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    Hi all

    i am going to buy a new laptop for xmas, what should i buy ???

    i am SAL SACing it so please i cant by your old one

    budget up to 3K ? maybe 4k

    dont want it to get outdated to quick

    my normal use is

    internet forums (PSB FTW!!) using wirless networks
    share trading, java based and browser based
    some simple video editing (avi's to dvd) might want to use this more eg making / editing small home movies then burning to dvd
    some simple picture editing for printing
    usual internet stuff = porn lol, banking etc
    i burn the odd dvd or game etc cd / dvd clone etc

    currenty i cannot burn a disk and browse internet etc (together) as seems to create dud disks, i would like to have the power to do this

    what should i buy ?? brand?
    how much ram, vid card, disk space etc
    prefer "out of the box"

    XP or Vista,

    what about a MAC?? they are pretty

    anyone recomend a supplier for a good deal, may need to have the "extra" software purchased not shown on the docket

    many thanks for your thoughts
    Last edited by leeham; 09-11-2007, 07:27 PM. Reason: ..........
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    MacBook Pro..... Best of all worlds..


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    internet forums (PSB FTW!!) using wirless networks -
    No problems, Safari is great or there is always Firefox + Built in Wireless and Bluetooth

    share trading, java based and browser based
    Safari and Firefox may have less support for specific sites and Java can be a bit of a pig at times but its usually not a problem

    some simple video editing (avi's to dvd) might want to use this more eg making / editing small home movies then burning to dvd
    iMovie + iDVD + DVD Burner included

    some simple picture editing for printing
    iPhoto is great for simple stuff, Automator makes light work of bulk resizing and rotating jobs.

    usual internet stuff = porn lol, banking etc
    Great for porn private browsing mode... No more embarrassing URLs showing up in the address bar trying to auto complete. Support for pretty much every video format.


    No comes with Leopard which is hand's down the best operating system for day to day use.... if you want to play games you can run it under VMWare or just reboot into windows.. Easy.
    Last edited by Nath; 08-11-2007, 08:08 AM.

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    • #3
      +1 macbook pro,

      mine has served me well, you can do windows on them too so yeah.. theyre probably the best (albiet most expensive) laptop on the market.

      Edit: go to digilife in the city, speak to julius, he will get you a great deal. I just got 25% off my new imac, that = 1k saving

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      • #4
        my GF has just of a Macbook. She love it. Mind you i think she got it purely for the novelty of getting a mac.

        From my perspective, I just couldnt be bothered learning a new operating system. I have no problems with Windows, so why change? Also, I use my laptop at work heaps and work has Windows based networks and I just couldnt be bothered trying to link a mac with all the Windows stuff. I need it to just work flawlessly with the work network.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mikeymikemike View Post
          +1 macbook pro,
          Edit: go to digilife in the city, speak to julius, he will get you a great deal. I just got 25% off my new imac, that = 1k saving
          kwel, off to the city today anyway will drop in

          Originally posted by shmoo View Post
          1. From my perspective, I just couldnt be bothered learning a new operating system. I have no problems with Windows, so why change?

          2. Also, I use my laptop at work heaps and work has Windows based networks and I just couldnt be bothered trying to link a mac with all the Windows stuff. I need it to just work flawlessly with the work network.
          1. yeah i thought of this, is it a bigey? or easy to adjust?

          2. this is pure at home lappy, no work rubbish involved


          question regarding Mac, do they just use normal wireless home equipment (modem, router etc) eg if i go for a coffee i can use it at any "Free " network etc? (mac newb Q lol)
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          • #6
            Got a question for the Mac people too.

            Mac Books start at $1599

            Mac Book Pro's start at $2899

            I can look at the spec sheets on the apple website, but i want to know in real user terms, what are the advantages of the Pro and do they warrant $1300++ premium?

            Cheers

            edit - see for example, compare the middle range Macbook at $1899 with the bottom Macbook Pro at $2899. The only "everyday" differences i see are smaller screen and 1g ram compared to 2g. Obviously there is more to it, but for normal computer use would it be worth the Pro?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by leeham View Post
              1. yeah i thought of this, is it a bigey? or easy to adjust?

