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Does Windows 8 suck?

I need a new laptop for school/writing/scientific programming/mefiting. I will be spending a lot of time on buses so I need it to be light. I've always had a PC but may switch to a Mac since I heard that Windows 8 sucks. Does it? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Jun 3, 2014 - 43 answers

Will upgrading my mid-2010 Macbook Pro solve all of my problems?

My mid-2010 Macbook Pro doesn't handle streaming video or huge Excel files well. Would a comprehensive upgrade solve my problems, or am I better off buying a new computer? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Help with finding an inexpensive laptop

I need a laptop for travel for about 3-4 weeks a year, and up to this point I have always had an old one I can tote around, I recently bought a series of older macbooks through craigslist that did the job for a little while, but both, for various reasons are no longer working and can't be fixed without a lot of cost. I am hesitant to try for another craiglist computer, because of my recent experiences, but I also don't want to lay out the money for a new macbook because of how infrequently it will be used, it just seems, well, wasteful both monetarily and also letting a new computer collect dust. It needs to be able to run Adobe CS 5 or 6, it can either be a mac or pc, though ideally a mac. If no other options present themselves, I would most likely look at Apple refurbished. But are there any other sources that I am overlooking?
posted by nanook on Feb 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Mac-less in Seattle (but hopefully not for long)

I know everyone asks the "which mac?!" question constantly, but it's a bit of a moving target, isn't it? I am looking to replace my 2008 MacBook (aluminum). I know that the recommendation is to buy either the Retina MBP, or the MBAir. But would I be shooting myself in the foot if I bought a non-Retina MBP? Caveat: Can't really wait months and months for the next and newest--this is my work computer and I can't afford to have it crap out without a replacement. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Dec 30, 2013 - 15 answers

13 or 15 inch macbook for Ableton Live?

I want to buy a new Retina Macbook Pro for live performances with Ableton Live. For all other purposes I'd go with the 13-inch model because it is more portable, but I'm worried that 1) the screen will be too small to see all the tracks, or 2) the dual-core processor won't be fast enough compared to the quad-core in 15-inch models. Can anyone speak from experience? Was a 13" good enough?
posted by scose on Oct 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Viable Mac setup?

What I want to do is get a Macbook Air, partition one of my externals for Windows and at least 1 Linux distro so that I can play with all three systems. However, my only concern is that I'm not forseeing some possible issues with getting a mostly basic level 13 in Air. Before you ask, I don't want a Pro since my current laptop is a beast, portability really is a concern for me for several months out of the year, and I want to experience the opposite end of the weight and ready-to-go spectrum. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 7, 2013 - 10 answers

MacBook for College Student?

My friend's daughter is going off to college to major in media studies. What would be the best MacBook -- new or used -- for her? Ideally it would be able to handle video editing, while still being light. It needs to be as cheap as possible, but it should run Mountain Lion so she can get through most of her college career without having to replace it. What do you suggest? (NB The "Mac" part isn't negotiable.)
posted by lore on Aug 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Trading a desktop for a laptop

About a year ago I bought a refurbished iMac. I now totally regret buying a desktop computer and really wish I had a laptop instead. Is there any way for me to trade in my still perfectly-functional iMac for a Mac laptop? (In NYC if it matters) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me not get scammed buying a computer used

After my previous question, I'm considering buying a used Mac laptop via Craigslist. Help me not get scammed? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Plastic protective covering for 17" Macbook Pro (not unibody)

Where can I find a plastic protective cover for this model of Macbook Pro 17"? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Feb 22, 2013 - 1 answer

Macs stick around. What about other laptops?

I would like to save up for a new laptop. My current laptop is an original (2006) black MacBook. Should I save up for a new/refurb MacBook [Pro/Air], or are there less expensive but high-quality PC laptops out there? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Finding the perfect Mac laptop for an indecisive Windows-based web developer

I'm a web developer / eLearning developer on Windows 7 looking to: 1) Get a Mac because I need to be able to test sites quickly and easily on my own; 2) Get a Windows-bootable unit that can act as my backup machine when my Asus throws a tantrum as it did this week; and 3) Get a reasonably portable Windows-bootable laptop that can handle Photoshop and other resource hogs so that I can work on it at client sites without having to barely squish the Asus (aka "The Clydesdale") into my largest backpack. Ideally, I could get all three in one machine that wouldn't cost the earth. Please join me as I anguish over the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and other options. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Best way to install a blacklist on a Mac computer?

