How to Buy a Mac
#30 | 18:49 |
Monday June 19, 2006
Monday June 19, 2006
Andy and Sean talk about what to look for when shopping for a Mac.
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- At Mac World in January, 2006, Apple Computer annouced the switch to Intel chips.
- PowerPC chips were topped at a Speed where it was no longer able to handle computing tasks.
- How to Purchase Your Next Mac - What do you want to do with your computer?
- If you just want to check email, browse the internet, and watch a occasional DVD, the Mac Mini would be a good choose.
- The Mac Mini is just the computer, you'll need to provide your own keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
- Intel's Core Solo is a single-core CPU, while the Core Duo is a dual-core CPU.
- See episode 25 for a dual-core demo.
- Intergrated graphics are built right onto the motherboard, and are less capable than a discrete graphics component.
- For the intermediate level and wants decent performance, the iMac is the answer.
- Equal to a Windows Media Center PC.
- Front Row software .
- The iMac comes in 17-inch / 1.83GHz and 20-inch / 2GHz models, as well as custom-configured variations.
- Looking for a portable Mac solution, choose the MacBookPro or the MacBook
- MacBook comes in both black and white.
- For the Black MacBook you pay a premium.
- Black MacBook also includes an extra 20GB of hard drive space.
- $150 is a small price to pay to make your Mac look more like a garden variety Windows machine.
- The MacBook and the MacBookPro both use the Intel Core Duo processor chips.
- The reason the MacBookPro is more expensive is the discrete graphics component and the larger screen.
- This pays off for professional applications where fast graphics are key, but basic tasks are just as fast on the regular MacBook.
- To Run Windows XP on your Intel Mac, you can install the BootCamp application.
- OnMac.Net shows another way to run Windows on Mac, but it's more involved setup than BootCamp.
- There's a program called Parallels, which runs Windows inside a window, while still in MacOS.
- Rosetta is the program Intel Macs use to translate the code designed to run on older G4 and G5 processors.
- Adobe Photoshop uses Rosetta at the present time.
- See Lab Rats at MacWorld 2006 in episodes 11.1 and 11.2.
- Synthetic benchmarks test CPU performance using a method most real users will never approximate.
- Majority of the applications run 2x faster than the PowerPC macs. There are a few that actully run 5x faster.
- multi-threaded DVD convertor / ripper.
- 5x faster than on the PowerPC processor.