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Hi all, I'm about to trash my netbook and buy a laptop to run my future IM businesses from. My question is, Mac or Windows? Sorry for stupid question if it doesn't matter.

I've never used Mac, but i'll eventually learn it anyways so if it's better might as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    It doesn't matter for IM, especially if you are using online tool slike autoresponders or building your sites with wordpress. Some software that runs from your own computer might not work on a Mac, but without knowing much about Mac products, I think there is probably a way to make most software run even if it is written for a windows based PC.

    I could be wrong about that last part, it is really just what I have heard around.
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    • Profile picture of the author EvanBeck
      Originally Posted by JMichaelZ View Post

      It doesn't matter for IM, especially if you are using online tool slike autoresponders or building your sites with wordpress. Some software that runs from your own computer might not work on a Mac, but without knowing much about Mac products, I think there is probably a way to make most software run even if it is written for a windows based PC.

      I could be wrong about that last part, it is really just what I have heard around.
      I agree, everyone raves about the Macs, and at one point I know many IMers had both a PC and Mac, since most of the tools are geared for PCs.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndhikaWijaya
    Same like Mary Wilhite...

    The Macbook Pro... You will know after you use it..
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  • Profile picture of the author shunks
    Im one of those peeps who dont like the Macbook, but im still using Windows XP on all of my machines... so...
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  • Profile picture of the author mgreener
    Get a MacBook Pro for sure. There isn't much that won't run on the Mac (Windows native stuff) and even those can run on the Mac in the Virtual OS (Your Mac running Windows just for the rare case you would need to run a Windows only application).
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  • Profile picture of the author Geeked Labs
    I would go with the mac book pro. I use a pc myself and it's amazing, but I really envy how easy it is to do all the fancy creative IM stuff that mac users enjoy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan David
    I'm the same way. I've never had an issue with PC's and have used Macs and don't really see what the big hub-bub is. I would hope they are better machines, they cost a lot more.

    I'm not an Apple hater either..I have ipods, ipad, and iphone. But I prefer the PC. I just bought (less than a week ago), this computer at bestbuy. No complaints.

    Dell - Inspiron Laptop / Intel® Core™ i5 Processor / 15.6" Display - Diamond Black - I15RN-5882DBK
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    • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
      Mac isn't my cup of tea, but that's just personal preference. I'm sure there's no 'best' laptop because you can make just as much money using either. I like Windows, but only because it's what I'm used to.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Hollywood
      In my opinion, there is no "better" option for Internet Marketing. It all comes down to personal preference.

      As you can tell by this thread, there are a lot of Mac fans in the IM world, but that does not mean it is necessarily better. Many people like Macs because they tend to run a little faster and don't get viruses. I personally have never been a Mac fan, probably because I never took the time to really learn how to use a Mac (you might have to read the manual to figure some things out on a Mac ).

      But really it is all up to you. If you are a little short on cash, go with the PC. If you want to shell out 1-2k for a Mac, go ahead. Either one will get the job done.
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  • Profile picture of the author ogremagi
    This is totally a personal preference thing. I do IM on a PC because I grew up with windows and I'm a power user there. I use a mac laptop for work though and it is fine as well. I'm more comfortable in windows though so that is where I do my IM work. One more point to consider is there are several IM tools in my toolset that only work on PC. So if you go the mac route you may end up using vmware to run some tools in a windows vm. If you haven't had this issue yet, then nevermind
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    Wow. I never would have expected so many people to be recommending overpriced Mac junk.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr Hollywood
      Originally Posted by Matt Ward View Post

      Wow. I never would have expected so many people to be recommending overpriced Mac junk.
      Yeah I think Macs are way over priced as well. But hey, people buy them, so hats off to Apple. $7.31 billion in profits for the third quarter is pretty darn impressive!
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  • Profile picture of the author koreancowboy
    If you're going to go the Mac route, I would suggest going with a MacBook Air...unless you need the optical drive for CDs/DVDs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aviator Joe
    currently using probook 4530s

    really happy with it so far, no complains
    (well, you won't get to play games since it hasn't got a dedicated graphics card, runs HD movies fine though)
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  • Profile picture of the author Doug Taylor
    Another vote for the Macbook Pro. I made the switch about a 18 months ago and can't imagine going back.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimmyR
    Honestly, my Macbook Pro is the worst purchase I have made in my life.

    I have wasted a lot of money in my time, and the Mac sits firmly at the top of the most ridiculous purchases I have made. The Mac has always been and still is a media PC. If you want to browse the web, watch videos, listen to music and look at pictures, the Mac is great. Anything else, get a Windows PC. The best thing about the Mac is how nice the multitouch is to use when browsing the web etc

    Windows has a bad name from some of the previous versions, but I have 2 Windows 7 laptops and a Macbook Pro. I can tell you that Windows 7 sits level or sometimes faster than MacOS across the board - both on boot and general running. One of those Win7 laptops is on par hardware wise with my Mac, and one is significantly older and cheaper and I still like it more.

