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The Best Macintosh
Posted 11/19/11
Macbook pro 2012, unless u want to show off your computer like a boss and get an Alienware desktop.
Posted 11/20/11
Personally, I think Mac is a big headache. Avoid, avoid.
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Posted 11/20/11
I would avoid the iMac. I had one (one of the first Intel models) but after a couple of years the screen died. I had it repaired (luckily I had paid for Applecare so I had three years of warranty) then it died again after a few weeks and had to be repaired again. It really put me off all-in-one desktop computers.
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I want a Macbook Pro.......tired of too much Windows shit.........

Tried using Mac OS X installed on a Virtualbox and although its crashy, but it was fun and pretty easy to use (since I also use Linux too).
Posted 11/20/11

maffoo wrote:

I would avoid the iMac. I had one (one of the first Intel models) but after a couple of years the screen died. I had it repaired (luckily I had paid for Applecare so I had three years of warranty) then it died again after a few weeks and had to be repaired again. It really put me off all-in-one desktop computers.


The screen went out that much? Do you know if they fixed it for the newer models?

I'm just a student, and it would REALLY suck if my screen just went out during modeling or animation.
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Posted 11/20/11
They fixed the screen problems.

Stop fanboying the topic around.

Honestly you need to know what you want to do with your mac, do you want to be limited to your desk or do you want a laptop. Both the macbook pro and the imac can handle music software, and photo programs really well. The imac can deal with 3d rendering a bit better right now, but if you got 2500, then go with the mac pro.
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Posted 11/20/11

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maffoo wrote:

I would avoid the iMac. I had one (one of the first Intel models) but after a couple of years the screen died. I had it repaired (luckily I had paid for Applecare so I had three years of warranty) then it died again after a few weeks and had to be repaired again. It really put me off all-in-one desktop computers.


The screen went out that much? Do you know if they fixed it for the newer models?

I'm just a student, and it would REALLY suck if my screen just went out during modeling or animation.


It may have been bad luck on my part, but about half of the screen just went black. I took it in for repairs, it came back, then the same thing happened not long after. At that point I got it repaired again, then sold it. It's a shame because I thought it was a great computer, and I loved OS X It turned me away from Apple's PCs as well, as I didn't want an All-In-One but only the iMacs suited my needs (the Mini wasn't enough, and the Mac Pro was way too expensive.)

The computer itself was still working, so if I'd had a monitor I could probably have hooked it up in place of the built-in screen, so you could always keep a spare monitor around just in case. Failing that, you could build a hackintosh if you were careful about which components you use - I managed to get Snow Leopard running on an Asus laptop, which just happened to use the same components (wifi chip, graphics card etc.) as a Macbook. The only problem was that after updating it I had to fix a lot of things, so not ideal really :(

Posted 11/20/11

deepfacespace wrote:

They fixed the screen problems.

Stop fanboying the topic around.

Honestly you need to know what you want to do with your mac, do you want to be limited to your desk or do you want a laptop. Both the macbook pro and the imac can handle music software, and photo programs really well. The imac can deal with 3d rendering a bit better right now, but if you got 2500, then go with the mac pro.


I don't think the Mac Pro comes with a display, so that 2500$ would be sitting there for awhile until I ponied up the cash to buy another 1000$ display,

The specs are nice and all, but the lack of display makes it hard to swallow.
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Posted 11/20/11
Most of my experience with Apple lies in their Mac Mini line. I've used each iteration of the Intel based Mac Mini line since 2007. However, I've yet to use the 2010 unibody and the recently updated one. The latter part of that will change next month. One of the pluses that I've always liked about the line was the low energy consumption. Granted, they have always used a similar setup as what a laptop can offer. That's not so much the case with this as I'm just giving my coin for the Mac Mini and what I used them for. They were very good as an entry level to Apple products, and as general purpose machines, they were just as good.

I'm a writer, so I spend a good deal of my time on the computer typing away at different pieces, researching online for many topics, and at times spending an entire night staring at a blinking cursor as writer's blocks come and go. Being a bass player, I used them to record music. My experience for that wasn't that great, but that's largely in part of my equipment. A ten year old bass and dying instrument cable doesn't sound very good. I never ponied up enough cash to buy the slightly more expensive version as it wasn't necessary.

Another portion of why I delved into those expensive as hell machines was security. With all the research, I did end up walking into a few computer viruses of various types every week. That's largely in part of how popular Windows machines compared to Mac or Linux machines.

As a basic computing machine, the Mac Mini exceeded my expectations and did lower my energy bill a bit. It could have been less if I didn't pass out while writing several times a month though. If I had used the various software while I had the Mac Mini, I'd give examples of animation programs. Unfortunately, my experience with production software with the Mac Mini lineup was limited to Photoshop and an office suite. Never had much problems with those.

The last thing that drew me to buying the Mac Mini was the footprint. Having a 6.5 inch square that can handle whatever I need to use was rather nice. The new one is 7.7 inch squared, half an inch shorter. For my cramped desk, it's a great thing to have when I can't afford the space of a desktop and monitor. As I already own a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I didn't see a reason to get an iMac or MacBook/Pro/Air as I already own a laptop for on the go.

I'd give my two cents on the other computers that Apple has up if I had experience with any recent form. Unfortunately for me, my last bit of experience with a MacBook was back when I was in high school, and iMacs haven't been a part of my life for six years.
Posted 11/20/11

Yotsuya wrote:

Most of my experience with Apple lies in their Mac Mini line. I've used each iteration of the Intel based Mac Mini line since 2007. However, I've yet to use the 2010 unibody and the recently updated one. The latter part of that will change next month. One of the pluses that I've always liked about the line was the low energy consumption. Granted, they have always used a similar setup as what a laptop can offer. That's not so much the case with this as I'm just giving my coin for the Mac Mini and what I used them for. They were very good as an entry level to Apple products, and as general purpose machines, they were just as good.

