Your battery would almost instantaneously die, and if you're plugged in constantly it would of been better to simply get a desktop. I find that insane that someone can exceed 6gb. I use itunes(which is a ram hog on PC), and I use everything in Google's eco which is always running in the background with steam, and even with a console port game I've never hit the 6GB mark, especially from a laptop.

Well thats the thing, doing all these heavy duty things i still get 6+ hours on an air, and I do have a desktop, a very beefy one, but I need something to suppliment it that gives me mobility. But I cant sacrafice too much preformance. I have a 4 year old laptop with 4gb of ram and I'm always hitting the ram threshold there so I knew I needed more, and enough to last me about 4 years.

You never hit the 6gb mark, but I'm sure you surpass the 4gb mark and thats exactly it, I want enough that I know I wont surpass

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#45 Posted by mitu123 (155201 posts) -

[QUOTE="Masenkoe"]

This is far better suited for the Computer Hardware board.

My opinion is of course no because Apple products are extremely overpriced. You're only paying for a brand.

Allicrombie

You're also paying for the option of not using Windows, which makes things a lot better.

How's that "awesome" game support on Mac?>.>

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#46 Posted by Allicrombie (26207 posts) -

[QUOTE="Allicrombie"]

[QUOTE="Masenkoe"]

This is far better suited for the Computer Hardware board.

My opinion is of course no because Apple products are extremely overpriced. You're only paying for a brand.

mitu123

You're also paying for the option of not using Windows, which makes things a lot better.

How's that "awesome" game support on Mac?>.>

if I want to game, I can run anything on windows via bootcamp, maxed out. =P Plus all the Blizzard stuff works on Mac. Best of both worlds, really.
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#47 Posted by mitu123 (155201 posts) -

[QUOTE="mitu123"]

[QUOTE="Allicrombie"] You're also paying for the option of not using Windows, which makes things a lot better.

Allicrombie

How's that "awesome" game support on Mac?>.>

if I want to game, I can run anything on windows via bootcamp, maxed out. =P Plus all the Blizzard stuff works on Mac. Best of both worlds, really.

I wasn't expecting that answer!:x

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#48 Posted by NVIDIATI (8363 posts) -

There are better options, most for less, it all depends on your needs (performance, weight, price, etc.).

Heck if you're going to spend that much, you could even get the ASUS TAICHI for ~$1300.

e31e3_Asus_TaiChi_35477940_AsusOct23NYCI

Metallic body,dual 1920x1080 screens placed back to back, so when closed it becomes a tablet. Powered by an Intel Core i5 and has a 128GB SSD.

$1600 gets you an Intel core i7 and 256GB SSD. There is also an optional digital pen.

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#49 Posted by Allicrombie (26207 posts) -

There are better options, most for less, it all depends on your needs (performance, weight, price, etc.).

Heck if you're going to spend that much, you could even get the ASUS TAICHI for ~$1300.

e31e3_Asus_TaiChi_35477940_AsusOct23NYCI

Metallic body,dual 1920x1080 screens placed back to back, so when closed it becomes a tablet. Powered by an Intel Core i5 and has a 128GB SSD.

$1600 gets you an Intel core i7 and 256GB SSD. There is also an optional digital pen.

NVIDIATI
damnit now I want one.
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#50 Posted by PernicioEnigma (5881 posts) -

[QUOTE="Fightingfan"]

[QUOTE="way2funny"]

Virtual machines, IDEs, and still be able to work on multiple websites, music, etc all at the same time? You have eclipse open, couple of websites, music, a VM and there goes your 8gb of ram

way2funny

That's bullsh*t, I can run Crysis and with tons of programs in the back and not even use 6gb or more then 4 out of my eight cores.

*Hm not sure on skype comment don't use that.

Do you program? IDEs take up quite a bit of ram, now you mix that with a VM, + all the other normal things you do, your easily over 4gb of ram. Anyway, that was my checklist and the air was the only one that filled my quota

I've never really used Eclipse but I've used bloated IDE's like Visual studio and it doesn't take up a particularly large amount of ram. Granted, it does depend on the size of the project you have open, but even then it shouldn't take up much memory, it's only a programming environment after all.