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    Switching to a Mac

    I have been pushing around the idea of switching from a PC to a mac, due to the fact that other members of the family are all familiar with using them and they would like to get one as a home computer.

    I would like to get a desktop, but really don't know where to start. All it would be used for is Email, Internet, and your basic Music, Photo, and Video usage.
    Any suggestions??

    Benefits or Cons of switching? Are there alot of hidden costs with getting programs from the PC converted to the mac.
    What are others experiences or recommendations?

    (Let me note that I have very minimal mac experience)

    Thanks for any info!!



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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    The switch is getting easier every year... any current Mac you get now should be able to dual boot into either OS X and Windows XP/Vista, meaning you can restart the computer into either operating systems. Granted, you will have to purchase Windows seperately (or if you already have an install disc, use that). Don't pressure yourself into purchasing all the "missing" apps you used to have on Windows... if you really need to use them, you should be able to use them under Windows on the new mac.

    Most of the stuff you want to use the computer for anyway are included with the computer. I'm almost positive every Mac comes with iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iTunes, etc.

    For a desktop, I'd probably suggest getting the iMac. Don't let the all-in-one configuration deter you, because it's a capable beast of a machine... just don't be expect to be able to upgrade it. You get what you pay for though... my G4 Cube lasted me from freshman year of high school to the beginning of sophomore year of college, and the G4 Powerbook has lasted me since then (mid 2005) to this day. I don't recommend the Mac Mini, if only because we just got my grandfather one, and it's been acting up since day one. Plus, it's slower, and you need the extra monitor.


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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    I would say your biggest hidden cost is Apple. Very overpriced for what you get IMO.
    Other than that if you can justify the cost, go with which one you like the best.



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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    Be aware that this might happen......

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    One thing PC users can do that Mac users can't...


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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    Yeah macs a hugely overpriced, but they are nice machines. My wife switched last year, and while it is really nice, it is not all that much better. Maybe I have a bias because I know windows inside and out. Of course I am a linux guy and I still prefer windows over a mac. But I know she likes hers.


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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    Be aware that this might happen......

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    One thing PC users can do that Mac users can't...
    You mean other than play games?


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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    I'd go with an iMac. Too many people put a ton of money into much more powerful machines with the intention of doing a bunch of extraneous projects they've been meaning to do; they never do. Just go grab the base 20" iMac for about 1200 and enjoy. You likely won't need to drop any extra cash on applications - if you don't like the iLife suite (iTunes, iMovie, etc) then just use the ones you were using on PC. Most of the companies have Mac versions of the software either on the same installation disc or on their respective websites.

    Benefits of switching? You will spend less time restarting your computer, messing with drivers, and plugging/unplugging in peripherals trying to get it to work. The applications all talk to each other well, and you can get your work done and move on.

    Cons? You will get a bunch of crap from the PC guys for being a tech wimp and buying a name and a bunch of other nonsense. And it's a little odd at first to go to the left corner to close a window.



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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    Quote Originally Posted by drum1306 View Post
    Cons? You will get a bunch of crap from the PC guys for being a tech wimp and buying a name and a bunch of other nonsense. And it's a little odd at first to go to the left corner to close a window.
    Heh. Avoid that by building your own rig and installing some variety of Linux on it.



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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    I would. Except I would rather spend my time taking pictures than messing with my computer.



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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    I thought Mac was just let go a few months ago....oh, you mean computers. I thought this was a reincarnated thread again.


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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    For an example of how seamless and easy it is to run any version of Windows from within Mac OS X, just look at the screenshot below. Note that you can have either the Dock or Windows Taskbar show individually or at the same time and you can even set it so you can boot directly into Win (Boot Camp included on all Macs). It's now not a matter of choosing one or the other, you can have the best of both worlds on any Mac.

    There are many other advantages in my opinion to running Windows in a virtual world like you can using VMWare Fusion - you can have both OSes going at the same time and use apps seamlessly, even the clipboard, files, etc.
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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    thanks for all the help guys!!
    I think i will probably convert into the mac world soon -
    Its nice to hear what to expect first though.



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    Re: Switching to a Mac

    I have a MacBook. I had an iMac for a short while. I have two PCs. Don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of Macs but one of the biggest downfalls of the less expensive Macs is that it is virtually impossible to add new hardware or upgrade. I would STRONGLY encourage you if you are set on a new Mac to pass on the iMacs and drop the extra coin for a Mac Pro. They are designed to be easily upgraded and you can buy parts at your local Best Buy. More memory? Easy. A new video card? No problem. A bigger hard drive? It's a snap.



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