Why macbook?

Discussion in 'Apple and Mac OS X' started by danltu, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Rhodan

    Rhodan NBR Expert of Nothing

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    So you had a out of warranty hardware failure on your mac and warranty repair by Dell? Would Dell have repaired your system if it had been out of warranty?
     
  2. batboygotoj

    batboygotoj Notebook Consultant

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    Yea mac was out of warranty, and basically its a $300 flat rate. So if you have multiple failure it'll still be $300 so it can be good and bad. Dell they'll still repair the system out of warranty and the cost depends on what's being fixed.

    This is their price atm I guess:

    Minor Part
    Repair for your Hard Drive, Memory Issues, CD/DVD drive, Network & other Cards
    - Only $159
    Major Part
    ** Repair for your LCD, Motherboard, Solid State Drive or Processor
    - Only $269
     
  3. KCETech1

    KCETech1 Notebook Prophet

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    I had an off warranty M4600 in, and Hinges and a DVD drive was a $100 repair. Memory check and replace seems to be parts plus $20. along with lots of other small issues ( Business models may be different than consumer )
     
  4. jlp0209

    jlp0209 Notebook Consultant

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    Fwiw, I just went through this myself. I've posted in the Lenovo forum, I'm currently awaiting delivery of a 3rd X1 Carbon, due to defects. Up until a month ago I had a 13" retina MBP and decided to sell it. While going through returned X1 Carbons I fell in love with the MacBook Air all over again and just got a 2015 refurb 13" from Apple that is as good as new. The X1 Carbon (when it arrives) *should* be my primary laptop + work laptop and MBA will be home + backup laptop. I have a feeling the Air will get a lot more use than I had planned.

    It seems completely nonsensical to spend close to $1000 in 2016 on a laptop that has a 5 year old design, isn't the lightest, and has a 1440x900 TN screen. The experience as a whole is just so nice compared to every Windows laptop I've ever used, even Thinkpads, as great as they are. Mac has the best and most accurate touchpad ever. It isn't even close. I've used a Surface Pro 4, Dell XPS 13, and several Thinkpads. I am a huge TrackPoint fan. The smoothness, scrolling, accuracy and features of Mac touchpads are unrivaled, amazingly, in 2016.

    Second reason is the battery, for me. The Air outlasts everything else out there for simply light web browsing and scrolling through PDF files for work. OS X is so power efficient.

    Third is the screen. 16:10 is great. Yes the Air is TN. I'm an IPS nut, every other monitor and screen I own is IPS. But it isn't bad at all. I have grown to hate HiDPI and scaling over the past year, in Windows and OS X. It mostly looks awesome, but for work (remote desktop, other remote login programs) it is not good. Even 1440 x 900 scaled on a retina MBP has some blur to it, although it is decently sharp overall. Some lag w/ HiDPI as well but not bad. Windows scaling is an absolute joke. So, the Air is the only laptop of its kind- 13" and 16:10 native 1440 x 900 resolution. This is perfect for a 13" laptop and also 16:10 is far more useful than 16:9 on a 13" screen.

    I will say Lenovo support is generally STELLAR. I've gotten through to someone pretty quickly and they are based in Atlanta which is good. Onsite service is great and quick assuming the replacement parts are in stock.
     
  5. NK4

    NK4 Newbie

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    The OS and the build quality. If you are looking for hardcore performance to do some task the MacBooks are not your choice. If you., however is looking for a good everyday tool, that will make you feel very productive when working, the macbook is a good choice. Mine has lasted for over 5 years each so price/year is not that bad after all. The build quality of the products are way superior to anything I have had my hands on. Keyboards are super fast to type on in the new MBPs. Screens have excellent natural colors too. For programming web/apps the linux-in-a-nice-shell is really great.
     
  6. Kent T

    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    Apple is a good well built machine when you compare it to consumer HP, consumer Dell, MSI and Asus and their ilk, but the best built machines (even though not as superior as they used to be) are business class machines like the Dell Latitude E 5000 and higher, the Lenovo ThinkPad T, X, W, and P series, the Dell Precision, and the HP EliteBook line. Apple is competitive with the Dell XPS series, the HP Omen, the Asus VivoBook high end models and similar.

    That said, I like the Apple MacOS best (Built on top of BSD, a superior platform) but I prefer other hardware. The 2012 MacBook Pro for me was their last great laptops, which were designed to be upgradeable, to be repaired, to be reasonably durable, and to not be obsoleted quick. I like the 13" and 15" models from that era. I'd love to see Apple make a modern version of those with superior cooling and the latest technology for power users, and for business users.
     
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    Raidriar Notebook Prophet

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    It will never happen again because they’ve found great success in selling high end disposable Facebook machines year after year and I very much doubt they will ever release a professional grade laptop again. Now with talk of transitioning to their own in-house CPUs they will be further isolating themselves from the rest of the computer world and you’ll be stuck with whatever Apple seems fit to have on their systems since it all has to be ARM based instead of you know, typical x86.
     
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  8. z31fanatic

    z31fanatic Notebook Consultant

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    For me:
    1. Integration of macOS and iOS
    2. Touchpad, my favorite thing about Macbooks. Simply amazing even on older 2009 machines.
    3.Battery life (though PC manufacturers are finally catching up on this)
    4. Retina screen is the best high resolution screen in my experience. Have had QHD+ and 4k laptops from Dell and others but the colors of the Macbook display are more accurate and simply beatiful IMO.
    5. I have come to prefer macOS over Windows and Linux.
    6. Sleep and hibernation work every time.
    7. Scaling on macOS is awesome. I don't see any blur no matter what resolution or scaling I use.

    There are probably more reason that I can't think of right now. I too always felt that it was silly to spend that kind of money on a Macbook but after I got a 2014 MBP 15" in 2015 I have not felt the same way. I now am ok with paying a bit more money to get a better experience.
     
  9. Mobius 1

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    even in the past it was never professional hardware, still facebook machines

    there are "innovations" here and there, but they are incremental and designed as planned obsolescence of older models
     
  10. win32asmguy

    win32asmguy Moderator Moderator

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    The only real reason I use a mac is for Xcode and iOS debugging for work. Honestly the only decent laptop they offer is the Mid-2015 15 inch Macbook Pro. It is the least likely to fail due to dedicated GPU overheating and poor keyboard design. If apple stops offering machines like it next year when my Applecare runs out, I will likely switch to a cheap laptop like a Macbook Air (for doing the Xcode stuff) then use a PC workstation laptop running Linux for everything else work related.
     
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