    If you have a Mac, you will most likely need to run a Virtual Machine (unless you plan on using a VPS), as most/all good IM applications run on Windows only. Mac is horrible at Virtualization. My 1.5 year old Win7 PC with a low power processor does a better job at running a VM than my brand new Mac, no kidding!

    I could go on about this all day, but in conclusion...

    Macs are junk.
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    • Profile picture of the author getbusy
      My brother got his 1st mac about 1 month ago and he feels like he is in heaven but now he's upset at just one thing and that's why he waited so long.

      I guess I might have to take the plunge next.

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    • Profile picture of the author EricInCleveland
      Originally Posted by JimmyR View Post

      Honestly, my Macbook Pro is the worst purchase I have made in my life.

      I have wasted a lot of money in my time, and the Mac sits firmly at the top of the most ridiculous purchases I have made. The Mac has always been and still is a media PC. If you want to browse the web, watch videos, listen to music and look at pictures, the Mac is great. Anything else, get a Windows PC. The best thing about the Mac is how nice the multitouch is to use when browsing the web etc

      Windows has a bad name from some of the previous versions, but I have 2 Windows 7 laptops and a Macbook Pro. I can tell you that Windows 7 sits level or sometimes faster than MacOS across the board - both on boot and general running. One of those Win7 laptops is on par hardware wise with my Mac, and one is significantly older and cheaper and I still like it more.

      If you have a Mac, you will most likely need to run a Virtual Machine (unless you plan on using a VPS), as most/all good IM applications run on Windows only. Mac is horrible at Virtualization. My 1.5 year old Win7 PC with a low power processor does a better job at running a VM than my brand new Mac, no kidding!

      I could go on about this all day, but in conclusion...

      Macs are junk.
      This is pretty close to my comments, except Macs aren't "Junk".

      I blogged about this topic back in 2010 when I bought my first Macbook Pro. I'm now on my second macbook pro, have the iphone, ipad, and a Mac Mini.

      if you want to read my blog: go to acroment.com (my website) and search for "mac" it will be on the 2nd page. The article is titled "I bought a Mac but I am still a PC" (I can't post links because I am new here)

      HTH
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      • Profile picture of the author sprice
        It's all your own personal opinion. You can see that people are divided on this. The computer isn't going to make you the money online so it really doesn't matter what you get.
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  • Profile picture of the author AksGame
    No matter what are you using you just need a nice internet connection
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Originally Posted by JimmyR View Post

      Honestly, my Macbook Pro is the worst purchase I have made in my life.
      Ditto for my mac.

      For people saying you can run most stuff on a mac, why don't you check out the software topics in the war room? The person offering it more often than not says 'sorry but there isn't a mac version.' And more often than not someone will ask for one anyway.

      Out of the 4 machines I've done a lot of work on, the mac did the least, and it crashed more than the 3 windows machines combined. It cost twice as much as my next puter, and it was just a lemon that left a very bad taste.

      I'm on the road for some time now and have to do everything with a single laptop. It's a Lenovo, and I couldn't have a better computer. It has a 17 inch screen. I need that to get the work done.

      Unfortunately they are just changing their marketing. You used to be able to go to lenovo.com and pick out anything you want. For most of the computers, you could add, subtract, or change options.

      You can still do that with some of them, but Amazon has a good selection now.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnny125
    I am using PC and very glad of it. Maybe I am not get used to Mac, and this is the reason.
    By the way PC are more popular in here
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  • Profile picture of the author John Dixson
    Forget everything about MAC or PC, or even a version of UNIX.

    All you need for IM is a computer with a hard drive with a decent amount of space (I'd go 500GB minimum). The rest is all what YOU prefer to use.

    If you going to buy a new laptop/computer, then anything new with decent sized hard drive will the job. Having 2-4GB of RAM would be good too.

    You won't need a dedicated graphics card, so don't let anyone tell you otherwise unless you intend to use your laptop/computer for high end games and/or 3D compositing.

    Actually I have a Acer Aspire 5742 sitting next to me that is brand new I am willing to sell if you are interested.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan2525
    Originally Posted by HazeBlazer View Post

    Hi all, I'm about to trash my netbook and buy a laptop to run my future IM businesses from. My question is, Mac or Windows? Sorry for stupid question if it doesn't matter.

    I've never used Mac, but i'll eventually learn it anyways so if it's better might as well.
    Hey,

    I have to say the MacBook Pro also.
    It is the best for multimedia and I
    will never buy a windows computer again.

