Taking My Brother-in-Law to look at some Macs Today

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  1. Poogie Bear macrumors member

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    My brother-in-law ask me the other day what kind of labtop he should get for school. I asked him what are you going to use it for?
    Pretty much everything iLIFE has to offer plus school work like Words, Excel and Powerpoint.He's on a budget so i what to look at the 14' ibook 133mhz with the combo drive
    He was think of getting a dell but i wanted him to look at some macs first.
    Well wish me luck hopefully I can make him convert......Peace :)
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Most important piece of advice IMHO is...

    ...to let him play with it.

    Sometimes it's tempting – when showing other people a Mac – to want to demonstrate this or that yourself... this can be be offputting to Mac newcomers.

    Stand beside him, let him explore & play – helped with the occasional word from you, resist the urge to seize the mouse... :)
     
  3. Poogie Bear thread starter macrumors member

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    That's why I am going to take him to a Apple Store and not Comp USA
    or MacMall. Because The Apple Store will show you how a Apple can really work for you. I know it going to be hard to keep focus because there will be alot of beautiful Hardware to look at. Thanks for the advice ;)
     
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Well, let us know how you both got on...

    The iPod 'connection' is a major USP so make sure he gets a good look at those too.

    He-he. Plotting the seduction of a computer purchaser... good fun. :)
     
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    Just make sure he knows that all of his programs work before he switches. The last thing you want is someone to switch and not have an important program or equivalent program on the Mac.

    And if anyone is envolved with school in the family, have them buy it, so you get the educational discount.
     
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    I have a friend who was recently looking to get a laptop. He asked me for advice. He had a custom configuration Dell (with a 1.5 GHz Celeron M) all picked out and the price was $1600. I asked him about getting a Mac, and basically he said they were too expensive even though he likes them. Long story short I showed him that a fairly similar iBook would only run him about $1000, which he almost couldn't believe. A trip to CompUSA or two later to look at and play with the iBook, and he had made up his mind. He got his iBook about two weeks ago. It's a 12" 1.2 GHz with the only BTO option being a 60 GB HD, and he loves it! It seems people just have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to Macs, and if you can clear them up they're in many cases willing to switch.
     
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    good luck with ur bro in law

    like all the above posters said letting him explore on his own is probably the best way to answer any questions he has.

    thats how i got ppl to convert :)
     
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  11. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Isn't it some ungodly hour like 7:30am in LA?
    They've probably been up all night playing with the new iBook... :)
     
  12. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    LOL, I was up for 18 hours straight playing with my then new PB 12" a year ago. :)
     
  13. Poogie Bear thread starter macrumors member

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    Good news it seems like he is going to get a ibook 14".
    we went to the store and they had a workshop on ilife and garageband
    so we stayed and watch them both.
    He was like AMAZING!!!!
    all he is waiting for his Tuition money


    sorry for the late reply
     
  14. Solafaa macrumors 6502a

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    Wow great news, i still love it when Windows user switch i mean they dont know what they are missing. Lol i have not used a windows PC for liek 2 months and i am like a huge gamer :)
     
  15. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Glad that he saw the light. Seeing it first hand will usually do it.
     
  16. Pilgrims Pro macrumors regular

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    If he is on a budget, why not get the 12"? The 14" does not really add any real estate because of the same resolution. If he gets the 12" he could save some money and add Office 2004 or some other software like iWork.
     
  17. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I hope he ends up getting it too. I got a 14" iBook 6 months ago and I love it!
     
  18. Champale macrumors member

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    Sweet

    Excellent.

    Our plans for world domination continue as planned!

    Muhahahaha.

    :)
     

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