Here’s the deal: I started out in elementary school on Apple 2C’s and C+’s – they were great. My friend’s dad had a Macintosh, now that was cool! We didn’t have a computer at home, that I can remember until much later and it was a PC. After high school, I got a job doing graphic design for a sign shop and they used CorelDraw on PC’s. I ate it up & learned everything I could. I bought my own PC, an E-Machines. So I consistantly used PC’s for the next 13 years or so (wow, really?!).
As a graphic designer I always got hounded for not being a Mac person. I just didn’t see the need – everything worked perfectly for me, Photoshop being my new program of choice. Then I started getting into video editing; now I really got the pressure to switch to Mac. But honestly, I have been editing video now for about 5 years on a PC, now a 3 year old PC (which is ancient by today’s standard). And everything is great! I NEVER crash, seriously… The only complaint I have is that rendering takes a while. But all I need to do is get a new processor, or more RAM and that thing would scream.
All this to say – I am just trying to keep an open mind in this whole argument. We decided to go Mac for our presentation, and while we did, we just decided to get the best we could – so we go the Powerbook Pro 2.2Gh with 2G of RAM. Not cheap!
Like I said – it looks cool. Isight rocks. Imovie is cool for quick little videos (I love the time lapse). It is definitely quicker, but anyone who knows computers knows that a brand new computer is always quicker. The lit keys are awesome, as is the magnetic power cable. But really other than that… seems like a high price to pay for the fancy doo-dads. Of course I think in music and graphics industry it is like a price you pay to be taken seriously. I’d rather have my art or music stand as a testament, than a shiny apple laptop.
I’m not complaining – just thinking out loud. So we’ll keep going down this road and see where it takes us. I feel “cool” opening up a powerbook, but almost in a superficial way because the other half of me knows that I could get way more for way less… maybe.
So anyway, for all those who thinks Mac’s never crash, here’s the update: I’ve had this laptop for about 2 weeks and it has crashed 3 times now. And I am not hard on this thing at all, just surfing the web and running Pro-Presenter. I think my Dell 700m (that is now about 3.5 years old) has crashed about 3 times in it’s whole life. Also, I am not happy with the battery life at all. I got the extended battery for my Dell and it can run a solid 4-6 hours doing web/email stuff. This Mac only lasts about 2 hours. I’ll have to test it more to get specific times. Maybe there’s an extended battery for the Mac.