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    now christmas is over we're thinking about getting a new 'puter and the macs have been recommended

    I have lots of questions though and probably more as I know the answers to these

    is a laptop or a desktop model better?
    Can I use the same programs I use on my pc?
    is there a minimum model I should look at?
    how different is it for example how easy will it be to find my way back here on a mac?
    anything I should try and buy with it thats needed to make it work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by disneydiva, post: 96348
    now christmas is over we're thinking about getting a new 'puter and the macs have been recommended

    I have lots of questions though and probably more as I know the answers to these

    is a laptop or a desktop model better?
    Can I use the same programs I use on my pc?
    is there a minimum model I should look at?
    how different is it for example how easy will it be to find my way back here on a mac?
    anything I should try and buy with it thats needed to make it work?
    Now that`s what I call good timing!
    I am at your stage right now so I`m looking forward to the replies to this!





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    I'm in the middle of writing an email on this so I'll copy paste it when done unless catrancher gets here first
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    ok basic answers first to your specific questions

    laptop or desktop, totally depends on your usage. If you're only ever going to plump it on a desk then a desktop is fine and you can perhaps get a larger screen. The iMac is a perfect desktop computer. Silent, fast and neat, an all in one unit


    However, remember that a laptop will give you all that and the ability to take it into the lounge when its cold in the office in winter or even to orlando with you.



    PC apps CAN be run on a mac, if you buy a cheapy pc compatibility program like this one http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/ It's brilliant! your normal pc apps will work fast and just as you had them on your pc.

    Minimum model.... well all the entry level macs are quite capable. In fact people often say macs are expensive and thats because you can't get a "slow" mac, they start off quite highly specced. (the LOWEST spec will be the mac mini)

    How hard? not hard at all It's *different* thats for sure, but not so much that you'll be flummaxed turning it on or anything. Most people say that the best way to get used to a mac, is forget the PC way you've got used to and just approach it in a common sense "how it should work" kinda way. In other words, it's intuitive as long as you dont think hang on thats different to the pc

    Stuff to buy with it, nothing really! It'll come with ilife which provides truly great photo/video editing and much more. I do recommend iwork http://www.apple.com/iwork/ which is the apple version of Microsoft office (but better in my opinion). I think you get a voucher for a discount when you buy a new mac
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    Here's the apple page on switching
    http://www.apple.com/getamac/whymac/

    ps I'm really not as biased as I seem :) I use both windows and macosx, unix and others at work. It's just that I really do believe that for "trouble free" computing, the mac experience is very hard to beat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawn, post: 96361
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    Well - since a Mac is just a PC in nice box these days - you may as well get a PC and save a bunch of money! An entry level iMac 780 has a 500 PC inside. They look much better but you can get a much more powerful PC for less money - and you can probably run the Apple software on it - if you really have to.

    The biggest Mac news in the last couple of years was that you could now get Windows on your Mac so you could run all the Windows applications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ieuanr, post: 96442
    Well - since a Mac is just a PC in nice box these days - you may as well get a PC and save a bunch of money! An entry level iMac 780 has a 500 PC inside. They look much better but you can get a much more powerful PC for less money - and you can probably run the Apple software on it - if you really have to.
    I understand the sentiment but I don't agree with the conclusion It's hard, very hard, to run Apple software on a normal pc because you basically have to run a hacked version of the operating system, if it works at all, it won't be a pain free operation.
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    Cannot really see why you would want to run it anyway. It's not that good!

    Mac's really look nice though!

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