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I am just a 17 year old boy who happens to have experience with both, windows xp and Mac os x (windows & apple). It is hard to say which one is better for you? Here is what I think of both.
I have had my iMac 17" with a Dvd burner for almost a year and with no prior knowledge to Mac computers, i am able to create and burn dvds. If you are wanting to create movies from you home video or anything else, a Mac is where you want to go.
Windows has taught most people to think different, mac teaches you to think basic. Everything is just click and drag.
Apple computers never freeze! Unlike most windows computers, when I want my computer to do multiple things, it does. I can burn a cd or dvd while I search the internet, or run any other program without having to worry about it freezing up. They will also go into a standbye mode, and stay that way until you want it to come back on. Many windows computers will run a fan every once in a while.
Never have to worry about viruses.
I am always having problems with my windows computer. It constantly freezes. Though it does a lot of different things, creating DVDs, presentations and other things are just DIFFICULT. I am on my mac way more than the windows cpu.
Answers to questions:
1. I am not sure, but my guess is you could get "base station" to change your wireless to cable right next to the computer. I dont have experience with hooking it up to a wireless network.
2. Yes, It will have a built in ethernet adapter. Very easy, just plug in and it will work. No messing around with configurations.
3. No, you can by Microsoft Office for Mac. I have it and i prefer the mac version although practically identical.
4. We have a network in our house, we are always swapping files between the mac and the windows computer. Very easy to do. If you know how to set up a windows for a network, the mac wont be hard to do.
If I had to choose between a new apple or windows cpu, I would choose hands down the apple. Always reliable, no surprises popping up, and a friendly, easy to use interface. If you are worried about using a mac, the best thing to do is go to a retail store that sells a lot of macs and tell them to give you a tour around all the things it can do. :-)