My dad's computer was (mildly) compromised a few months ago - he visited "one of those sites" and ended up clicking "ok" to the dialog boxes and installing an unwanted (and very hard to get rid of) toolbar, which also changed his search engine and home page. This happened TWICE, just a few weeks apart. I've since installed a browser add-on that will prevent that particular type of mischief from happening again. But... [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Jun 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Controlling the MacBook heat in LA

MacBook heatsink repair tech needed in Los Angeles - Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by chambers on May 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Laptop can no longer hold a battery charge

What does it mean if overnight my 5 year old MacBook Pro stopped working without being connected to power? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 23, 2012 - 17 answers

An old laptop, not all keys work

I have an old Mac laptop from 2006, it works pretty good. The main problem is that 4 keys don't work on it, I spilled water on the keyboard and "r", "s", "f" and "4" don't work. Should I just donate the computer? Who would want it? Should I try and sell it on craigslist? Would anyone want it?
posted by raspsgirl on Jan 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Why is the internet (via ethernet) working on one pc but not on another or a mac?

Internet works on one windows 7 laptop via ethernet but not on a macbook pro and not on another windows 7 laptop. Ethernet is my only option right now, router is not available. I want to fix this particular issue not internet connection sharing (thank you for thinking though). [more inside]
posted by iNfo.Pump on Dec 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Best option for emergency mac replacement

Need specific mac buying advice: I marinated my 2008 MacBook in coffee this morning and will likely need to replace it after work today or tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Nov 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Wrist cooling solution for laptop user?

I'm overheating because my MacBook Pro's wrist areas get very hot. What's the best way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

I want to use my monitor and prolong the battery!

Will connecting an external monitor to a new Macbook Pro wreck the battery life? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Jul 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Mac vs. PC for college?

Macbook pro or dell latitude e6320 for a new college student (me)? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jul 27, 2011 - 21 answers

my Dell is 1,000 in computer years ...

MacBook vs MacBook Air--which do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Jun 28, 2011 - 28 answers

How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one?

How do I buy a non-Apple battery for my 2008-era Macbook Pro and ensure it's the right one? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jun 27, 2011 - 8 answers

$20 projector! Now what?

Can I project from my laptop with this $20 projector? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Apr 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Windows machine with a Mac feature?

Notebook PC: I'm considering getting a nicer Windows notebook to use in addition to my MacBook Pro and there is one key feature that I've only found on Macs: 2-finger scrolling on the trackpad. [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Mar 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Connect Four? No, just one.

Please -- please! -- help me troubleshoot a vexing wireless connectivity problem. Just to put this front and center: I am not knowledgeable about computers. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 24, 2011 - 8 answers

The Switch Back

ComputerBuyingFilter: My beloved iBook is on his last legs. I haven't owned a Windows computer in nearly 7 years, but I'm considering buying one as my next computer. What would you tell a longtime Mac user who's considering going Windows? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Feb 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Is there a PC laptop that I will enjoy using as much as my Mac?

Is there a high end PC laptop that I will enjoy as much as my Mac? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Jan 18, 2011 - 25 answers

my macbook thinks its the frikkin messiah.

why would my macbook decide to power on some days, but play dead with me on others? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Jan 14, 2011 - 5 answers

I'm a Mac, and I can't get on the internets.

Wireless internet conundrums. After internet signal problems being repaired by the internet provider and plugging into the modem directly showing that the connection itself is fine, the wireless goes out every few minutes for the Macs in the house, but works fine for the PC. [more inside]
posted by elpea on Dec 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Pick from two used Macs

Hand-me-down laptop decision: MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Dec 3, 2010 - 22 answers

FML

How can I find my Macbook's serial number without the Macbook? [more inside]
posted by anotherkate on Oct 31, 2010 - 6 answers

Mac Powerbook Needs to be Reconfigured

How should I reconfigure my Mac powerbook G4, and other mac-related growth advice. [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Oct 25, 2010 - 18 answers

I'm a PC person- wondering if I should I buy a Macbook Pro?

