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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:31 pm 
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I now have a HP Laptop 17" running windows 10. I am thinking of getting out of that and getting a MacBook laptop.

Does anyone own one and how is it? The laptop only has a 13" screen. Also, It does have an Hard Drive doesn't it? I guess I'll have to buy a portable CD Drive.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:10 am 
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Hmmm, the Mckbook is 12" & hs the slowest CPUIs put in ny computer in the last 100 years.

Macbook Air & Macbook Pro are 13", the MBA & regular MB have slow CPUs, both are meant to be light.

The MBP also comes in a 15 " model, be sure to check what ports any model has, they are very limited compared to windows laptops.


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:49 am 
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Apple laptops also come with stingy storage capacities compared to Windows. My daughter recently changed from a very old HP with 350GB to an Air with 128GB and is now struggling to rationalise files. Get an appropriate sized drive for your needs.


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:18 am 
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Good point, also, Mac Laptops cannot be upgraded after purchase, you must order the RAM & Drive capacity at time of purchase, so you could be looking at $4200 for the top end 15" MBP, or $2375 for the top end 17" thinkpad...

https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-mac/macb ... tep=config
https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/t ... TO1WWENUS1


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:11 am 
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Or buy second hand, and I have used eBay for this buying of secondhand Macs, several times without damage. It's just a matter of asking some questions of the seller, becoming confident.

If you buy a MacBook try to get one that is later than the core two duo processor - early 2015 or later.

Or a secondhand mid/late 2012 MBP would be my choice. After that it's not much possible to upgrade things, and the processor is good in that model, the last one before the retina screens. If you get one of those, swap the hard drive for an SSD if you can.


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:42 am 
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...or the Apple Refurb Store: https://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals

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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:46 pm 
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Thanks for your answers. I also have files on memory sticks. If I do get the Mac Book, could I just transfer the memory stick files to the Mac Book. I am using Microsoft Windows 10.

They want $99.99 to transfer from the HP to the Mac Book

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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:56 pm 
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You'd need File Sharing setup between the 2, or buy specil cables & adapters for USB pens...

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204360

https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/27/apple ... ably-need/


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:00 pm 
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... and don't forget you'll need software on the Mac to read those files. For example if you have a Word document, you'll need to use Apple Pages (free) for 'good-ish' compatibility, or purchase Word for Mac.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:26 pm 
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Thanks BDAqua & Anndra. In the support.apple.com they give a number of attachments. I don't think I need them all. In other words in order to use my memory sticks I need an attachment?

Anndra: I have MS office for Macx

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If ll you need is the sticks, then...

https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJ1M ... sb-adapter


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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:15 pm 
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Just be aware that MacBooks have only one USB-C port. That's for charging and connecting external devices.

If I was buying today, I'd buy a MacBook Air. In the UK it's £200/£300 cheaper for the same hard drive capacity, and has 2 x standard USB, SD Card reader, 1 x Thunderbolt and a 13" screen.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:39 am 
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Well, there are MacBooks and there are MacBooks! It depends on which one we're talking about! MacBooks have evolved quite a lot over their history. See MacTracker if you want detailed information of specific models.

So what ports they have really depends rather a lot on the exact model.

Earlier models (from 2006 to 2010) had 13" screens, USB 2 and FireWire 400 ports, but old CPUs.

Then there's a big gap in time before the new models which have 12" retina screens. They started in early 2015. These are much different and are much more capable - but much less upgradable! They will be significantly more expensive than the earlier white polycarbonate types.


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:05 am 
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cbbob wrote:
Anndra: I have MS office for Macx


...which will open your Office docs, but do you have anything else?

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not that I remember. Yes, I do have Norton and also Quicken 2015. Plus Outlook 2016 for mail, also OneNote

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