The news of Windows XP support being discontinued by Microsoft, may have some Windows XP users looking at options for a new replacement computer. If you are one of those users, and have been eyeballing switching to a Mac, here are some great options to consider.
If you are looking for a replacement laptop….
13″ MacBook Air ($1099)
Thin, lightweight, fast and exceptional battery life are all adjectives that you can use to describe the MacBook Air.
One of the first things you’d notice with the MacBook Air is that it is incredibly light at just under three pounds. It is also very thin at less than an inch thick making portability not an issue with this machine. Assuming you’re replacing a XP laptop, that probably has some years on it, the weight and size will be welcome.
The MacBook Air is also running the latest solid state hard drives and Intel processors, making this laptop very fast. Boot up and shut down times are seconds, and the ability to retrieve files and documents are almost instantaneous. Also, running a solid state hard drive makes the computer virtually silent. Outside of the fans, there are no moving parts. The downside to running a solid state hard drive? The hard drives are smaller in capacity. This version of the MacBook Air has a 128GB hard drive. There are bigger options available.
Another great feature of this MacBook Air is the battery life. The 13″ model boasts up to a 12 hour battery life! Essentially an all day battery, that allows you to use your computer on likely only one charge.
One thing that is different with this machine, is that it does not have an internal disk drive. Many people are aware of this, but some XP switchers may not be. External options are available if needed, but fortunately almost everything is available digitally on the Mac App Store and iTunes.
The MacBook Air is a great machine, but don’t take our words for it, take Dan Ackerman’s of CNET.com -
“If you’re still running Windows XP, then Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 didn’t sufficiently tempt you to upgrade. That might mean you’re looking to jump ship entirely, and there’s no better way to do that than with a 13-inch MacBook Air, which I consider to be the single most universally useful laptop ever made.” CNET’s Review
The MacBook Air is available in both 11″ and 13″ options, with various build options to fit your needs.
To see more about the MacBook Air, click here.
13″ MacBook Pro ($1199)
The regular MacBook Pro fits more your traditional laptop role. It still has a disk drive, for those of you out there that need/want one built into their machine. It also has a traditional spinning hard drive, instead of the faster but smaller solid state drives. That means the MacBook Pro comes with a 500GB hard drive.
Basically, what you gain with this laptop is a bigger hard drive, and a disk drive. What you lose is some speed, battery life (about four hours of total battery in the regular MacBook Pro), as well as the MacBook Pro is heavier and bulkier than the MacBook Air.
To see the MacBook Pro options more in-depth, click here.
If you are replacing a desktop…
Mac mini ($599)
So you’re in the market for a new desktop, but maybe you like your mouse, keyboard and monitor. If that’s the case with you, the Mac mini is a great option to consider, plus it’s less than $1000!
A computer that many people probably would not recognize as a computer, is more than meets the eye. Built with very similar specs as the MacBook line, this machine could easily suffice as a family computer, without taking up much space.
The Mac mini comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, 500GB hard drive, 4 GB of RAM and all of the traditional bells and whistles that you’d expect from a Mac. It will work with virtually any keyboard, mouse and monitor. There may be some rare exceptions otherwise.
If you’d like to see all the features and options with the Mac mini, click here.
If you are looking to start completely fresh, then maybe the iMac is the option to consider. Everything is built into a 21.5″ display, making the iMac a stunner. It comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, giving you virtually everything you’ll need out of the box.
The 21.5″ iMac comes loaded with the latest from Intel, a 1 TB hard drive and 8 GB of RAM, giving this all-in-one computer great performance. Possibly the best thing about the iMac, is the fact that you only have to plug one cable into the computer, the power cable.
The iMac is truly a computer you have to see, with it’s thin design and great display. If you’d like to learn more details, and see additional iMac options, click here!