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Old September 11, 2009, 06:56 AM
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Hey, i've been using my dell latitude d620 for 4.5 years and now that the warranty is up, i'm going to replace it with a new laptop for work. I've got my eye on a new 13.3" macbook pro. I was trying to find another nice 4:3 screen laptop (my dell is 1400x1050 which i <3), but they are pretty scarce nowadays. I couldn't find anything that was really nice in a 4:3, but i still have to check out the lenovo models.

Anyway, i know i'm going to run into a few problems making the swtich like getting my HUGE .pst file from ms outlook imported to the new comptuter, but i am wondering if there are any other surprises i'm going to have. I'll have to get photoshop, msn messenger, some sort of email software, an FTP program and all of my saved documents. Hopefully the new laptop will recognize my logitech vx rev mouse and wave keyboard (i put the laptop on a stand during the day). I also have a dell 19" lcd to add as a second monitor.

It's really too bad that apple doesn't offer a warranty that compares with dell complete care. Dell would cover ANYTHING that happened to it and have tech support in my office the next morning ready to fix it. I hope these apple computers aren't fragile little eggs.

Is there anything that you macbook pro owners don't like about your laptop? I'm not a moran and i'll figure out the OS within a couple days. I'm talking about stuff like not being able to get a matte screen or the lack of usb ports. The sales rep @ carbon computing didn't seem like he knew what he was talking about when i started asking questions.
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Old September 11, 2009, 07:24 AM
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Why not just go with another Dell business laptop again? If you're worried about the warranty, and you loved Dell's, then why go to Apple, which is definitely the wrong turn. Have you looked at Lenovo or HP? Their business models are pretty good too.
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Old September 11, 2009, 07:25 AM
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you should be good to go for the PST. Here are a few things I remember from when I had one:

- Adium is a wicked chat software coupled with growl
- email software is up to choice. I like thunderbird but it has it's own
- I like Filezilla as an FTP program, it works on Linux windows and OSX
- Get office and all your saved documents will be just fine.
- For a second monitor you'll need the mini display port to DVI adapter

I just bought a refurbed macbook aluminum a few minutes ago and had a Powerbook G4 for about 6 months before I sold it. You'll figure it out, its not as strange as many Mac users like to believe. Plus you have this forum here to help you.
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Old September 11, 2009, 07:26 AM
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Why not just go with another Dell business laptop again? If you're worried about the warranty, and you loved Dell's, then why go to Apple, which is definitely the wrong turn. Have you looked at Lenovo or HP? Their business models are pretty good too.
Apple isn't definately a wrong turn. While there is the apple tax, you do get a decent laptop. Furthermore, its not as bad as buying a Sony, thats for sure. Its up to him to decide what he wants, we can choose to help or not.
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Old September 11, 2009, 08:14 AM
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i just checked out the lenovo laptops and they don't seem as technologically advanced as the macs do. The macbook pro is quite a powerful little computer.

i tried to configure a good dell precision 2400m laptop, but the price climbs to $3k before it starts being comparable in power to the macbook pro. The dells still use ddr2 on their precision laptops and the battery the mac uses is way better than the dell. The dell's hard drive is a bit faster but you have to pay to upgrade that too. The dell starts to add up when you upgrade things like the backlit keyboard 4gb of ram, bigger hard drive, etc. I give up when i try to customize a latitude E4300. They are just too expensive to justify. Even though dell complete care is the most kick-ass warranty you can get.

The macbook pro 13.3 with 2.53ghz cpu and extra warranty comes in @ $1881 after taxes.
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A lot of credit card policies have some form of insurance, if yours does just buy on that and rest easy. For anything that ISN'T accidental damage they are just amazing about it once you set up a Genius Bar appointment(annoying but whatever, they get the job done), accidental damage will cost you to death, so be ready for that if you can't insure the laptop somehow.

I have the rev 1 of the 13" unibody(before being rebadged as a pro) and I don't have any major complaints with the hardware, it is a solid little machine and the OS, while different, is not so radically different from Windows that I would care to write home about it.
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i just checked out the lenovo laptops and they don't seem as technologically advanced as the macs do. The macbook pro is quite a powerful little computer.
Nothing "technologically advanced" about a mac, unless you're talking about the color scheme
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Old September 11, 2009, 02:28 PM
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yes, the processor is way better, it uses higher speed ram, the touchpad is way more advanced, screen is nicer, the battery is slimmer and supposedly lasts longer than Li-Ion. that's all i can think of off the top of my head.

anyway i got the 13.3" macbook pro with the 2.53ghz processor
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Have fun using your mac with Outlook... I just don't get some people. Macs make NO sense to me.
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I think you made that clear. But notice! The thread is not about you! Amazing isn't it? Also why would he use Outlook when he can use something better(Thunderbird or the free packaged Mail app that comes on Macs)?
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