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Old 23 April 2010, 17:16
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Before you buy a mac Book 2010 read this review.:

http://macs.about.com/od/selectingma...k-pro.htm?r=94
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Old 10 September 2010, 10:31
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I've been considering going to macbook, and it looks like I finally will. But I have a few questions that hopefully some here could answer Big Bird to Cookie Monster style.
I'm currently using a 17" dell running Windows 7. It's big and bulky, which equals pain in the ass to travel with.

I was looking at the 13" vs 15". As someone that pretty much loses at computers will I notice the difference in computing power between the two? All I need to do is basic web, MS office, and military (CAC) stuff.

Is the gloss screen on the 13" that big of a deal compared to the 15"?

Is there anything coming out soon that I should wait for before pulling the trigger? I.e. upgrades to the 13".

And for those of you that didn't know Apple has a military discount, 3% I believe.

Any extra advice would be appreciated.
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Old 10 September 2010, 12:09
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I'm currently using a 17" dell running Windows 7. It's big and bulky, which equals pain in the ass to travel with.

I was looking at the 13" vs 15". As someone that pretty much loses at computers will I notice the difference in computing power between the two? All I need to do is basic web, MS office, and military (CAC) stuff.
In response to the above, I believe that if you travel with your computer a lot, then it is important to have the right-sized equipment. Too small, and you can't use it for what you need, too large and you hate having it with you.

In my case, I have a 13" Macbook -- and to-date, it is still more than enough to handle my needs on the road.
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Is the gloss screen on the 13" that big of a deal compared to the 15"?
I can't offer any comments on the 15", but my 13" is fine in the dark, sun, etc.
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Is there anything coming out soon that I should wait for before pulling the trigger? I.e. upgrades to the 13".
Didn't Apple recently upgrade the Macbooks? There might not be anything new coming out for awhile (unless you refer to the Macbook Air -- which is due for an upgrade, I think, but since I really don't like them -- it doesn't affect me)....
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Old 10 September 2010, 12:14
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Thanks SOTB, as usual you're spot on. Being that I travel and watch movies a lot, does the 13" fit the bill for you in that department as well?
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Old 10 September 2010, 13:49
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Being that I travel and watch movies a lot, does the 13" fit the bill for you in that department as well?
Check it out -- being that I am OCONUS a lot, I get screwed on the TV shows and movies I want to see. So what I do is do the streaming video thingy on my Macbook.

Dude, seriously -- no issues at all. Whether on an airplane watching The Family Guy, or at home watching KickAss, or surfing porn -- my laptop is perfectly-sized. And it grabs any and all connections I need, superquick and I don't have to dick around while my OS decides if it likes playing with the router I am connecting to.

Here's more food for thought -- I am thinking of using my 13" Macbook as a "server" (mobile, if you will), and taking an iPad with me for most stuff. The only thing that has kept me from buying an iPad already is that I am waiting until they put a forward-facing camera for video conferencing. I video-conference with my family every single day, for hours. Since the other tablets are coming out with this feature, I expect Apple to follow very soon -- maybe before Xmas....
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Old 11 September 2010, 00:30
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I've been considering going to macbook, and it looks like I finally will. But I have a few questions that hopefully some here could answer Big Bird to Cookie Monster style.
I'm currently using a 17" dell running Windows 7. It's big and bulky, which equals pain in the ass to travel with.

I was looking at the 13" vs 15". As someone that pretty much loses at computers will I notice the difference in computing power between the two? All I need to do is basic web, MS office, and military (CAC) stuff.

Is the gloss screen on the 13" that big of a deal compared to the 15"?

Is there anything coming out soon that I should wait for before pulling the trigger? I.e. upgrades to the 13".

And for those of you that didn't know Apple has a military discount, 3% I believe.

Any extra advice would be appreciated.
You should be good-to-go with the 13". One of the biggest differences between the 13" and 15" (and 17") is the dedicated graphics card found in the larger MacBook Pros. However, if you dont plan on making a living editing video, the lack of a dedicated graphics card shouldnt be an issue.

You might also want to check out Apples website. They have a refurbished section and you can sometimes find some pretty good deals there. My friend just bought a MacBook and saved about $250.

I havent tried to install a CAC reader on my MacBook so I'm not sure how easy/hard it'd be.

You can get MS office for the Mac or you can download NeoOffice, a free program that allows you to save in MS office formats. Thats one thing I do love about Macs: there's a lot of freeware available.

