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Hey, I need some help. I have to buy a new laptop. I am a mac user since 10 years ago, but, at this time, I have no money to afford a Mac (specially here in Sudacamerica). Here is the question: Have do you feel working with a PC? It is really the same thing with a Mac?
I know some agencies, like AP and AFP work with PC instead of Mac.

by [a former member] at 2005-12-07 20:07:44 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Santiago , Chile | Bookmark | | Report spam→

don’t know if you’ve already looked here – but I just bought my iBook G4 from www.macmall.com and got for almost the exact same price as my roommate got her PC. They (the site) are reliable, very helpful over the phone, and with all of the rebates they offer, pretty darn cheap.

just an idea to keep you from the dark side;)

by Ana Pimsler | 07 Dec 2005 21:12 | Alexandria, VA, United States | | Report spam→

I am a hardcore Mac User

But with so many non-compatibility issues with 3rd party software, I guess PC is a working reality



by Amit Bhargava | 08 Dec 2005 01:12 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Sorry, I don’t know much about PCs.

One note re: MacMall’s rebates.
I’ve found that it takes a follow-up phone call or two to ensure that the rebates get issued. Between the time of purchase and getting rebates was about 4 months for me. Also, fyi: MacMall is part of the larger company that owns PC Mall and Club Mac. I was able to establish a good rapport with my account rep (sales person), and — though they were largely powerless to offer creative solutions — they were able to help me with one of my purchases of an "out of box" purchase which arrived damaged (getting a replacement part was not possible so they arranged to have the entire item picked up and my purchase refunded). Within the US (sorry, Hugo) they offer free shipping, but it is only good on one order every 3 months or so.

I have been happily using a MacMini in my studio since earlier this year.

Good luck.

(p.s.: That having been said, please see Ana’s posting, 2 below)

by [unverified member] | 08 Dec 2005 07:12 (ed. Dec 8 2005) | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Hugo, if the situation in Chile is anything like it is here, you can forget trying to find a Mac at a decent price — unless someone smuggles it in for you.  And even then the price is high.  There are decent PC laptops around, the only real difference being the software, which in the PC versions seem, to me at any rate, a bit clumsier and inelegant.  But if you can do without a laptop and use a desktop instead, You can actually custom make your own PC for half the price of an iBook, and I mean with all the bells and whistles.   When I get some extra money I am going to do this myself.

by Jon Anderson | 08 Dec 2005 07:12 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
I just received all of my rebates (almost $450 in all) from macmall, only about 4 weeks after the purchase. guess it’s one of those places that is hit or miss…

by Ana Pimsler | 08 Dec 2005 08:12 | Alexandria, VA, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve found that the price for a PC laptop worth having is comparable to the price of the top Mac laptops. I have long been a hardcore Mac user, but recently purchased a PC because two issues: software that’s available only for the PC and connectivity with sat phones and high-speed Sprint and Verizon cards, which I was unable to use with my much, much-loved 12-inch G4 PowerBook, which unfortunatelty is too small to have a PCMCIA slot. I’d say look very hard at your software and connectivity needs and make the decision off of that. If you only need to use Photoshop and an AirPort card, go Mac every time. If you have other needs, at least look at a PC to see if you can get more computer for the money. Above all, I think some of the best computer-buying wisdom is to get a little more computer than you think you’ll need (if you can afford it), in order to help stave off obsolescence as long as possible.

by Jonathan Ernst | 08 Dec 2005 08:12 | | Report spam→
I love my 12 inch G4. Jonathan is right: software and hardware only works with PC. Jon Anderson is right: here in Chile, the prices are too high. I can buy a Mac trough internet, but the cost in custom will kill me.

by [former member] | 08 Dec 2005 09:12 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→

by Bevis Fusha | 08 Dec 2005 12:12 | Tirana, Albania | | Report spam→
i do work on a pc and i feel more comfortable doing so. everything works just as fine as on a mac!

by [former member] | 08 Dec 2005 17:12 | Vienna, Austria | | Report spam→
I use both MAC and PC and prefer the MAC hands down. If cost is an issue and it can be, then go PC. But invest in a heavy duty firewall,virus scan package. Norton or something along those lines. Also not all PC laptops are created equal. Best of luck.

by Jaime R. Carrero | 08 Dec 2005 18:12 | San Antonio Tx, United States | | Report spam→
After a big research here in Chile (I mean asking in all the computer stores) I decided to stay with MAC. Getting a PC (I mean laptop) is much expensive than a G4 (with all the features that MAC allows you).

