Saturday, October 20, 2007

I'm going to the dark side

So which Apple laptop should I get?

24 Comments:

StyleyGeek said...

Note: money is no object :) (Someone's grant is paying).

post-doc said...

Ah. Welcome.

The MacBook Pro is what the super-cool people here use for their high level computing needs. I still have a PowerBook that I love. Oh, and an iMac on my desk at work - it's lovely too. I don't have advice though - I love them all dearly. :)

sheepish said...

The D630, totally.

Gnome said...

The DARK side? You mean the ├╝ber awesome, what-took-you-so-long, you'll-never-go-back side? Well, I mean, if someone else is paying get a MacBook Pro (unless you want something smaller or plastic-er, then get a Black MacBook...unless you want something whiter in which case the choice is pretty obvious). Good for you!! (You might as well wait until the 26th when the new OS comes out (even though they'd give it to you for free then anyways) just because it will be less trouble).

~profgrrrrl~ said...

I love love love my MacBook Pro.

The History Enthusiast said...

Whichever one is the prettiest. That is the extent of my knowledge about Macs.

Jay Cam said...

lol cant help u with that...
i use windows!

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Dorabella said...

Ha. I went over for my birthday last year--I'm quite happy with it (it's SO gosh darn purdy), though I don't really get the cultish devotion.

ANYhoo, though I do love my own white MacBook, if someone else is paying, seize the opportunity and get the MacBook Pro.

Ianqui said...

Sigh. I was just talking tonight about possibly doing that too. But in the end I don't think it's going to happen.

EthidiumBromide said...

You should not get a Mac at all. Seriously. I work in a Mac-based lab, and in the past year, over 3/4 of the NEW Macs (both notebook and desktop) have just up and crashed for no reason and everyone lost all their data. And I sat around and smiled smugly and clung to my beloved PC (the only reason I am not forced to have a Mac is because there was no money to buy a computer for me when I joined the lab, so mine is my personal computer... and after what I have seen in the lab, there is NO WAY I would pay for a Mac).

geekman said...

gnome - I wouldn't worry too much about the OS. I'll probably stick Linux on there anyway :)

The Scientist said...

macbook pro if it's on someone elses budget!!

and make sure you max out the ram, otherwise OSX can get a little clunky i find...

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

I adore my black MacBook, and have never had any problems with it. Of course the MacBook Pro is sleek and lovely with faster processor and all, but I'm not sure how much it weighs - it's the same dimensions as my PowerBook G4, and I find the little MacBook to be so much easier for carrying around than the G4. So, it depends on your needs. I haven't ever lamented not having a Pro.

Maude Lebowski said...

i have to weigh in on the proliferation of comments because i effing love my mac!! ever since i've gone mac, well, yes, you will never go back.

i agree with the scientist, max out the ram. and though the 15" MacBook Pro is obviously larger than the 13" MacBooks, I've found that the MacBook Pro is a bit lighter than the MacBook. it's a little sleeker. i actually just moved from the 12" Powerbook to the 15", and I love it. i recommend the glossy screen, too.

as far as desktops, the iMacs are fabulous. and the super new ones are really cool. but, since i just love the laptops, i haven't had a desktop since the second generation of iMacs that came in Tangerine.

good luck, and welcome to the world of the mac people.

(i'm way too invested in macintoshes. it's sad.)

paideia said...

Mazal tov! You have seen the light :-)

I adore the Macbook I got at work.... but if money is no option, go for the Macbook pro.

As noted above, the single most important investment you can make is to max out the RAM.... at least 2 gigs, if not more. Each new release of OS X sucks more and more RAM.

enjoy!

Jana said...

You really only have a choice between the MacBook and the MacBook Pro, and, if money is no object (O happy day!), go for the MacBook Pro, because it's the higher-end machine.

You only need to decide between the 15" and 17" models, and you'll have to weigh up screen real estate (a huge plus) against the extra weight of the 17" model. Do that by going into an Apple shop and fiddling around with both of them.

If money really is no object, you could consider getting the smaller model and buying an external keyboard and large display. You can then use the MacBook at home as a desktop with wireless peripherals.

As for moving to the dark side - wtf? I'd prefer to say that you've finally seen the light.

Gnome said...

Geekman - Linux...on a Mac...that defeats the purpose! Sure, hardware factors in but Macs are about the OS. You had better at least keep OS X around, if you use it you'll see the error of your Penguin Idol.

Belle said...

MacBook Pro for all the reasons noted. Mine totally converted a die-hard PCer to the DarkSide. C'mon over; it's lovely.

New Kid on the Hallway said...

Mac! Mac! You can't go wrong. My crucial factor would be weight, I'd go with the lighter. But that's me. Anyway, whichever you pick is going to be awesome.

geekman said...

gnome - Essentially that's what I'm going to do. I've used OSX before and hated it, but I may not have given it a fair trial.

I'll probably dual boot linux and OSX so I can at least be productive under linux, while playing around with OSX to see if it will grow on me.

With regard to not using OSX defeating the purpose of using a Mac, I'm only getting a Mac because a) I'm not paying (I wouldn't otherwise) and b) due to educational agreements between our university and Apple it means I don't have to go through all the hoops of getting three different quotes from different suppliers and so on.

So by going the Mac route I end up with a laptop with decent hardware with less hassle.

Geeka said...

Well, I would say that it totally depends on how much you want to carry it around.

The macbook pros are nice, but they are bigger, and that is annoying to me. Apple also went to the really shiny screens, which, look pretty, but get scratched easily, so you have to remember to have the padding thing that they ship them with to put between the keyboard and screen when it is closed.

If you aren't going to be a super gamer, or do vid editing, or processor intense computing, go for the cheaper macbook.

Badaunt said...

Someone else is paying? Get the most expensive one!

And get Apple Care, unless someone else is paying for repairs as well. On the MUG bulletin board I'm on, which includes someone who used to work for Apple, the word is that they're spending less on quality control because the costs got too high. This used to be true for all computers EXCEPT Macs, now it is for them as well. Now and then there's a bad Applem which they'll replace free if you have Apple Care.

(Also, back up. Always back up.)

RageyOne said...

MacBookPro if money is no object.