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Old 05-31-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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I've been pretty happy without a laptop. Now I'm considering taking the plunge. I use a Mac Mini at home and a Dell at work, so I'm "batting for both teams" on the platforms and am comfortable with both.

I basically need a laptop (if I DO need one) to connect to my work computer, which runs on Windows. I can do this on a Mac because of the free remote connection software that Microsoft has. But it's obviously easier to do from the Windows environment... slightly less hassle.

Now that I'm in a position to maybe buy a laptop, I find myself hesitating to get a Macbook. First, the price - at least $1000 for a basic model. Then I feel like I've heard so many complaints about Mac laptop performance - overheating, battery life nowhere near as long as claimed, bad Apple service. I've stopped at an Apple store a couple times to look, and... well.. I just don't feel in LOVE with Mac laptops for some reason, in terms of how they feel to use. Even though I love how Macs work.

But then when I consider buying a cheaper PC based laptop, I find myself leery of having virus-prone Windows software and I don't even know what the latest or best Windows OS to look for...

ARRRGH. Are there any Mac users out there who have a PC laptop and are happy with it? Which kind are you using, with which OS?
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:04 PM
 
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If Mac OSX didn't get viruses, how come there's antivirus software?

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Old 05-31-2010, 10:17 PM
 
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What will you do with this laptop? If you are just using it to remote connect you can get a very cheap Windows one that will perform just fine, hell even one of the higher resolution netbooks would do you.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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If Mac OSX didn't get viruses, how come there's antivirus software?
Several different versions of anti-virus software exist for Linux as well, but they are mainly so that users can scan e-mail and such for common Windows and MS Office contaminants, and are also useful for folks who run Windows software in Wine and other similar environments.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:55 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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If you buy a new Windows laptop, it will be running Windows 7. Some I have seen recently had Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. They also had 4 GB of memory. An up-to-date installation of Microsoft Security Essentials adequately deals with both the virus and malware issues, and it is free.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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By the Mac then partiton the hard drive, load Windows on half the drive so you can have/use both mac & pc.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Why Apple continues to ignore the "entry level" laptop market is beyond me.
If they would seriously try to compete and release a $600 notebook I think they would really start to cut in to MS market share.
Until then, they are a niche company offering niche products.
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Old 06-01-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Why Apple continues to ignore the "entry level" laptop market is beyond me.
If they would seriously try to compete and release a $600 notebook I think they would really start to cut in to MS market share.
Until then, they are a niche company offering niche products.
Apple doesn't do "follow the leader" well at all. Apple would rather lead the parade ,and innovate, than crank out endless numbers of look alike products.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:01 AM
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Why Apple continues to ignore the "entry level" laptop market is beyond me.
If they would seriously try to compete and release a $600 notebook I think they would really start to cut in to MS market share.
Until then, they are a niche company offering niche products.
There's not enough margin in that low-end segment to make it sufficiently profitable for Apple. Hard to argue with the company's profitability, given its huge market capitalization... second only to Exxon now.

Apple Overtakes Microsoft, Becoming 2nd Largest US Company - WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100526-715058.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines - broken link)
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:03 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Trying to stay on topic, a Windows laptop, built with lots of features, can be found at numerous online stores, such as Dell, Tiger Direct, CDW, Newegg, etc., for about $600. Since you are familiar with and comfortable using either a Mac or a PC, I would suggest you ask yourself how you justify spending $1000 instead of $600.
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