So I'm thinking of going Mac...

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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
I had always been a Windows boy. It was only in 2014 that I needed to buy a new computer and suddenly needed to choose between a Windows 8 machine, a Mac, or a tablet. I was leaning towards the tablet and eventually reasoned that I might as well spend a little extra for an 'actual' computer...and I got myself a Chromebook. As someone who only needed to do some word processing and watch anime, I loved my Chromebook. It eventually died after about a year and a half and I got myself a second one in late 2015. Which brings us to the present day.

My Chromebook is still going strong and I still love it. That said, I'm still a student and I'm starting to think about the future. What if my future job requires a specific program? What if I need to work with a lot of paper forms which are, quite frankly, a pain to deal with on Google Docs? Also I'm a student now so I have ways of getting Microsoft Office for free, but I don't want to have to continually pay for Microsoft Office in the future.

As of right now, I'm thinking of going Mac, and specifically going iMac over Macbook for several reasons.
1. Having stuff like Pages and Keynote means I can get around buying Microsoft Office.
2. Less/no bloatware on my new machine, which was one of the things I loved most when I got my Chromebook.
3. If I'm going to be dealing more with dongles, I figure I might as well just get a desktop and have the dongles lying on my desk instead of always carrying them around with me.
4. Assuming iMacs and Macbooks are similar in price, might as well get higher specs for my money XD
5. I still have my Chromebook which I still love and plan to carry around. My main motivation for getting a Mac is to have a machine that can handle the things my Chromebook can't do.
6. I'm guessing a desktop lasts longer than a laptop?

Having said that, I want to hear what others think. I'm not as much of a computer guy as I make myself out to be, and I have basically no experience with Apple. What I'm most interested in knowing is:
1) Is it worth paying extra to go MacOS over Windows?
2) If I'm going Mac, am I justified in my above thinking for going iMac over Macbook?
3) Specifically for Mac, what has your Pages to Word conversion experience been like?

Thanks everyone! ^_^
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
I don't know a lot of things about a mac since i don't use that, but i do know that its very very very bad for gaming.
This probably didn't helped you but oh well.
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You could get a better quality PC + the newest version of Microsoft Office for less than the price of a Mac. I think Apple makes very pretty machines but they are definitely overpriced. Even if you want to upgrade to the newest version of Microsoft Office every-time (most people don't need to) it releases every 3 years. You don't get too much more time than that out of a computer nowadays before you upgrade or something breaks anyway.
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/24/17
With a Mac you can use the Bootcamp utility to partition a section on your Mac to hold and use Windows # as if it was a Windows Laptop. You get the best of both worlds
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Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/25/17

SpaceJakey wrote:

You could get a better quality PC + the newest version of Microsoft Office for less than the price of a Mac. I think Apple makes very pretty machines but they are definitely overpriced. Even if you want to upgrade to the newest version of Microsoft Office every-time (most people don't need to) it releases every 3 years. You don't get too much more time than that out of a computer nowadays before you upgrade or something breaks anyway.


Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think the way Microsoft Office works now is that you have to pay a yearly subscription fee of about $80 or so. That means over the course of 5 years I would have paid about $400 which I could have saved by going Mac and using Pages instead of Word. I'm OK with paying a one-time fee for Office; it's the yearly subscription that bothers me.
Posted 8/24/17 , edited 8/25/17

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SpaceJakey wrote:

You could get a better quality PC + the newest version of Microsoft Office for less than the price of a Mac. I think Apple makes very pretty machines but they are definitely overpriced. Even if you want to upgrade to the newest version of Microsoft Office every-time (most people don't need to) it releases every 3 years. You don't get too much more time than that out of a computer nowadays before you upgrade or something breaks anyway.


Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think the way Microsoft Office works now is that you have to pay a yearly subscription fee of about $80 or so. That means over the course of 5 years I would have paid about $400 which I could have saved by going Mac and using Pages instead of Word. I'm OK with paying a one-time fee for Office; it's the yearly subscription that bothers me.


You don't need Microsoft word, there's plenty of opensource word processors. You'll probably need to constantly convert files though which isn't hard but it can be a bother sometimes.
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Drewkun88 wrote:

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think the way Microsoft Office works now is that you have to pay a yearly subscription fee of about $80 or so. That means over the course of 5 years I would have paid about $400 which I could have saved by going Mac and using Pages instead of Word. I'm OK with paying a one-time fee for Office; it's the yearly subscription that bothers me.


Didn't know they had a subscription now, haven't used Office in a while. You can definitely still one-time purchase though (check their website if you are interested).
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Posted 8/29/17 , edited 8/30/17
I have both at home, and I work with both environments for work, so here are my thoughts:

Out of the box, Macs has the best default productivity software. Everything installed is installed for a reason. Tons of virus-free software available at the Mac App Store. Straightforward auto-backup process.

2015 and later Macs are not the same as before. If you're in the market for a brand new Mac, get the most you can afford now. If you get Apple Care, great. If not, any repairs done out of warranty will cost *at least* 200$

PCs I'd say can offer you more high-end specs for the price of a starter iMac. Upgradable and customizable depending on what you'd need it for, and can pretty much run anything and everything you throw its way.

There's zero support though unless you get that extended warranty from either the manufacturer or retail store you purchased it from---which only applies to the hardware. For software, you have to deal with the developers.
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Posted 8/29/17 , edited 8/30/17
if OP is considering a Mac, it might be best to wait. 8th gen intel is right around the corner, and maybe Apple will release newer Mac models with the updated processors from intel.

this also goes if OP decides to get a PC. it's probably best to wait for the 8th gen processors - there should be a price drop for 7th gen once the 8th gen is released
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Posted 8/31/17 , edited 8/31/17
Congrats on buying an over priced piece of junk 8D

I know that's not helpful but their pretty bad for almost everything.
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Posted 8/31/17 , edited 8/31/17

HopexLight wrote:I know that's not helpful but their pretty bad for almost everything.


totally agreed. Windows is definitely bett
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Posted 9/4/17 , edited 9/4/17
I grew up on Mac's; my dad worked at Apple. That said, I have a bias towards Apple products. But I've never been able to afford a new one, so instead I buy Mac's cheap off the internet or off of craigslist. I bought a 2007 Macbook Pro, but it had an aftermarket battery on it; it blew up three times. So I don't buy Apple Laptops anymore; even with the new ones, there going with a "less is more" approach--meaning, no CD/DVD drives, less peripherals, etc. Last month I bought an iMac from TechRabbit on eBay. It's running El Capitan, but everything works great! I've still yet to transfer my programs and files off my Macbook, but this computer is pretty good, for what it's worth. Upside to mac's are less viruses (literally, like almost none), great UI's, simpler interface, and a mac can do pretty much anything a PC can do, and it's great for creative apps.
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