|Jul 25, 2013, 08:43 PM||#1|
Outdated 2009 MacBook Pro or 2013 IdeaPad Y500 Gaming laptop
hello and thanks for looking,
alright so i'm going away to university and i'm expected to find a decent spec'd laptop by the end of August for my graphic design course, the course is 3/4 years and my personal budget is £600/$1,000 so i've spent all day researching on possible laptops but i'm stuck between a used MacBook Pro 2009 modal in perfect condition and a new 2013 IdeaPad Y500 with an i7 processor (compared to the MacBook's Intel Core 2 Duo processor)
the MacBook Pro is £496, while the IdeaPad Y500 is £550.
i care about the look and feel of a laptop very much which is why i am considering a 2009 MacBook Pro over the IdeaPad Y500 even though it is also a beautiful looking machine but I think it's safe to say that MacBook Pro's have something about them that other PC's just don't quite have, it's a 'cooler' machine in a way and a more desirable machine - maybe it's the OS, maybe it's the prestige look and feel but i just can't seem to make up my mind!!
so my question is am i being ridiculous even considering an outdated MacBook Pro with outdated specs or is there a hidden feature that makes Macbook a must-have for more artier/creative people (silly i know) - in other words, why should i choose the MacBook Pro over the IdeaPad Y500 if at all?
IdeaPad Y500 Specs:
Processor Type Intel Core i7
Processor Speed 2.4 GHz
Processor Count 4
RAM Size 8 GB
Hard Drive Size 1 TB
Gfx: Nvidia GeForce GT650
Operating System Windows 8
|Jul 25, 2013, 09:17 PM||#2|
Does the school have any requirements/minimums to consider? They might if you have to install specific software for the class.
2012 Mac Mini - i7 Quad Core 2.3 GHz - 16GB RAM - 128 GB SSD - (2) Dell S2340M
|Jul 25, 2013, 09:28 PM||#3|
|Jul 26, 2013, 08:42 AM||#5|
If you're going off to University it might be worth checking out Apple's education pricing. Typically for higher education, they come with a free 3-year warranty and you get 20% off if you order online.
If you're in the UK I'll be more than happy to assist you with direct URLs. 20% really is a hefty saving and I'm hoping it should help you find a Mac closer to your budget.
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
"And they all lived happily ever after ... except for Pocket, who died of Hepatitis B."
|Jul 27, 2013, 07:49 PM||#6|
on the upside, i was able to find an immaculate condition 2010 i5 Macbook Pro for £540 on eBay. it has 4GB RAM but i plan to upgrade the ram to 8GB for a further £40, hopefully this will do for University!
|Jul 27, 2013, 09:27 PM||#7|
Whatever you do, don't buy a 2009 MBP. Old tech. Not worth it just 'for the look'.
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