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  1. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    Sorry in advance, I didn’t realize how long this would turn out...

    I recently started going back to school online for healthcare administration, to support my progress in my career. I haven’t owned an actual computer in about 3 years since my MacBook Pro died a sudden and dramatic death after 9 years of almost flawless service. I say almost flawless because, 9 months before it gave up the ghost, was the first trouble I had, and that was the soft cell battery in it went bad.

    So, February 10th I went to Best Buy to get a computer to do my schooling on. I looked at Mac’s but couldn’t justify the price at the time. I looked at some of the PCs and settles on an Asus with excellent user reviews and that was spec’d about how I wanted it. It was 1 feature shy of what I really wanted. I wanted solid state hard drive with the larger mechanical storage, but the only computer that had that was $600 more and had extra features that I didn’t need or want to pay the surcharge for.

    So for a little over a month, my asus worked beautifully for my incredibly minimal strain on it. I did my school work, downloaded reaper and the HX update/edit(never used any of them) and streamed 3 episodes of a show on Netflix. Then, it died. The mechanical hard drive started whirring, then clicking, then... dead. It tried to diagnose and repair itself, but no luck.

    I had to wait until today to take it back to the geek squad. Because I knew I’d have to rely on the machine for at least 2 wars to finish my program, I bought the 2 year protection plan from Best Buy, and I’m glad I did. Even though I was past the return date, they let me return/exchange. Not only did they reimburse the cost of the machine; but also my Microsoft office license, my antivirus software, and the full cost of the protection plan. So, I shopped around. I considered the upgraded version of the laptop I’d bought, with the ssd and the video chip/5k display that I don’t need or really want...

    but then I found out the MacBook pros were on sale. For $150 less than that next step up PC, I could get the top shelf version of the 13” MacBook Pro, which is honestly the direction I wanted to go anyway. It’s a smaller display, but it’s what I’m familiar with and I trust the platform a lot more considering my history with my last one.

    All in all I ended up spending more than I initially wanted to but, I’ve got a lot more peace of mind with it.
     
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  2. GreatDaneRock

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    I will never go back to PCs, never...

    HNMBPD

    GDR
     
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  3. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    I didn’t want a PC really, but when I got it, I really wanted to love it. And then it died so suddenly. I know it was probably a fluke, but between my experience and multiple family members experiences with macs... I feel dumb for even having given it a chance.
     
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    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

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    SSD’s are at a reliability, capacity, and price point these days where I would never own a magnetic drive at all except as a secondary storage device, and never as a primary drive on anything.
     
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    Danjabellza Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah. So much has changed in the couple years I’ve been out of the game. When I was looking st the PCs I really liked the idea of 256GB SSD with the 2TB storage drive. The MacBook I got is just the 256 ssd but I have 5TB of cloud storage, so unless I need something off the cloud and can’t access the internet, I’m good to go.
     
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    The only thing that bugs me about it so far is that the only ports on the whole dang thing are USB-C. No standard USB’s, no HDMI, nothing. Just USB-C and 1 1/8” headphone jack. I don’t own not 1 USB-C thing except the charging cable that came in the box with the computer. Now I gotta get a usb-C to standard USB converter, a USB-C to HDMI cnverter, and who knows what else. This future stuff is ridiculous.
     
  7. GreatDaneRock

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    The way of the future I guess. You need one of these or similar:

    7in1 USB-C Hub Dual Type-C Multiport Card Reader Adapter 4K HDMI For MacBook Pro-Gray

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/7in1-USB...3lZ40xJumBV6Z12mvvM_i_DDs_ddF1VBoCWvoQAvD_BwE
     
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