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What are these Apple laptop hardware options?

Carol asks…

What are these Apple laptop hardware options? Can someone explain?

I’m going to buy myself a Macbook Pro from a reputable website store online. I am getting it because I want to use it for my Graphic Design course needs (Adobe apps, video stuff, and possibly hard drive space for gaming as well, if it doesn’t affect my laptop’s performance)

I’m going through my options for the laptop and there are some things/terms I don’t understand – can someone please explain each one – what they are and what they can be used for, so I can make an informed choice whether to add them or not?

-DisplayPort to DVI
-DisplayPort to VGA
-500Gb SATA drive upgradeable to 500Gb 7200rpm or 256Gb Solid State Disk (SSD) – are these upgrades worth it? Will I need them?
-4Gb RAM is pretty good, right? I ended up hating my PC because it always pestered me about running out of RAM (and that was just having Photoshop open with Illustrator or InDesign, most of the time! Ridiculous.)

– iWork09, or Office 2008 Home Edition for Mac? Is there a difference (aside from iWork being cheaper), or is iWork essentially the same/compatible with Office?

admin answers:

THe display port adapters are to use your laptop with a larger monitor. DVI is better, but the monitors are generally more expensive, VGA is older but still pretty good.
The standard SATA drive is at 5400 RPM and an upgraded 7200 rpm will slightly increase “seek” time, meaning somewhat faster initial loading of large files. The SSD is essentialy a gigantic USB thumb drive as your main hard drive. It is about half the size of the other drives, more expensive, very fast, and probably not worth the money at this point. You could buy it if you like spending money.
For the RAM, 4 GB is plenty, see link for more info. You could get away with 2 GB, but if you will be using it consistently for Graphic Design, i would recommend the 4.
I would get the Office just for consistency, Microsoft simply has a huge marketshare in this department. I would also experiment with Open Office and see if you like that first before spending anything on any suites. See link.

Maria asks…

MacBook Air Questions?!?

I have a few questions. I’m thinking about purchasing a MacBook Air. I’m going to be using it for school – powerpoints, reports, research, etc. I’ll also be using it for the facetime, camera, social networking, watching videos, e-mail, and ordinary web-surfing. I won’t be using it for any kind of games, or things like that. I’m going to be using it a lot. My questions are:

1. Which is a better choice? The intel core i5 processor, or intel core 2 duo processor?

2. How does the internet connections work? I don’t have wifi at my house, which is the place it will be used. Can I still use the internet? Do I just plug it in to the wall? I’m really confused on this one. Here’s what it says on the Apple website: “When you’re wireless, you’re truly mobile. That’s why MacBook Air features 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Wireless connectivity allows you to browse the web, send email, and print documents no matter where you are.4 MacBook Air weighs almost nothing, so you can go from room to room, dorm to dorm, or cubicle to cubicle and stay connected. Being wireless also means you can download apps from the Mac App Store anytime you want. With thousands of Mac apps available for download with just a few clicks, you don’t have to bother with going to the store to buy software on disc or worry about a growing pile of CDs and DVDs. Apps download instantly right on your Mac. If plugged in is what you want to be, MacBook Air has you covered there, too. Two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot (on the 13-inch model), and a headphone port give you plenty of options. And the Thunderbolt port connects to the new Apple Thunderbolt Display and high-speed Thunderbolt peripherals such as external hard drives.” <—-what does this mean?

3. Does it come with a microsoft powerpoint program? Microsoft word? (Or programs like them?)

4. Would you recommend 2 GB of memory? Is that enough for school stuff?

5. On the apple website, it says “AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n specification)3 Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) wireless technology” –what does that mean?

6. Do i have to buy a Apple USB Ethernet Adapter?! If so, what does it do? Does the computer work without it?

7. Every Mac now has “OS X Lion”…what does that mean?

8. There’s the option to change different things, and “Build your own Mac” on the Apple Website. Is there any way I can put an intel core i3 processor in it instead? How much cost would that take off? Or is it better to leave it as it is?

Does anyone know where to buy them the cheapest? If it’s online, I would prefer free shipping..?

Does anyone have any reviews? My second choice was a Dell Inspiron 15r. Would you recommend one brand or the other? One laptop or the other? Don’t tell me that you would recommend the Dell Inspiron because it’s less expensive. I understand that.

admin answers:

You can Buy at Amazon.com here link

Helen asks…

Is a Netbook a good computer for me?

Lately I’ve been looking into the Netbooks at Target.com. I’m wondering if they’d be a good fit for me? I’m just looking for a cheap 2nd computer (we already have a desktop that my bf is usually on) that I’ll be able to connect to our current internet. I would mostly be using the computer to store photos, surfing the net (myspace, news, craigslist, ebay, etc), and editing pictures online. I don’t play video games, I won’t be watching movies on it, and I don’t download music.

Do any of you own a Netbook? How do you like it? Would you recommend it? Do you think it would be alright for me? Any other info would be great, thnx!! 🙂
Oh, and would I be able to download MSN messenger on it?

admin answers:

Netbooks are designed for surfing the net. The normally don’t have very big hard drives or very powerful processors. If you are not going to do any gaming or process spreadsheets or databases, a netbook is a pretty cool little laptop. I have used one for a few weeks and it works great for email, web browsing, facebook etc…

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