Cheers folks and thank you ffor your comments.

by [former member] | 08 Dec 2005 19:12 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
It is possible to buy a computer from MacMall from overseas? I tried and basically they wanted a american visa,amex or any kind of other plastic, does anybody here knows how to get a computer from them while living not in USA?Also for the rebate can you explain me what it is?

by [former member] | 11 Dec 2005 08:12 | Hong Kong, Hong Kong | | Report spam→

Think about it once again. Even here in India, last time I bought a G4, I ended up paying 70% more than the Apple store NY price. Paid some US$ 4000 to get a Mac. My heart would still beat for a MAC… as I am in the process of buying another G4. But everytime I think of a Mac, I must also think that most websites (at least in India) are not tested to work on Mac browsers. Most Wireless GSM/CDMA data cards do not have drivers for Mac, so you end up buying an obselete or a very expensive one. Ditto for Satphone or Mobile Drivers. Same for IP telephony as not many operators support Mac.

Now if you evaluate the advantages (well you can do everything on a PC as well, except that a PC is more prone to viruses) versus disadvantages, you will see that a PC is not only cheaper, but is a more practical solution in the business that we are in.

My Heart says: MAC
My Head says: PC

You gotta decide what you wanna listen to? Between me and my brother we have decided to have a MAC and PC both. In addition to this I am going to have a desktop, which will run Windows OS (PC). In other words, my G4 powerbook will be backed by a PC Desktop, and my brother will have a PC laptop and my imac. Fact remains that you cannot do without a PC in today’s world….



by Amit Bhargava | 11 Dec 2005 10:12 (ed. Dec 11 2005) | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Hugo, ¿qué tal?. Don’t fret too much about the PC/Mac issue. I use both for photography and they both work wonders. There’s something sexy about using a Mac, the colors are brighter, they may be sharper, the OS is definitely better than anything MS can put on a PC (for many years to come), but if your concern is a platform for Photoshop, don’t worry or have any misgivings about using a PC for it. As a matter of fact, if you have enough memory in it (1GB and up) it may even outperform a Mac in speed. For other applications, like film editing, music, etc., a Mac is a must. That’s my personal experience. Not to mention they are cheaper.


Luis Andrade

by Luis E. Andrade | 11 Dec 2005 19:12 | Philadelphia Metro Area, United States | | Report spam→
I use PC. I have a powerful Notebook at home for working Photoshop/Dreamweaver/backing up etc etc & a smaller 14" 2nd hand IBM thinkpad for the road. Tuff little machine! Cost effective & works out cheaper than a Mac..I got used to PC so stuck with it.
The only problem I have come across recently is I want to make some dummy books via ibook so I have to freeload on to a friends Mac to get this done…..


by [former member] | 12 Dec 2005 15:12 (ed. Dec 12 2005) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Daniele: It is posible buy a computer and send it overseas. But the custom taxes get the prices higher. That is the big deal here in SouthAmerica. All the electronics (cameras, computers, etc) are expensives.
Amit: Thank you for your comments. I use both, sometimes, I have Desktop PC in my home, but working on the field, I feel more secure with a Mac.
Luis: hola, hombre. Yes, I am not afraid. Just a litle bit confused specially with the prices matter.

by [former member] | 12 Dec 2005 22:12 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→

Creo que la respuesta es obvia: MAC POWER!!!

No, ya en serio. Yo soy usuario de mac desde hace un rato, unos cinco años, y he hecho varias pruebas de desempeño (a retos de los amigos, ya sabes) y sin duda alguna, mac tiene mejor desempeño en procesos de imagenes pincipalmente, así que yo recomendaría que te quedaras con mac. Además de tu ya acostumbrada comunión de trabajo con el sistema operativo. No trates de probar el otro sistema operativo. Te puedo asegurar que te desesperará y, si compras la pc, te arrepentirás de haberlo hecho. Vale, la decisió es tuya. Creo que sabes cuál es la respuesta. Y como dato esperanzador: Vienen para el proximo año las powerbook’s G5, así que habrá una reducción de precios en los equipos que cuentan en este momento con procesadores G4… Paciencia.

Saludos desde la Ciudad Monstruo.

by Joel Martinez Huerta | 12 Dec 2005 23:12 | Ciudad Monstruo. Distrito Fede, Mexico | | Report spam→

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Ana Pimsler, Photojournalist Ana Pimsler
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Tirana , Albania
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Ciudad Monstruo. Distrito Fede , Mexico


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