How to Choose a Macintosh Computer

Choosing a Macintosh computer need not be complicated. Apple makes several Macintosh models offering numerous features for the casual user as well as the serious computing professional needing cutting edge speed and sharp graphics. Most of the Macintosh models are styled in the typical laptop fashion but Apple does offer a few more traditional desktop models.

Apple enthusiasts prefer a Macintosh computer over the more traditional PCs for several reasons. Macintosh computers are less prone to computer viruses and their software is more consistent and does not need to be updated as often as Windows based systems. Macintosh computers also tend to have stronger technical support available including Apple's Genius Bar that offers on-site technical support for Macintosh users needing assistance. Here are some helpful tips on how to choose a Macintosh computer.


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    Consider your budget and your usage needs relative to both your present situation as well as envisioning a possible future scenario relative to your work habits. Keep in mind the option for upgrades and expansions for your Macintosh computer. Do you travel and want the flexibility of a portable computer or do you prefer a desktop model?
    • When considering your usage needs look at the types of work and projects that you will be using your Macintosh computer for. Do you need a computer primarily for word processing, email and browsing the Internet? Then perhaps a less expensive, basic model would meet your computing needs.
    • Are you an avid music and video enthusiast that enjoys downloading songs and games onto your computer? You will want a Macintosh computer with quality graphics, a fast processor and additional storage space to save all your favorite downloads from the Internet.
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    Apple offers the following PC range/product line.
    • Home consumer Desktop - iMac (built integrated into the monitor).
    • Workstation - Mac Pro (tower).
    • Small form factor hybrid desktop - Mac Mini.
    • Laptop/notebooks - Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, Macbook.
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    Ask yourself if you have a stronger preference for a desktop model Macintosh computer such as the iMac or Mac Pro Tower. The keyboard for these 2 models is a separate unit much like a traditional desktop model computer and is unlike the more compact style of a laptop.
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    Contemplate purchasing a Mac Pro only if you need a powerful computer with room to input additional hard drives, video cards and the option to increase Random Access Memory (RAM). The Mac Pro offers users options for additional core processors, faster graphics and additional ports that will provide you with more display options.
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    Mac Mini is a small form factor (SFF) hybrid desktop. It is portable but unlike a laptop needs a separate keyboard and monitor. Consider one of the more portable Macintosh model computers if you are a frequent traveler and need a small, lightweight computer that you can carry with you for business usage.
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    The other Macintosh models offered by Apple are laptop models where the monitor and the processor are contained within 1 unit. These models fold shut when not in use and open up much like a book with the keyboard on the flat surface and the monitor aligned vertically upright much like a television.
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    Laptops. Students may also prefer the portability of portable Macintosh computers. Models include the MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.
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    Visit Apple's online store to learn more about the many features and options available on Macintosh computers. If you live near an Apple store, take a trip to do some comparison shopping and get a first-hand look at the many models of Macintosh computers that are available. Ask the Apple store representatives any questions that you may have during your shopping trip.


  • You can get second-hand ones cheaper.


  • If you get a second-hand one, you might end up with one before Apple switched over to Intel processors which can cause compatibility problems.

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