Our family has gotten into a situation where we need to purchase a new desktop and one new laptop really soon. We've had various brands throughout the years, some good and some not so great. I especially seem to be hard on my laptop. I travel with it and use it every night at home. Sometimes I fall asleep with it in my lap or take it to bed and leave it on all night and work at various times when I wake up. We live in a rural part of the US and computer repair stores are not plentiful around here. The last time I had my laptop worked on, it was in the shop for two weeks, cost $150, and developed the same problem two weeks later. My 40ish old son is trying to convince us to go to Macs. I've been looking on line. It seems to me that maybe the way to go is to get a iMac for our desktop and then replace my laptop with a 13 inch MacBookPro which will be a lot easier to travel with. He has had a MacBook and an iMac for several years with absolutely no problems. The grandkids use Skype to connect with us and aren't always the most careful kids with computers, but still they just don't have any problems. I feel like I might be too old to switch from a PC to a Mac at this stage in my life, but I'm also too old to put up with all these problems we seem to be having with our present situation. I had hoped to hold out until Black Friday to purchase PC's, but if I decide to go with Macs I might as well do it now and have some piece of mind. I've never heard anyone with a Mac say they've been sorry they switched from a PC. I just hope I won't get too frustrated trying to learn a new operating system. I use Microsoft Office (mostly Word, Outlook, and Excel). I also usually have 3 to 5 webpages open at the same time. I use Quickbooks daily. I have Brother label makers that I use every day. IF I had a decent desktop, I might not be so dependent on using the laptop so much at home. I got used to using it all the time at home when my husband had gone back to school and had taken over the desktop everynight doing research and printing papers. I'm just not tech savy enough to know what to do, but I do know I have to do something to save my sanity! Can some of you give me some advice??
So the main questions are: "Should I get a Mac?" and "Should I get a desktop to take some of the wear and tear off a laptop?" Computer geeks will give better answers the more detailed and more specific the questions.
Lots of people use "lesser quality" laptops every day for years with few or no problems. Of course, some people aren't so lucky. If you took it to bed with you often, and, say, the blankets blocked the exhaust fan port, that could have made it operate hotter than it normally would have. Or if you fall asleep with it in your lap and maybe bang it around a bit with your knees, etc. Minor stuff like that can take its toll over time.
I'm curious what yours was in the shop for. If it was something serious or what.
It doesn't sound like you need a high-powered computer for office/text stuff you do, or even need much memory for having 3-5 webpages open, etc. Considering the good laptop deals nowadays for $300 or even less... if you're looking at $1100+(?) MacBookPro, you could buy four Windows laptops for the price of one of those. And an iMac starts at over $1000 it looks like. Are Macs made out of gold or something?
Support on $300 laptops is crap. Universally. You simply cannot compare the two.
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I would look at getting a desktop and then one of the business class laptops you can get next day onsite support for most for about 100.00 for 2 years or get a square trade warraty alling alseep with a laptop is never good. If you use a Brother label printer and Quickbooks make sure that there is a printer driver for the MAC and the version of Quickbooks for the MAC will import your version that you are currently using on your PC.
For use in bed you may want to look at a tablet they are more bed friendly than a laptop.
If you think getting a PC repaired in a small town was tough try finding an authorized Apple repair place.
For the purpose that the OP is using for, buying a mac would be overkill when it comes to cost. This is the slickdeals forum for a reason. Plus we will need to know your budget in order to suggest certain laptops/desktops.
Don't get a mac, too expensive. What is your budget? And there is no need to go to a computer repair store when you need help to fix something. There's a great place called Slickdeals forums. Great community and free help
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I'm getting a Degree in IT. That has nothing to do with my decision but basically everyone in my classes run a MAC. Maybe they aren't right, but I was one of the VERY few with a pc.
I sold computers at Best Buy up until about a month ago. I have seen people buy $350 retail laptops and come back the next year and buy another.
Most people will have a virus and yes, a computer shop is going to cost $150-200 to fix. So think of that.
I've owned a dell 4 years ago, and an HP 2 years ago and just bought a mac. I cannot say enough about how impressed I am. I feel like I'm in control instead of Windows slowly killing me.
If you want a computer that can last 4-6 years with minor problems *battery* then you should go mac. Maybe get a Macbook pro 13 and a mac mini.
I'll never go back to PC.
Then there are plenty of us who build our own computers and they don't fail at all. Macs are very useful if you are willing to use it for certain reasons such graphic design, video editing, or just prefer operating system and functionality. But to believe that Windows based laptops will fail after 4-6 years is ridiculous. The reason why laptop batteries fail is due to how users use it. Many laptop users will keep charging the battery and not let the battery run to 0 causing the battery's maximum charge to decrease.
Also, many laptop users don't take care their computers like they are suppose to. They never have system restore on, never have anti-virus, never use disk cleanup, and never take care of what needs to be done on their computers every once in awhile. They go to the store to buy a laptop without even taking any of the steps or reinstall the operating system.
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Mac -vs- PC is pretty much like a religious discussion.
According to consumer reports, for laptops Apple doesn't have a significantly higher reliability rating than Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo, Gateway, or HP. Apple laptops have a small reliability advantage compared to Sony, Compaq and Dell (9% of Apple laptops bought from 2008-2011 needing repairs, versus 12% for Sony, Compaq and Dell). For desktops, Gateways may be something to avoid for now (17% needing repairs). Apple is at 7%, Compaq at 11%, Dell and Acer at 12% and HP at 13% (differences of less than 5% are not significant).
I'm sure there are surveys/polls out there that say Apple has significantly better reliability, and others that say the exact opposite. My opinion is get whatever you want, the odds are it will be fine; you can't generalize from any one person's experience.
I took my time and waited for coupon + rebate + clearance and purchased a Toshiba laptop for $350 over 3 years ago and haven't had a single issue with it. However, I would never say that this means any $350 Toshiba laptop will be problem free for at least 3 years. I know someone who purchased a Macbook pro less than a year ago and had to have it shipped back for repairs twice, and now something else has gone wrong with it and they have to go back to the Apple Store to get it looked at. But I will never say that this means that all Macbooks are bad, and no one should ever buy one.
Anyway, something to be aware of is that your license for Microsoft Office cannot be transferred to a Mac. You can transfer it to another PC, as long as you deactivate it from your old computer. So, include buying a new version of Office in your cost calculations for switching to a Mac, if you weren't planning on buying a new version of Office anyway.
I don't know if you can transfer a Quicken licenses from a PC to a Mac.
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