Buying a Mac

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How to Choose among the iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro

If you buy a newer Mac today, chances are that it will be either an all-in-one desktop (iMac), laptop (MacBook or MacBook Pro), or “headless” Mac (Mac Mini or Mac Pro). Which type of Mac you choose depends [more…]

How to Decide between a Mac Laptop or Desktop

Mac desktop? Mac laptop? Making the choice comes down to lifestyle, economics, and what you do for a living. If you travel a lot, chances are you’ll want a Mac laptop. If you tend to be home- or office-bound [more…]

How to Buy an iTunes Gift Certificate or Monthly Allowance

If you have trouble coming up with gifts, Apple iTunes may be your salvation. You can give the gift of music through Apple iTunes gift certificates, in amounts ranging from [more…]

How to Buy Audiobooks, Movies, and Non-Music Products from iTunes

The iTunes Music Store is now just called the iTunes Store because you can purchase a lot more than just music for your iPod. Whether you’re an audiobook fan or a TV buff, or a lifelong learner, you can [more…]

How to Know Which Edition of Office 2008 for Mac to Buy

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac comes in three editions: Office 2008 for Mac Home and Student Edition, Office 2008 for Mac, and Office 2008 for Mac Special Media Edition. All three editions have the exact [more…]

How to Overcome Objections to Buying a Mac

The question of which is a better personal computer, a Macintosh or a Windows PC, provokes a good debate. If you’re thinking about purchasing a Mac or you’re considering moving from a Windows PC, you may [more…]

Comparing Your Existing PC with the Mac You Want

Before deciding which Mac to buy, you need to figure out what is on your existing computer. You’ll want your new Mac to have at least the capabilities of your present computer, plus lots of room to grow [more…]

Considering Speed and Size Options for Your New Mac

All the Macs that Apple sells are complete, usable systems, but some options are worth considering. Apple typically stocks three or four configurations for each model, and you can custom-order additional [more…]

Accessories for Your New Mac

It’s best to get your computer configured the way you want it when you buy it. You can buy other accessories with your purchase or later, when you need them. Accessories to consider include [more…]

Where to Shop for a New Mac

You can buy your new Mac online or in a traditional “brick and mortar” store, and you can do either directly from Apple or from an independent retailer. There are pros and cons for each. But wherever you [more…]

Choosing between the Mac Basic Mouse and Mighty Mouse

One of the great divides between Apple and Microsoft was over whether computer mice should have one or two buttons. Apple touted the simplicity of having a single button, but eventually introduced its [more…]

How to Buy Digital Media from the Apple iTunes Store

The iTunes Store is the hottest spot on the Internet for buying music and video. You can reach it from the cozy confines of iTunes. (That is, as long as you have an Internet connection.) If you’re not [more…]

Common Features on Apple Macs

Switching to a Macintosh means getting a computer manufactured by Apple, Inc. If you found shopping for Windows PCs to be a bit bewildering, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Apple has only a few models [more…]

Comparison of Apple MacBook Laptop Models

If you're thinking about switching from a PC to a Mac, consider Apple's MacBook laptops. Compact and elegantly designed, MacBooks up more and more at meetings where clunky Windows laptops used to predominate [more…]

Features of Apple’s MacBook Air

The two MacBook Air models, 11-inch and 13-inch, are ultraportable laptops, ideal for students and road warriors and light-weight alternative to Windows alternatives. Apple has stripped out components [more…]

Feature Differences between MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s full-featured laptop line, with a number of features that set it apart from the MacBook Air models and a great alternative to Windows-based laptops for those who are considering [more…]

Comparison of Apple Mac Desktop Models

For the person who is considering making a change from PC to Mac, Apple offers a range of desktop models — from the petite but well-equipped mini to the graceful all-in-one iMac to the industrial-strength [more…]

Overview of the Features in Apple’s Mac Mini

The mini is Apple’s least-expensive Macintosh model. Aimed in part at PC users who are considering switching to a Mac, it doesn’t come with a keyboard, mouse, or video display. It can work with almost [more…]

Overview of the Features in Apple’s iMac

The Apple iMac continues a tradition that goes back to the first Macintosh: packaging the computer and display as a single unit. Unlike the PC, Mac’s everything-in-one-box approach means a single power [more…]

Overview of the Features in Apple’s Mac Pro

If you are considering moving from the PC world to the Mac world and need lots of computing power, Apple has the answer. As its name suggests, the Mac Pro is Apple’s most capable Macintosh. [more…]

Get the Right Graphics Processor in Your New Mac

All current Apple models come with graphics processors (GPU) designed to perform the intricate mathematical calculations needed to render 3D objects realistically at speeds fast enough to keep up with [more…]

Apple’s Optional High-Definition Monitor

Apple sells an attractively styled but pricey flat-panel display: the 27-inch Apple LED Thunderbolt HD Display, with 2560 x 1600 resolution. The 27-inch display is designed to serve as a docking station [more…]

Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Mac to Replace Your PC

If you’re considering a switch from a PC to a Mac, you likely already know that Macs are more expensive than PCs. Bargain hunting is harder in the Mac world than it is in the PC world. Generally, price [more…]

Spec a New Mac Based on Your Current PC

You want your new Mac to have at least the capabilities of your present computer, plus room to grow. Thus, you need to know exactly what your current PC has before your try to switch to a new Mac. Much [more…]

How to Shop for Your New Mac

You can buy a new Mac online or in a traditional brick-and-mortar store, and you can buy directly from Apple or from an independent retailer. All these options have pros and cons, and the information that [more…]

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