Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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hardware NOT more reliable
by lqsh on Mon 25th May 2009 22:47 UTC
lqsh
Member since:
2007-01-01

I bought an aluminum MacBook about a month ago. After a week or so, it would not charge. Apple told me it needed to be replaced, so returned it.

The replacement MacBook lasted about 3 weeks until the CD/DVD drive stopped working - getting it replaced.

I like OS X. I love the trackpad! The trackpad actually makes me more productive.

My MacBook is very quiet and stays cool.

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RE: hardware NOT more reliable
by tyrnight on Mon 25th May 2009 22:57 in reply to "hardware NOT more reliable"
tyrnight Member since:
2006-10-05

you just had a bad run of luck..

I actually buy the Refurbs from apple and they definitely are SOLID.. Im on Macbook pro 17" #2 (just cuz I like to upgrade) and Im waiting for the unibody 17" to make its way into the refurbs.. cheaper price and the warrantee is the same..

I would Definitely recommend the refurbs

Edited 2009-05-25 23:03 UTC

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FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

I don't think so. A friend and I both bought a MacBook Pro simultaneously. His video card has a quirk and messes up the entire screen every time it gets too hot, forcing him to reboot. He looked it up on the Internet and apparently it's a factory error that many people suffer from.

My MacBook Pro doesn't have this problem, but it freezes from time to time. And with freeze I mean a kernel freeze - not even the mouse pointer works anymore. One of my USB stick isn't recognized by OS X: after inserting it, nothing happens. It's not broken because it works fine on my Linux laptop.

The keyboard isn't as productive as it can be because it lacks the Delete, Home, End, PageUp and PageDown buttons. Instead I have to emulate them with Fn.

About the only goods thing I can say about the mac is that the screen is very good and it's quiet.

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yakirz Member since:
2006-05-11

I bought my white MacBook, 2 GHz Core Duo refurbed. It's been a great machine, I've had it since January 2007. I did have to send it in two or three times, once for a DVD drive issue, once for cracked plastic near the trackpad, and once for a problem with the screen.

I haven't had problems since then. I think the refurb Macs are a good value unless you get a semi-lemon like mine (it's fine now but had to spend a week away at a time for those repairs).

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