Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 2014 E250 Bluetec 4-Matic, 1983 240D 4-Speed
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I am a long time Mac user and have everyone in the family using Macs. We have 5 notebooks altogether, 3 MacBook Pro's (two 15 inch and one 17 inch) and two MacBooks, all with the IBM chips, and a G5 iMac.
First, all but the iMac (because it is a G5 and not the IBM Core Two Duo chip) run Windows XP just like a PC, with the exception that there is no serial port on a Mac and to connect to devices with a serial port you need a USB to serial port adapter, which is a couple of bucks. When running XP the machine is the same, except that the touch pad functionality is limited - so I recommend using a USB mouse with the right and left buttons and whatever else you might want. We don't run XP and Mac OSX simultaneously - when you start up hold down the option key and you will get a choice of how to boot up - either in XP or OSX. Requires nothing extra that does not come with the standard OSX software.
Get Apple Care. The service is excellent and they replace batteries for some period. Very good service on batteries, and very good service if you need it in an Apple Store. So, if you don't have an Apple Store in driving distance you may be shipping the computer back and forth - save the box. With so many computers I have had to use Apple Care a few times. My 17 inch MacBook Pro is 2 plus years old and has logged about 150,000 miles on airplanes, and has been dropped and banged up pretty bad. Big dent on the lower case near the CD/DVD slot. Had a problem with the DVD player and figured I dropped it once too often. Took it in and they replaced the thing, no charge, no questions. I had a problem with my Mac bluetooth mouse and it was well past warranty, and they just traded me for a new one. Son rolled his chair over the power cord to his and it shorted out - called Apple Care, they shipped him a new one overnight, no questions, no charges - it was a safety issue to them and they took care of him.
Overall, no machines will be without problems. Macs tend to have fewer problems based on my experience with two Dell's from work, and the service if other than the IT department where you work, was, in a word, horrible.
So, a new 15 inch MacBook Pro is a bit expensive, but will, in my estimation, prove it is worth the premium over the long haul. On all the XP operations we make sure the internet connectivity is limited to getting software updates from the OEM suppliers, and have yet to have any issues.