Best Mac for my aunt?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacMini2009, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Hello all. My aunt is in the market for a new computer and I told her she should get a Mac. Yes, I already know about the Macbook Pros possibly getting an update on Wednesday. What do you think would be better for her, a desktop or laptop? She wont be traveling with it a lot, she just wants to be able to take her laptop to her relatives/friends houses and use it there sometimes. Although, she wants a computer with a big screen because her eyes aren't so good. All she really does is go on the internet and upload pictures from her digital camera. If you can, can you please suggest which Mac she should get? Thanks.
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    What does she want to do with the laptop at your relatives house? Just show pictures? If so you might just get a large screen iMac and an iPod Touch. Otherwise a laptop and a large external screen.
  3. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    ^^^Yes, I'd recommend a MacBook for portability and an external monitor (keyboard and mouse as well) that she could connect to when at home.

    If all she's planning on doing is internet browsing, email, iPhoto, and other simple things, a more powerful computer would be complete overkill.

    The MacBook is a great machine.....
  4. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    Go for macbook...refurb one will be good...or a 15inch powerbook from craigslist or ebay...

    Or if she wants a bigger screen then a mac mini with a large display...imac will be too much for her!
  5. nick1516 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    Either refurb macbook or check for some older used ones(last couple years) on ebay and craigslist. Then add in an external monitor, keyboard and mouse.
  6. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...
    Given the screen size preference, I suggest the 15" MBP entry level MBP.

    Habitus :apple:
  7. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Kind of overpowered and pricey for someone who is a basic computer user (All she really does is go on the internet and upload pictures from her digital camera), don't you think?
  8. quadG5guy macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    x2, MBP is way overkill. Standard Macbook plus a large external monitor for at home.
  9. EndlessMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    If she really does need to take her computer outside of her house then she will need a notebook. If not then a Mac Mini would be the less expensive way to go. For her needs the basic MacBook should be more than enough and along with an affordable large screen external monitor she should be good. You can always get the external monitor later because if she is okay with the MacBook screen then why waste the money.

    The 15" MacBook Pro screens are larger but their resolution is also larger so everything appears tiny. I don't think she will like it much and the performance on the 15" would be overkill for her.

    A MacBook with or without an external monitor or a Mac Mini with the same large external monitor would be the way to go IMO. It then comes down to if she really needs the portability or not and how much she wants to spend.

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