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    Default Buying new notebook, any help
    Hi Guys,
    I am buying a new notebook,i can compromise between specs and price but my problem is with the brand as there is many brands, i want an efficient notebook that would live long with no problems, acer as example has a bad reputation (among people i know)concerning the efficiency.I'll use it to run engineering softwares as Matlab, Orcad Pspice.I think apple notebooks are good for multimedia and video editing, but will it be good with this programs, if any one knows any specialised forum, any forums or web sites that could help.
    and thanks.

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    I personally would recommend a Mac Book Pro, just check your Apple online store and see if there is the right one for you.
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    If your a regular user, a Macbook is perfect, if a high end, Macbook Pro.

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    Can you run Windows on all macs?
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    the newer intel based ones i believe you can
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    you will need a strong graphics card, so macbooks are not you choise, but the macbook pro is ok.. hp are really good and strong

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    the MacBook Pro would be really good, my daughter is using her MacBook for a Graphics Design Degree. And yes you can run that other OS if so masochistically challenged, natively too, just hold down the options key when booting once you have installed boot camp, or buy it from some place like MacMall preloaded if not sure how. I know several of the design engineers, both piping and electrical, on my job and they constantly poke fun of one another's laptops. The poor Dell guy catches most of it, but the HP and the MacBook Pro guys seem do be doing the lion's share of the work. The one thing the Mac guys have as an advantage over the HP guys is when they overload their Windows is they just hold down Apple-option-escape and close the window, then reopen parrallels and that Micro$haft OS doesn't even know it crashed, while the HP guys fuss, cuss and leave the room while theirs has to reboot all the way.

    Oil and Ethanol Refinery construction sites are not condusive to proper laptop health conditions and we are a lot tougher on our equipment than most. Hence the reason I am waiting on an aluminum framed Intel laptop, will probably have to gut a 13" and put it into my old G4 frame. Not sure how I am going to mod all the holes yet but got a few gifted structural engineers around me and several very talented TIG welders. Might be interesting, to see how that would work out.

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    I'm kindof interested in buying a notebook, too. How good are the graphics cards in the Pros?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolBito View Post
    Can you run Windows on all macs?
    Any Intel Mac will run Windows (yes even Vista) natively through Bootcamp. No speed loss, full compatibility.

    The only difference between a Macbook and a Macbook Pro nowadays is the size of the screen. There used to be other differences like graphics handling, et al. But not with the newer models.
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    Either go for a MacBook or if you want a bit of gaming, programming and multimedia then get a Toshiba P300

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    Well personally I'm changed to Macs. I have a Macbook 2.2GHz, 4GB ram and 320GB HD, which i use EVERYWHERE =]. I just got a fully souped up Macbook pro that I use as a home computer and for gaming. Best computer for power and speed. If I had to recommend a PC laptop, it would have to be a Vaio. They have really nice looking laptops that have a good balance of speed, power,... and everything else.

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    Oh one other point in fact....

    Mac means NO MORE VIRUSES, trojans, spyware, adware, or any of that other garbage.

    Just one REAL advantage over the other OS (IF you would call it one) but the other hardware manufacturers do make some pretty looking cases and I have seen some of them do a fairly decent job of running Red Hat.
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    Go for the Macbook Pro if you've got the cash. You can run both Windoze and OSX through Parallels or natively through Boot Camp. Macbooks are cool too, but I am not a fan of the resolution on those LCD's. But they run very well in Windoze too. Every Intel Mac I've had has run Windoze better than anything I've ever built or used...even through Parallels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sciberjack View Post
    Oh one other point in fact....

    Mac means NO MORE VIRUSES, trojans, spyware, adware, or any of that other garbage.
    o there comming iv seen them and when they do it will be bad... lolol sry. Thats what happens when apple takes more of the market up, its gonna happen. a nice linux enviroment is still the safest bet. but like the guy said a u can get a nice mac book fully loaded. and it will be a machine. man All these threads about macs are getting me tempted. im a pc user and u guys are gettin me all geddy, just wish i had the duckets,,,,,,,.... even if i did im still building my own pc b4 any laptop purchase, but i can say my next laptop is def gonna be fully loaded macbook or macbook pro.
    darnit i never thought id say that
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    Why are you guys worrying about viruses on the computers? All viruses gained are completely the owner's fault. There are tons of free anti-viruses and precautions while downloading anything. I've had my PC for about 3 years now, it still runs great, no viruses (even with tons of limewire/torrent downloads), and good specs. All I need is the same thing, just in a smaller size :P
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