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Mac Fans, Be Heard!

OK, I talked about this on Twitter, and got zero responses. But I'll do it here, especially considering a few of my LJ friends apply here.

OK! Mac fans! I'm looking into a laptop, and since my laptop is going to have a bit of a church-and-state relationship with my desktop (which I'll use for gaming), I've been considering a Mac.

I would not be using my laptop for gaming. I would be using it for 1) news reporting, and 2) presentations. Test-driving a Mac at Best Buy for a bit - both on a bog-standard 21.5" iMac and on the 13" MacBook Pro I'd be buying - showed me some good and bad bits. I like Snow Leopard. I kinda like the Magic Mouse (but not at $69, which would necessary with the MacBook). I like the effects and widgets. I REALLY like iMovie (I'd need that for referee presentations). Don't care for iWork, as I'd either install Open Office or crack Microsoft Office for Mac. And I like that the MacBook doesn't run hot; most of these other laptops are going to burn my balls off. In short, I like the MacBook, and I like the OS. It's a good package.

BUT... I don't like it at $1,500 for a 13" laptop running 4GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive. For that price, I can get a comparable laptop for $600. That's a $900 savings! I'm budgeted for $1,500, and can handle the MacBook, but for $600, I can get a PC laptop, take off their shitty version of Windows 7 Shitstain and either get my own version of Windows 7 Pro or - preferably - Open SuSE or some other Linux distro, AND get a camcorder to actually record my referees in action. Though I'd rather use iMovie to put those movies together, what's the point if I have to wait to get the actual camcorder? Furthermore, while I like Snow Leopard, and realize I can use Boot Camp or a virtual machine to run Windows, , I spent a lot of time in the OS looking at things, and going "wow, just like SuSE" or "Just like Windows". The difference is that I don't have to pay for those to be upgraded, and NO company has Apple's infuriating software policies. I hate DRM and I hate vendor-lock, and Apple has both in spades.

So, Mac people. Please explain to me, the epitome of a power user, why I should buy a Mac. Sell me on it! Because while I'd LIKE a Mac, I'm not one that likes killing my budget on one item.

Comments

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hezul
Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
See, I'd be the first to admit that I don't know how to sell the Mac to somebody who's used to PCs, because so much of it, for me, is just that I've been using them my entirely life and find them immensely more comfortable to work on, and I'm the kind of person who doesn't mind buying something that's more expensive when it's a long term investment and it's something I genuinely like using more than I like the alternative.
samuraiter
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
If you will allow me to misquote Mazinkaiser for dramatic effect, "Mac will make you a god, PC will make you a devil, but Linux will allow you to surpass both!"
otosaretatenshi
Feb. 24th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
This man speaks the truth. If you're going to avoid windows at all, got with Linux. You're going to buy a mac because of iMovie? Bullshit I say!
superbus
Feb. 24th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
You know what, Josh? In all seriousness, that statement makes... perfect sense.
otosaretatenshi
Feb. 24th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
If you do end up going with a Linux distro, which considering that you're not playing games and instead using it as a workstation, that's what I'd be doing, try Mint. I've heard some very good reviews about it.
superbus
Feb. 24th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
I've tried Mint in the past. I did like it. This is going to cost me my Linux Geek Card, but I am not 100% fond of Ubuntu (which Mint is derived off of). When I installed Ubuntu on my work laptop (an HP), I had massive issues and had to spend half a day editing xorg.conf just to make it workable. SuSE worked out of the box, and looked nicer to boot.

As for gaming? Just about any useable distro supports Battle for Wesnoth and Mahjong. That's all I really need.
otosaretatenshi
Feb. 24th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I rather like Ubuntu, so I'd imagine I'd probably love Mint. Personally, I haven't tried anything that hasn't been based off Debian, so my experience with Linux aside from server installations, is limited. What I've tried, I have liked a lot, but since I do a lot of gaming, I just stick with windows.
sam767
Feb. 24th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
The mice have one button and they're expensive.

FUCK THAT SHIT

Plus I just feel like it's selling out to popularity...but I've been wrong on that before, aka the iPhone which is a little too good.
sam767
Feb. 24th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
btw, icon related? XD;;
hezul
Feb. 28th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
You can get a two-button mouse to use on a Mac. WHY DOES EVERYONE HARP ON THIS ONE. :(

I mean, if it's a desktop, yeah, buying a second mouse is lame and annoying, but if we're talking laptops, it's not gonna come with one either way, and there are plenty of two-button mice that are perfectly Mac-compatible.
superbus
Feb. 28th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
I actually didn't mind the Magic Mouse. :\

I always buy a mouse for a laptop, so I would get one anyway.
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