I'm a writer, so I spend a good deal of my time on the computer typing away at different pieces, researching online for many topics, and at times spending an entire night staring at a blinking cursor as writer's blocks come and go. Being a bass player, I used them to record music. My experience for that wasn't that great, but that's largely in part of my equipment. A ten year old bass and dying instrument cable doesn't sound very good. I never ponied up enough cash to buy the slightly more expensive version as it wasn't necessary.

Another portion of why I delved into those expensive as hell machines was security. With all the research, I did end up walking into a few computer viruses of various types every week. That's largely in part of how popular Windows machines compared to Mac or Linux machines.

As a basic computing machine, the Mac Mini exceeded my expectations and did lower my energy bill a bit. It could have been less if I didn't pass out while writing several times a month though. If I had used the various software while I had the Mac Mini, I'd give examples of animation programs. Unfortunately, my experience with production software with the Mac Mini lineup was limited to Photoshop and an office suite. Never had much problems with those.

The last thing that drew me to buying the Mac Mini was the footprint. Having a 6.5 inch square that can handle whatever I need to use was rather nice. The new one is 7.7 inch squared, half an inch shorter. For my cramped desk, it's a great thing to have when I can't afford the space of a desktop and monitor. As I already own a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I didn't see a reason to get an iMac or MacBook/Pro/Air as I already own a laptop for on the go.

I'd give my two cents on the other computers that Apple has up if I had experience with any recent form. Unfortunately for me, my last bit of experience with a MacBook was back when I was in high school, and iMacs haven't been a part of my life for six years.


Thanks! I may end up with a Mac Mini, iMac, MacBook Pro and probably another iMac for my girlfriend or something,,,, Thanks! I recently checked the Mac Mini and the specs are kinda high for a machine so small.
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Posted 11/20/11
I work in a Mac Repair show and also a reseller.
In my house, I have a Mac Pro, a Mac Mini, an iMac, a MacBook (Unibody), a MacBook Air, and two MacBook Pros (Uni and Alu)

(Desktop)

iMac is an all-in-one desktop. I would use this as my main desktop for both storage and graphic designing.

Mac Mini is a good desktop because it's small and very light. If I want to carry this around to work, I can (Normally I don't). I would call it a "Portable Desktop"

Mac Pro is one hell of a desktop. It's the most expensive one and it's also the most powerful one when you are working with Maya or any Graphic design program. If I need a large data storage & an uber powerful desktop. Mac Pro is the one

(Laptop)

MacBook Pro is a universal laptop for most Mac users. It can deal with graphic but not as a good as Mac Pros. MacBook Pro 13 & 15 will have a SSD slot if I want to import any pictures from my camera

MacBook Air is a extremely light laptop and a very convenience laptop I ever seen.

MacBook (unibody). I just use it whenever I want. (NOTE: This one has been discontinued)

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Posted 11/20/11

Aero-Mach wrote:


deepfacespace wrote:

They fixed the screen problems.

Stop fanboying the topic around.

Honestly you need to know what you want to do with your mac, do you want to be limited to your desk or do you want a laptop. Both the macbook pro and the imac can handle music software, and photo programs really well. The imac can deal with 3d rendering a bit better right now, but if you got 2500, then go with the mac pro.


I don't think the Mac Pro comes with a display, so that 2500$ would be sitting there for awhile until I ponied up the cash to buy another 1000$ display,

The specs are nice and all, but the lack of display makes it hard to swallow.


Displays are fairly cheap fyi. You can get a really nice 24 inch monitor from Asus or Samsung (deal on newegg right now) for less then 200. The price of current tech has dropped a lot in the past couple of years.
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Posted 11/20/11

Aero-Mach wrote:

Thanks! I may end up with a Mac Mini, iMac, MacBook Pro and probably another iMac for my girlfriend or something,,,, Thanks! I recently checked the Mac Mini and the specs are kinda high for a machine so small.


No problem. I was surprised how the specs for the mid-2011 Mac Mini has been beefed up this significantly compared to past versions. Although, also take note about the rumor mill. Supposedly Apple will be overhauling most of their lineup for 2012. iPhone, iPod, MacBook Air, and iMac. Another way to save a bit of money is buying refurbished. As I've got a gift card, a refurb 2.5Ghz Mac Mini should only cost me 630. But the problem with that is getting to a refurbished recent model in time before someone else snatches one up.
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Posted 11/27/11
... I know really know why people buy these things...

They're expensive for what they are...

They're out of date when you buy them...

PC are JUST as good at web design and music creation (as ALL of my uni mates in the respective industry agree)

PC are easier to fix... deploy... network... replace... upgrade... all all WITHOUT sending back to the apple shop.

Mac servers are terrible... no member server software can beat AD really... it's just... perfect...and no mail server can beat exchange (i know there are Linux alternatives... but I'm still not convinced as it doesn't link properly with AD... linking exchange with AD makes life SO much easier for both the admin and users!)

Fact is... people who know anything about REAL computing i.e. infrastructure and deployment, managing users and computers in a large company will know that macs... just aren't compatible with work life... because AD is king... ever tried to setup a mac for deployment? even linking it to a AD domain is a pain... Then if it breaks... you've gotta send it back to the apple shop for 6 months to be repaired for about £400 ... with a PC... just whack it open and replace what parts are damaged for £30... done.

They just don't make sense... and it confuses me why people buy them... "using a mac is like shaving with a bowling pin"...

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Posted 11/27/11
id get a imac or a macbook pro hope this helps
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