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New to Apple products, MBp or PC laptop?

by RaceTheReaper / March 26, 2013 3:32 AM PDT

I am sure this is not a new topic, but I need some help. I am not the biggest tech guy and am starting school again to upgrade my skill set at work (paramedic). I will be using this computer mainly for school and completing online assignments. In our house we have 2 iPhones an ipad and are looking into Apple TV. I have quite a bit of music and movies through iTunes and also have an external HD with movies and what not on it. I also watch a lot of YouTube online and do not really play any video games on the computer. I have a desktop PC that is basically useless so this would be the primary computer in the house, we simply use the desktop to run the Internet and check work stuff online. I am just not sure what to do here and would like anyone's feedback on what to purchase with my given situation. Thanks in advance for your help.

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My nod is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2013 4:05 AM PDT

To the basic MacBook Air. That cheap one. It's really great and will integrate with what you have without all the weight.

As to SCHOOL. ASK THEM if this will do. It will for most.
Bob

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Air
by RaceTheReaper / March 26, 2013 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: My nod is

Would I be able to write reports and what not on the air? I am not certain if the assignments re filled out online or completed in a word processor and sent in. Also there will most likely be PowerPoint style presentations, will the MacBook Air be able to handle that well?

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Absolutely. More...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2013 5:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Air
http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/installation/mac/ covers this FREE powerpoint compatible app or rather suite.

I can imagine you asking if this could handle this years ago but the current machines are quite advanced.

If you go with a Windows laptop, well there are thousands to choose from but I like to check the best sellers at Amazon for a gander at what folk are picking up.
Bob
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MacBook Air
by onemoremile / April 12, 2013 11:18 AM PDT

I agree with Bob. Try out the 11 inch and the 13 inch models to learn which you prefer. The air will do everything you need and much more. The acquisition cost will be a little higher than a Windows machine; the ore-installed software and not needing to pay for security software will save you some dollars. The Mac will be trouble-free and easy to use and you will appreciate the small size and light weight.

Good luck with your classes!

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Macbook
by joo003464 / April 28, 2013 4:44 PM PDT
In reply to: MacBook Air

Thank's for you great reply & I with you . . .

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Go for Mac
by macwintech / April 27, 2013 12:50 PM PDT

First of All as you mentioned your house is using many Apple products so it will be easy to sync stuff around with a mac rather than PC.

Secondly you can choose to have Macbook air 13" or Macbook pro 13". I don't suggest Mac AIr 11" as we repair those a lot and board usually gives problem.
If you want cheaper option then you can go for Apple refurbished Macbook pro. Pro is better than Air as it can be upgraded in future and upgrade cost is much less compared to Air. Also repair parts for Pro are cheaper than Air.

MBP will give you plenty of storage and pretty good speed. Later you can plug in SSD in it so overall cost wise MBP is better. OS X is same so doesn't matter which machine you have.

Apple Engineer @ Macwin Technology


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