Do I really need it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Goohfy, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Goohfy macrumors regular

    Goohfy

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    Hey guys, I've been looking a the MBPs and Airs, and I'm wondering if I will really need a 2011 Mac for my needs, or if Ishould save a couple hundred and get a PC. My needs include : Surfing, watching HD video, Skype / Oovoo, iMovie, and word processing, possibly some gaming as well. Now, my question is, should I spend the 1,100 bucks on a new 2011 base MBP or Air, or grab a refurb , or get a PC? ( I am very interested in OSX and iMovie )
     
  2. bpeeps macrumors 68020

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    While a PC would suit your needs just fine, and be a whole lot cheaper to boot... you'll only get the experience of OSX and iMovie on a Mac. A refurb would be the best way to go if you don't want to drop the cash on a newbie.
     
  3. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, if you would like to enjoy using the computers

    As I see it, a PC satisfies all your needs. However, if you want to enjoy using the computers in addition to getting things done on them, I would like to recommend an MBP or an Air. I use both PCs and Macs in my work. I have found that the work was more enjoyable when I used a Mac to get it done and the same work looks boring when it was done on a PC. This feeling is partly due to the different displays used on PCs and Macs. I guess the use of a good quality display on a PC might make the PC more pleasing. To save money, a PC with a good display might be a good choice.
     
  4. Sam235 macrumors member

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    many will tell u that a pc is more than enough, imo if u have money to spare get the macbook, u wont regret it
     
  5. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a

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    I would stick with a mac. Getting a model older, as you suggested, can definitely help save some cash too!
     
  6. plumosa macrumors regular

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    buy a refurb or head to ebay and search for a computer that still has applecare. imacs are also a good idea if your computer doesn't need to be portable since you can get the same specs for a lot cheaper.


    But really, since you don't need the latest and greatest, find a used version. You don't even need one with applecare, I've never had it beyond the free first year...
     
  7. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you're going for the 15 inch MBP refurb of last years model is the way to go. it's tons cheeper and it's a fantastic computer
     
  8. markohk macrumors newbie

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    QFT. Many times, I think the refurb model is much better :)
     
  9. Goohfy, Jun 5, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2011

    Goohfy thread starter macrumors regular

    Goohfy

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    I was thinkin about the 13'' 2010 MBA, especially since it's price will be dropping. I will be waiting for the 13" 128gb price to drop, or a 2010 MBP.
     

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