MAC USERS - Get in here!

MAC USERS - Get in here!
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#1

If you’re a developer on a Mac, I have a question for you.

Have you ever partitioned your drive to dual boot to Windows? If so, how is performance? Does it run just as well as a PC? I like Mac’s build quality and was considering a Macbook Pro for my next purchase but I do a lot of development in Windows with C# and would want to use Windows on it a lot. Should I just get a PC or would Mac really outperform? Thanks.


#2

I don’t know if this is the best choice… you could loose performance. You might want to consider renting a Mac in the cloud (e.g. have a look to http://www.macincloud.com/). It’s also cheaper than buying a new computer.


#3

My personal preference would be to get the Mac and install Windows on VirtualBox.

From what I’ve seen of your posts here, you don’t appear to be doing a lot of graphics-intensive stuff, so I’d say 8GB of RAM should be plenty to run both systems without noticeable slowdown.


#4

The last metrics I saw showed Apple computers running Windows applications faster than similarly spec’d competitor machines. I dual booted Windows on my first MacBook and played games on it (cerca 2008). It should work fine for development, but partitioning your drive introduces its own inconveniences.


#5

You’d be paying a heavy tax.

The styling/build quality of the macs are very good.
But it will cost you much more to to buy a mac than a windows laptop.
A mac booted to windows and a windows laptop with the same cpu/ram/hard drive will run at the same speed.
You will be able to buy a faster windows laptop because the pc vendors have a much faster release cycle.

So if the Mac OS and the physical hardware stylings are worth the extra money that it costs over a windows laptop than go for it. Otherwise save a bundle of cash and pickup a windows pc.