On Facebook, my aunt (non-graphics user) asked about getting a Macbook Pro versus getting a PC laptop. Here’s my comments:
Here’s a list of seven things to think about.
1: devices. Do you have any other Apple devices or plan on buying any? (ipod, iphone, ipad). If so, then you’re definitely better keeping it all in the Apple family. Apple hardware works best when coupled with Apple software.
2: operating system. The Mac OS is generally accepted as being easier to use and it just has cooler bells and whistles. Though Windows 7 is supposed to be pretty good. I haven’t touched Windows for the last seven years and I found it annoying when I had to use it. To each their own.
3: software. I don’t know much about software for Windows, but I can say that Mac software is great. iPhoto, Time Machine (backup software), iMovie, iDVD, and Garageband all rock. (Though I find iTunes to be annoying.)
4: Microsoft Office. If you heavily rely on Office, then you will be incredibly frustrated with Office on the Mac. It stinks. It stinks real bad.
5: price. Macs are more expensive.
6: customer support. Apple has a better reputation.
7: life. Generally, Macs make life easier. PCs make life more complicated. For some it’s the exact opposite.
Here’s a couple more things to think about in terms of customer support. Apple makes its own hardware and software. So there’s less fingerpointing involved when getting a broken computer fixed. With a PC, the hardware manufacturer can point fingers at Windows and vice versa.
The Macbook Pro’s warranty is one year. Phone support lasts for only 90 days. (After 90 days you would have to pay to get phone support.) However, you can purchase AppleCare ($250, $350 if you’re getting the 15″ or 17″) which gives you complete coverage for 3 years from the date of your Macbook purchase. The only thing it doesn’t cover is if you do something like drop your computer off a building or spill a drink on it. And you can bring it into the Apple store to get fixed and they’re pretty good about taking care of things. I always get AppleCare with my computers and I never get extended warranties for other stuff like TVs or electronics.