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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Dec 29, 2012
    Stick with Mac or switch to Windows?
    Hi Guys,

    Around 6 months ago now I purchased my first every MacBook Pro (Mid 2012) after being a Windows user for over 10 years however I've run into some difficulties;

    In the 6 months I've had it, its had to go in for repair twice due to hardware faults which were not caused by myself - the 1st time was for a logic board replacement and the 2nd time was as the keyboard stopped working. These are issues that I was prepared to overlook however recently I was required to re-install OSX which I did with the guidance of an Apple Care specialist...

    The only thing is that when I re-installed OSX, it somehow backdated itself to Lion when the system came with Mountain Lion pre-installed. I've spoken to Apple Care about this for over a week to try and resolve the issue and the current update is that they cannot give me a redemption code for Mountain Lion and also cannot explain whats happened. After numerous calls to them about this I've now got 3 options available to me...

    1) Purchased Mountain Lion for £14 and Apple Care will give me £60 worth of Apple Store vouchers due to the issue

    2) Full refund on my MacBoo Pro Mid 2012 (Spec Below)

    15-inch MacBook Pro
    With the following configuration:
    •2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    •8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    •750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
    •SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    •MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display

    3) Take the refund and purchase something like this laptop which is almost the equivalent cost of my MacBook Pro;

    Chassis & Display
    Vortex Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
    Processor (CPU)
    Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-3630QM (2.40GHz) 6MB
    Memory (RAM)
    Graphics Card
    2 x NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680M - 4.0GB DDR5 Video RAM (Special Offer)
    Memory - Hard Disk
    120GB KINGSTON HYPERX 3K SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s (upto 555MB/sR | 510MB/sW)
    2nd Hard Disk
    750GB WD SCORPIO BLACK WD7500BPKT, SATA 3 Gb/s, 16MB CACHE (7200 rpm)

    Now don't get me wrong, I have really and still do enjoy using my MacBook Pro - the interface is great, it doesn't feel clunky, everything feels smoother and simpler, it can handle mid range gaming (Which I was surprised about) and although I'm yet to try it - I can only assume its going to be great for Photo, Video and Music Production as well but the fact that a few things have gone wrong so far hardware wise and that that its been difficult for me to get reimbursed for the Mountain Lion loss has obviously been quite frustrating;

    I've done countless hours of research online to try and find out what system (Mac or Windows) will be best for what I want and for the most part the overall conclusion is a Mac...

    I'm just looking for some final advice on whats best for what I want / need before I go back to Apple in the next 1-2 days with my decision on how I wish to proceed;

    What I'm Looking For

    I want a system primarily for;

    1) General Use
    2) Photo and Video Production / Editing
    3) Music Production
    4) Casual Gaming

    Now, as discussed I know that a MBP can do all of the above but for the cost which was circa £1750 in the Christmas sales I can get a Windows specced laptop as above which I was advised would blow my MBP out of the water in terms of power and capabilities. In fairness, the company advised that it is a "Gaming Laptop" but that I will find that top end gaming laptops are almost identical spec wise to what you need for Photo, Video and Music Production / Editing...

    I would have considered buying a replacement MBP but as the sale is no longer on it would mean paying an extra £150 - £200 for a system that is ALMOST like for like;

    I dont want to ignite a Windows vs Mac war but for what I want I could use some guidance from the more experienced users. If its best to stick with Mac for the stuff that I want then thats what I'll do however if based on the issues that I've had / money and cost of another system with higher specs will be a better option then this is something I'll consider!

  2. #2

    RavingMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 07, 2008
    In Denial
    4GB Mac Mini 2012, 13" MBA, 15" MacBook Pro OSX 10.7, 32 GB iPhone 3GS, iPad2 64gb 3G
    I would take the refund and buy a 15in MBP from the Apple refurb store.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

  3. #3

    pigoo3's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    If you're asking yourself whether to stay with a Mac or return to the Windows's really entirely your call.

    It's like asking chocolate ice cream or vanilla? Get what you like. And what you like/prefer may be different from someone else. So again...your call.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    osxx's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 19, 2008
    houston texas
    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    Quote Originally Posted by RavingMac View Post
    I would take the refund and buy a 15in MBP from the Apple refurb store.
    I will second this option along with getting AppleCare on it.

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    chas_m's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    If the problem is hardware and you otherwise enjoy using the machine ... then its pretty obvious isn't it? Get another Mac.

  6. #6

    SWMacGuy's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jul 04, 2013
    Macintosh Quadra 700, 64 / 1.4 SCSI. Macbook Pro 3.1 2007 2.4 / 4 / 128SSD / 1TB SATA
    +1 with chas_m there... Just if you do go to Windows don`t go 8


  7. #7

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    Well Elmzeh suggest you have probably made up your mind. Go with what you think best. As suggested if you go Windows stick with Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  8. #8

    Member Since
    Jul 04, 2013
    How much do you need Windows?
    Hi Elmzeh,

    All good advice in the posts below -- I switched from PC to Mac about 5 years ago, and thankfully have never had a serious hardware problem; maybe I'm just lucky. On the whole, I just find it a better, more user friendly machine, and because there aren't so many variations (ie brands of different hardware, and software vendors who don't need to clear their product with the OS developers), getting help is a lot easier. HOWEVER, there is one application I use all the time that only comes in a Windows version, and that is my only complaint with having a Mac. If you are trying to use Windows software on a Mac, Parallels is good but it just doesn't perform like a real PC. In that case, I'd say you have a harder decision, and the best way to decide is probably to test a Mac with the Windows software you need, and see if the performance is adequate. But if you don't have a need for any Windows software, I'd suggest that you just got a lemon, and should get another new or refurbished Mac.

    Good luck!

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