- 02-28-2013, 02:40 AM #1
To be honest I love my MS Surface Pro, but when it comes to getting a new laptop, I am really tempted to go for a Macbook... My Sony Vaio just died on me, I am sick of another PC, on top of that I dont really like the new metro UI, plus the review of Windows 8 has been pretty negative as well. What do you guys think? Should I give a 13" Macbook with Retina display a chance?
- 02-28-2013, 03:01 AM #4
I have a 13" MacBook Pro myself. They are good, but unless you have Mac only device keys they aren't really worth it. I'm actually one of those who has put Windows 8 on my MacBook, and the software runs like a champ on the MacBook. Very good quality control.
- 02-28-2013, 03:05 AM #5
I bought my Macbook Pro in October 2011 and since then I've not looked back. I've yet to see a single Windows based laptop that gives the same hardware quality in a $1200 price package. Heck no Windows laptop has yet nailed the touchpad.
I've sworn never to buy Dell and HP laptops ever again; their laptops are almost disposable products. The only laptop in recent times that came close to the built quality of a MacBook is the Chrome Pixel, but sadly it's a Chromebook.
02-28-2013, 03:45 AM #6
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I want to say no so badly, but I'm so tired of waiting for Microsoft to fix things. I almost run two complete ecosystems at home. On the Microsoft side, I own a windows 8 pc, windows 7 and 8 phones and two Xbox 360's all hooked together with Windows Media Center. I also have iphones, ipads, and apple TV's in the home too. I just keep coming back t Apple's offerings as being easier to use.
- 03-02-2013, 01:16 AM #9
03-02-2013, 02:45 AM #11
- 238 Posts
I've got a 13" MBP, and on the hardware side NOTHING in the windows realm comes close to the MacBook. The touchpad is an absolute joy to use, I can not stress that enough. I'd buy the MBP again just for the touchpad. Another positive thing is the screen: I have yet to see a Windows laptop that has a screen as good as the MBP (I also own a Vaio, which are well known for their screens). The hardware also has some negative stuff: the aluminum construction means that it gets really cold when it's cold around you, and worst, it gets really, really hot, so much that sometimes I can't use it on my lap... Another issue is the palm rest: the edges are really sharp and dig into your palm, making it uncomftable use for long periods.
On the software front I prefer Windows:
- I'm more productive using windows;
- I prefer Windows' design to OSX's excessive animations and skeuomorphism,
- I'm an office user and office for mac is **** on earth,
- I like the windows 8 metro interface for when I want to chill out and have fun on my PC, and use the desktop when I have to do some work,
- Sadly I haven't had much success with Windows 8 running in bootcamp so I'm stuck with OSX when I'm on the go :/ (my Vaio is a desktop replacement that I use when I'm at home).
Hope this helps you :)
- 03-02-2013, 03:06 AM #12
You have an 11" Surface Pro that runs full Windows 8, and you find it to be very good. However, you don't really like Windows 8 despite the fact that you like you Surface Pro. And why do you build you opinion on Windows 8 from reviews when you have it right there in your Surface to play with? And why go for an 13" machine (Mac or Windows) when you already have an 11" Surface Pro?
I'm sorry man but you reasoning makes little sense to me. :-)
- 03-02-2013, 08:05 AM #13
03-02-2013, 02:52 PM #16
- 6 Posts
I always find it pretty awkward to read posts of people asking what they should do to complete strangers. Don't take me wrong but why ? Anyway, I'll bite, icons on a grid bores me to death, so I find the Modern UI/UX amazingly fresh, so since we're pretty much the opposite you should buy a Mac, you now have my permission.
- 03-06-2013, 11:29 PM #17
I too personally find the mac os incredibly boring and outdated. I im entirely windows based and im as productive and happy with my computer as I've ever been. I own an ASUS Laptop running win8 pro and a surface Rt. But like paladinleeds said too each their own.
Sent from my Lumia 920 using Board Express“Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”- Plato
- 03-06-2013, 11:41 PM #18
When I'm bored with Windows, I run Linux. There are many distros to choose from, and there are also many different desktops available. Best of all, Linux is free. Granted, finding drivers is sometimes a challenge.
03-16-2013, 12:21 AM #19
- 552 Posts
I love my MacBook Pro (last 17" they made) Solid, fast, great for graphic design work. It sucks for Office, but that's why I run VMWare on it. I Have heard that the 13 Retina feels underpowered and just not as good as the 15 (and costs nearly as much). You might want to wait for the next rev, or the Air refresh which will probably have a high res screen if you don't intend to use it for anything too taxing.
03-16-2013, 01:48 AM #20
- 2 Posts
So I looked other options and picked up Lenovo X1 Carbon. IMO it's closest to Macbook Air than you can get, and really good peace of hardware. If you can live with Windows or really need it, my choose would be this.
- 04-08-2013, 04:07 AM #23
I've been using a Macbook Pro 13-inch for nearly two years now. Can't see myself going back to Windows, especially since Windows 8 has been a debacle. But more than that it's the hardware that really draws me towards MacBooks. There's nothing, and I mean nothing on the Windows side that offers the same fit and finish as a MacBook. Heck they haven't been able to nail the trackpad since forever and the Mac has had an unbelievable trackpad since forever.
- 04-08-2013, 04:17 AM #24
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