Desperately lloking for advice: macbook pro / I Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Peter Reunis, May 28, 2011.

  1. Peter Reunis macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm really a newby to the Apple-world;
    For home-use , we currently have a Toshiba portable that's reaching it's end-of -life (defects on screen, slow,...) which is normal after 5 y.
    This portable is being used in the living room, so that we can keep an eye on our kid's internet-activities (12& 9 y old) and put it away when not used...
    We're considering to switch to Apple (user-experience, speed,...),:
    -either the new 21" I-Mac: but my wife doesn't like that she cannot put it away that easily
    - either an Apple-portable.
    So looking into the Apple portable line-up, I was looking far a 15" screen or above... so Macbook not an option, neither for the Mac book air... So we're ending up with a Mac Book pro, but although this is a fantastic machine- it seems a bit overkill for what we use it for (email, surfing the net; some Photoshop elements work): we don't e.g; require a superperforming I7-processor.

    So... that's the delemma: why buying a computer that is approx double as expensive as a regular Windows-portable. Can some-one help me to convince myself ?

    Many thanks,

    Peter
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    Are you sure 13" is not enough? It may seem small on paper but at least in my experience, once you go 13", you won't look back. Secondly, most ~15" PCs may have a bigger screen but the resolution is often worse than MacBook's. The resolution determines how many windows fit on the screen. I would go to an Apple store or reseller and take a look at the 13" in real world.

    If you want 15", take a look at refurbs. Previous gen 15" goes for as low as 1269$. Refurbs are as good as new so there is nothing to worry about that part.
     

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