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Old 03-28-2017, 03:33 PM   #1
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Hi everyone - I am in dire need of your expert advice. I've always wanted to own a real live Macintosh laptop!

I have never had one, nor used one, so I have some questions:

1. Will I wring my hands and scream what have I done if I get one, having only used a Windows based computer? Is it that more complicated than Windows?

2. I only need one for surfing and message boards. It wouldn't be used for work or gaming, just playing.

3. Can you point me in the direction of a basic, new Mac, and is there benefit to buy directly from Apple or can I trust Best Buy? Thank you all so much.
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Old 03-28-2017, 03:41 PM   #2
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Hi there,

Since you're only gonna be using the MAC computer for just web surfing and message boards, you probably can just get a Macbook Air as Macbook Pro computers tend to cost way more.

MACs aren't complicated at all. It might sound like it now since you're more use to the Windows OS, just like me. There are tons of youtube tutorials and videos with regards to learning a MAC computer.

Good luck and hope everything works out well for you.
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Thank you kindly for answering. Are the "airs" much different than the "pros"?

and would I be better to buy from Apple than Best Buy?
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Old 03-28-2017, 03:56 PM   #4
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Hi there,

Check this comparison page when you can = Mac - Compare Models - Apple

Forget Best Buy(aka. "WORST" Buy) hehe. Check out www.newegg.com for better deals on computers and computer equipment.
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If you're not in a hurry, buying a Macbook online is little cheaper then at a brick and mortar store like at Amazon, Newegg or various other sites.
There will be a few things you will need to get used to, like no Start button and not really having a right click unless you use a mouse or hold the CTRL key when you click, but Mac's in general are easier to use then Windows, they just cost so much more then a regular PC laptop.
I suggest going to a Best Buy or a Apple store and finding the model you like then buying it online at the previously named sites.
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It's not hard to move to Mac, you just have to get used to how they do things slightly differently. I only have Macs, so my wife had to learn to use them, and now has no problems. But now I'm going to bluntly honest here, if you will only be doing surfing and boards, you're wasting money getting a Mac. When people let me that's what they plan to do with a Mac, to their shock I always tell them to save their money and get a cheap Windows PC, or Android tablet. But if you are dead set on getting a Mac, then buy a refurb from Apple or used from Other World Computing. IMHO, the only time/reasons to buy a new Mac is just starting college, need one for work, serious hobby like photography or graphic design, or you are a long time Mac user and am entrenched in the Mac ecosystem.
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All in all, it took maybe 4 or 5 hours to get used to the MacBook. If you use the command line for anything it is Unix based, and has many of the tools associated with a Unix system.
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Thank you all for answering. I decided I REALLY wanted this, so I bought a new Macbook Pro on sale from Best Buy with the Apple Care.
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