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Buying OS X and installing it on a non-Apple laptop is against Apple's EULA, so technically it's legal. Would you get arrested and have your say Dell Inspiron with Hackintosh confiscated, if you brought it into an Apple Store? NO. They'd probably laugh you out of the store but that's another issue. Apple has the EULA stating OS X can only get installed on Macs so that 3rd parties can't sell non-Apple systems with OS X. This has happened once before with some knockoff Chinese company (similar to the fake iPhones etc.).

Anyways if OP just wanted a lightweight 13" with good battery: Vaio S 13", Acer 3830T/TG, Asus U30, U31, U35, U35; Toshiba Portege R835, um Inspiron/XPS 14z actually weighs less than Macbook Pro 13, as does the Toshiba R845 and they're 14". If you'd like to do a bit of research and it doesn't necessarily have to be a Mac.. just some laptops to consider.
 
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lol asking that question here is like asking "is obama cool" in alabama
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why mac? are you designer? if not , then no, if you like to buy it to be cool, oh yeah, go for it.
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I have a Macbook air and love it. I came from an M11X, and realized that since I don't do any gaming on it, I don't need a Windows laptop.

I think people on OCN, who have super rigs, focus way to much on performance of laptops. For me, my ULV i5 that can turbo boost on all 4 threads to 2.6GHz is fine. I have a 1440x900 13.3" screen that is great for writing notes, and I love the keyboard.

In my opinion, a Macbook may be more expensive and you may pay a premium for the R&D, but it's a great little machine for anything except gaming. I get 7 hours of battery life on 1 charge without having to use a battery that makes my laptop an inch longer and thicker.

On top of that, a Mac laptop, in my opinion, has a much more "refined" look than a Windows laptop, which are mostly plastic, thick, and the bottom is covered with vents and stickers. The only Windows laptop that comes close to the beauty of a macbook is the Sony Viao, which starts at ~$1700.

Basically, stop hating on Apple because of their business strategies and look through your rebelious ways. You will see a great laptop!

EDIT: I use this laptop mostly for note taking and media. I also have a backlit key board so I can use it easily at night. Yes I know where my keys are but it's still convenient.
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I had a mac for a couple of years and got it for much the same reason you desire one....I just wanted to try OSX. I really enjoyed using my mac for a lot of stuff. I'm a composer and the work flow with OSX and many of the programs I use was awesome for a time. I'm also a wanna be gamer so the mac was HELL for that. Switching between OSX and Windows via Bootcamp is a hassle and kept me from using my windows installation very often.

The OS itself is lovely. Very intuitive and user friendly plus it can be a welcome change from windows. I'm curious as to what 'flavor' of linux you used? Ubuntu can be a blast and is absolutely worth looking into if you haven't. So here are some things to consider....

1. What do you want to do with your computer? If a mac can provide the applications you need then it may be worth it.

2. Gaming on a mac is painful for the most part. There are plenty of work arounds but they all include some sort of hassle or reduce performance when running windows only applications.

3. Watch some videos and read some things about OSX if you haven't already. Avail yourself of all the knowledge possible so that you can determine what limitations OSX has and also what advantages you can gain from using it.


Do the research and if you feel like a mac is the way to go then go for it! The only person you need to convince is yourself thumb.gif
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Might as well get it. Apple makes quality product. As long as there's no user damage, it'll last awhile for you. One reason why I have a MBP is because of its battery life. It lasts me up to about 6 hours of regular use after over one yea of usage already. If you are thinking about gaming on these then no...they are not as powerful as other laptops in the same price range. If you are going to college, ready to see a ton of people using the same laptops as you haha.
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post #17 of 75
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Originally Posted by Syjeklye View Post

I am thoroughly enjoying mine. It was costly, yes; but as long as I don't spill crap on it, it is covered under a warranty for 3 years.
You cannot find a laptop with as much power as the macbook pro with as good of battery life. I played transport tycoon for almost 5 hours on it the other night on battery power. Went to work the next day and used it for some encoding work.
If you want a mac, spend enough to get one you will enjoy using. Do not get the cheapest one since it really isn't any better than a standard HP or Dell.
As for the OS, I find myself going back an forth between windows and osx all the time.
Yes, you can.
I have an Asus U36SD. Battery lasts well over ten hours. I have the i3 model, with 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, 520m. It's very light, thin and made out of magnesium. It can also be had with i7. I paid less than half of what the cheapest MB Pro 13.3" would've cost me. This is just one example of laptops similar to the MB Pro.

