What are the pros and cons with a Macintosh?

Posted on 2011-10-28
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What are the pros and cons with a Macintosh? Why should I buy a Macintosh?

I plan to purchase a budget-Macintosh (perhaps a Mac mini). Would that be sufficient for me for most tasks?

I want it primarily for downloading dictionaries and word lists for a wide range of languages, searching internet and databases for information that can't be found with Windows-based computer, perhaps do some DTP and searching university databases or other special databases and some common business administration.

Things necessary for a small company and for research/studies and for translation and languages that can't be achieved with a Windows-based laptop but only with a Macintosh, what are these?
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    by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
    >>and databases for information that can't be found with Windows-based computer

    Not following...  What can't you find with Windows based PCs?
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    by:Dave Baldwin
    I don't know of anything that a Mac can do that Windows can't except run OS X...  Internet searches are done thru web browsers and Safari is available on Windows and Firefox is available on just about everything as is Chrome and Opera.  The dictionary you were looking for earlier was not simply a dictionary but a plugin for the Mac OS X operating system.  According to this page , more dictionary software is available for Windows XP than any other OS.

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    I found a German-English dictionary for download but it was for Macintosh only. It's the most comprehensive available so I just wonder if there are more downloads, databases etc. that are only available for Mac OS.
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    by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
    I remember seeing that question.  I'm not sure that is a definitive for Mac versus Windows.

    >>It's the most comprehensive available

    That you have found.

    As for 'best':  For example, you cannot run Oracle or SQL Server on a Mac...

    Not comparing apples to apples, no pun intended.
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    I have a MacMini and also run Windows in a virtual machine using Parallels, so you can have both OSX and Windows in the little MacMini.

    Great little box and am happy with it.  It could have more power and bigger disk and more RAM, but runs well.  I have an older one with 2GB of RAM and for most stuff it works fine.  Newer ones have better specs on hardware.  
    II have Windows PC/notebook also, but I end up using the Macmini the most when at home.
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    I'm a Mac guy, but not super fond of the Mini although it is the cheapest way to buy a new Mac when you already have a keyboard and DVI display. That said, I would rather pick up a used iMac that was a couple of years old than a Mini. The 24inch or the 21.5 inch would be the way to go. This recommendation comes with the caveat that you know what you are doing when it comes to evaluating the machine, price and seller.

    If you have access to an Apple Store, you may want to go in and talk to them. You can pick up a new Mac and a great training package called one-to-one.

    There is the old drum about Macs not getting Viruses, and then some PC guy will come on bragging about how his PC hasn't had a Virus in 8 years. Plain and simple, there are fewer attacks on the Mac by a factor of at least 10,000. it's one less thing to deal with on the Mac side.

    You buy a Mac because things just tend to work well, easily. The PC/Mac debate shifts slightly over time, but on average, over time, the Mac is considered more elegant and easier to do the main things an average user would want to accomplish. Tech savvy PC pros will argue this point all day long because they don't mind searching through registries to figure out why their computer is crawling and many take great satisfaction in defending, conquering, tweaking and maintaining their PC's. For the average citizen, the Mac just works, if you can work it into your budget.

    As pointed out above, The Mac has more limitations on what it can run than the PC. You can run windows on a Mac, but it sounds like you are on a budget and that ads to the expense. I don't recommend Macs to people who need to run PC software unless they already happen to know and love the Mac. PC virtualization has all of the disadvantages of the PC, so in essence, you double the learning curve and maintenance.

    Peace to the PC brothers.
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    Have you looked at this page from Apple?


    To my mind, it sums up everything quite well.

    If you ask me, the best about an Apple computer is the operating system. If you have used Microsoft before, you have to give it about 2 weeks and you will start loving it and won't ever want to give it up anymore. promise.

    also the applications, even though there are more (in terms of quantity) available for windows, those you can get for the mac are way more intuitive and neatly designed. Every big developer has an equivalent for the mac. Microsoft Office was first developed for the Mac. The Adobe suite? Great on the mac.

    And if you come up with something not available to Mac OS X. Try VMWare. It makes windows applications look like they were built right into the Mac operating system.

    It's really about all those little trifles that make the Mac a great experience. I don't know anyone who doesn't love his laptop/computer.

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