My current Acer TravelMate, which has served me well for the past 5 years has been acting very "strangely" of late. Last week it almost caused me a heart attack when I switched it on with nothing on the screen but I could still hear the system running. Then yesterday while watching LOTR on my Acer, it switched off by itself, TWICE.
So I think this is a good sign of telling me that it is time for me to get a new laptop - and I am planning to get a Macbook. Problem is, though I have used Mac before in school but I don't really know a lot of stuff about Macs. Therefore I am hoping the Mac experts in CS can enlighten me with some info before I spend my money on a Macbook.
My new laptop will be used mainly for processing photos, general schoolwork (documents and powerpoints) and the Internet.
1. I read a thread somewhere in CS and some members were saying that their HDD failed with just 14 months of usage. Are Macbooks really that lousy? Because if I am going to buy a new laptop, it had better last without any major problems for the next 2 years - at least until I start working and earning my own money.
2. A salesman at Wheelock quoted me last week $1776 for the 1.83GHz white Macbook. What are the chances of me getting a better price at iShop?
3. May I ask what is the difference between Combo drive and SuperDrive (under the Optical drive)?
4. Things like Spyware, Adware - can they also strike Macbooks? Or are they just less common compared to PC?
5. I know this sounds silly but I have friends who tell me that Macbooks also suffer from virus attacks exactly the same like PC, and the so-called "truth" is actually just a marketing gimmick. Because I am very tired of virus attacks that I encounter every year, the ability to cut down virus attacks is one of the main issues I am looking at if I should buy a Macbook.
6. When is the next computer/IT show? Should I wait for the upcoming IT show or Xmas? I heard from my classmate that usually at those times, sellers will tend to throw in a lot of freebies.... (sorry I know I sound very cheepo but I am just a poor student).
7. Are there any other issues I should take note of before buying a Macbook?