I'm a PC person- wondering if I should I buy a Macbook Pro?
October 21, 2010 3:04 PM Subscribe
I've been generally a loyal PC user, but I'm thinking about getting a 13" 2.66GHz Macbook Pro. I'm looking for a lightweight and sturdy laptop to carry from class to class. For my purposes, is this the right laptop for me?
posted by jennz to computers & internet (29 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Recently I've been looking into buying the 13" 2.66GHz Macbook Pro. I'm a 2nd year college art student, and I'm looking for a laptop to last me for the rest of my time in school. However, i'm a complete novice when it comes to macs.
I'm drawn to the MBP mainly because of its hardware. It seems really sturdy and well built, but still lightweight. And also, the screen and trackpad are really quite amazing. I'm bit wary about the Core 2 Duo, but from what I've seen it doesn't seem much of a difference between that and say, a Core i3.
My previous laptop was a Dell Inspiron E1505... It lasted me about 4 years, but it's bulky, really heavy, has heating problems, and one of the screen hinges started breaking after a year. Pretty much, i'm terrified of getting a similar laptop again.
My current main computer is a desktop PC (that I built myself), so this is solely for me to take to classes. I have a netbook, and although it's convenient as hell, it's just too small- the keyboard perpetuates my tendinitis, it has heating problems, and it just isn't as powerful as I want it to be (It can hardly load youtube videos). I've also looked at the 14" Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 as well, but it's a bit heavier and bulkier, and according to some reviews, the screen resolution isn't very good. Price isn't a huge issue, the extra $400 will be worth it if I'm happy with my computer. Plus, I'll be getting a $150 discount if I buy at my university.
So, does this Mac seem right, or are there other computers you think would suit my needs? What are your experiences with Macs? What's the Applecare like, and is it worth it? For someone who's very proficient with PCs, buying a Mac is a big step for me, so I want to know I'm not going to regret this decision.