Au contraire. Honestly, if my inner cheap skate would let me toss my Mac without first trying a RAM and hard drive upgrade (mine is the last model where those upgrades were possible by the end user), mine would be out the door in a flash. The only reason I got a Mac in the first place was it looked pretty and I wanted to avoid the &(*)*)&*(*)* that was Vista. If Windows had gone from XP straight to Win 8, I never would have gotten a Mac. The $600+ Apple premium is not worth it.
I bought a Macbook Air three years ago and it has served all of my needs quite well. I am not one that has jumped on the Apple bandwagon, but did buy it when my step children all got Apple computers for college and are still using them five years later.
I've never owned an Apple computer but I can see why there is a "cult." I've used my boyfriend's Mac quite a bit and it's pretty nice! They are much more expensive though. I'm doing some work on the side from home and it would be nice to have a computer I love to work on. Now I'm thinking about the Macbook Pro.
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I think you get more for your money most of the time with Windows Computers. Nothing wrong with the Apple ones, I suppose but they are not enough better to warrant their prices. I will not be joining the "Apple cult."
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I'm on the opposite side from the PP. After 4 years with mine, I'm ready to go back to Windows. I like the fact that I can upgrade the hardware at all (impossible with Macs). If you buy a Mac, you best get the most memory possible because it's impossible to upgrade it after purchase, versus with a Windows machine spending $50 for more RAM after 2 years is *much* cheaper than buying a whole new machine because it's too slow to keep up with new programs.
I like that a comparable machine from ASUS or Acer is 1/2-1/3 the cost of a Mac. Yes, the programs maybe cheaper, but when you're spending an extra $700 for the machine itself, the $80 difference between the software programs is a drop in the bucket.
Once upon a time, Apple was the innovator in form, operating system, and software. That time is no longer. The rest of the market has caught up and gives you much better value for a lot less money.
I have a Macbook Air, and so far I don't have any major complaints about it after having used Dell, Toshiba, and Sony laptops in the past. I've had it about 2 years, and so far it has stayed relevant in terms of its abilities. I don't use it near to its capacities, but it's lasted much longer than most of my previous laptops with the same usage. It's still just as fast as when I got it, everything works the same and consistently, no bugs/viruses. The battery life is still good, one of the USB ports seems a little loose, but not enough for me to get it fixed. It's not too heavy to carry around with me. The salesperson was kind enough to tell me about Apple programs that are MUCH cheaper than Word/Excel/PowerPoint, but are compatible with those Microsoft products if the document is saved in the compatible mode on the Mac so thus far I haven't needed to buy the pricey programs for my Mac and as a student EVERYTHING has to be turned in using Word. The word processing program is called Pages, but I forget the others. Minor complaints--no cd/dvd drive all all movies or music have to be either downloaded or put on with a USB drive, which for me isn't a huge issue as I do have an all in one desktop. There is a learning curve, at least for me. I've found just using it and asking the kids I nanny for when I need help with something is better than using the Apple store for help. Good luck with your decision. I'm not sorry I bought it, although I resisted joining the Apple cult for a long time, but now I love it and wonder why I resisted for so long.
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