Best 1st Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by candyapple8, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. candyapple8 macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2005
    My little brother is asking for a mac for his birthday. He'll be turning 11 on March 3rd. He's not into computer games (just his xbox360 and wii). He's starting to write papers at school. He's going on the internet more often. He has an ipod. Do you think the 17" iMac + extra RAM would be good for what he needs for the next couple of years? My parents are willing to spend $1500.
  2. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    The 17" iMac sounds like a lovely choice, I hope he knows how lucky he is :)
  3. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    I think that a bigger screen but Core Duo refurb is a better option...
  4. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    A 17" 2GHz iMac would do perfectly - in fact, if he's anything like most 11-year-olds, you might consider a Mini + a cheap LCD because they're cheaper to replace. ;)
  5. jordygreen macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2006
    London, UK
    ye i would suggest i uprgaed mac mini + screen, my brother is 13 and he still doesnt really care how good or how nice his computer looks, he just plays the various online java game and goes on internet.
  6. candyapple8 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2005
    I may tell my parents to consider the mac mini option. Any recommendations on LCDs?
  7. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
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    OR I recommend you give him the

    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SuperDrive
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    Mini would be outgrown much faster. What about mobility? A MaacBook might be a good alternative as well. He could even hook it up to a second screen when at home.

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  8. FullCollapse macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2006
    Oneonta, NY
    you recommend a 24" for an 11 year old? come on now. i'd say the 17" would be a nice fit.
  9. mrkramer macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    I think that a Mini or the 17" iMac would be the best, but the refurbished 20" iMac would not be bad either.
  10. wpwj40e macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    As a parent....who's bought computers for 8 yr olds and up...I would advise a refurb first - great way to save a few bucks and get the same quality.

    We bought my 12 yr old a lap top and he took surprisingly good care of it. It your brother takes very good care of his "stuff" - then the kids LOVE a laptop. Able to go anywhere in the house with it (we did not let it leave the house), do homework on the counter, check their email etc. Hooked it up to a monitor with a keyboard and mouse in his bedroom and networked it to the main printer. All tunes in our house live on a network drive - so he could access them anywhere in the house.

    My nephew (who just turned 11) and broke his ipod day two and would lose a laptop with 48 hours - he just got a 20" refurb core duo iMac. After about two weeks with it - he's doing great and his friends all want one now. The 17" was a tad small and kids with their homework papers and the like can use the screen real estate.

    The 17" doesn't have the same "growing" room spec wise and all the new systems are coming with the larger monitors - so might be worth it to go up to the 20".

    WOuld only do the laptop if he was very responsible....but if so that would also be an excellent choice.

    The mini today is not a really good value, is limited in growth and by the time you add keyboard/mouse/monitor etc - you can just about pay for the 17/20 or laptop.

    In all cases add Applecare.

    Good Luck!
  11. thebrain74 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2006
    lucky ass'd 11yr old, I'm 18 on a G5 imac with a 17'' screen doind stuff like FInal cut, soundtrack, LiveType, Freehand, photoshop, and Multipage viewing. I'd kill for 20''
    sorry just jealous:)
  12. Zwhaler macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    I agree. It's a little much. I think we should think about what is best for the 11 year old, rather than what we would rather see him using. (And you know you would like to see him on a twin 30" Mac Pro, but cmon, be realistic) :)
  13. tris01 macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2007
    York uk
    I think a 17" iMac would be more than enough for a 11 year old why would you upgrade the RAM for ?
  14. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    Same here. I'm still here sitting with my Indigo 500 MHz. iMac G3. Of course I'll be a poor med student next year so I'll probably be buying a nice new/refurbished iMac with student loans. :)

    Anyway, why get such a great computer for an 11 year old? Honestly I don't see much reason for anything above a G4. Don't spend the money unless you have loads laying around.
  15. The Stig macrumors 6502a

    The Stig

    Nov 4, 2006
    On the track
    he is 11. I'd get him the cheapest one. If you already have a monitor and stuff, I'd go for a mini. If not then a base model 17" iMac.

    if you can get a refurb. Then do it.

    The Stig
  16. Freis968 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2007
    Winter Park, Florida
    My 8yr old daughter loved her iMac G5 20", but a 17" should be just fine. Get him the iMac over the mac mini because kids love the Photo Booth and you cannot beat the built in camera and mic on the iMac. My daughter racked up about 400 pics using that Photo Booth and that was in one night...LOL!
  17. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    I would go with the 20" iMac Multimedia pointed out. It is an excellent machine and a 11 year old wont reap the benefits frm core 2 duo. It will seem like new, and hell LOVE it.

  18. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    I agree with many here that for an 11 year old, a refurb 17" Core Duo iMac would be more computer than he would ever need for the next 2-3 years. It's not like any 11 year old child is ever going to be running pro apps on it that would require a larger screen or more horsepower than what that model offers.

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