I would never buy a MacBook though, especially if you're going to game on it.
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I already have a HP dm1z but for whatever reason, I feel like upgrading to a Macbook Pro/Air. I don't do much besides taking notes, movies and some light gaming. Would it be worth it selling my dm1z and spending possibly $500+ to get a Macbook Pro/Air? One major reason I want to upgrade to a Macbook is because I want to use a new OS.

It depends on the games you play. Some may not be supported by Mac OS. I currently have a Macbook Air 11.6" and it's perfect for taking notes. It's very portable and weighs under 3 lbs. but for gaming, Mac OS isn't the best. The trackpad on Macbooks are the best. The multitouch features, etc... Apple products hold their value very well. If you want to sell the macbook after a while you won't be losing much. If you just want the new OS, Hackintosh works.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the MacBook Air is still the best ultrabook right now. There's alternatives but they fall short on certain features (e.g. keyboard backlighting, battery life, instant-on).

MacBook Pros are too expensive for what they are. The fact that you have to settle for a 1280x800 screen resolution on the base 13" Pro is utter garbage.

As an owner of a reasonably high-end Windows system as well quite frankly I like Windows better. Productivity tools like the Office Suite are much better on Windows. Media software and music listening is on a whole different level with a Mac though.

You will also lose 20-50% of a PC notebook's value as soon as you open the box. A MacBook will lose maybe 10-20%. Late 2008 MacBook Pros (pre-unibody) still go for $500 on eBay (that's 25% after four years; we're talking 8600M GT and C2D 2.4GHz here).
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but the MacBook Air is still the best ultrabook right now. There's alternatives but they fall short on certain features (e.g. keyboard backlighting, battery life, instant-on).
MacBook Pros are too expensive for what they are. The fact that you have to settle for a 1280x800 screen resolution on the base 13" Pro is utter garbage.
As an owner of a reasonably high-end Windows system as well quite frankly I like Windows better. Productivity tools like the Office Suite are much better on Windows. Media software and music listening is on a whole different level with a Mac though.
You will also lose 20-50% of a PC notebook's value as soon as you open the box. A MacBook will lose maybe 10-20%. Late 2008 MacBook Pros (pre-unibody) still go for $500 on eBay (that's 25% after four years; we're talking 8600M GT and C2D 2.4GHz here).

Well I am not going to respond to your "MacBook Air's are the best ultra book" because I have one and that might be a biased opinion, but I will say that the Mid 2011 Air has made some MAJOR upgrades, which I shy I bought one. In short:

Screen is 1440x900 on the 13.3", 1366x768 on the 11". The screen is bright too!

The CPU has been upgraded to a Sandy i5 (upgradeable to an i7) on the 13" and 11" base model, which has 4 threads and turbo boosts to 2.6GHz and 2.3GHz respectively. This is an ULV CPU but can still keep up with full mobile i5's, and rivals the i7 620m found in last year's (???) Macbook Pro 15".

All models of the mid 2011 MBA have an SSD.

They revived the backlit keyboard from the first MBA, and it's actually bright!

7 hours of battery life can be achieved with NORMAL use, not things that save battery like JUST using word. Browsing OCN, iTunes, Steam, will give you around 7 hours.

The screen is VERY sturdy, as are all MBAs. You don't see that a lot on a Windows ultra books.

All aluminum shell/construction, and it has a glass (not THE glass) multitouch trackpad.



However. I totally agree that the whole Macbook vs Windows computers thing comes down to what you really need to use it for. Macs have a pretty small range of things that they are actually USEFUL for, but if you use those things, they will REALLY help you out. For example, when I am not gaming on my rig, I use my laptop for Photoshop, note taking, browsing the web, and watching Netflix. I really like the high res screen for all of those things.
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