Buying MacBook advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macbanda, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. macbanda macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    I have a MacBook which my wife loves. I would like to buy her a new one but we are not in a position to spend that kind of money and more than likely i need to get an Imac for the family. My questions are the following

    1. Is there a previous generation to the MacBook(2008) I should consider buying used? How much should I expect to spend? My wife's needs are usually net surfing and simple word processing.
    2. Are refurbished notebooks from Apple covered for a year and can I buy Apple care?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. hamlinspahn macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    Apple Care

    Apple direct refurbs have a 1 year warranty and you can buy apple care.
    About the MacBook any intel MB will do what you require and do it well. I would buy a refurb before used, about price i would guess $600 and up for used. Power Max has been around a long time and they sell used macs.

    The only thing I would add is that today a G4 iBook would only cost about $300 and do the things you mentioned quite well if you are really going for cost.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Microcenter is selling the current MacBook for $799.
  4. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    If you are getting an iMac for the family, what about an iPad to go with the iMac for your wife to use? Perhaps a refurb iMac or used iMac + iPad.

    The iPad won't be the best for the word processing part if the amount of typing is significant, but the iMac could do for that. (I don't know your specific needs though- just something to consider.)

    I know if my wife and I were to buy again we could do with having a laptop and an iPad. It is rare that we are both doing a considerable amount of typing these days at the same time.

    Refurbs get same applecare and yes, you can buy apple care- Apple treats refurbs the exact same except for price!:D I got a great refurb iMac 7 years ago and it is still running strong.

    Good luck.
  5. andrew8404 macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    Loma Linda, Ca
    I agree go to Microcenter and get one for 799. No rebates needed and they are extremely friendly. Just purchased mine last week from there.
  6. hamlinspahn macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    Microcenter VS Apple on-line

    From what I can tell from Microcenters Web Site refurbs are only available for in store pickup, not direct ship.
  7. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
  8. hamlinspahn macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    Oklahoma City

    $799 is a really good price for new but if you look at their site they are in-store only.

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