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5.0 out of 5 stars A PC user turned Apple!, 14 Jan 2012
This review is from: MacBook Pro 15inch 2.4GHz (Intel Core i5, 4Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB, SD card slot, Intel HD Graphics, up to 9 hour battery life) (Electronics)
I'm writing this review as a reflection on switching to a macbook pro (and to an apple product for the first time) two years ago. If your a PC user considering switching and wondering if its worth it I hope you find this review useful.

I had been using pc's for the last twenty years. As a training architect, I would call myself an 'advanced user' who requires a powerful and well designed computer which can handle large programes and intensive long term use. My desktop had just crashed for its final time and I wanted a laptop which could do the same and I had many complaints and frustrations about windows - the fact that I had to replace my machine every 3 years (because they are so poorly built) and the operating system needed an entire overhaul every 6 months all were reasons to abandon PC and give mac a go.

Its clear from the outset and apple do things differently. I'm sure that your looking at the price tag and thinking "I could buy three cheapo laptops for the basic 13" macbook" but you will go through 3 laptops in the lifetime of a macbook easily - the quality of build is exceptional. Two years on and mine feels like its still new! No keys have fallen out of the keyboard, the screen is as crisp as the day I bought it and the operating system is still smooth and hasn't ground to a halt. The battery lasts forever and all the ilife software which you get provides you with some brilliant film, picture and music editing software as well as email clients, ical and all that stuff which I can sync easily with my newly bought iphone. It handles all the big graphics programs with ease - I have the adobe mastersuite and it runs a dream on here. So its a brilliantly built, fast, laptop which is worth the money you pay for it.

However, of course, with every three steps forward there are a few steps back when switching to a completely new system. The first hurdle is learning the new operating system but its not that hard - its simpler than windows and can be picked up in a few days. Unfortunately, you do need to re-buy all of your software. All the main programes like Microsoft Office are available on Mac but you have to get the new version so factor that into the total price of switching (there is no part exchange or anything like that either!). All recently made printers, scanners, etc will work fine (and are FAR easier to install than on pc) but older hardware (maybe pre 2005ish?) will have issues. However, I know people who have ancient slide scanners (for 35mm slides) and printers which they can't get working with Microsoft Windows 7 so on both sides compatibility with old hardware is an issue.

Also, there is the lock-in problem. Apple is a completely integrated system and works well when you let it take care of everything but, for example, if you own a ZEN instead of an Ipod then its a nightmare getting music onto it! In addition, iphoto is my worst enemy because it takes your photos and hides them somewhere deep in the mac's hard drive so, if you run out of space and want to clear out some old things, its not as simple as finding the file and pressing delete. The presentation of the photos in Iphoto is lovely and its a slick system for organising files but clearing them out is hard work! This wouldn't be a problem if I had a big harddrive so make sure you get a 500gb or 750gb drive instead of my tiny 320gb (it fills up quickly!).

One thing to be aware of - there are viruses on mac (no matter what apple say!) and there is antivirus available. At the moment its far far more secure than on PC and I havn't had any viruses yet but its worth noting that you should get some antivirus!

But its worth the sacrifice. There was ways of getting around the problem (like not loading iphoto at all and just copy/pasting photos into files on the hard drive). Overall, I love my mac. Its brilliantly built, doesn't crash, handles all the workload I throw at it, is compatible with all my hardware, all the software is available. 2 years on its working like new, looks new and is as smooth as the day I bought it. So I congratulate apple on making such a brilliant product and suggest that, if your a PC, you seriously consider switching to mac.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2012 07:53:56 GMT
I'm really pleased you're enjoying your Mac experience so much! A couple of thoughts that occur from reading your review, though:

1) Why not delete photos in iPhoto? Simply drag photos or entire events to the Trash icon in the sidebar and then click on Trash and select "Empty Trash". Admittedly, this only sticks them in your main Trash on the dock, but at least you have the opportunity to review the photos deleting them through iPhoto...

2) There are no viruses for the Mac 'in the wild' -- there are some which have been created by hacker groups as "proof of concept" exercises, but there are none currently circulating in the 'real' world. There has been a rise in the incidence of malware and Trojans, but no computer is proof against the user entering an administrator-level password when prompted by a random piece of software downloaded from the internet!
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