              2. this is pure at home lappy, no work rubbish involved


              question regarding Mac, do they just use normal wireless home equipment (modem, router etc) eg if i go for a coffee i can use it at any "Free " network etc? (mac newb Q lol)

              For every days stuff its easy to adjust.. my mum and sister in law had no problems.

              Yes, it has standard wireless, compatible with pretty much everything.



              Originally posted by shmoo View Post
              I can look at the spec sheets on the apple website, but i want to know in real user terms, what are the advantages of the Pro and do they warrant $1300++ premium?
              - Faster Processor (Santa Rosa)
              - 15" vs 13" (Glossy only) Screen
              - 2Gb vs 1 Gb
              - DL DVDR vs DVDR
              - GeForce 8600 (Dedicated 128/256mb) Vs Intel GMA X3100 (Shared)
              - Full DVI port vs Mini DVI port for external monitor
              - Illuminated Keyboard with ambient light sensor
              - Firewire 800 + Express Card port
              - 0.2Kg Heaver
              - Brushed Aluminum finish vs plastic.

              The Apple Store (U.S.) - MacBook Pro

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              • #8
                Reading this with interest. I plan to upgrade my notbook early in the new year. Also thinking of going the mac book path. Never used a mac before but I'm over the instability of windows but just concerened with compatibility etc with all usb devices that i connect to it.

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                • #9
                  Over to the dark side I go : Given the price ranges you mention, get a goddam macbook pro will you

                  The only hitch might be in your companies salary sacrificing rules (e.g. at my company i cannot salary sacrifice a laptop, the laptop must come for <CERTAIN DISTRIBUTOR WHO DOES NOT STOCK MAC'S>).

                  Easy to use, shiney, great build quality. A+!

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                  • #10
                    fuckin mac zealots! Get a wintel laptop, be one of the herd, not one of the smaller herd who think they are individuals
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                    • #11
                      Good. Use your aggressive feelings, boy. Let the hate flow through you...

                      You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.

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                      • #12
                        I recently got a Sony Vaio running Vista - if you can I would suggest going XP still purely cos the wireless issue in Vista are ANNOYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                        Otherwise lappy is sweet! I wanted a 13" lappy that was light and had all the bits and pieces plus a docking station port - not an expansion slot the proper station thing your lappy sits in.

                        Another good range to look at if your wanting small-ish are the HP XPS series. They pack a lot into a little machine too!

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                        • #13
                          To answer your quiries

                          the apple opperating system is very easy to use.

                          Joining a wifi network is easy as pie, compared to my friends laptops at uni who had to click through a dozen menus and settings to join the curtin network, i only have to click (connect)

                          I started using it when i was 15 and didnt have any problems figuring out what does what. My brother who is 12 has no problems with it either.

                          To be honest, the mac is very intuitive, it takes less clicks and digging through menus to do anything on a mac.

                          anyway, thats enough macvangelism from me.

                          Windows based laptops are very good too, ive been using them on the side for about 5 years, it all comes down to what you want to do and how much youre willing to spend.

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                          • #14
                            OK Mac people - got a windows based network at the office, just has centralised storage and interweb access and shared printers.

                            If I bought a Mac laptop, how easy would it be for me to do the following;
                            1) connect to the wireless network
                            2) use the internets
                            3) print to the shared workgroup printers
                            4) access the files on other computers on the network

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                            • #15
                              I dunno. I bought a $1500 1.4 GHz IBM T40 2 years ago and it does everything you just said, plus more.

                              If you're getting a Mac, do you have any contacts in the education industry? 5% discount for Mac products.

                              Originally posted by shmoo View Post
                              OK Mac people - got a windows based network at the office, just has centralised storage and interweb access and shared printers.

                              If I bought a Mac laptop, how easy would it be for me to do the following;
                              1) connect to the wireless network
                              2) use the internets
                              3) print to the shared workgroup printers
                              4) access the files on other computers on the network
                              Apparently a mac does that better/easier than a windows laptop does. I'm as yet to get a mac and physically do it though.
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