Considering getting a Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TyphooN2009, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. TyphooN2009 macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2007
    Hey all

    I'm considering getting a Mac, probably a laptop. I'm a high school student so what matters to me is communication and productivity, which I know Macs have. No need to send me any "First time user" things, my first computers were Macs... never owned a Windows until I was 12.

    The question is, Macbook or Macbook Pro? Right now I have a killer Windows PC, I mean really it's almost top of the line. There are a few things though - one, there aren't very many great games out (the ones I have, I've gotten bored of), and they aren't coming out until around late November. I'm also quite the gamer... I know I play WAY too much. In fact, what I plan on doing (if I get a mac) is selling this computer, getting a Mac, and an Xbox 360. But I still might want to play my computer games from time to time, especially with that announcement that EA's gonna work more closely to make Mac games.

    Finally, are there any Macbook or Macbook Pro revisions planned? I realize this is usually kept mum, but I know that there are new iMacs coming soon.

    So in a nutshell

    -Macbook or MBP?
    -Should be able to run games or Windows alright
    -Prefferrably under $2000
    -Any revisions planned?
  2. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2007
    If u want a MBP then you can't get it under $2000 from the Apple Store/Online unless you get like a used or refurb.
  3. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    for your usage (cheapest MBP is 1999+tax now), MBP is the way to go, especially you are a gamer, at least, you can install windows on your MBP for games.

    don't expect OSX to run variety of games like windows in foreseeable future.

    Sure, if you want to intentionally force yourself away from games, get an MB, its ok for non-3D-intense games, of course, you might need windows too depends on what games you play.
  4. jrodatus macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2007
    If you're chummy with a college student or a teacher, the education discount lowers the MBP base model to $1799.
  5. Much Ado macrumors 68000

    Much Ado

    Sep 7, 2006
    That's the best way. If you must play the odd PC game then you need the MBP over the MB.
    Presuming we don't see a new one tomorrow, that is...
  6. parafish13 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    East Lansing, MI
    yeah...between the Wii and 360 (and DS) I don't miss PC gaming. I have a Macbook that I love (though an MBP was out of my price range from the start) and I love the size and quality of the Macbook and get enough of a gaming fix from the systems. I say go for the Macbook and use any extra money on extra 360 controllers and lots of good games (or get a Wii if you can find one and get Mario Strikers Charged!)
  7. TyphooN2009 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2007
    Okay, how does this configuration sound

    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    120GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    iWork '06 preinstalled
    1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512
    Accessory Kit

    For just a tad over $1400 (tax included)? I myself think it sounds good for everything except serious gaming, which is why I want a 360 anyways.

    Now if I could just find a way to sell the PC...
  8. mgargan1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA

    What does the accessory kit include?

    Also, are you utilizing the education discount?

    If you aren't planning on using this for gaming, it sounds good... as long as 13" is a large enough screen for you.
  9. TyphooN2009 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2007
    Not sure what the 'accessory kit' is, and I don't have an education discount... I'm a high school student, not a college student unfortunately.
  10. mgargan1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA

    Do you have an apple store near you?

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