GhostYorker wrote:People. Learn what things are and how things work when giving people advice. Don't pretend you know something.
Ok - but only if you do, too. Cuz - reasons:
I'm a diehard mac user but I also use Windows and Linux for many different and EQUAL purposes. Regardless of the platform or what specs you'll read on the box, a modern operating system for a personal computer (MacOS, Windows, Linux, whatever) requires atleast 4GB of Ram. Automatically this qualifies this system as a DON'T-Buy.
Snarf - Windows is never equal to Linux or OS/X. It might be equal to MacOS - btw, MacOS refers to the thing that was retired in 2001, or a crunchy Mac flavored cereal.
Also - It says it right there on the Mountain Lion tin - requires 2GB. Linux can be run in as little RAM as you want, depending on the purpose, and provided you know what you're doing. I've built Linux based routers that run with only 64 Megs of ram.
In regards to the absence of Wired Ethernet.
Wired Ethernet is of course less necessary these days,
No it ain't, probably not for most people. Their cable modem or DSL modem does wireless out of the box, and that's the only thing they'll see.
MacOS is also not virus/malware proof. However. DON'T buy anything from Norton, Symantec, or some other bullsh*t software developer who thinks it can sell something that can protect what is considered already one of the most secure platforms available to the consumer. For virus protection check out http://www.clamxav.com/ . Its free. It's open source. And its been around since before you heard of the iPod.
There's that MacOS brand cereal again. I agree on Clam, it's pretty darn good, for something you can download free - runs on Lin, Win, and OS/X.
MAC OS is a fantastic operating system that removes a thesis length of headaches that most Windows users have to face on a regular basis. With the right software you can even run your favorite windows apps.
MacBooks are fantastic PCs but because they're not as upgradable as they once were you really need to make sure you don't buy an underpowered machine.
True, except MacOS was a pretty crappy OS (though mostly easy to use), if we sub in OS/X - yes, it's pretty great.
Don't buy this because its under powered.
Eh - buy this if you do web browsing, word processing, email, and some online games as your only real compute needs. Don't buy this if you're trying to buy high end games, or like, are running virtual machines or anything.
Do buy one from Apple or MacMall refurbished with more ram for a bit more.
Can't argue with this, looks like you can get it for around the same price, and more ram is usually better.
In other news, and in all seriousness, is there no one from the UK who uses Woot? How come no one is giggling uncontrollably about the nickname 'nobgoblin'? I mean, I damn near pee'd myself when I saw that.