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#1 11 years ago

I was thinking about getting a Macbook Pro in the very near future because I want to try out OSX and the reviews I've been reading and the testimonials from my friends who have moved to using a mac have all been really positive.

Another reason why I want to get a Macbook Pro is because my current desktop is starting to get obsolete when it comes to playing games. I'm aware that macs can duel-boot with Bootcamp (which is actually going to be a part of Leopard when it's released this coming week) and I read the Macbook Pro performs very well when it comes to playing games.

So basically, I want to open the floor to you fine folks to find out your thoughts on the Macbook Pro and also if I should purchase it now (before the end of the year) or wait a little bit longer in case there's a new version of the Macbook in the works.




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#2 11 years ago

I've not heard of Leopard but hopefully it will address the issues Bootcamp had. The least expensive MacBook Pro from what I've read has an 8600M GT (current models anyway) video card so yeah, you should be able to game fine and also do everything else with a much better OS.

As for positive reviews, depends on which batch of units I suppose. Wiki shows lots of issues that have been reported, many of which are now resolved. It's enough of a concern to make certain you get current stock when ordering though.




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#3 11 years ago

I am a fan of macs (but I still stick to pcs cause i like them more :D). my brother just got a macboook pro and loves it. It's a really good computer. Bad news: these things are expensive and there are much faster options out there for gaming that'll cost less money. As far as OSX, i think its a great OS but I personally prefer windows. Also, I've heard that games will run slower in bootcamp but im not 100% sure about this. If you do decide to go with the macbook pro, remember that it will not compare to new (and cheaper then the macbookpro) desktop pcs when it comes to gaming. As far as computers go tho, this is a great one.




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#4 11 years ago

The Macbook Pro is very nice but be aware that they are very heavily overpriced to match. If you're just buying it for the sake of trying out OS X then for the love of god try OS X somewhere else first because you're gambling quite a bit of money on you actually liking OS X. If you don't like OS X then you can get better hardware for less money elsewhere.




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#5 11 years ago

If you just want to try OSX look for a old G4 Mac somewhere. You can find them pretty cheap on eBay, and the G4 is still fast enough to run OSX good. My G4 733Mhz running OSX 10.4.10 feels just as fast as my P4 3.0Ghz PC running XP.




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#6 11 years ago

Not a big fan of Mac's. If you decide to get a windows oriented labtop, I'd prefer an Acer laptop. (They're pretty good and have that awesome glossy screen) :P




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#7 11 years ago
Cheeseking25;3989398...I've heard that games will run slower in bootcamp but im not 100% sure about this.

Actually there's no resource drain with Bootcamp as per Virtual PC and Parallels.




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#8 11 years ago
>Omen<;3989519Actually there's no resource drain with Bootcamp as per Virtual PC and Parallels.

Yes, I read if you play games in Parallels, the games don't play as well compared to playing them in Bootcamp.




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#9 11 years ago
xBBx;3989683Yes, I read if you play games in Parallels, the games don't play as well compared to playing them in Bootcamp.

Not to mention Parallels costs about $80 I think while BC is free.




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#10 11 years ago

The only benefit from parallels obviously is the fact that you can run windows inside of OSX without needing to reboot. I don't think I'll be needing parallels because I only plan to switch over to xp when I plan on playing something that requires WinXP.