Lastly, this site is pretty good for tracking potential product-line updates for Apple:http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/
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Old 11 September 2010, 04:20
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You can get MS office for the Mac or you can download NeoOffice, a free program that allows you to save in MS office formats. Thats one thing I do love about Macs: there's a lot of freeware available.
I have MS Office for Mac and it's fantastic with 100% compatibility to MS Office files.

Neooffice is great for simple documents or to use locally but is not 100% compatible with Office.

If you send presentations or Word documents to colleagues, MS Office for Mac is a must.

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Old 11 September 2010, 05:30
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Mac all the way here!

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Being that I travel and watch movies a lot, does the 13" fit the bill for you in that department as well?
I have a 13" MacBookPro:
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  • 256GB solid-state drive
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
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  • Aperture preinstalled
I also have Parallels Desktop 6 running Win7 w/MS Office because I'm to dumb at the moment too figure out the Mac OS.

I have a Lowepro backpack that carries the computer w/camera gear (Canon T1i w/4 lenses) easily.

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I have a 13" MacBookPro:I also have Parallels Desktop 6 running Win7 w/MS Office because I'm to dumb at the moment too figure out the Mac OS.

I have a Lowepro backpack that carries the computer w/camera gear (Canon T1i w/4 lenses) easily.

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I recently purchased a Lowpro also, probably the same bag as yours. Weatherproof and very good with the laptop (Mac of course), camera (T2i) etc.

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Old 13 September 2010, 08:19
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"...that's like...your opinion....man..." Thanks for the poop!
No problem, man. Actually, all this talk about MacBooks has me thinking about getting a 15" MacBook Pro.
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Old 13 September 2010, 14:05
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Here's more food for thought -- I am thinking of using my 13" Macbook as a "server" (mobile, if you will), and taking an iPad with me for most stuff. The only thing that has kept me from buying an iPad already is that I am waiting until they put a forward-facing camera for video conferencing. I video-conference with my family every single day, for hours. Since the other tablets are coming out with this feature, I expect Apple to follow very soon -- maybe before Xmas....
I've been doing that for two months now and have zero regrets. My 15" MBP gets checked in with my luggage and I carry my iPad around. I got the 64GB WIFI model and I love it. Not too worried about the front facing camera since the iPhone 4 has that. And yes, eventually I will get one of those too.

Great write off's for tax season too!

And I echo his comments: http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/

Great website and they're usually very close to getting it right.
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I'll wait until I'm back CONUS for the iPad however, I did order the Henge Dock for my 13" MBP.

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I currently do all my heavy lifting on Virtual Machines, accessing Blade Servers that run my important apps. These are managed by my IT/Security team, with a pretty insane method of keeping them locked down.

The threat is, I access them with Windows 7 laptops, I would prefer to access the devices with Mac for security reasons but I'm not willling to make the move just yet... Why?

I run 2- 13" laptops each with 3- 23" monitors attached using a Matrox Triple-Head 2 Go external graphics card that I VM into.

Now here's my question, does anyone know if I can use the Matrox Triple-Head 2 Go device and my 6 current monitors?

I have never used a Mac but I wanna try
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Old 17 September 2010, 16:59
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Just check and see if your Matrox Triple-Head 2 Go device is compatible with Mac laptops.

This is the thing: There is no question that you can do it with a Mac workstation. Easy as pie. I used to run similar systems.

The question is whether you can use your Matrox hardware with Mac laptops, or whether you will need some alternative. I do not know the answer to that.
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Old 17 September 2010, 19:19
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120GB solid state drive

This thing open and move huge RAW files so much faster than the MBP I got almost four years ago. LOVE IT.
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120GB solid state drive

This thing open and move huge RAW files so much faster than the MBP I got almost four years ago. LOVE IT.
I just started working w/RAW files and the SSD seems pretty fast.

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Old 18 September 2010, 11:32
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Has anyone used a different than Mac monitor type attached to their MacBook before?
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Has anyone used a different than Mac monitor type attached to their MacBook before?
Sure, i use a Toshiba 21" sometimes. No problems at all as long as you have the correct connections.

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Has anyone used a different than Mac monitor type attached to their MacBook before?
Of course. You just need the right adapter, or the correct connector.

Macs work with just about anything. You just need to make certain that you have the correct hardware. In your case, this means adapters or connectors.

Generally, you just connect stuff to a Mac, and it just works.
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