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Mac book - what do I need to purchase with it? What do I need to know? Are they worth the money?

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nibblingfingernails Sat 24-Sep-16 12:26:01

I'm looking at replacing my laptop, I really fancy a Mac book but know very little about them.

DD's would use it for homework etc....

I would use it for shopping, Mumsnet, e mails etc

So my questions are -

- What do I need to purchase with it?

- What do I need to know? Really don't want to be sold something I won't don't use

- Is it a good investment?

Thanks in advance

nibblingfingernails Sat 24-Sep-16 13:33:41


lljkk Sat 24-Sep-16 13:39:46

The only accessory I have & is truly useful is a neoprene sleeve, there are millions of patterns & choices on Amazon (handy as Xmas presents too if anyone in your family gets stuck for you at Christmas time...). I have a USB stick Just In Case, but it's rarely used, I use dropbox for my backups.

Have you actually used MacOs before? Or can you comfortably slide and single tap on a laptop (sorry I don't have a smartphone, not sure how much is same on most of them).

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 24-Sep-16 13:42:07

Tbh you'd probably be fine with an iPad for what you're planning on using it for.

lljkk Sat 24-Sep-16 13:43:59

Wouldn't OP like a separate keyboard if her DC trying to use an iPad for homework? I can't have too much screen real estate, trying to do something like homework on an iPad would piss me off.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 24-Sep-16 13:45:31

Maybe,ds uses mine for his homework. Pretty sure you can buy covers with a keyboard for iPads if you miss them

WeSailTonightForSingapore Sat 24-Sep-16 13:48:58

Mac books are great but probably too pricey for what you want to be using them for - homework and online surfing.

They are super fast, easy to carry (MacBook Air), very smart and intuitive. My old Mac Book Pro lasted six years which is long in computer terms! They are the best option for people who spend all day on them, typing, reading and having a million apps and pages open at once. brilliant if you have to carry it to the office each day and back.

So its basically a hard working laptop for people who write a lot,or do design, photo editing or whatever. In these cases, you get a lot of use out of them and a lot for your money.

But, if you just want a straightforward laptop that won't get a lot of heavy usage during the day, there are many cheaper options out there.

Of course, of you have the money and budgeting isn't a problem, then even if you use it once in a blue moon, go for it!

lljkk Sat 24-Sep-16 14:36:19

At home, 95% of what I do with the Mac is fluffy, but it's my fluffy time, dammit.

I got a MacBook Pro about 6 yrs ago.
I have a 3 yrs old same size Toshiba for work (more basic spec, but upgraded to a Solid State Drive).

In favour of the MacBook:
Much better graphics & sound quality
Tougher (metal body), keyboard is much better quality
Better customer service
Much more secure OS (cyber attacks)
Just plain more pleasant to use (keyboard quality again)
Lighter weight charger with longer power cord

In favour of Toshiba:
Easier to build/enhance, reuse parts.
Cheaper parts (battery is failing on the Macbook)
Lighter weight -- very noticeable
Lacks the planned obsolesence of Apple items (mine is maxed out for possible memory & Apple will stop releasing OS upgrades for it as a deliberate policy)
Has page down/up/home/end keys. I would love these on the Macbook Pro.
Other people have the same style charger when I forget mine

nibblingfingernails Sat 24-Sep-16 14:42:35

Have you paid for any extra's?

lljkk Sat 24-Sep-16 14:45:05

I guess not, what extras are you being offered?

nibblingfingernails Sat 24-Sep-16 14:46:47

things like office etc

bloodyteenagers Sat 24-Sep-16 14:48:29

LLjkk The home/end thing on the Mac try the FN key and the left or right arrow. One should take you home, the other should take you to the end. I'm trying to remember a short cut a week, because there's just too bloody many of them

bloodyteenagers Sat 24-Sep-16 14:52:04

Macs come with their own office equivalent, so no need to buy office. Documents can be saved as Notes (Word equivalent), word or pdf, so compatibility shouldn't be an issue.. But yes I also have Office as i use both for work purposes. However, unlike the Windows version, Mac version of Office doesn't have publisher.

What other things apart from Office? (If you buy office get it from softwareforstudents as it's cheaper)

BlasianFashionista Sat 24-Sep-16 14:53:16

If you are buying one of the later models you would have to purchase an Apple USB SuperDrive and there isn't a CD/DVD.

The only Software I've had to purchase is Microsoft Office.

What do you need to know? lljkks favours of the MacBook smile

And yes they are a very good investment, we've never had any problems with any of ours.

nibblingfingernails Sat 24-Sep-16 14:53:58

Thanks everyone

RockinHippy Sat 24-Sep-16 14:59:00

Looking at what you want it for, I would go for the iPad Pro with the add on keyboard.

The only advice would be to make sure you keep all the details of your Apple ID safe & memorable. Also set up with an email address that you wont change - if you lose/forget AppleID, you might as well just bin it voice of bitter experience with my dad

bloodyteenagers Sat 24-Sep-16 15:16:59

I thought the lack of DVD/CD drive would be annoying. Haven't missed it. But they can be bought for less than £20 so not a big deal really.

By the time you've added the keyboard, the iPad can work out more than the Mac Air..

RockinHippy Sat 24-Sep-16 15:26:35

Depends on the memory you go for.

but I bought a 32 one yesterday for DD to use at school (disability) & it worked out quite a bit cheaper

nibblingfingernails Sat 24-Sep-16 17:36:12

I nearly bought the "APPLE MacBook Pro 13" with Retina Display (2015)" this afternoon, spoke with one of the salesman, he explained the differences between the macbook pro.

He mentioned about me getting the Office 365 and the anti virus bundle and if I bought it when I bought the Macbook it would last for 3 years, he was very good at explaining that the Macbooks come with a version of office but its called pages so it wasn't totally necessary for me to have the office.

So after much dithering I said, okay I will go for it, he went off to check stock and unfortunately its out of stock! Just my luck

bloodyteenagers Sat 24-Sep-16 17:51:22

Anti-virus - there are lots of really good ones that are free. And a lot of banks also give their customers free protection.

Softwareforstudents Office 2016 and 365 is £69.99 for the year..

Sales people will try and sell you add ons because of the commission for them. The offers they do aren't always that great. So you might have had a lucky escape when it was out of stock!

BlasianFashionista Sat 24-Sep-16 17:59:55


sad I hate when that happens, you can check PCWorld online for stock near you, I hope you manage to get one soon.

nibblingfingernails Sat 24-Sep-16 18:06:59

The software bundle was for 3 years for both was £150.

nibblingfingernails Sat 24-Sep-16 18:10:50

I went to PC World as they have 10% cashback until 27th September on Macbooks.

BlasianFashionista Sat 24-Sep-16 18:10:59

I remember buying the 365 with mine and the registration code didn't work, luckily I already had Microsoft Office Mac which I purchased with an iMac and the code for that worked, even though it states it only for one computer.

BlasianFashionista Sat 24-Sep-16 18:12:48

Yes, you have to fill out a form online and I think it takes up to 21 days for them to put it into your bank account.

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