Looking for constructive advice re: Mac laptops

BF89905BF89905 Posts: 1,026
edited June 2013 in Technical Stuff and Help
Hello,
I'm looking go purchase a laptop in the near future. I was originally focusing on ultrabooks exclusively: Asus Zenbook 31A, Sony Vaio PRO 13, Samsung Series 7, and a Macbook Air.

I've used Windows at home for years and a combination of Windows and Mac OS's at work for the better part of the past decade.

This morning I discovered Apple has a refurbished section go their online store that has led me to narrow my options down to the Samsung Series 7 Ultrabook, and two refurbished Macs.

I would really appreciate the constructive opinions of others familiar with either of these laptops (or you're simply tech savy) before I make my decision to purchase. Please look over the following details and contribute your constructive feedback to this thread. Thank you very much for your time, efforts, opinions, and sharing your experiences.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/FE662 ... na-display


http://store.apple.com/us/product/G0ND2 ... el-core-i7

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/sam ... 666052en02

Thanks again and have a good week.
Brian
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  • RKCNDYRKCNDY Seattle, WAPosts: 31,010
    the lovely people here may be able to help you: viewforum.php?f=15

    and just to put in my $0.02...I have never known anybody to have good luck with refurbished anything, myself included.
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  • oceaninmyeyesoceaninmyeyes Posts: 4,634
    I have known a couple of people with refurbed apple products, ipods and ipads. No problems.
    And the sun it may be shining . . . but there's an ocean in my eyes
  • lukin2006lukin2006 Posts: 9,087
    My wife bought her mac new its 6-7 years old never any problems. My Mac is a mid 2009 refurbed, runs like the day I bought it (both desktops). Comes with the same warranty, plus you have option to buy an apple care warranty. My understanding is that each refurbed is put under some pretty solid test. I guess a laptop could/would be different because of the potential for them being dropped.
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  • shepshep HoustonPosts: 5,494
    my advice would be anything other than an apple product.

    i was on their bandwagon for years, but recently had a falling out. i got sick of dealing with them for warranty and service. The prices they charge are insane. I also got sick of paying twice the price for 1/2 the computing power. just compare the hardware specs on a mac product with what you could build a similar windows-based PC for yourself. I recently built a desktop PC for a home server that cost me $1k. Mac doesn't offer a computer with hardware to match... their $3k home desktop is just about 1/2 as capable as the computer i built for $2k list.

    but that's just my two cents.... lots of ppl out there love mac....
    Houston, Texas... Believe it or not, there are 7 million people here... must be a couple of fans who'd love to see you play.
  • peacefrompaulpeacefrompaul Posts: 25,293
    I'll gladly stick with mac

    I won't be hassled to buy another computer for another 5 or so years
    1c23PJM
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  • peacefrompaulpeacefrompaul Posts: 25,293
    shep wrote:
    my advice would be anything other than an apple product.

    i was on their bandwagon for years, but recently had a falling out. i got sick of dealing with them for warranty and service. The prices they charge are insane. I also got sick of paying twice the price for 1/2 the computing power. just compare the hardware specs on a mac product with what you could build a similar windows-based PC for yourself. I recently built a desktop PC for a home server that cost me $1k. Mac doesn't offer a computer with hardware to match... their $3k home desktop is just about 1/2 as capable as the computer i built for $2k list.

    but that's just my two cents.... lots of ppl out there love mac....

    Not everybody wants to build a computer :lol:

    Always a better option if you have the know how and time
    1c23PJM
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  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    shep wrote:
    my advice would be anything other than an apple product.

    i was on their bandwagon for years, but recently had a falling out. i got sick of dealing with them for warranty and service. The prices they charge are insane. I also got sick of paying twice the price for 1/2 the computing power. just compare the hardware specs on a mac product with what you could build a similar windows-based PC for yourself. I recently built a desktop PC for a home server that cost me $1k. Mac doesn't offer a computer with hardware to match... their $3k home desktop is just about 1/2 as capable as the computer i built for $2k list.

    but that's just my two cents.... lots of ppl out there love mac....
    that would be a lot of work for me just to watch porn.
  • BF89905BF89905 Posts: 1,026
    RKCNDY wrote:
    the lovely people here may be able to help you: viewforum.php?f=15

    and just to put in my $0.02...I have never known anybody to have good luck with refurbished anything, myself included.


    Thank you for the suggestion to switch my thread to another forum. I thought that that tech support forum was only for tenclub website tech support - my error.

    Have a great day.
  • BF89905BF89905 Posts: 1,026
    lukin2006 wrote:
    My wife bought her mac new its 6-7 years old never any problems. My Mac is a mid 2009 refurbed, runs like the day I bought it (both desktops). Comes with the same warranty, plus you have option to buy an apple care warranty. My understanding is that each refurbed is put under some pretty solid test. I guess a laptop could/would be different because of the potential for them being dropped.

    'good to know.... Thanks for sharing your experiences.
  • shepshep HoustonPosts: 5,494
    LloydXmas wrote:
    shep wrote:
    my advice would be anything other than an apple product.

    i was on their bandwagon for years, but recently had a falling out. i got sick of dealing with them for warranty and service. The prices they charge are insane. I also got sick of paying twice the price for 1/2 the computing power. just compare the hardware specs on a mac product with what you could build a similar windows-based PC for yourself. I recently built a desktop PC for a home server that cost me $1k. Mac doesn't offer a computer with hardware to match... their $3k home desktop is just about 1/2 as capable as the computer i built for $2k list.

    but that's just my two cents.... lots of ppl out there love mac....
    that would be a lot of work for me just to watch porn.

    :lol:

    watching porn on a 65" HDTV in my living room is a life changing experience.

    8-)
    Houston, Texas... Believe it or not, there are 7 million people here... must be a couple of fans who'd love to see you play.
  • Bronx BombersBronx Bombers Posts: 2,208
    shep wrote:
    my advice would be anything other than an apple product.

    i was on their bandwagon for years, but recently had a falling out. i got sick of dealing with them for warranty and service. The prices they charge are insane. I also got sick of paying twice the price for 1/2 the computing power. just compare the hardware specs on a mac product with what you could build a similar windows-based PC for yourself. I recently built a desktop PC for a home server that cost me $1k. Mac doesn't offer a computer with hardware to match... their $3k home desktop is just about 1/2 as capable as the computer i built for $2k list.

    but that's just my two cents.... lots of ppl out there love mac....

    I've had nothing but positive experiences with apple Cust service. My imac was coming off warranty a few months back and the screen had some burn in. I called to schedule a repair and they told me to bring it in but I told them I wanted someone to come out to my home instead because its a pain in the ass lugging that thing around. Two days later they sent someone to replace the screen in my home.
  • lukin2006lukin2006 Posts: 9,087
    Apple customer service usually gets very good rankings from consumer reports. I've always had great dealings with Apple Customer Service and their MacBooks and MacBook Air seem to rank fairly high in consumer reports.
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