Acer One & iMac or Macbook/pro

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  1. uGOofBLUEm macrumors newbie

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    I am getting pretty desperate to get a new laptop and I really can't wait too much longer. Right now I am weighing out my options and any input would be appreciated. The first scenario that I am considering is to purchase an Acer Aspire one to satisfy my portable computing needs, and later on pick up an imac. The other option would be to just get a macbook or macbook pro, either now or waiting a month or so. Other than being stuck with windows or linux, is there any other reason I should not consider the Aspire One? Thank you in advance for your advice!

    Note: I do some video editing occasionally, but I would have no need to do it away from my home.
     
  2. The Awesome macrumors member

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    How heavy are your video editing duties? Will a 13.3-inch MacBook constitute as portable enough for you? If your video editing duties don't require Shake/Motion/AfterEffects and a 13.3-incher is small enough for you then a MacBook can do anything you wish. :)

    If the MB is not portable enough for you and you don't have heavy editing needs then even the lowest-spec iMac + Aspire will be of better value than buying a top-spec MacBook.
     
  3. LowEnder macrumors member

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    In a similar situation....and look forward to the advice from others
     
  4. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    Another thing to keep in mind is that the rumors of an October Mac notebook refresh are still around... at the very latest it'll happen before mid-January when Macworld rolls around, but I can understand if you can't wait that long.

    Also, if you have a lot of data that you want to use/edit on both a desktop and portable, don't underestimate the time and effort involved in keeping both machines in sync. Also consider that if you add a PC into the mix, it limits what software you can use, or at least presents the problem of maintaining file consistency (e.g. Word<->OpenOffice). Having just one computer to maintain makes life a bit saner, at least for me :).
     
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Go with the iMac to do the heavy weight lifting and the little netbook for on-to-go net access and some basic word processing etc.
     
  6. uGOofBLUEm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    at this point my video editing is minimal compared to a few years ago, but I will likely get back into it with my new round of computers. My portable computing needs deal mostly with word processing, Internet, and workng with grade programs( I'm a teacher).

    Thanks for all the advice so far, it's reitterating what I was thinking myself. I would much rather go with something ultra portable for the road, and something more powerful at home. Hopefully this will give me the best of both worlds. I dont foresee amy problems, other than the file dilemma, which shouldn't be a problem because I've been moving between 3 computers for the last year since mine died.
     
  7. i0Nic macrumors 65816

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    I'm weighing up the same options myself, look forward to further input.

    Right now I'm leaning towards macbook pro, because I don't really need the ultra portability but I would like to be able to use it around the house, and having one machine seems easier.
     
  8. iMav macrumors 6502

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    I own an Aspire One myself (on it right now, in fact) and absolutely love it. I'm a long-time UNIX admin so I don't feel like I'm "stuck" with linux at all. In fact, I never had any desire to use Mac OS until the BSD-powered OS X came out. That is when I finally took a look and got hooked. ;)

    I've owned two MacBook's...a first gen white one (1.83GHz CD, combo drive, 2GB ram, 120GB hdd) and more recently a current gen black one (2.4GHz C2D, superdrive, 4GB ram, 320GB hdd). I've also owned a MacBook Pro which I just recently passed on to my wife. I sold both MacBook's and am waiting to see what comes with the latest refreshes.

    If I buy a new MacBook I will likely sell my Aspire One. This is simply because I know from past experience that if I own multiple laptops, I will use one almost exclusively and the others will collect dust. Although lately the Aspire One has been sitting on my nightstand bedside, so maybe I could simply relegate it to permanent middle-of-the-night web browsing. ;)
     
  9. uGOofBLUEm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the continued input. I am going to look at and possibly buy the Acer One today. Even if I decide to get a macbook/pro after the refresh I could easily turn this machine into a lab computer for my AP Physics class. At that price, I should be able to get a grant for a few more...so hopefully it works out well.
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Actually, I would have gone with the MBP. :eek: The MBP and iMac are more or less redundant. An MBP plugged into an external LCD would give you nearly as much processing power as an iMac. The 5% power you lose with the iMac is gained back in terms of portability. :)
     
  11. hogfaninga macrumors 65816

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    I think you made the right decision. Do what is best for you and your needs. You know better than anyone else.
     
