08-30-2013, 07:10 PM
A Mac is a nice machine - no doubt.
We're not trying to steer you away nor specifically towards a Mac.
Most of us are around here because we like our Macs.
But, we don't have too many "fan boys" here that are just going to tell you it's the greatest thing since sliced bread no matter what.
Would still suggest you head out and visit both an Apple store - get some one on one time with an associate and get them to show you around a Mac - ask questions - talk to them about the sorts of things you need to do and how is that done. Then go visit a Windows shop. You should come away from that experience with a lot better idea of which you would like to invest your hard earned money in.
Just from your first post, the lowest end Mac you can buy will "for sure" work circles around what you're using now.
But then, the lowest end "brand new" Windows box likely will also - although, possible not for as long without more maintenance than is required on a Mac. As this as you say is a "work" machine - don't buy some el cheapo $300-$500 netbook.
Stick around the forum for awhile and you'll see a lot of posts similar to the above from Iclev.