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Skinz
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Can't decide what to have, I can have either a Macbook Pro with i5 and 8GB RAM or I can have Dell Latitude 6430 with an i7 and 8GB RAM.

I would use the OSX but don't need it for work, I predominantly use Windows which the mac would run both, however I don't need OSX so could use the Dell.

What would you choose?
John
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For proper working, the Dell.
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quote:
Originally posted by John
For proper working, the Dell.
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Depends what you do and what you're used to.

I work in OSX in a Windows environment, and it's not as difficult as some would have you believe. I run the Office suite and we never have compatibility issues.

I'm used to working in OSX and prefer the workflow, however from what little I've used the newer Windows versions I think I could probably get used to that as well.

Two problems I can think of, being the only person on a Mac:
1. Shared contact groups aren't visible in Outlook, which is often a huge pain for me.
2. I do web work and can't proof in IE natively from OSX.


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quote:
Originally posted by Skinz
I would use the OSX but don't need it for work, I predominantly use Windows which the mac would run both, however I don't need OSX so could use the Dell.

What would you choose?


You've answered your own question there - get the Dell.
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You don't buy Apple for hardware (*awaits someone to mentioned 'retina'*) as the same (or better tbf) can be had cheaper and it sounds like you'd be just doing that. Purchase the Dell.

And if you want to dick around with OSX, just dual-boot it on the Dell - works the same.
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I run both at work and have parallels running in coherence mode.

Just upgraded my ram to 16 GB today from 8Gb, was 60 from Crucial with next day delivery.



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Also shameless plug

Running triple monitor stup now,



Thunderbolt to HDMI and USB to HDMI
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quote:
Originally posted by Nismo
Also shameless plug

Running triple monitor stup now,



Thunderbolt to HDMI and USB to HDMI


is it usb 3 or 2? i fancy a usb 3 to hdmi to hook up to the tv but i dont know if there will be lag issues like with usb 2
Nismo
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USB 3 but i dont think my 2011MBP is USB 3 so its backwards compatible to USB 2 and still works very well, surprisingly well actually.

Is one of these.

http://uk.startech.com/AV/USB-Video-Adapters/USB-3-to-HDMI-DVI-External-Video-Card~USB32HDDVII
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A big question is what type of work do you actually do?
LeeM
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quote:
Originally posted by Gaz
A big question is what type of work do you actually do?


bigger question is, do you want to look cool doing it
John
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I've said it before but I deal with hundreds of users. Almost without exception, you can tell how much work they do the instant you see they've got a Mac.
Dom
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quote:
Originally posted by John
I've said it before but I deal with hundreds of users. Almost without exception, you can tell how much work they do the instant you see they've got a Mac.


Nismo
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Not true

I work my ass off just for my job I need the best of both worlds.
Dom
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Hard work you say......nice TV remote there
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Don't work in IT do you Nismo? The site engineer at my place got his own office a while back, he promptly upgraded his work station to quad monitors, and then not long after 3 of those monitors got hooked up to the Sky box which also plays in the canteen....

All he seems to do all day is say 'turn it off, turn it back on', and takes buggered laptops apart. I wish I was him

[Edited on 14-02-2013 by dannymccann]
Nismo
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the TV remote is for the display on the wall that is used for iPlayer and network monitoring
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quote:
Originally posted by Nismo
and network monitoring


Bollocks!
Andrew
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quote:
Originally posted by John
I've said it before but I deal with hundreds of users. Almost without exception, you can tell how much work they do the instant you see they've got a Mac.


You cannot use a Mac to do fuck all as an office user imho. My MacBook Pro is ok for browsing the web and playing video, that's about it really. Outlook 2011 is shite compared to 2010 and Mail does not work very well linked to an Exchange 2010 account.

Macs are great fir video and from what i have read for web developers.

Macs look very cool and have a few pretty good apps. I find mine was a waste of 800 as i hardly use it.
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I use Mail with my Office 365 account (which as you know is Exchange based) and it works OK.

Which part does not work well for you?
Nismo
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quote:
Originally posted by Andrew
quote:
Originally posted by John
I've said it before but I deal with hundreds of users. Almost without exception, you can tell how much work they do the instant you see they've got a Mac.


You cannot use a Mac to do fuck all as an office user imho. My MacBook Pro is ok for browsing the web and playing video, that's about it really. Outlook 2011 is shite compared to 2010 and Mail does not work very well linked to an Exchange 2010 account.

Macs are great fir video and from what i have read for web developers.

Macs look very cool and have a few pretty good apps. I find mine was a waste of 800 as i hardly use it.


Bad workman blames his tools.

I use office on mine i have no issues? my mail works with exchange fine?
Dom
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In this case the tools are pretty pap under OSX.

Exchange works fine* but Mail app is pretty basic in functionality compared to Outlook and Outlook 2011 differs a reasonable amount (how mail is imported in one or how attachments are handled) to Outlook under Windows.

Tbf from my experience of using Macs over the last 11 years, you're better off sticking with Windows if you want to use Exchange and Outlook (/Office) - nothing remotely comes close.


* well, there's plenty of people over on the Apple forums that'd say otherwise but *touch wood* i haven't had an major issues apart from calendars.

[Edited on 15-02-2013 by Dom]
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quote:
Originally posted by Sam
I use Mail with my Office 365 account (which as you know is Exchange based) and it works OK.

Which part does not work well for you?


It might be the Hosted Exchange provider i use. Works perfectly fine on my iPad though.

I really like the Mail App but the issue i was having was mail would disappear and i would have to hit rebuild. Also, mail would take up to an hour to appear at times when it had already arrived on my phone and iPad.

Calendars, these don't seem to be compatible with MS Outlook 2010 either.

I'll probably test Mail now with 365 or a Small Business Server 2011.

Don't get me wrong here, i really do like apple kit, but i don't think it is quite there just yet to be using for office business use. This is my opinion of course!
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Get the Mac, whack Parallels on it, run Windows in a Window - job done.

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