Frustrations!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by masterjedi73, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. masterjedi73 macrumors 6502

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    Well...I've visited the apple store near me FOUR times this week and still haven't purchased my computer. I can't decide if I want the 20" cinema display or not. I could get an iBook for the cost of that thing.

    I'm probably going to get the dual 1.8 G5. Apple said there's a 14 day price protection in case they come out with a new product and the price falls. I think this model is plenty for me.

    I'll probably go back tomorrow or Saturday again. This is crazy! The store knows me by name! lol
     
  2. agreenster macrumors 68000

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    If it were me, I'd save my money. You can get REALLY nice LCD monitors (20"+) at Best Buy that will match your G5 perfectly for 6-700 bucks. (or cheaper)

    But thats me.

    Wish I had YOUR frustrations. ;)
     
  3. masterjedi73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    Hm... I dont know at which best buy you can buy these inexensive moniors. I just loked at Best Buy's website and the cheapest 20+ Inch LCD is 1,199.00 and it isnt widescreen, like the Apple Cinema Display.
     
  5. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    I've had very good experiences with Dell monitors. They're LCD's are among the best I've seen, and they're priced well. Check out their website.
     
  6. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    slightly off topic...but not

    Does anyone know offhand if the Apple Online Store has a similar price protection program?

    I'm about to order my first Mac (an iBook for me, and an eMac for the wife...yea), but I was told that waiting until after Jan. 24 might be a good idea since that is apparently the 20th anniversary of Apple and they might announce some config changes or something. But I'm really anxious to stop using this Windows machine and start afresh with Mac, ASAP!!!!

    Thanks for the help!
     
  7. masterjedi73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The Apple Store has a 10 day return policy (with a 10% restocking fee). If there is a new product however, the store near me told me there's a 14 day price protection on it.

    I'd wait anyway...it's only tuesday. lol
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The G5s are approaching the end of the cycle when a Speed Bump/Rev B should be coming out soon...

    http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/

    If you look at the buyers guide the machines were introduced quite awhile ago (even though they modified the lineup 11.2003).

    The top end will probably be anywhere from 2.5-3.0 GHz -- it "may" be worth it to wait.

    The 3.0 GHz @ 90nm looks like it may be using about the same Power as the current 2.0GHz chip @ 130nm.
     
  9. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    What's Tuesday?
     
  10. masterjedi73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, there's a good possibility that apple will introduce new products on Tuesday. It might be rumor, but apparently they're putting up new stuff in the stores on the evening of the 19th in preparation for something on Tuesday.

    Check out the news forum here. There's some more info. on it there. I've decided to just wait until then before I go buy my new mac (I'm switching, too!)
     
  11. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I agree that at this point waiting until Tuesday makes a lot of sense. Apple seems to like to introduce new products on a Tuesday. The rumor about the changes being made at local Apple Stores on the 19th, even makes this more certain.
     
  12. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    YOU GUYS ARE RAINING ON MY PARADE!!!

    I'm going to an Apple Store for the first time tonight (closest one is almost 200 miles away). How sad that I'm probably going to come home empty handed!
     
  13. masterjedi73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    200 miles?!?! Wow that really stinks. The closest one to me is in Short Hills, NJ...about 10 minutes. I love it!
     
  14. wdlove macrumors P6

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    As it happens with so many things each person has to make their own decisons. I didn't realize that you were planning this 200 mile trip. Can only imagine the excitement that you must be feeling, getting to vist your first Apple Store. You won't be diasppointed, hope you will go ahead and do whatever make you happy. Sometimes if you get in the frame of mind to wait for that next great thing, you would end up with nothing. The Mac is too great to wait too long.

    If the rumors are accurate you will have an Apple Store in your back yard like masterjedi73 and I. All we really want is for you to be happy.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=53300
     
  15. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    Well, the 200 mile trip wasn't planned JUST for the Apple store (unfortunately, it's actually a trip to take my wife to a medical specialist for an ongoing problem she's having and other folks haven't figured out). BUT, the Apple Store was on the way, so I said: "I gotta go."

    She agreed to stop. Unfortunately, she wasn't feeling well, so we didn't get to stay more than 20 or 30 mins. BUT, I was not disappointed!

    I know what I'm ordering and I'm ready to order my new iBook.

    Thanks for all your help!
     
  16. masterjedi73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice. Congrats (and sorry to hear about your wife...hope she's ok)

    One question: Just out of curiosity, what is making you choose an iBook over a PowerBook?
     
