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OS X has an archive/install option that anyone willing to pop in the disc can do.

Easy OS recovery in the event that somehow the user borked the installation.

That is one thing OS X has had over windows for years. (and no, i'm not including the "upgrade"/repair windows install since you still have to be booted within windows to initiate it)
 
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Originally Posted by Deagle50ae View Post
I loved my 13" macbook. But I could barely play TF2 on it and I couldnt justify the price in the end so I returned it and purchased the HP laptop in my signature for $600 from MC.
I really do miss that sleek aluminum... such a sucker for aluminum.

BTW, in W7 on the macbook (not the 2011 model, the 2010 that advertises 8-hour life) I only got like 3.5-4 hours.
Ya, the OSX does wonders with the battery life. Aside from the openGL performance, that is pretty much all the OSX offers that is better then Win7. Even file defragmentation is pretty good on windows 7 now. Does that OS require a heafty $500 plus pricetag, imo, it shouldn't.

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OS X has an archive/install option that anyone willing to pop in the disc can do.

Easy OS recovery in the event that somehow the user borked the installation.

That is one thing OS X has had over windows for years. (and no, i'm not including the "upgrade"/repair windows install since you still have to be booted within windows to initiate it)
I've been using recovery CDs since the early days of XP. Since then, haven't required to use one. System restores works pretty well, and if there is a corrupted OS, you should just format anyways.
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I've been using recovery CDs since the early days of XP. Since then, haven't required to use one. System restores works pretty well, and if there is a corrupted OS, you should just format anyways.
That's the thing. If you happen to just have corrupted OS X (assuming the HD is OK hardware wise) an archive/install does just that but keeps all your data, applications, and preferences like nothing happened. Why re format? System Restore is hit and miss, and in work environments disabled since it can harbor malware.

It's so easy with OS X anyone can do it since with snow leopard, archive/install is default when an OS installed on the HD is detected.

And also, benefit of controlled hardware - target boot mode, and cloned, bootable external drives that would work with any other intel mac system (s.leopard needed if you want the latest models compatible). Bootable HDs with full blown operating systems and apps (you can literally run your mac off an external RAID enclosure if you really wanted to). And it's easy to do.
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Another thing: OSX Does not do anything for the battery life, this is an incredibly common misconceptions with most users.

1. Switchable graphics.
2. Low Res displays
3. 2 dimm slots
4. 1 HDD
5. Low amount of connection ports for the most part
6. Weaker components: including HDD's/CPU/GPU/RAM/etc.

The reason why MBP's battery life sucks under windows is because Apple does not provide drivers for power management. Yup, that is the sole reason.
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I'm typing this message on one of the new 13" MacBook Pro's. It's the entry-level one as I'm only using this for Uni note taking and programming.

I must say that the battery life is astounding - I easily get 7 hours out of it when browsing wirelessly and taking notes using Growly Notes. The keyboard is a dream to type on (first time using a MacBook) and the screen really is beautiful.

The price was a little steep but the build quality and overall finish of this laptop justifies it a little although it could have been cheaper.
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Another thing: OSX Does not do anything for the battery life, this is an incredibly common misconceptions with most users.

1. Switchable graphics.
2. Low Res displays
3. 2 dimm slots
4. 1 HDD
5. Low amount of connection ports for the most part
6. Weaker components: including HDD's/CPU/GPU/RAM/etc.

The reason why MBP's battery life sucks under windows is because Apple does not provide drivers for power management. Yup, that is the sole reason.
Yea must be. I only get around 2 1/2 to 3 hours on my Mac book pro under Windows. Although I'm doing Java EE programming and starting and restarting glassfish spikes the cpu 100% a lot of the time(it's nothing for core temp to show 100c when doing programming). In fact a simple flash game will send it around 90c. My processor idles at 60c most of the time. If you hit clean/build in Netbeans you can cook fish on the underside. Not to mention if you try to play a game of any sort.

It's fine though the only time it kills me is when I'm on a plane. It's trade off I have to make because MacOSX sucks so bad.
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I'm typing this message on one of the new 13" MacBook Pro's. It's the entry-level one as I'm only using this for Uni note taking and programming.

I must say that the battery life is astounding - I easily get 7 hours out of it when browsing wirelessly and taking notes using Growly Notes. The keyboard is a dream to type on (first time using a MacBook) and the screen really is beautiful.

The price was a little steep but the build quality and overall finish of this laptop justifies it a little although it could have been cheaper.
Yeah I also got the new 2011 13" for Computer Science Major. The battery life is amazing, and Visual Studio 2010 (and windows in general) runs great.

Also: LOL @ people who buy laptops for the sole purpose of playing video games.
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I wish the macs were cheaper. They really are very nice

Even the 13" Macbook Pros without a dedicated gpu can play Counter Strike Source on high for most options at 1280x800.

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Yeah I also got the new 2011 13" for Computer Science Major. The battery life is amazing, and Visual Studio 2010 (and windows in general) runs great.

Also: LOL @ people who buy laptops for the sole purpose of playing video games.
Yeh, im doing Comp Sci as well and my mate with his MBP is loving it. Battery life is perfect for a long day of lectures and most people i know play on 360 or desktop
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Engadget = Apple's other media outlet. Probably more slanted towards Apple than Steve Jobs herself.
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Yeah I also got the new 2011 13" for Computer Science Major. The battery life is amazing, and Visual Studio 2010 (and windows in general) runs great.

Also: LOL @ people who buy laptops for the sole purpose of playing video games.
Really? You're getting good battery life in Windows? From what I've seen the MB's get fantastic battery life in OSX, but switch over to windows and your battery just took a dump.
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