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    Computers etc

    Been mulling over having a new home PC setup, still on XP at the mo', considering going over to a Mac mini, the HP printer has just had it's first & final flight test, (Very very satisfying to watch!), any thoughts on the pro's & con's from the knowledgeable on here?
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    We have apple in the office Steve and an apple laptop at home, and they take some getting used to they are completely different from windows

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    Steve

    I am a relatively late convert to Apple products, but like all late converts I have been bitten by the bug in a big way!

    I've had iPads (now on my third, having gone from the original iPad, through an iPad Retina to the current iPad Air 2), iPhone, iPods (now have four - Classic, Shuffle, Nano x2), etc.

    If I can work my way around our Corporate procurement system my next laptop will be from Apple as well. In my situation (being in the creative side of the IT world, using multiple devices, travelling a lot for work, etc) the advantages of Apple and iOS are significant, but it is their sheer usability that has won me over.

    Leaving aside my somewhat embarrassingly long tenure in the world of IT, everyone from my six-year old niece to my 80+ year-old mother-in-law have picked up an iPad and - within an hour - been proficient. As a result, my days of providing IT support for the extended family are thankfully a thing of the past.

    If I never see a Windows machine again it will be too soon.
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    Tin hat on
    I'm going apple probook next time round , had enuff of windows
    This will be like the blasers thread ( want one of em too)

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    Paul

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    Went iMac for the business last year and took me about half a day to get used to it. Never going back to PC.

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    Do Mac bits & bobs work with original stuff like monitors (Hanns.G)?, I know I need to change keyboard as two keys have different functions, mouse is OK, but would benefit from being renewed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finnbear270 View Post
    Do Mac bits & bobs work with original stuff like monitors (Hanns.G)?, I know I need to change keyboard as two keys have different functions, mouse is OK, but would benefit from being renewed.
    Steve

    I bought an adapter for my iPad that let's me display it on my old PC monitor using the regular VGA connector. You can pick them up for a few quid on eBay.

    For $12.99 you can also buy software such as Reflector (Reflector Airplay Receiver - Mirror an iPhone or iPad to a Mac, PC or Android) that will - through the wonders of WiFi and Apple's AirPlay - let you replicate your iPad display onto your Windows laptop if you so wish. I am guessing it would do the same for a macbook.

    Personally I'd buy a generic macbook/iPad-compatible bluetooth keyboard and mouse from eBay as well.
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    macbook pro retina user.

    i still use pc's in my office but i use a mac.

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    Mac's Pro's

    very efficient controls/lay out once you know it (doesn't take long)
    reliable
    lack of viruses
    complete packages are all up and running

    Cons
    expensive compartively
    components are more expensive
    expensive and hard to upgrade (if one bit blows your looking at whole new rig near enough)
    can be fussy about certain peripherals
    local pc shop might not be able to help you fix issues.
    Can't use current external hard drives or some memory sticks

    My recommendation would be to go to your local small pc shop (not curry's/pc world) tell them the kind of things you want to do on it and see what they could build you (or if you can build a lego set build it yourself). it will be cheaper and the local pros know how to fix it. If you aren't doing lots of media editing in a company where a virus wipe out could loose alot of money PC is generally the better option.

    What do you want the PC to do? could suggest some approximate specs and prices there of so you know what ball park you're in.

    - Experience building and upgrading custom gaming PC/s

    Scooby

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    + 1 for mac unless you have huge amounts of software you will be making obsolete & will have to re-purchase.

    I have had 6 mac-pro's now & usually have 3 running all the time & I can honestly say that nothing has gone wrong with them. When a new OSX version comes out I usually wait 6 months for software to catch up before installing to allow any problems to be ironed out. I gave up on the laptops as they were very expensive & I didn't really need the mains-free function & use an i-mac on location (with mains power) as the screen is so much better.

    Mine are used for photographic processing & editing & they are so much easier for this kind of work.

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