03-21-2012 08:21 PM
So I'm going to be going into college in the Fall and my parents are buying me a laptop of my choosing as a graduation gift. I've looked around a bit and narrowed the choices to either a Sony Vaio that I customize on Sony's site, or a Mac Pro. I'm really not sure what to go with, though. I've looked through all the specs and they look good, but I don't exactly know in depth the difference between a Pro and a Vaio. The Vaio I can get for just under $900, but for the Pro, 13" starts at $1200 while 15" starts at $1700..why such a large jump with just screen sizes?! The laptop I get will be used for a long part of my life unless it breaks and I'll be majoring in Computer Science so I'll need a fast, compatible laptop that can run software programs and I know the programs that my college sells will work with Apple, but I'm not sure if it'll be good in the long run. I currently have an iMac, so I know how to use Macs and all their fancy tools. If anyone can think of reasons why the prices vary so much and which to get, please tell me! Thanks!
03-21-2012 08:46 PM
since you currently have an iMac, I won't explain so much about the Mac.
Sony Vaio is a PC, a total different OS from Mac. It's a bit more complicated than the Mac but it'll get much more done. The reason why I say that is because it has a lot of options and it's compatible with more programs than the Mac. However, you may experience a few lags here and there because of the flexibility. When Mac focuses to suit one OS, the PC tries to work with a lot of different OS, making it unstable.
03-21-2012 10:41 PM
My first advice...
With regards to screen sizes and price relations...
03-22-2012 03:51 AM
Sony Vaio computers are not even good PCs. They are barely middle of the road, and are made of inferior parts. I would recommend most other brands over Sony.
03-22-2012 08:42 PM
Well, I'll probably get my laptop within a month or so, I can see if Apple will have any sales. But I don't know what programs we will be using because I know the iMac doesn't support Visual Basic or QBasic, but the programs we do in school are C++ and Java and other various ones, but the school sells the programming thing (not sure what they call it) and it's compatible with Macs.
03-25-2012 02:38 AM
I have to be fair here and say that ASUS and HP make some very good products, some of which match Apple. Sony, on the other hand, is just the opposite....inferior quality, inferior parts, and possibly the worst customer service in the industry. Repairing one of their products is a nightmare.
03-25-2012 04:41 AM
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03-25-2012 10:48 AM
That's not always the case about performance, though. Apple makes one of the fastest computers whereas if you look under many PC's their processor speeds will be under 2 GHz. Of course you can find other PC's that go into the 2's for GHz, but then they usually lack something that the Macs do not. I do know the main differences between Macs and PC's, but I would like a direct, more underlying difference that is not known...preferrably from someone in the computer industry, not Best Buy. Just because I will be majoring in it (in 5 years) doesn't mean I know the difference now, as I'm young still. I have not owned a laptop, I just currently use an iMac, and it's proved to be fine, except for the minor struggle of compatibility which occurred once and we fixed it. If Sonys aren't supposed to be any good, then what are some superior PC brands I should look into?