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    We are in our 60's and have a 5 y.o. HP desktop, I'm trying to decide whether to buy a MacPro laptop. I realize that Apple products are more expensive, but the fact that Apple appears to have excellent support is the biggest factor. I'm tired of trying to reach someone at HP or microsoft for help - I have visions of someone in India climbing up a pole to answer the telephone and I usually end up frustrated and no further ahead despite spending 2-3 hours on the telephone. Any suggestions as to which one I should purchase - it would be used for:

    - searching websites
    - answering emails
    - Facebook
    - Garmin (running) hook up
    - photos
    - typing agenda's and reports
    - Skype

    We have no other Apple products, I do have an HP-Netbook that I use for travel.

    Any suggestions, Thanks Karen
    02-01-2014 05:24 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I'd suggest one of the MacBook airs. You'd probably want to see them in person to decide it you wanted the 11" or the 13". The MacBook pros would do the job but they are more expensive and overkill for what you use it for. If you have an Apple store nearby, they also host group training classes. They even have a $99/year when you buy a new MacBook for one-on-one training as often as you want during that year. The group classes are usually free and cover everything from Mac basics to how to use specific software on the Mac.
    02-01-2014 05:28 PM
  3. iEd's Avatar
    Welcome to iMore Karen. Any Mac laptop would be perfect for what you need to do and Apple support to #1 in my opinion.
    02-01-2014 05:30 PM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The MacBook airs could also easily replace the net book for travel and would probably be even lighter than the net book.
    02-01-2014 05:31 PM
  5. mikeo007's Avatar
    All of your needs should be easily met with a MacBook Air. Less expensive than the pros and lighter for travelling.
    The one thing I would recommend checking out is that your Garmin is compatible with a Mac.
    Garmin's website should be able to tell you.
    02-01-2014 05:35 PM
  6. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Like others have suggested, the Macbook Pro might be a bit overkill for what you ask of a computer...the Macbook Air would save you money and will be more than sufficient.
    02-01-2014 05:44 PM
  7. Fausty82's Avatar
    Is have to agree with the MBA suggestion. And there is Mac software for the Garmin GPS units.

    I, too, had visions of Microsoft support hanging off telephone poles a la Green Acres. And IMHO, HP computers haven't been worth the cost of the powder to blow them up haven't been for a number of years.

    Good luck with your conversion to a real computer/operating system.


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    02-01-2014 06:49 PM
  8. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Good luck with your decision. I too recommend the MBA.
    02-01-2014 07:28 PM
  9. Elizabeth2's Avatar
    We are in our 60's and have a 5 y.o. HP desktop, I'm trying to decide whether to buy a MacPro laptop. I realize that Apple products are more expensive, but the fact that Apple appears to have excellent support is the biggest factor. I'm tired of trying to reach someone at HP or microsoft for help - I have visions of someone in India climbing up a pole to answer the telephone and I usually end up frustrated and no further ahead despite spending 2-3 hours on the telephone. Any suggestions as to which one I should purchase - it would be used for:

    - searching websites
    - answering emails
    - Facebook
    - Garmin (running) hook up
    - photos
    - typing agenda's and reports
    - Skype

    We have no other Apple products, I do have an HP-Netbook that I use for travel.

    Any suggestions, Thanks Karen
    Hi Karen! Welcome to iMore. If you have an Apple store near by plan a little trip there. You won't be disappointed. The amazing people at your local Apple store even have FREE classes you can take and if you would rather have a more individualized help you can even make an appointment for one on one help usually the same day.
    You will be quite surprised at the age demographics you will find! You're going to have so much fun and help is just a fun apple store excursion away!! Let us know what you decide


    Sent from my iPad using iMore Forums
    02-01-2014 11:18 PM

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