Finally...going to buy a Macbook!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by syphern, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. syphern macrumors 6502

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    Well guys ok. I know alot of people are going to bitch and moan at me and will say well the macbook air is not for your market etc etc. I am sorry about it, please accept the following as my opinion and the basis for other people to respond to my choice.

    I am a Med student and since september, this year, we have started to go into firms and hospital placements and well my current acer laptop (served me very well) is old and 4 kilograms too heavy. I have like 3-5 books to carry in my bag too so during lunch or any break I can open and revise them.

    I had heard Macbooks were great for portability but then this rumor site came up in a search back in sept. I learned about a thinner more portable macbook! Got me excited. Now upon the launch of Macbook Air I am afraid I have chosen to go for the original macbook.

    Simply the reasons are:
    1. Ethernet - I know the "future" is all wireless but this was the first blow. My campus is old fashioned and wireless is a new tech to us (we dont even use PDA's in hospitals! Old fashioned Medicine from books!) so buying that USB ethernet would be a good idea. Plus I work in student halls to save money on rent etc and ALL the halls are wired...

    2. It only has 1 USB slot which will be occupied by the ethernet so I cant really connect anything else to it while connected to the internet... This is not practical.

    3. Medical software - now that mac can run windows some software out there which is amazing to use but most of them are on CD's for example I have this CD full of heart sounds etc well buying an external drive is not too bad.

    4. But ultimately the price is what got me. With 3 years insurance it would cost me about £1,100 which is way too much for me. Plus the extras would make the cost go up to about £1,300...

    But overall I personally feel that a light notebook would be AMAZING for my market as i am in need of a light notebook and I was willing to buy it as soon as it came out but this Sat ill get a Macbook for £770 with insurance. I am also thinking about a Dell but I heard vista was a pain and used too many resources. I think the Air is a good product but its TOO simple. Simplicity can be amazing but only if it doesn't lack functionality.
     
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Get the Macbook. By far the better deal, and it'll be useful for far longer than the MBA will be. Faster processor, bigger hard drive, ethernet, more USB ports, Firewire, a *user replaceable battery*, and upgradeable drives/memory. Then there's the built-in optical drive, etc...there are very few practical reasons to buy an MBA over an MB.
     
  3. Vapor macrumors member

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    We waited for my wife and are headed over to apple right now to get a macbook. Don't feel bad we don't.
     

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