$1500 to spend on a laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by madddogg, Feb 2, 2005.

  1. madddogg macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    Ok, so I'm a little conflicted here...

    I have $1500 from work to spend on a new laptop. This will be my first Mac. I do, however, know my way around a mac, as I work with them, just not on one all day. I'm primarily a linux user and also work with pcs. I need something small, reliable, portable. 90% of the time I am in a shell, so power isn't a huge factor... although screen quality is. I should note that I currently use an old Dell Inspiron 14" with an ATI Rage Mobility card. So any of the current offerings below are better than my current display, although slightly smaller....

    I think I should get AppleCare, as I think such warranties are a good idea on portables.

    Here's what I think my options are:

    12" iBook with 80GB HD and BT (1174 + 5% MA tax = 1232.70 from apple.com) , extra 512 RAM ($93 from datamem.com), AppleCare ($196 shipped from smalldog) = 1521.70

    12" PB Rev C. with 60GB HD (1299 - $100 rebate = 1199 from amazon.com) , extra 512 RAM ($93), AppleCare ($276 shipped from smalldog) = 1568

    If I could find a site that would let me config my BTO iBook where I wouldn't have to pay tax, I think that is the way I'd go... then again, that PB is awefully tempting...

    Can you help convice me what to do?

  2. Rubin421 macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2004
    New York
    Go for the new 12" pb!
    I bought a Rev. C two weeks ago (had to), but if I was to buy one now, I wouldn't hesistate a single second!
  3. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
  4. sjpetry macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    Get the PB unless you like white and don't like speed. ;)
  5. madddogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    OK, I think I'm gonna get the PB... only problem is that the iBook would come with iLife 05, and I'm not sure if this PB would qualify for the $20 uptodate plan... would it?
  6. vtprinz macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    The PBs come with iLife '05
  7. Eevee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 10, 2004
    New Haven, CT

    I agree...get the PB.
  8. madddogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    Even a Rev C. from Amazon?
  9. vtprinz macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    If Rev. C is the model that just got released this week (don't know what rev. we're on), then it should. If not I don't see why you wouldn't qualify for the $20 up-to-date program
  10. madddogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    Sorry, I'm pretty sure that the newest models are Rev D, and the previous ones are Rev C. This is a 1.33 GHz model, if that avoids confusion. That's why it's so deeply discounted by amazon. So, it should qualify for the up-to-date program then?
  11. themacman macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2004
    new pb

    new pb comes with ilife 05
  12. chanoc macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2003
    Anchorage, Alaska USA
    Education Discount

    Anybody can use the education discount at The Apple Store Online. :D

    PowerBooks start at 1,399.00.
  13. vtprinz macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    It's listed as a qualfying computer:


    As long as Amazon is an authorized reseller (which I'm pretty sure they are) then you qualify.
  14. madddogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    Sorry, but I'm not a student or teacher, and don't qualify. Not to mention I'll be paying with my company credit card. Besides, even if I got one for $1399, that's still $200 more than the system above.
  15. madddogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    Nice find. Thanks. I think I'm gonna pull the trigger.
  16. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I say hold off on the AppleCare, you can buy that anytime within a year of your purchase of the computer. That way you can put more money into a newer computer and buy one of the newest 12" PB's the just came out with. And it will come with iLife 05' :).
  17. vtprinz macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2004
    Pleasure doing business with you ;)
  18. Passante macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2004
    on the sofa
    I would not buy apple care with the new computer. After all why spend hardware dollars on future repair costs. Spend the applecare cost on a larger hard drive or ram. You can always purchase applecare at a latter date.

    Oh, ya, get the powerbook not the iBook.
  19. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    Go for the PowerBook

    Has better ram, display, and look's better with the aluminum case ;)
  20. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    No question. Go with the PowerBook.

    I love my iBook, but wish I would have spent the extra 400 bucks. :)
  21. madddogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    Looks like I may have waited too long... the deal on the powerbooks seems to be gone! Amazon must have sold out.

    Anyone know where you can BTO an iBook other than apple.com? I want to avoid the sales tax.
  22. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    Do you like roads, garbage pick-up, free public schools, and law enforcement?

    If so, go ahead and pay your taxes.
  23. wPod macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    Go look in physical stores in your area. Various electronic stores like CompUSA or others that sell apple products. They often have old stock PBs right when the new ones come out. You can often find a good deal as they try to get rid of their old stock. Thats how I got my rev A PB when the rev B was released. I got mine from an actual apple store. I think the PB is better than the iBook (from my experience and preferance from owning both).

    as a side note, i just checked amazon and still found the PB deal. though you have to hunt around and add it to your shopping cart to see the actual price.
  24. madddogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    Dude, I pay enough taxes. There is nothing wrong or illegal about shopping around for a price online to avoid a state sales tax. They don't call this state "Taxachusetts" for no reason.
  25. madddogg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2005
    Rat Bastards! That wasn't there this morning... whatever... I've made my decision. I'd prefer to have a little larger screen than a 12" anyway. I'm going with a 14" ibook.

    Thanks all for your help. Learned much.

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