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Mac Specs: 15" MBP-Early 2011, i7, 16GB, 1TB HD; 13" MBA-Mid 2013, i5, 4GB, 250GB SSD; iPhone 6+,128GB

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I am a long time PC user who recently purchased a macbook pro (late 2011, i7, 16GB ram, 1TB HD) with Mt Lion. I also have a Asus (i7, 8 GB of ram, 750 GB HD) with Windows 8. I can say from comparing the two the mac will smoke the asus. Why? Operating system. OS X is just so much more simplistically clean.

I work in media and use adobe software daily. The mac runs premiere pro CS6 and photoshop CS6 smoother than my Asus with Windows 8. Saving, scrolling, encoding, editing of video or photos are all smoothly done. With Windows there is always those slight hesitations and moments of waiting for whatever it is doing.

It just depends on what you are doing and believe me, an upgrade from the atom processor to anything else - an i3, i5, i7, will make a HUGE difference in performance.

As to start up times...I usually "sleep" my mac and rarely restart so start up is instant. I have never had a Windows OS that would "sleep" well. They all seemed to eventually over time start hanging up and have to be restarted.

Granted the mac will cost more but "you get what you pay for" is very true.
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