View Full Version : best way to spend

Mar 19, 2003, 08:31 AM
what do u think would be the best way to spend 1800 USD on a mac product(s)?

btw I am a student in high school

i am thinking like a refurbed ibook with a combo drive, for say 800, and then an ipod for 400, making 1200, and then maybe using the leftovers to buy ram, mac necesary software, and a few accessories.

what do u guys think

Mar 19, 2003, 10:38 AM
Not a bad idea.

Mar 19, 2003, 10:42 AM
Although, for $1250 at the education store you can get an superdrive emac along with a $370 10 GB ipod. The question is are you willing to sacrifice portability for a Superdrive and a faster bus?

Mar 19, 2003, 10:43 AM
Update... that Superdrive emac is $1100 referbished. 10 GB ipod is $330.

Mar 19, 2003, 11:06 AM
Wait on the iPod. $400 is a waste of your money for what is essentially a toy. The money is better spent on a better computer that will be of more use to you for a longer period of time. G4 eMac will be a better machine 3 years from now (think OS XI or whatever... may not run on a G3) than the iBook will be. Not to mention the physical durability factor of a desktop vs notebook.

Don't forget about sales tax and shipping costs too ;)

Mar 19, 2003, 11:13 AM
If you are set on a notebook, get either the iBook (they're great machines!) or a refurb PowerBook. Then you will have cash to spend on enhancements, such as a scanner, printer, or even a descent digital camera. If portable music is a must, invest in high-end headphones.

iPod is a luxury I do without by playing tunes through my iBook. This may or may not suit you.


Mar 19, 2003, 11:16 AM
If I had that kind of money for a mac I would get a dual 1.25 GHZ powermac for 1899 (education store). You would need about 150 for a monitor from walmart so its a little more then you want to pay, but this is in my opinion the best priced powermac to date (with there normal prices it would be 500 bucks more!)

If you need portability get an ibook and save your money untill the next set of ipods

Mar 19, 2003, 12:32 PM
Call and talk to BacktotheMac from www.generalcybernetics.com .

Tell him you are from the MR board and that you are looking for a good deal on an iBook. I have seen some great deals on them. From what I hear, nothing beats their sales team.