Best Bang for Buck used Macbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by txnoob, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. txnoob macrumors 6502

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    I'm actually using my Husband's account to ask this since he's supposedly
    busy at work today. But I see he's posted here....hmmm!?!

    (to skip straight to question, read last paragraph)

    Anyway, he's been pushing me to "try Mac" for a while. Ocassionally I will
    browse a page or two on his Mac Mini and it didn't seem as foreign as I
    thought it would. I've seen him use iMovie, which I'm very jealous of (lots of
    video of our 9 mo old), and iWeb. It seems to have so many great apps that
    act much more refined. I love the almost non existant (but still there) virus
    threat. So, I'm willing to give it all a try.

    This is my dilema, I have been spoiled with a 17" screen on my current Laptop
    which is on a laptop cart that I can move all over the house. I know we can't
    afford a 17" Macbook Pro and honestly most likely not even the 15". I have
    looked at the 13" screens in the Apple store and it seems useable. There are a
    few pages I go to regularly I can see will require some extra scrolling. I'm just
    paranoid that if I get a 13" I'm going to freak after a few days because of my
    missing screen real estate.

    The question is, of the Apple 13" - 15" Notebooks with Intel chips, where will my best
    value be? I will be buying used. I want something that will last a couple years
    (even if I have to put some memory in it), but all I really do is browse the
    internet (lots of FLASH & You Tube), email, basic photo editing, Open
    Office, etc. I'm not into photoshop or any other specialized programs.

    Thanks

    PS. I got his permission to do this! :)
     
  2. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    I went from a 21" monitor down to a 13" MacBook. I had the same fears of hating the smaller real estate but I hardly notice it.

    We'd probably need your budget, but I'd recommend a White MacBook. You could go with the new unibodies, but the only advantage would be better graphics which you'd hardly notice only using flash & video.

    Best bet would be the refurbished store, and upgrade the ram to 4GB.
     
  3. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...your best bet is the whitebook I have in my sig... a 2.0 Ghz 9400M Nvidia model = $749 at the apple refurb store when they pop up and I upgraded the RAM to 800 Mhz PC6400 RAM and a 320 HDD shipped from newegg for $98.

    I got it a little cheaper from the on base PX so total it cost me $843 and then the only difference would be the .13 of the most current CPU = not a big deal.

    Good luck with your purchase and I have a 24" monitor I hook up to as well when needed...
     
  4. txnoob thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Budget. I'd say about $600 tops. Is Gainsaver a reputable company? They have used Macbooks, black & white for around $500.
     
  5. iSchule macrumors member

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    Stay away from gain saver! Its really risky to buy from there. I almost bought from there. Don't do it. Try powermax they are really good!
     
  6. txnoob thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the heads up.
     
  7. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    Do a forum search on gainsaver - or any other used company - before you buy. Chances are, if they've been around, somebody here has dealt with them.

    The apple refub store has had the basic white macbooks for as low as $799. If you grab the free-after-rebate printer and then resell it, you can drop your net cost to $740, which is topping out your budget a bit but the one-year factory warranty may be worth it for you.
     
  8. amfbutler macrumors newbie

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    I Agree- Say No to Gainsaver!

    It seems like this is the general consensus on this website, but Gainsaver is a big ripoff! They sent me a faulty iMac that broke a little after owning it for thirty days. They wouldn't take it back, even though it was apparent they sent me a lemon iMac because I hadn't bought the extended warranty.

    boo! I wish I had read the comments on this site before I bought mine! Don't make the same mistake!:(
     

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