New to mac...?

I currently have a Toshiba laptop and I plan on switching to a Macbook Pro soon... I just have a few questions first.

1. I have a lot of files on my computer (pictures, music, videos, documents, etc.) how would I transfer all of these to the mac? Is it an easy process? Will my files be compatible? How does this process work?

2. I heard the battery in a mac isn't replaceable.. is this true? What if the battery dies... does this mean I will have to buy a whole new laptop just for the battery?

3. Will it last? I've had my laptop for about 3 years now, and I already have to switch. I want a laptop that's durable.

4. Lastly, I want a laptop that's fast. Are macs fast, or average speed?

Thanks! :)

1 Answer from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Those are all really great questions!

    There are a few options for transferring all of your files over to your new mac. The simplest by far is to purchase a service called one-to-one when you by your Mac from an Apple Store. The Geniuses at the store will be able to transfer all of your files from your current computer over to your new computer. On top of that you will get a years worth of one-to-one training with someone at the Apple Store, so you can really get to know your computer. If you don't live by an Apple Store and wish to do the transfer yourself, the computer has a built in migration utility that allows you to transfer over files by just plugging your Toshiba and the Mac together. Fairly simple. Most of your files should be compatible right out of the box. The only thing from what you list that might not be are documents which would need an application like MS Word or Apple's Pages to open.

    Batteries for the Macbook Pro and MacBook Air are not "User replaceable." That means you can't just pop the old one out and the new one in. The good news is that any Apple Store can replace your battery for between for around $150 including the cost of the battery. The battery itself has an expected life of 1000 charge cycles (my 3 yr old MBP has ~500 charge cycles on it right now).

    This rolls into the last two points. When I got my computer 3 years ago it was the speediest thing on the market. It still is plugging away for all of my needs (photo editing, document writing, and presentations). I would highly recommend going with a Macbook Pro if you are looking for speed but I would need to know a little bit more about how you use your computer. All Macs are fast and durable and made with state of the art hardware paired with software thats made to use the hardware to it's fullest potential. I think you will love it.

    • Answered by Matthew E from Denver
    • Feb 2, 2012