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5.0 out of 5 stars The Legendary Mac vs PC/Laptop Debate, 10 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro 15inch 2.66GHz/4GB/320GB/GeForce 9400M/GeForce 9600M GT (256)/SD (Electronics)
And I assure you, a Mac wins.

Look at it like this if youre on the fence; If youre a consumer looking for a bargain PC - get a laptop and save your money. If youre looking for a premium computer with superior build quality and a better overall value in the long run - spend more money and get a Mac. There is a logical, arguable reason why they are more expensive.

A way to think about it is; if Windows-based PCs as a whole are thought of as a top selling car like the Ford Focus, Apple's Mac computers would be more like a luxury car, like a Porsche. Porsche sales are just a fraction of Focus sales because it does not sell any models in the low-end price range. But at the same time, Porsche makes more money on each car sold and maintains a premium branding. If Porsche started selling cheap cars, it would move a lot more units, but it would no longer be the Porsche brand that we know. Youre paying for the premium. Youre paying for the better quality. Youre paying for the niche market. The service. The brand name and everything that comes with it.

Anywho. Apple have truly excelled themselves with their latest line in Macs. They have become such high quality that, as far as Im concerned, there is now only ONE reason you would get a laptop or PC over a Macbook Pro ; Gaming.

Games will run better, and by that I mean at higher resolutions and detail, but ONLY JUST. The slightly lower dip in FPS (frames per second - i.e. how smooth the game runs as you up the graphical detail) shouldnt be put into consideration when you look at all the benefits the Macs have over PCs and Laptops these days.

This 15inch Macbook Pro is definitely what is known as a 'desktop replacer', basically you can get rid of your current desktop PC (tower under or ontop of your desk, get rid of the monitor) and use this laptop as your main PC.

PC mobility has become such a high demand from society these days as the phenomenas of Facebook and Twitter continue to roll into our lives more and more, people just cant stay off these things while having Coffee in...some airport that nobody really cares about, as with most people's status updates (lets face it).

I would write about how a Mac is better than a PC, but im sure youve either seen the adverts on TV, the internet etc, or atleast seen on the Apple website why a Mac is better, and youre probably sat reading this feeling on the fence about what to get, Mac or Laptop, and youre not sure which side to fall on seeing as youve been using a PC or laptop all your life so far, and a Mac seems somehow alien; is it a laptop or isnt it?

Just do it. Stop dipping your feet in the pond and just jump in. The first..week will be confusing, like getting used to a PC all over again, or a new piece of tech.

Anyway, lets get down to pros and cons.

Pros;

-Can install Windows and Linux; through boot camp, you can install XP, Vista or Windows 7, as well as Linux operating systems, as well as having Mac's own OS on your hard drive. So, start the Mac up and choose which operating system to load up. Easy. Very simple to do as well.

-Unbeatable build quality; Apple have really excelled here. The build quality is...astonishing. Anyone that has picked up the latest series of the iPod classic will know. The metal used is light, brushed finish that just somehow feels fantastic and solid. You just get this feeling that the Mac will not break, bend or get damaged in any way. Its got an expensive feel of quality to it, and is a wonder to look at. Its just beautiful.

-Screen is amazingly bright, detailed and has a quality look to it.

-Keyboard is beautifully backlit in a blue glow around each key and feels robust. The keys feel wider apart than on a normal laptop, so typing for long periods takes some getting used to. If youre really that fussy, push the laptop further away and plug in your USB keyboard from the PC youve been using. Simple.

-Faster loading times on everything.

-Free photo and video editing software for those of us who love that kind of thing; Macs are aimed specifically at this sector of the market. You wont get a better editing experience than with a Mac.

-Huge hard drive that runs faster than any other laptop in it's price range and specs (reducing loadup times and increasing speed of loading large files etc).

-Easy to upgrade.

-Has everything that a normal laptop has, just more of it and better quality.

-Will never freeze on you.

-Will never get a virus or spyware; no more restarts, virus scanning, slowdowns, blue screens etc.

-Battery life is incredible considering the processing power and screen.

Cons;

-Price; Lets face it, its expensive. But its how you percieve the cost in regarding the quality:price ratio, and your perception of VALUE. For example, I will never understand why someone would be willing to shed out thousands of pounds for a guitar. Why? Because I dont play a guitar, therefore I cannot put a value on a guitar or any musical instrument. I love PCs, work on them everday, so I appreciate their value. So, I'm willing to shed out more money for something I know is the best you can get. Yes maybe you can get a better laptop for less money, but to me, youre ONLY PAYING THIS MUCH MONEY FOR A GAMING LAPTOP. Macs will run today's games at only slightly lower detail and fps, but a Mac replaces your existing PC and has more pros than cons in comparison to a normal PC or laptop.

-Heat; It can get quite hot when under load (mainly gaming) when you switch to the 9600 graphics card from the 9400. Because of the metal used, it can also be deathly cold to touch first thing in the morning. You rest your hands down on the keyboard, which is pushed quite a noticeable distance away from the front of the laptop toward the screen, so your wrists and forearms rest on the body at the front; quite a shock when youre not thinking about how cold the metal is, can make you jump.

-Errr...Price. Again, its the only reason it will put you off buying one. Once you get passed that mental stage, its a no-brainer purchase, and you wont regret it.

-Software Compatability; Some window's software wont run on Macs. SOME. I'd say 90% of all software that runs on windows is now compatible with Macs, and Apple is constantly updating the non-compatible software, which is usually specialist software anyway that most of us will never use, so that they will run on all Macs. The essential software like Word and Excel etc run, and games are all compatible with Macs these days anyway. Just check the back of the software's case before purchasing. Simple.

In the end, the pros far outweigh the cons, to the point where you dont even think about the main con; the price.

You wont regret the purchase. It takes a while to get used to the different layout of the operating system, but once you get used to it, you'll wonder how you ever lived without your Mac.
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