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Alright guys, so yet another decision between macs and PC's, I plan to use the laptop for a lot of coding, I am a computer engineering student. It is quite a possibility that I will code for iOS sometime in the future, but I can not fully persuade myself to buy a mac, considering the pricing. A mac with the same specs as a PC is costing about 150% of the PC 0_o can anyone persuade me to one side? comments are greatly appreciated =]
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Get a PC. Look at the specs of the 1500 dollar macbook and compare them to a 1500 dollar laptop from iBuypower for example, the difference in specs is astronomical. Apple uses catchy buzzwords and a neat design to get many uninformed people to overspend on their inferior products.
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Get a PC. Look at the specs of the 1500 dollar macbook and compare them to a 1500 dollar laptop from iBuypower for example, the difference in specs is astronomical. Apple uses catchy buzzwords and a neat design to get many uninformed people to overspend on their inferior products.

Yep, that is exactly what pushes me away from mac. But I have to give it to apple, their build quality is a masterpiece, but the power to the dollar ratio is just terrible. More comments are welcome! =]
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Macs are so locked down
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Macs are so locked down

Alright so since u are not on board with macs at all, what PC laptop would u recomend? I have been looking at the Lenovo Y500.... Lenovo is doing a special right now and the prices are so low 0_o

Edit: One thing that I have noticed, is that apple has an edge on battery life... Their battery life is awsome
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Instead of playing the Apple bashing game, look at it from a different perspective. Do you want reliability or do you just want "specs, specs, specs"? Most people tend to forget the reliability and build quality side of the equation and go towards the specs side. Would you rather own the Macbook that is going to last you for 5+ years (depending on what you deem an acceptable performance, or do you want a PC laptop that is going to disintegrate (hyperbole I know) in about 2 years. Both are going to be the same. But when you get to the EOL of either product, that Macbook, no matter what you think otherwise, is going to still hold value while the PC laptop wont.

Build quality-wise....PCs don't even stand a chance. If there is one thing Apple does right, they make very well made laptops.

I might be in the minority here, but get what you feel like getting. I personally am part of the few who likes both Mac and PCs. They both have their ups and downs. But if I were you, I'd look at more than just "specs, specs, specs". If you want something with really good specs, forgoe the laptop and build a desktop. If you want something portable and reliable, get the Apple laptop. That's just my 2cents.
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Instead of playing the Apple bashing game, look at it from a different perspective. Do you want reliability or do you just want "specs, specs, specs"? Most people tend to forget the reliability and build quality side of the equation and go towards the specs side. Would you rather own the Macbook that is going to last you for 5+ years (depending on what you deem an acceptable performance, or do you want a PC laptop that is going to disintegrate (hyperbole I know) in about 2 years. Both are going to be the same. But when you get to the EOL of either product, that Macbook, no matter what you think otherwise, is going to still hold value while the PC laptop wont.

Build quality-wise....PCs don't even stand a chance. If there is one thing Apple does right, they make very well made laptops.

I might be in the minority here, but get what you feel like getting. I personally am part of the few who likes both Mac and PCs. They both have their ups and downs. But if I were you, I'd look at more than just "specs, specs, specs". If you want something with really good specs, forgoe the laptop and build a desktop. If you want something portable and reliable, get the Apple laptop. That's just my 2cents.

Cheers to that, And thats kinda what I said up top but in a shorter way. Apples build quality is untouched. With all their products, I am a Iphone 5 owner, and I am so amazed with the quality of the design. It just the apple rips a whole in the wallet, but I guess you are right. With a PC laptop you are guaranteed headaches and with a mac you are going to enjoy its life. I guess I should have capatalized on bestbuy's macbook sale 0_o I had them down so low... they were going to give me their sale price and a student discount haha
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Get a PC. Look at the specs of the 1500 dollar macbook and compare them to a 1500 dollar laptop from iBuypower for example, the difference in specs is astronomical. Apple uses catchy buzzwords and a neat design to get many uninformed people to overspend on their inferior products.

Specs alone do not make something good or bad, when will people start to realize that?
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Specs alone do not make something good or bad, when will people start to realize that?

Amen to that! I am primarily a PC person, but I bought a 13" macbook pro as I wanted to try my hand at making iphone apps. It was by far the best laptop I ever owned, and I could easily run both OS on the machine so I didn't feel I was losing out on anything. I didn't buy the laptop for gaming, so I wasn't concerned with the "specs" that most people regard so highly.
    
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The functionality of Apple products is easily beaten by PC. While macs do look and feel good, the range of customisation you have access to is very limited as opposed to PC. PC laptops can easily last 5 years, just because your experience has your Mac lasting longer, doesn't mean it holds true all of the time.

As far as gaming goes, Macs can't run most games, and their software simply won't allow it. There is nothing wrong with talking about specs, specs of a computer are what make it. The only thing in a computer besides its parts is the Operating System installed to it. If we talk about MacOS, you can quite easily install that on a Windows computer.

Let's take an example, my computer cost about one thousand dollars all put together, and has higher quality parts, faster clock speeds, and more functionality than a macbook that costs 500 dollars more.
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