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? [more inside]
posted by jennz on Oct 21, 2010 - 29 answers

Apple flambe!

Asking for a friend: What is the best cooling station for a Macbook (13", not Pro)? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Is a Macbook Pro worth the extra $150?

What's the advantage of a Macbook Pro over a Macbook? Does it justify the extra $150? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 10, 2010 - 30 answers

Fucking internet, how does it work?

Weird internet blockageā€”problem resolved, but mystery remains. Macintosh and Time Warner cable internet insideā€¦ [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on May 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Is it a computer or a doorstop?

Please help me decide whether this laptop should be repaired or tossed. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Which apple should I bite?

Macbook vs. Macbook Pro: are FireWire and the aluminum exterior worth the extra $200? Is there another difference I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 22, 2010 - 17 answers

Single user, looking for long term relationship with the laptop of my dreams. Love of linux a must

Help me find the most durable laptop that will play well with Ubuntu [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jan 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Dock recommendations for a 2 year-old Macbook Prop?

I'm trying to make my "main computer" my 2 year-old MacBook Pro instead of my home-built desktop. How can I best do this? Does anyone have any dock recommendations for that MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jan 13, 2010 - 21 answers

Mac vs HP: The laptop question

Did I do the right thing buying a HP and not a Mac? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Dec 31, 2009 - 43 answers

Is mac really better than pc? Help me buy a decent student computer.

I've been a happy Pc-er for the last couple years. That is, until a few months ago when my AVG failed me and my pavilion got all virused up... Twice. Ultimately I had to d-ban the poor thing. Since I was only 'mostly sure' I still had the original operating system disks, I have since been using my mom's mac. While I've been slowly getting used to the system (on a casual basis, no work yet, just internet) I still miss the windows format. My old tower is past it's prime, even with a new system. I'm about to become a student in English and am highly discouraged by previous Windows failings. Should I release the ghost and go with the more 'secure' mac? Or stick with my roots? I would like some advice on my next computer purchase. I'm looking for a laptop that can handle a students workload for the next... lets face it, many years, with minimal extras. The only thing it needs, is to be fast. I break things that go slow. I'm not looking to game (much) or download + store music (at all), I just need to research crap at high speed. All suggestions are greatly appreciated. Cheers!
posted by Miss Mitz on Nov 24, 2009 - 39 answers

Music-making: Suggest a capable laptop, please!

Which laptop computer for making music? It's PC vs Mac with the usual provisos... [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Nov 24, 2009 - 13 answers

How to restore a glossy laptop screen?

Is there any way to restore the glossy coating on a Macbook Pro screen? [more inside]
posted by bashos_frog on Nov 15, 2009 - 8 answers

I just accidentally broke my friend's ridiculously fragile brand new laptop. Please help me fix it.

My good friend just purchased a $3k Apple laptop, which she received today. I spent four hours this afternoon installing software and setting it up for her. Once we were all done, and ready to go out and celebrate good times, new laptops, and Friday nights, we high fived, and I shut the laptop gently...with the tiny, clear, flexible, plastic charger cap unknowingly inside. Now the screen is completely cracked, fractalled, damaged, and very sadly colorful. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 24, 2009 - 29 answers

Pick the Perfect Mac Laptop

Which Mac laptop should I buy? Needs and specs inside. [more inside]
posted by misha on Oct 20, 2009 - 19 answers

DHCP giving clients addresses with prior DNS record

DHCP giving out IP address leases with pre-existing DNS entries for the wrong machine causing network chaos on a mixed windows & mac environment, and it's the macs who are having the problems. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Oct 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Updating OS on a New Mac...While Keeping it Virginally New

I'm donating a Mac laptop, and it's loaded with 10.6.0. I want to upgrade it to 10.6.1, but then still have the computer start up for them "virgin" (i.e. with the "welcome to macintosh" rigamarole and with no other accounts appearing). [NOTE: you may believe that's a silly thing to desire. Your disdain has been pre-registered, but I stupidly persist in hoping for this result]. Is there any way to update the OS and then completely erase my own footprints? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Sep 20, 2009 - 9 answers

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