The $2,000 Dilemma: Buy an iBook?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by hoygoo, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. macrumors newbie

    #1
    I have about $2,000 I can spend and I need some different perspectives:

    I work at a university so I get the educational discount. I'm currently a web designer but will leave my job within the next 30 days to work a family business. I'll do web work on the side, but no longer will need a box that matches my current machine (17-inch PB 1.33 GHz / 1.5 Ram).

    My thought is to get the 12-inch iBook (with beefed-up Ram to 1 gig) with Apple Care protection plan. I can get that for around $1,200. It's the same processor speed as my current machine and I'll run less apps so I don't think I'd see that much difference in performance.

    I'd also like to get a refurbished iMac for my wife. There are some 17-inch refurbished (and floor models) for $700. Add Apple care and the cost for two machines will be hovering just over $2,000.

    The dilemma: I would like to wait for the updated iBook, but I will need a computer immediately when I change jobs, I'm not sure when the updated iBook will be released, and I'll lose my educational discount shortly.

    It's not 100 percent necessary to get my wife a machine, and to be honest, maybe I could go without a laptop for while. But my wife is a stay-at-home mom and I'd feel terrible leaving her without a machine while I'm working.

    What would you guys do?

    Thank you for your input!
     
  2. macrumors member

    #2
    The $2,000 Dilemma:Buy an iBook?

    Your idea of the 12"iBook and the refurbished iMac sounds good. I'd go for it.
     
  3. macrumors member

    #3
    The $2,000 Dilemma:Buy an iBook?

    If you could afford a little more, perhaps you might consider a refurbished PB (any model).
     
  4. macrumors 65816

    luminosity

    #4
    The 12 inch iBook is definitely a good buy.
     
  5. macrumors 68040

    Grimace

    #5
    You always have 364 days to buy AppleCare. Or buy it as soon as you need phone support after the complimentary 90 day period.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    #6
    and im sure no one would give you a hard time even if you did use ur edu discount after your not working anymore..
     
  7. macrumors newbie

    #7
    Great point on year to purchase Apple care. I had forgot about that. That is huge.
     
  8. macrumors 68040

    California

    #8
    Edu prices on iBook have dropped dramatically. Under 800USD. Shop and use your edu discount -- I still think the 12" ibook is the best Mac at the best price right now. I think I'd still choose it over the intel ibook.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

    #9
    The education discount for the Apple store through my job is $949 and $1199 for the 12 and 14 inch iBook base models, respectively. Have you seen lower?
     
  10. macrumors 65816

    yoda13

    #10
    I think that perhaps they were talking about refurbs through the Apple Store, but I am not totally sure, but that is where I have seen prices like that...:)
     
  11. macrumors 65816

    #11
    Why exactly are you getting rid of your PB? Just because you won't need it?

    If there is nothing physically wrong with the PB, keep it.
     
  12. macrumors 68040

    California

    #12
    Someone said they got one for 699 and my Uni has it for 799
     
  13. macrumors newbie

    #13
    The PB belongs to the University (sadly).
     

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