Arg plans ruined!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Makyz, Dec 25, 2003.

  1. Makyz macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2003
    Well, I was planning to buy a Powerbook 15 inch superdrive BTO. It all came out to about 2,500 and with tax 2,700. This was supposed to be my college notebook.

    Sadly though the money is not coming in right now, and my parents have opted to buy me a cheaper laptop (around 1500) then next year ill get the state of the art one.

    I gave in seeing that its a family financial situation. and i pretty much could not do anything about it. My job goes towards my tution, etc so no elbow room for laptop $$$

    My question now is what should I get?

    I design heavly: web design and image design, and watch alot of movies, and need alot of space. Can anyone recommend me a good laptop that will last me a good year? It doesnt have to be Mac but I really do design alot, so I am leaning towards this.
    I should be able to shuttle it to class, and seminars easily etc

    All comments are welcomed, hopefully I can gain some insight on what to buy.
  2. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    for $1500, i don't think you have much choice.

    either get a cheap PC and soup it up, refurb 12" PB or a rev. A 12" PB, or a fully loaded iBook.

    i don't know how designing apps are for PCs, but i'd tend to go for a fully loaded 12" iBook.

    EDIT: actually, now that i think about it, if it's only for a year, save a few bucks and get a used 15" Ti at around 600 Mhz... it will run everything an iBook can, maybe slightly slower, but will last a year for sure. and it should be a grand or less. save the money now and go all out for the new machine when you have the money?
  3. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    well i get by on a rev a 12 inch powerbook doing photoshop, indesign, golive, final cut, dvd studio pro, and other high end stuff. even though i have a g5 to work on, that 12" powerbook goes a long way with a good amount of ram, i would take a look at one.

  4. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Well that always sucks to have your hopes dashed like that but look at it this way, next year, hopefully, you'll be sitting with a PB G5. Either way, you'll still have a new computer. Make the best of things until next year. :)
  5. joker2 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 19, 2003
    DC area
    Student Discount?

    Do you have your acceptance letter for your college? If so, you can qualify for student discounts, making the 12" PB as low as 1399 with combo drive. Extremely portable. Space can be a bit of an issue, but I would suggest playing with one before dismissing it.

    Otherwise, a refurb 'book sounds like a good idea, whether from or another reseller such as
  6. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    Offer someone who's thinking about the trade-in $800 for their older Powerbook! Get a used machine, then you won't feel too bad about replacing it in one year.
  7. dongmin macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    Re: Arg plans ruined!

    Why not a 12" PB and a cheap 17" monitor to hook up to? You'll get the best of both worlds: maximum portability and large desktop space when working at home. The only issue is ram. If you plan on using Photoshop heavily, you'll need lots of it. So it'll cost you ($100 for a 512MB module). This puppy should be more than good for a year; you could probably sell it after a year and make a decent profit.

    The other option is to get a Thinkpad. My school, for example, as a deal with IBM where I can get the T40 for $1500. It's a lot of machine for that much money. That is, if you don't mind using Windows XP.

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