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jimbouk66
jimbouk66  6 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 - 3:23 PM

looking to uprade my computer setup to either a high end laptop or pc.
Never used a mac so would appreciate a bit of clarity regarding what benifits if any does the imac / macbook offer over windwos based kit ?
Thanks in advance

Jim

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2008 - 3:26 PM

It gives you a feeling of false security?

Grin

digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2008 - 3:27 PM

If you have always used a PC you need to decide whether you can afford the learning curve you will have in moving to a Mac. Also, you will need to buy all your software again (if it is available that is).

joolsb
joolsb  1027115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2008 - 3:27 PM


Quote: It gives you a feeling of false security?

....and a very real feeling of smugness. Smile

Last Modified By joolsb at 17 Oct 2008 - 3:27 PM
mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
17 Oct 2008 - 3:30 PM

A mac is handy for keeping dry in wet weather. Wink

A good starting point here, but the best advice is to have a play with one, talk to people who know about them, and decide what you both want and need. Then decide which Mac is best for you! Wink

stolzy
stolzy  83753 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2008 - 3:31 PM

Friday night, mac vs windows thread - we just need James to pipe up and this could be epic Smile
Remember, what you are buying is not so much the computer as the operating system.
Its mostly subjective so you should spend some time with a Mac to get a feel. Relative freedom from viruses and malware in general is nice. Things mostly 'just work' on a Mac in a way they don't on windows computer. No driver hassles.
Chris_L will be along shortly to dispute all of this.

Last Modified By stolzy at 17 Oct 2008 - 3:40 PM
SteveCharles
17 Oct 2008 - 3:32 PM


Quote: If you have always used a PC you need to decide whether you can afford the learning curve you will have in moving to a Mac

So that's 10 minutes taken care of...

SteveHunter
17 Oct 2008 - 3:33 PM


Quote: Friday night, mac vs PC thread - we just need James to pipe up and this could be epic

I don't understand, do MAC's make your images look soft?

BubbaG2000
17 Oct 2008 - 3:38 PM

All the graphics designers I know (both of them!) use a Mac and they swear by them. But they've been using them for years. I use a PC and other PC users swear by their machines too. What I really want to know is, should I buy a Nikon or a Canon Wink

mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
17 Oct 2008 - 3:39 PM


Quote: I use a PC and other PC users swear by their machines too.

Are you sure you don't mean "swear at them"? Wink

minelab
minelab  6 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 - 3:42 PM

All I'll say is I've had my MAC G3 since 1999, it has NEVER crashed, NEVER failed or let me down. It runs Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint effortlessly and Photoshop Elements brilliantly...lucky, perhaps? but during that time I have put three or more PC's in the BIN and that's the best place for them. As for the learning curve, my five year old daughter conquered the MAC in about 30 minutes, they are naturally intuative. Just my opinion of course.

digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2008 - 3:44 PM

Warning - deja vue alert!!

Grin

Overread
Overread  63806 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Oct 2008 - 3:44 PM

If your just using it for graphics editing and can afford getting your editing software in mac form then its nothing to lose out on. They have a massive diver advantage over windows as all the hardware is made by a single company as opposed to being sourced out to other companines (which makes it hell to programs windows for compatabilty)

The downside is so much is geard for the windows market. Like I said if this computer is for image editing and the odd email and word (or whatever mac use for text Wink) document than its fine -and graphically you might notice improved performance at a slightly lower spec/price.
However if you are often taking projects and things from a workplace computer home and working on them - ei intergrating with windows based computers on a regular basic or are also into other things (such as I am into computer gaming) then it might be best to stick with windows.

GaryR
GaryR  71348 forum posts England
17 Oct 2008 - 3:48 PM

I took the plunge recently and bought a 24 inch Imac. It is a fantastic bit of kit and a pleasure to use. I was worried about learning how to use it, but it is really easy to get to grips with. The one downside is that software releases are really limited so think carefully about what you might want to run.

Gary.

Funkyfotos
17 Oct 2008 - 3:49 PM

I agree there is not that much difference in usability, a couple of keys in different palces and the X is on the other side of the screen. No viruses (i believe) are made for Macs as there is such a small percentage of them in the world it is not worth it. When you buy new hardware you plug it it and it works, itunes works seemlessly, and they look the part too!!

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