Dear old Dad

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Trout74, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Trout74 macrumors 6502

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    My father ( 65 yrs. old) is retireing. He is wanting to buy a laptop to take with him to and from Arizona in the winters and have a computer he can take around the house to acess Internet and do E-mail etc. We were going to purchase one tonight 2-12-2008

    His uses are E-mail, surfing the web and shopping on cabelas and E-bay. Maybe mild word processing or spreadsheet work.
    He would like to use the camera to view the grandkids.

    Would it be beneficial to wait for the update? or does it not really matter for him?
     
  2. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    a macbook will serve every need and then some. its a great computer. super portable, and quite powerful
     
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  4. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    yeah i guarantee he wont notice a different based on his uses
     
  5. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Doesn't matter in the slightest. Any MacBook made in the last several years would perform these tasks just fine. Plus, OS X tends to be pretty decent about supporting older hardware, so assuming he even finds any reason to upgrade to later versions of OS X, I would imagine he'll be well off for at least the next 4 years. (As an admittedly un-scientific example, my PowerBook G4 shipped with Jaguar and still ran quite competently with Leopard, albeit a bit slowly, but still quite usable for those sorts of tasks).
     
  6. Trout74 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Actually he wants the Mac BookPRO 17 inch model so he can see better, so I assume he will be fine with 17" PRO, and not wait for the update coming.

    Trout
     
  7. Batt macrumors 65816

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    MacMall has/had the last gen 17" (2.33GHz) for $1999. I bought it for $2099 on 11/30, saved a ton of $, and it does all he wants, including video chats, as well as the newer, more expensive, one.
     
  8. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    The MacBooks and MacBook Pros have the same DPI on their screens (approximately), so he won't really be able to see better, just have more desktop area. Apple still hasn't enabled the resolution-independent hooks in OS X and not all app developers have designed their apps to behave well with it either, so it'll be a while before we have a true "increase the size of things" solution in OS X.
     
  9. bijou macrumors regular

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    When you go to the Apple store make him take a long hard look at the iMac (24"). It is much easier on the eyes than a laptop and although it doesn't have the convenience of a laptop, he'll get better features for the $$. My father uses an iMac and he loves it!
     
  10. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    If your dad wants a lower res screen so that everything is bigger I would trade you my 15" powerbook for this new mbp. :D

    But honestly maybe consider a used 17" G4 pb with the lower 1400x900 resolution. It will still do everything your father needs and will be way cheaper.
     
  11. Pees330 macrumors 6502

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    I would recommend the Macbook for him. It doesn't seem that he needs anything with great power, plus the Macbook's are great machines. If money is not an issue, then you could of course go for the MBP.
     
  12. byke macrumors 6502a

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    get him a macbook air, its lighter and has a better keyboard for him.
     

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