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Discussion on: You Probably Don't Need a Mac

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Matt Waler

A comparable flagship laptop in both Lenovo (ThinkPad) and Dell (XPS 13) will cost you around the same price as a sanely-specced (i7, 16GB RAM, 512 SSD) MBP. All of these laptops will run you around $2,000~, give or take.

People always compare spec-to-spec with Windows and Linux, but with Apple, you have to remember you are paying an upcharge for superior build quality, first-class app support, the ecosystem, native software, and guarantee of data privacy.

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Jozo

Superior build quality and guarantee of data privacy...you sure about those two?
I mean yeah macbooks are pretty elegant but lack of ports and constant overheating is a bit of problem.

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gfabrizi

On my desktop sits a macbook air (used only for testing on Safari) with the infamous butterfly keyboard... you can't imagine how much i hate that "superior build quality" keyboard.
For data privacy in linux you can encrypt your hd. No one can unlock it without credentials, you don't depend on Apple/Microsoft/Google/etc.. for you privacy right

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Matt Waler

The new lineup of Mac's have entirely purged the butterfly keys, I'll agree with you that those were not superior in any way shape or form. However, the sturdiness and machining on the rest of the laptops, especially now with fixed keyboards, are unmatched (in my opinion, I understand that is relative).

You can also encrypt your HD on MacOS is well!

Also, as a web developer, it's difficult to beat out simulator for testing ALL the possible iOS devices in an almost-native-like environment!

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