  17. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    Just to clarify--the wife is fine, this is not a life threatening issue or anything.

    The top reason for the iBook is the price. I'd like to get both a laptop and a desktop (the desktop will likely be an eMac, but I'm waiting a few weeks on that). There was no way to do this with a powerbook...I just don't have the money.

    Obviously the PowerBook has a lot more power (hence the name, right?). But there are certain things about the iBook that make me like it more. For example, I definitely want a 12", but the 12" pb screen looks dull to me. Comparing them side-by-side in the Apple Store tonight (hehe), the iBook looked much more vibrant. At first I thought the 1024 was going to be a limitation, since I do a lot of video editing (I do my real work on PowerMac G4s that are owned by my company), I wanted to be able to run FCE just for grins and giggles for light editing both for work and for home vids. BUT, after playing around with expose, I realized that the desktop space should be plenty, and I'll gladly sacrifice that for portability. The main reason for purchasing is that I need the portability for hummin' around campus working on my thesis...I think the iBook will meet that requirement perfectly. When it comes to doing more intensive stuff, like Final Cut and Garage Band and the like, I'll have the slightly more robust eMac at home (maybe they're getting a bump this week...?) that should handle that fine. I've run photoshop on an eMac at work, and it certainly wasn't as fast as our PowerMacs, but it was still quite nice and smooth. At this point, Final Cut Express will definitely be the only app I run that will really tax the processor (Garage Band too, probably), because I won't be getting any of the Adobe products anytime soon--if I were planning to use After Effects on this machine, I definitely would have to opt out for the PowerBook.

    Like I said, budget is the top concern, as I'm a student. Hopefully when I land that teaching gig after my PhD a few years from now I'll graduate to the powerbooks (could be G6 by then!), and the eMac (which technically will be my wife's computer) will be replaced by an iMac or a PowerMac.

    Finally, I have this weird quirk--I like to do things from the ground up. For instance, whenever I find a band that I like, I like to get their first album first, and buy things chronologically. I KNOW THIS SOUNDS A BIT OCD AND WHACKED OUT. Anyway, I think it'll be nice to work my way up the Mac ladder--a few years from now when I can afford that PowerBook (God willing), I'll really appreciate it.

    Sweet, Barton Creek, I wonder when that's opening (I'm probably only going to be in Austin until August, and then it's off to the next school).

    Thanks all!

    Just thought I'd add that this iBook and eMac will be replacing my current P2 600 mHz that I've had for 4 years now. So, I think I'm making a MAJOR improvement on that. Consider that I run PhotoShop on that all the time...haha...these new machines should be a breeze!
     
  18. joker2 macrumors 6502a

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    MasterJedi: You can read stevie's pre-apple-store process of decision making over here (another thread). *Grin*
     
  19. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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  20. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    I would look at like the 18" Dell LCd's .... they are aroudn $500 / as low as $400 is your wait till the right moment , you coudl get yourself two ... for the price of one 20" , I'm a dual display fan tho ... and widescreen isn't something thats essential to me .
     
  21. agesaun macrumors newbie

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    Are the Dell monitors really that good? I was just wondering because I was planning on getting a G5 in a few months and the Apple Display is like $1200 extra. I don't know if I should bite the bullet or get a 3rd party display (like the Dell). But I question the Dell's because my university just got about 100 new Dell's :mad: w/ Dell LCDs in the main lab and about 1/3 of the LCDs have a greenish tint, and one is even blurry. I have never seen a faulty Apple display (in Apple stores and other individuals). If someone could shed some light on the Dell's quality that would be great. Is it just a case of getting what you paid for?
     
  22. Ryan1524 macrumors 65816

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    isn't the higher size Dell monitors are just Re-badged Samsung LCDs?? if so, then it should of great quality. :)
     
  23. rdowns Suspended

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    The High Holy Day of non existant Apple product announcements.
     
  24. agesaun macrumors newbie

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    Oh they are Samsungs. I have heard that those are good. Does anyone know which sizes they use Samsung for? Also how would I go about plugging this into a G5. Do I need a converter or something? Thanks!
     
  25. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    If you go with the DELL or SAMSUNG lcds make sure they have DVI connectors and then the pmacs have one ADC port and one DVI port for the most part ... check your vid card. And then you just need one ADC to DVI converter and your good to go.

    If you can't afford dual cinema, go with the duals of something else ...


    here is my small writeup on the significance of tuesdays in general

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=664016#post664016
     

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