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Are Macbook Pro really good for college/business use?

#41PraetorXynPosted 11/4/2013 8:23:56 PM
strongo9 posted...
As a computer art student I faceplam everytime I hear the misconception that Macs are better for professional use. They aren't whatsoever. PCs of an equivalent price to a Mac are more powerful and therefor more suited for professional use.

I, and anybody in their right mind, would much rather have a workstation computer for professional use than an overpriced, underpowered iMac. Don't even get me started on how pathetic the Mac Pro is.


This... though I'm in software development.
Those Dell workstations are built like tanks compared to MacBooks.
They probably cost a hell of a lot more, but that's mostly because Dell's warranties are expensive as hell. They'll come to the office and fix them no questions asked though.
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#42TiamatKillerPosted 11/4/2013 8:45:11 PM
strongo9 posted...
As a computer art student I faceplam everytime I hear the misconception that Macs are better for professional use. They aren't whatsoever. PCs of an equivalent price to a Mac are more powerful and therefor more suited for professional use.

I, and anybody in their right mind, would much rather have a workstation computer for professional use than an overpriced, underpowered iMac. Don't even get me started on how pathetic the Mac Pro is.


In lieu of the new 13-in rMBP that just came out, what would you suggest?
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#43PraetorXynPosted 11/4/2013 8:55:38 PM
TiamatKiller posted...
strongo9 posted...
As a computer art student I faceplam everytime I hear the misconception that Macs are better for professional use. They aren't whatsoever. PCs of an equivalent price to a Mac are more powerful and therefor more suited for professional use.

I, and anybody in their right mind, would much rather have a workstation computer for professional use than an overpriced, underpowered iMac. Don't even get me started on how pathetic the Mac Pro is.


In lieu of the new 13-in rMBP that just came out, what would you suggest?


Depends on what the machine is being used for, but my first instinct would be something 17.3". Can't stand tiny screens.
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#44Zin_LGPosted 11/4/2013 11:03:55 PM
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#45Zin_LGPosted 11/4/2013 11:48:24 PM(edited)
I'm in the same boat of looking for a laptop or ultrabook that is comparable or better than a MBP to use for animation, graphic design, and video editing
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#46TiamatKillerPosted 11/5/2013 7:19:50 AM
PraetorXyn posted...
TiamatKiller posted...
strongo9 posted...
As a computer art student I faceplam everytime I hear the misconception that Macs are better for professional use. They aren't whatsoever. PCs of an equivalent price to a Mac are more powerful and therefor more suited for professional use.

I, and anybody in their right mind, would much rather have a workstation computer for professional use than an overpriced, underpowered iMac. Don't even get me started on how pathetic the Mac Pro is.


In lieu of the new 13-in rMBP that just came out, what would you suggest?


Depends on what the machine is being used for, but my first instinct would be something 17.3". Can't stand tiny screens.


Lol, so you're discounting the Mac Pro for an unstated reason, and then completely forgoing portability...
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#47r0ge00Posted 11/5/2013 8:26:48 AM
TiamatKiller posted...
People keep saying that the Macbook is just so expensive but...

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-NP940X3G-K01US-13-3-Inch-Touchscreen-Laptop/dp/B00DVFMDN8

http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-UX301LA-DH51T-13-3-Inch-Touchscreen-Laptop/dp/B00EPGHE0E/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1383607587&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+zenbook+ux301

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Vaio-Touchscreen-Ultrabook-Svp13213cyb/dp/B00DXSY1H4/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1383607611&sr=1-6&keywords=sony+vaio+pro+13#productDetails

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-S7-392-9890-13-3-Inch-Touchscreen-Ultrabook/dp/B00D4AX780/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1383607668&sr=1-1&keywords=acer+aspire+s7


Every single one of those has a touchscreen while the Macs don't. I wonder how much extra cost that's adding?
#48DoramiPosted 11/5/2013 9:03:21 AM
Not much. You can find low end touchscreen ultrabooks in the $600 range. The QHD+ (which the MBA doesn't have) is one of the factors that's adding to the price, but even then, the Yoga 2 Pro has those specs at $1,000.

A lot of laptop pricing comes from less tangible specs like material, layout engineering, battery management, BIOS level tweaks, etc--much like how the case and PSU can add $100 or more to the build if you choose high quality parts.
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#49r0ge00Posted 11/5/2013 9:12:06 AM
Dorami posted...
The QHD+ (which the MBA doesn't have) is one of the factors that's adding to the price, but even then, the Yoga 2 Pro has those specs at $1,000.


That makes more sense. I didn't bother to look at resolutions. Thanks. It seems that yet again people are trying to compare two fairly different products.
#50fatboy44Posted 11/5/2013 9:18:57 AM
Get a Lenovo. Best laptop for college/business use.