Date registered: Dec 2004
Vehicle: 2003 SLK 320
Location: Rochester, MN
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RE: Anybody use a Mac?
K dude I'm a freshman in college and can give you a first-hand account of this stuff. I got a 12" ibook w/ 1.2Ghz (equivelant to about a 3Ghz P4) processor, 60GB hard drive, 512MB RAM, and a superdrive(cd player/burner and dvd player/burner), all for $1600 with the student discount. This exact computer is now $1400. I am constantly running 4 or 5 programs and a 21" CRT monitor off of it (dual screens), and it has NEVER crashed. It is compatible with everything.
In general, college campuses have both brand new macs and pcs in all the libraries and stuff, and support both platforms. Most kids in college have macs. A few of my friends have dell laptops, and I have one at home, and they pretty much suck.
A desktop isn't the greatest in college....unless you're into playing games. It's nice to be able to take my laptop to a friend's room or the library or whatever and do work on it.
By the time you will be buying your computer (assuming august 2005), mac may have the powerbook g5 out(stress the may, they are still developing it), which will be the most amazing laptop ever. It will be pricey though. Like I said, iBooks are an amazing value. I got a very loaded computer for $1600 and you will be able to get a better one for the same price in the future. If you want to spend circa $2500, you can upgrade to the powerbook, which is titanium instead of white, has a slightly faster processor, a slightly larger screen (15" over 14"), and is slightly thinner. But you will be getting about the same hard drive, superdrive, etc.
On a software note, all mac software is compatible with pc software. For instance, mac's ichat is the equivelant to AOL IM and is compativle with MSN messenger, ICQ, all of them, and it supports audio and video chat. You probably have itunes on your pc, but IMO all mac software is superior to pc software. With itunes in college, you can listen to everybody's shared music...it's tight.
Dude, just go the mac website www.apple.com and just look around. All there is to know is that macs are superior to pcs. Macs are just plug and play. You won't have to set up any network connections or anything, it's all automatic. You pretty much won't have any problems with it. If you have any questions or want pics of my setup or anthing, just hit me up. BTW, it's refreshing to talk to a young person on these forums [8D] No offense to the rest of you [;)]
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