  12. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Actually, I had this question too. My Compaq laptop lcd bulb is about to go out. My sturdy IBM X31 has seen better days, and needs memory and a new hard drive. Should I just go cheap and get one of these?

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0293528

    I already have a MacBook that I totally love. I just need a Windows machine for 1 or 2 programs and surfing. To purchase Vista Home for $100 and dual boot I think is a bit costly when you can get an entire machine for $349.

    Has anyone got one of these Acers? How good are they?
     
  13. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    ^^^Get the 6-cell battery version. The 3-cell battery isn't good at all.
     
  14. gkarris macrumors 604

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    How do you get that version? I only see the 3-cell versions available for sale...

    EDIT: ^^^ Scratch that. Found the 6-cell versions for slightly more at CDW.com
     
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    Really? Then get it from another store. ;) It's either you get 2 hours of battery life, or 4.5-5 hours. Getting the 6-cell with the system will cost you another $50 (I think. I'm not American and don't know the prices), but if you were to buy it later as an accessory or something, it would cost far more.


    EDIT: OK. :)
     
  16. markiv810 macrumors regular

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    I would perssonally go for iMac 24" as it's a all in one laptop, I am using the new iMac in my office running Windows Vista, Linux (Ubuntu 8.04.1 64 bit) and Leopard. The iMac would be a smash hit, it quite powerful, and quite portable for a desktop machine.
     
  17. Gordy macrumors 6502a

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    I have an Acer aspire one and a macbook pro. I've also used iMac's a fair bit.

    They are all very different beasts and no one can really tell you what would be best for your situation.

    I know despite the acer being a superb machine I wouldn't want it as my only machine. For portability though it's just superb. You can even put OS X on them if you are brave enough.

    Personally I don't like the imac's you are basically getting a macbook pro and a screen in one. The glossy screen is not something I could cope with all the time. That said for the same money as a macbook pro you could get the iMac and acer and have the best of both worlds.
     
  18. uGOofBLUEm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys,

    Posting from my new Acer Aspire One. First impressions are positive so far. They keyboard and trackpad are going to take a little getting used to but I am adjusting well. I see no problem using this as my sole computer for a few months until I decide what to do about a machine with OS X.

    With that being said, this was the right machine for me now. I couldn't justify paying 1200 for a macbook because I would use maybe 20% of its capabilities on the road. This machine will be great for surfing, emailing, and even video chatting with skype...that's really all I need my portable to do. I am going to hold off on purchasing a desktop, mostly because I'm trying to buy a house and every penny counts.

    If anyone has any questions about this little guy, feel free to contact me. Its no Apple, but so far I'm happy with the purchase. I probably should have searched for the 6 cell version, but I am rarely ever away from power for 2+ hours.
     
  19. LowEnder macrumors member

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    Congratulations! That was fassssssst! Keep us posted!
     
  20. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    How's the keyboard on that thing? Do you touch type quickly, and if so, can you blaze away on it?

    Also: how about battery life?

    Oh, and about how fast is it at booting up?
     
  21. markiv810 macrumors regular

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    Buying a house is definitely a bigger decision than a computer, you can buy a mac later next year maybe when Snow Leopard is out. Congrats on your purchase.
     
  22. paulinhadrp macrumors member

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    I use my Macbook for Final Cut Pro and Motion with no problem at all. It is portable and powerful enough for everything I need to do.

    I would recommend a top-spec macbook.
     
  23. uGOofBLUEm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, two days into my purchase here are my initial findings. I am getting about 2:15 for battery life while doing some basic web surfing, word processing, etc. I see a bit of a decrease in the life when I am video chatting in Skype. Also, the performance seems to dip down a bit when running off battery power, I will have to check out the settings and tweak them a little bit. As for the keyboard, it is still slowing me down a little bit, but it really isn't that drastic. I also set up a little workstation where I can hook up an external keyboard/mouse/monitor and it is almost like having a full computer. the VGA output is actually giving me a good picture on my 22" westinghouse. I would say that the average startup time would be about 30-40 seconds...I haven't really sat here with a stop watch. Either way, it is not noticeably slow in any way yet. The trackpad is still a little wierd because the right and left click buttons are $350 I am pretty happy with the purchase. Now if it just had OS X I'd be all set!
     

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