New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

MacBook - Thinking of making the switch

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

Member Since: Aug 26, 2007
Posts: 17
vgjfelix is on a distinguished road

vgjfelix is offline
Hi all,

Been reading, researching and looking at the macbook and am on the verge of getting one but need convincing as I'm a mac virgin.

I guess the first question is reliability and longjevity. I know macs are supposed to be renowed for their reliability but the volume of posts on here seems to suggest otherwise - the last laptop I had corrupted in spectacular fashion twice so that's why I've not really been into laptops for a while. Secondly, if I get the base macbook model (2ghz 1gb ram version) will it last for three+ years? I am a teacher/student so would be using it mostly for office, a program called smartboard (if anyone has heard of it) and then general web stuff. I might also do some basic photo/video/audio editing and use quark for some newpaper designing. It's unlikely I will do anything with high-end graphics use and I won't be using it for games at all (well, maybe Championship Manager but no fps or anything like that).

Next, I would still like the safety net of windows so will likely have it on the macbook and use a couple of programs (for example, there are some poker sites and programs I use that I'm not sure work on the mac). How does windows perform in general and how does it impare the overall performance?

So I guess the general questions are is it relatively futureproof for three years and can I do what I'm saying I'll do with it?

As a point of comparison I currently have a:
3800+ Athlon 64 (I think it's 2.4 or 2.1 ghz)
1gb ram (cossair)
72gb raptor drive (7200rpm - so it's quite quick)

It's two years old but still quick on general usage (not played any games on it for a while).

I've alternatively consider g4 ibooks and powerbooks because I read that some programs do run too well with the intel processors (but I'm not sure). The real issue for me is that I don't know how well macs age. Do ibooks still have a lot of life in them.

Thanks for advice in advance and note I have read a lot of stuff on the forum but, of course, everyone's needs and situations are unique and I'm after specific answers.

p.s. my budget is no more than £700 so MBP are out of the question.


QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Aug 25, 2007
Posts: 18
tipsy is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 13.3" 2GHz 80GB

tipsy is offline
If you're a teacher, go into an apple store in the uk with proof. I just bought the entry level one (im a student in the UK) and honestly believe i have never made a better decision.

With education discount it only cost me £608 in store, as opposed to the 650 on the education website!
QUOTE Thanks

sanity1082's Avatar
Member Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posts: 882
sanity1082 has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: macbook/iphone/ipod nano/ipod shuffle

sanity1082 is offline
i cant answer all the questions about reliability because i just bought my first mac about 3 months ago. i have not regreted the switch.

as far as running windows i run it using bootcamp. Through bootcamp i have had no problems running windows. the main reason why i run it using boot camp is i didnt want to spend the extra money on parrells or fusion. i only use windows once a week for about an hour.
QUOTE Thanks

kuchiki's Avatar
Member Since: Jul 25, 2007
Posts: 245
kuchiki has a spectacular aura about

kuchiki is offline
I am a relatively recent switcher myself (also the Macbook as my first Mac ever) and up until now it has been just great...there have been a few times when I would get frustrated but that wasn't Apple's fault but rather the fault of hardware companies that consider supporting the Mac is unneccessary.
I do recommend getting the Macbook for is a very nice piece of hardware indeed and the best: installing windows on it via bootcamp is easier than installing windows on a regular PC!!!
Why you ask? Well, all the drivers you need are on one CD (burned by boot camp) and all the drivers just conflicts whatsoever.
I would definately say that Macs are the better PCs if you dont like OS X you still have a great windows laptop that looks slick


My newly created blog: reviews, sites, giveaways and more! Home of iMountIt
QUOTE Thanks

virtuoso06's Avatar
Member Since: Jul 16, 2007
Location: Philadelphia PA
Posts: 67
virtuoso06 is an unknown at this point
Mac Specs: Macbook 2.16gHz 1GB ram white, 60GB iPod Photo

virtuoso06 is offline
I've been a mac user my whole life and have seen a few laptops in my days. I've had an iBook, Powerbook, and now a brand new Macbook. I'd have to say that the older macs had reliability issues, especially the old laptops. I wouldn't suggest buying an iBook or Powerbook simply because #1 it is out of warranty by now, and #2 there are a lot of issues with them (especially the dreaded logic board problem with the iBooks). I would highly recommend the Macbook for what you are planning on using it for, and I would suggest getting the extended warranty if at all possible. This insures you atleast 3 years for your laptop's use and any repairs will be covered under the plan.

Good luck and welcome!

QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Apr 28, 2006
Posts: 2,542
goobimama is a jewel in the roughgoobimama is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: iMac Core Duo 20", iBook G4, iPhone 8GB :)

goobimama is offline
iBook G4: 2 Years old. There weren't any problems until the HDD crashed due to it falling on the ground. Apple replaced it with no complaints.

iMac Intel: This one is my baby. I sometimes sit down and talk to her (wouldn't want a guy to sleep in the same room as me). Ask her if she needs anything. And it is smoking fast even though its the first Core duo model.

As for reliability, there can sometimes be issues (10.4.10 was one) but you never really lose data unless the HDD crashes. there's the target disk mode where the mac turns into a firewire drive and you can just about retrive everything. And the support is awesome. Leaving aside applecare, which is amazing, Macboys will try their level best not to let a switcher down .

And windows on a Mac is just as it is on a PC(+hardware works without conflicts). I've uninstalled it after trying it.

Good luck with your macbook, it certainly is an amazing machine (better than the iBook)
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« Glossy screen on MBP | weird mbp problems »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
Thinking of making the switch to iMac pqspin Switcher Hangout 13 03-02-2007 02:04 AM
thinking about making the switch bdee1 Switcher Hangout 7 11-21-2006 04:31 PM
Making the switch. Need advice… devin_c_co Switcher Hangout 7 04-03-2006 11:04 AM
Thinking of making the switch Clandestine Switcher Hangout 2 02-03-2006 10:08 PM
Making the switch EUPTech Apple Desktops 2 05-12-2005 02:46 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?