I have used non-Mac machines for years, but recently switched over. I had a Toshiba 2.8 GhZ P4, which was horridly unreliable, crashed all the time, killed my dog, and stole my girlfriend. Er. Okay. It wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t in any way, shape or form reliable, and the tech support has been moved to god knows where (I’m thinking Bangladesh), and any tech support call I made (“Right, your computer broke, and I want you to send me this part to replace it…”) inevitably ended in agonized screams after spending hours wresting with an automated voice system,
“Alright! I’m Sally, and I’m here to direct your call today! For tech support, say, ‘support’”.
“Alright! Did you say, ‘customer service’?”
“Oh! I’m sorry! For tech support, say, ‘support’”.
“Alright! Did you say, ‘bulk ordering department’”?
“No, you idiot, I said support!”
“Alright! Now transferring…” [Long silence]
“You have reached the bulk ordering department of Toshiba international. We actually don’t have real people in the office, so we’re going to play Musak until you scream, hang up, call again, and get in another fight with Sally the wondervoice.”
I can picture Sally. I know just what she looks like. She’s short, and blond, and when she isn’t getting her sadistic side out making phone systems, she is a personal trainer. Can’t you just hear her?
“Alright! Now, left, right, left, right!”
So similar to…
“Alright! Now for tech support…”
In short…I love my Mac. Rendertimes are just fine. OS X is great, it will certainly improve your workflow. And their reps are in this country.
Oh. And my 1 GhZ G4 fries my 2.8GhZ P4.