Originally Posted by Emotional Post-it Note
Can you explain this? I've found the opposite to be true. I'd get an M4800 or an M4700 if you can find one used. Macbooks aren't good business tools.
Absolutely terrible advice and not well researched.
As an engineer and in a University environment almost all the established departments I've seen have MacBooks as their #1 go to. Programmers, researchers, professors and all. They either want a Mac or can't afford one. The argument is almost ALWAYS the price.
TS: Here's my story. When I was accepted to UCSD in 2010, I had a wealth of devices to my name:
A Dell XPS M1530 with a Core 2 Duo E7XXX processor, 3GB of DDR2 memory, a GeForce 8600M GT and a 250GB hard drive. I loved that system a lot and I got it from the Dell outlet for $950 or so in 2008.
I also had a desktop with a Core 2 Duo E4500, 4GB of DDR2 memory and a 9600 GSO overclocked and unlocked to perform more like a 9800.
In 2011, I needed a newer machine so my ex girlfriend bought me the machine in my signature. I got it for around $600 from Lenovo Outlet and I felt like it was a good deal but Windows was starting to feel tiring for me. The look, feel of the operating system and the software felt plain and I got tired of the viruses. Overall, I wished to only use Windows for games but I never enjoyed the system itself. Finally in 2012, my friend broke up with his girlfriend and let me use his 2012 Classic for a majority of the year. I fell in love. I don't think OSX is outdated at all. In fact, I think Windows still has catching up to do. I picked up my own MacBook early this year and now I have a Retina 15 and I think it's the greatest machine I've ever owned.
Some of the advantages:
You'll never need a mouse again when you use a touch pad. A mouse will only be used for gaming. But for operating functions, a lot of what you'll do will be with the touchpad.
No more maintenance. On my Windows machine, I had to clean up files, clean my registry and remove viruses or malware.
It has a lot of built in functions to make it more productive. I think Windows makes the best desktops but for laptops, it's not even a competition. You get much more useable workspace on a Mac. One swipe of the fingers and all of my open applications are pulled into a preview for me so I can pick which program to work with. Alt-tab is no comparison.
I honestly feel like my productivity went up a lot due to it. It's all relative though. In the end, I think you should try out the machine and judge for yourself.Edited by TrollingThunder - 11/16/13 at 3:34pm