    I was sick of it crashing
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Kage
    Mac all the way. I prefer the Macbook Air.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dwayne Morrison
    Originally Posted by HazeBlazer View Post

    Hi all, I'm about to trash my netbook and buy a laptop to run my future IM businesses from. My question is, Mac or Windows? Sorry for stupid question if it doesn't matter.

    I've never used Mac, but i'll eventually learn it anyways so if it's better might as well.
    Definitely a Mac! Once you go Mac you never... ...oh you know the phrase lol

    Seriously, Macs are awesome. Stick with the Macbook Pro's if you can. It's always a good thing to never worry about viruses on your computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rukshan
    Go for a Dell XPS laptop with 8GB RAM
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  • Profile picture of the author John Dixson
    This is ridicuous! 99% of the replies are nothing but biased opinions. OP doesn't want to know what kind of computer you use at home, but what would be best for IM. Just because you use a Dell or a MAC or anything at all doesn't mean it will be good for him!
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    • Profile picture of the author Trapped
      Originally Posted by John Dixson View Post

      This is ridicuous! 99% of the replies are nothing but biased opinions. OP doesn't want to know what kind of computer you use at home, but what would be best for IM. Just because you use a Dell or a MAC or anything at all doesn't mean it will be good for him!
      Perhaps Dell vs Mac wouldn't matter, however windows vs macos would be a completely different story since there are softwares that are built only for windows and not for macOS or linux.

      However i think it is the wrong place to ask that question, you should know best which tools you need, which you've used and then search and see if those same tools are available in other OS (in case you don't want to go with windows but want to change, for example, to macOS based notebook(s)).

      My personal likening is, desktop computer (no really, leave me with a laptop to work for an hour or two and you might just endup seeing my laptop flying out of the window - last time it stopped right before the window..straight into the wall).

      Even a solid 2.3GHz processor, with at least 4GB of ram memory is my personal choice.

      If you have no preferred tools that you use (and you know you won't be using one for sure) then it wouldn't really matter as long as it has a decent processor speed and ram memory (well the diskspace seems to matter less each and every year as now you got laptops with 200GB HD).
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  • Profile picture of the author phmoisan
    For my day job, I have no choice but to use a PC with Windows, I have a laptop with a 17-inch screen, and a 22-inch external monitor, that's the best combination, I think, although I have never used a Mac since 1993, I'm not kidding. I have an iPad for when I go out for short periods, i.e. a few hours, it's perfect for staying active on the Net, read Kindle books, watch videos, etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author Go4DBest
    At this point in time, I really can't replace my PC (Win 7).

    I have been using windows for quite some time now starting from Windown ME.

    As far as IM is concerned, for me having a PC is a perfect choice.

    ..., just my 2 cents!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan J
    I really would love to have a Macbook Pro, they just look so slick, modern, smart, beautiful, amazing, interactive, distinct...hmm i better stop now
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    phmoisan...Now that would be telling lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Samrath Gupta
    Hi- I haven't used Apple Macbook so cant say anything about it but I have heard a lot of good things about it

    I use Windows 7 with core i3 and 3 GB ram on Lenovo laptop and never faced any sort of difficulty on it !!

    My windows 7 works awesome and I love my 7
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  • Profile picture of the author PandaPoacher
    Mac Book pro is a decent machine, but quite expensive. You can get a cheaper PC with the same specs. I'd go with a windows 7 PC.
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    I don't really know what'd constitute the best laptop for IM. Anyway, I'd say that, in general, we as marketers demand far less power and "bells and whistles" than many other types of users - gamers, programmers, designers, etc. Probably the two most resource-intensive things I do today are run Market Samurai and occasionally fire up Photoshop to do a bit of low-level graphics design - both of which my 5-year-old desktop PC is as capable of doing as my 1-year-old laptop.

    The laptop I'm running now is a 12.1" Lenovo Thinkpad X201 Elite and is, as I say, more than capable of handling all the IM-related and everyday tasks I care to throw at it. Not the cheapest, but built like a tank and backed up with the most amazing customer support still provided directly by IBM. I think over the last year, the warranty has been extended to 3 years as standard across the board. If you've got the dough, Thinkpads are definitely worth a close look.
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  • Profile picture of the author Top Dog Marketer
    +1 for macbook.

    They run great, rarely have problems. The only problem I've ever had was after about a year or so with my first one, the fan started to get gunky and made loud noises when I watched video. Keep in mind though that was a refurbished mac book.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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    Team MacBook Pro! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author IMSince2003
    I use both Windows and Mac. If you are simply going from a power perspective, you get more with Windows PCs. Also, if you are willing to look for deals, check out delloutlet.com and also peek in tigerdirect.com's refurbished section. I've picked up some really powerful laptops for under $500 there. When it really comes down to it, success in IM is technology independent. It's discipline and persistence that win the game every time.
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