Europe - iMac

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  1. attacklax17

    attacklax17 Prospective

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    I'm sorta of caught up in either going to Europe or getting a iMac. I've thought out pros + cons and yes, Europe would be fun but I really need a strong,fast computer for school. Kinda stuck.. What is your opinion? Thank you :confused:
    Edit: I have to make up my mind by this Thursday
     
  2. AFAhopeful

    AFAhopeful USMA Cadet

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    I do not know how important that computer will be for you and, since I have never had one I don't know how good the iMac is or even, really, what it is, besides a portable laptop, I guess:redface:. I would go to Europe and get a less expensive computer, maybe a PC :rolleyes:. I use a laptop PC and it works good for me but I don't know what you need. I think it is easier to use than a Mac too but I guess that is because I have grown up with PC's. I hope this helps, in the end it is your decision, if the iMac is something you NEED then get it. :thumb:
     
  3. attacklax17

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    The thing is, it would definitely get me some better project grades for the rest of high school, which would help with my grades for getting into Annapolis. Although, Europe seems like fun. But as you said, its what I "NEED" so I guess the imac.. Thanks for the help AFAHopeful.:thumb:
     
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    AFAhopeful USMA Cadet

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    Well I am glad I could be of some service. :biggrin:
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Europe may give you fodder for a personal statement :thumb:

    I think your decision should be new computer vs Europe...not Imac

    An Imac is nice; however, you can ge a PC for a fraction of the cost that does everything a HS/college project would ever need.

    If you go with the less expensive computer you could potentially do both.
     
  6. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    KP2001 absolutely dead on.
    You have to have a computer whatever school you wind up in but why the heck do you have to spend about 4x the money to get an IMac? I would get the cheapest Dell out there that will perform for you and then go to Europe- you will remember that long after the computer has become obsolete.
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    Pay for something that will last for a few years or an experience that will provide a lifetime of benefit?
     
  8. Zaphod

    Zaphod Founding Member

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    Get both.

    I went to Italy in June and just got my new Quad-Core 27" iMac.

    Life is good. :biggrin:
     
  9. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Exactly. Why even consider Apple products in the first place? Lol they're so overrated and hyped up in the media...not to mention the fact that they demand ridiculous prices for a piece of plastic thats made in china
     
  10. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    Mac's do have a slight advantage over PC's in regards to people in the graphic design/photography/etc business. PC's are closing the gap, but I still believe the Mac to be slightly superior for these purposes.

    I only mention this because the OP mentioned "projects" that the computer could help with. Now if these are the routine HS projects then my argument doesn't hold.

    Even with that as a HS I'd still get a cheap computer because you can always go to the library or school to use a Mac if needed.
     
  11. Zaphod

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    Because after dealing with Windoze for 18 years, some of us have decided that we want our computers to work for us rather than the other way around. :thumb:
     
  12. attacklax17

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    Thanks for all the input and opinions. I ended up getting my tickets to Europe! and will just get the mac next time I have a chance. I needed a Mac instead of windows A) I dislike windows (no offense) B) I do a lot of video editing for my school's sports and other images. Macs just seem to handle multiple apps at once.
     
  13. PDub

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    Seriously? Did you really just say that? Is a computer really going to make the difference between an appointment and a rejection letter? Are people who cannot afford an iMac automatically precluded from good grades? I find that hard to believe.
     
  14. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    :rolleyes:

    The "Windoze" that you have dubbed is the choice OS for the vast majority of schools and workplaces. Why? Because they're just better :smile:. But what happened with your experience? I hardly listen to complaints about Windows in rl or online...most people who choose Macs simply do it for style/to try and "be a rebel" but don't necessarily have a beef with Microsoft products.
     
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    Windows may not be better than Mac (which they obviously aren't), but they get the job done for a much cheaper price. Sure, I would like a mac, but my PC has worked fine for the last 6 years (with a few hard drive formats), I doubt a mac would last much longer before it becomes outdated. Not saying PC's are better, just that they are good enough for the vast majority of the public.

    Later,

    Brian
     
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    No, sorry, I didn't mean it to sound like that. I just ment with certain programs on it, I could do a little more precise editing for media, which could possibly help bump me in more advanced classes. The classes I meant would make me possibly a better candidate, not the project(s).
     
  17. KPMum2012

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    Take it easy there Chockstock! You're talking to people who have many more years of working with computers than you. My husband and I switched to Mac because of constant frustrations with our PCs. I won't force you to listen to our complaints. Just accept that it was the cumulative effect of years of issues, literally. Yes, I like the style of my Macs. But they run beautifully, do video and other things more easily, and there's a whole lot less cussing and fussing around here when something needs to be done with the machines.

    I can run any windows application because I can run Windows on my machines. In fact, one of the PC computing magazines reviewed laptops not long ago and chose a MacBook Pro (I think) as the best Windows machine! Plus with Microsoft Office for Mac, you'll never know that Word document came from a Mac and not a PC.

    Anyway, my point is that you have a tendency to come across as very critical of people who disagree with you, people who have a lot more life experience than you. Last I checked, I'm old enough to be your mother.
     
  18. bz2010

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    Congrats Attacklax17

    Congrats on those Europe tix. Nothing compares to traveling for an education! Where will you be going?
     
  19. Capt MJ

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    I took a quick survey of our current 16 USNA sponsor family midshipmen. Only 1 had worked on a MAC platform at home prior to being accepted at USNA, due to a parent being a professional PR person. Their consensus was that it took a lot more "other stuff" to put together a strong application than being able to do MAC stuff for HS work for a perceived chance at a better grade.

    Two of our sponsor mids had no computers at home, did their computer work at HS computer lab or library or used a friend's, due to financial circumstances at home.

    Enjoy the Europe trip. Soak up the history, eat the local food, watch other cultures live their lives. That was one of the best things I did before joining the Navy, choosing experience over a material thing. It opened my eyes to the world out there, and was a huge contributor to me being excited about "The Navy- not just a job, but an adventure," as the recruiting slogan went at the time. Actually, in our family, when it's a choice of trip vs. new material thing as a gift (jewelry, electronics, etc.), we almost always go for the trip.
     
  20. PDub

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    Capt MJ, you put it best.
     

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