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Please, please, please help - mac book or a Sony Vaio laptop??

(16 Posts)
CookieLady Mon 11-Nov-13 19:32:37

I could really do with some guidance whether to buy a mac book or not.

I'll predominantly use it for emailing, power points, spreadsheets and letters. Would really, really appreciate some help!

CookieLady Mon 11-Nov-13 19:51:07

Won't anybody help me? [sobs]

Glittertwins Mon 11-Nov-13 19:57:38

Do you have any other types of computer in the house? I was almost tempted to buy 2 Airbooks however the main computer in the house is Windows based and I don't want the F&F of maintaining 2 operating systems. I do like them though!!

To me, macs are more for creative arts, graphics and publishing so would be OTT for what you are saying you would use it for in the main. What is the difference in money between the models you are looking at?

Glittertwins Mon 11-Nov-13 19:58:11

F&F?? That was meant to be faff!

FortyFacedFuckers Mon 11-Nov-13 20:02:54

I wouldn't recommend Sony vaio I got one a couple years ago which was pretty expensive and I have had endless problems with it, I am now looking at macs.

SthingMustBeScaringThemAway Mon 11-Nov-13 20:07:55

Do you already have an iPad? If not I'd suggest getting the Vaio and using what you save on an iPad.

FWIW I've been using a Vaio for the last three years with no problems at all. But it does seem like old technology now....

CookieLady Mon 11-Nov-13 20:09:40

Thank you!

I haven't narrowed it down to a particular model to be honest. We've currently got Asus and Sony Vaio laptop.

A really stupid question: on a mac book can you view/edit word or excel docs?

Glittertwins Mon 11-Nov-13 20:10:34

I believe macs can run MS office.

CookieLady Mon 11-Nov-13 20:11:57

Sthing I do have an iPad. I've had my current Sony Vaio for six years and only now it's starting to show signs of dying. Prior to that I had no problems with it.

CookieLady Mon 11-Nov-13 20:12:29

Glitter thank you.

Glittertwins Mon 11-Nov-13 20:14:53

Please check that out with others though, don't just take my word for it.

Trills Mon 11-Nov-13 20:16:24

Excel for macs is different to excel for windows machines in subtle yet infuriating ways.

If you are used to one, stick with it.

CookieLady Mon 11-Nov-13 20:26:10

Trills, thank you. I'm gutted that they're not compatible. I wanted a pretty mac book.

Trills Mon 11-Nov-13 20:42:31

They are mostly compatible, but if you do much on your spreadsheets you'll find it rather irritating to switch between the two.

CookieLady Mon 11-Nov-13 20:48:40

Trills, thank you so much for your help.

Trills Mon 11-Nov-13 21:03:07

Macbooks look pretty, but you do have to decide based on the software and the operating system - most of the time you'll be looking at what's on the screen, not the prettiness of the case.

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