How much will you pay for a Macbook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mcpix, May 12, 2006.

  1. mcpix macrumors regular

    May 13, 2005
    When the Macbook was first rumored, I assumed it would be $999 like the current iBook. I decided that if I could keep it under $1,000 it would be time to replace my aging G3 ibook.

    Then the Intel Mac Mini's came out $100 more expensive and the assumption is that the base model will now be $1,099. At that price, I toyed with the idea of a Mac Mini instead, but finally decided that I would buy a new Macbook if it wasn't more than $1,099.

    Now, as we hopefully get closer to the actual launch date, I'm thinking about possible upgrades (hard drive, memory, or maybe graphics card). So now, I've revised my limit upwards again. As of today, my limit is $1,299 (but still subject to change!).

    How much will you pay for the new Macbook?
  2. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Whatever the sticker says.

    On a more serious note, if the spec's are good... whatever the sticker says.
  3. crazydrumma macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2006
  4. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    It's almost silly to do more than upgrade the RAM a little... otherwise you're approaching MBP territory.
  5. Philberttheduck macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2006
    HB, CA
    If both models are duo-core and is offered in black, 1099 including 1GB ram. I'd buy it in white for the same price as well, but preferred if black was a choice. If single-cores, 1GB upgrade to 999. I don't believe it'll be a higher price than the previous. I mean, the G4 Mac Minis didn't have Bluetooth/Airport (100 buck option I believe) so the intel models didn't have a price difference.

    Macbooks are for lightweight duty. Portable lightweight that does internet and spreadsheet/word.
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    It depends on the Specs.

    Dell has their E1505 Solo for $699.
    • Intel® Core™ Solo processor T1300 (2MB Cache/1.66GHz/667MHz FSB)
    • 15.4 inch Wide Screen XGA Display
    • 512MB Shared Single Channel DDR2 SDRAM 533MHZ, 1 DIMM
    • 60GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
    • 24X CD Burner/DVD Combo Drive
    • Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g Mini Card
    • Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950

    I suspect Apple's MacBook will be very similar, only a 13.3" (smaller*) screen, and a 1.5 GHz Core Solo (slower*) processor. Only Apple will charge $1099. :rolleyes: But I'll buy it anyway.

    * - When compared to the Dell E1505 Solo
  7. macgeek12 macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2006
    I wouldn't go over $1,600, because then it would be like buying a MBP but worse, but for almost the same money.
  8. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
  9. JRM PowerPod macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2005
    Outback Australia
    I'd pay

    Note MB's available in White, Black or Pink
    This is what the line up will be within a month

    13" 1.5Ghz core solo-512mb-sharedgraphics-40GB Combo

    13" 1.67 Duo-512mb-sharedgraphics-60GB-Superdrive


    13" 1.83 Duo-512mb-X1600-80Gb-Superdrive

    15.4" 2Ghz Duo-512mb-X1600-80GB-Superdrive

    15.4 2.16Ghz Duo-1GB-X1600-100GB-Superdrive

    17" 2.33 Duo-1GB-X1600-120GB-Superdrive

    It doesnt make sense for Apple not to have a high end 13". There will be a 13"MBP or atleast a highly spec'd 13" MB, something with dedicated grpahics and a chunky enough Duo. These are just a guess but i like the look of them
  10. cmm macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2006
    Is it true you can put OS X on these now and they will work fully?
  11. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    No. It's the other way around. You can Dual-boot into Windows completely natively on a Mac using Boot Camp.

    There is no way to boot OS X on a PC.
  12. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C

    Why would Apple inculd more RAM in it low end laptop then the iMac? It coming with 512mb.. the all Macs with512mbs when they ship is fairly new.
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    For a black one I would want something like a 1.83 duo with 1 gig ram 128vid shared since that seems to be the trend and a 14" wide. I'd probably be willing to shell out $1400 for that.
  14. Philberttheduck macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2006
    HB, CA
    I meant, with upgraded 1GB, I would pay a grand total of 1099. Same goes for the single core. I'm not stupid here.
  15. kathen macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2006
    I want something between $1299 and $1499, preferably. It would be nice if it was 1.66ghz or 1.83ghz core duo, definitely. I want at least 60 gb harddrive. I really wish this were more of a Powerbook 12" replacement than iBook, because I almost picked up the Powerbook back around Christmastime but my Dad wanted to wait because of the MBP rumors. (We're still waiting and now it's getting to the time where I could actually really use the stupid thing for school.) So at this point, I'll take about anything. I want it to keep the MBP form factor though, because I think that's prettier. Failing that, I'll probably go white unless the black scratches less than the black iPod.
  16. Vaphoron macrumors 6502


    Aug 5, 2004
    I won't pay more than $999 if the specs are the same as the $599 Mac Mini with a Core Solo and integrated graphics. I will pay $1099 for a Core Duo or a decent graphics card with a Core Solo. I won't spend anymore than $1099 though because I'm eventually upgrading my 17" PBG4 to a 17"MBP and I don't need something too fancy in a MacBook. I also really, really hope that they come in black because that would just be awesome and it would match the inside of my truck where I plan to use it most.
  17. JoeKarame macrumors regular


    May 2, 2005
    A few months ago, I'd have quite happily paid whatever to own an iBook replacement. New work put paid to that, but did have the benefit of 'allowing' me (well, justifying it in my mind, at least) to buy a MBP.

    To be honest, the one reason was screen size. I didn't particularly want an external monitor on my desk space, and whilst there's not much difference in size between my last 14" iBook and the 15" MBP, the increased resolution and screen brightness was a bit of an eye-opener. I'd obviously seen the machines in the Apple stores, but it's only after you have a play around for a few hours that you appreciate it.

    That said, I'd be suprised if the screen on any new Macbook wouldn't be really brilliant. The chances are I'd buy one just 'because'! Hmm...maybe a present for my that they never use...hmm.

    I wouldn't go for black though - one look at scratched Nano put paid to that idea. That and my car...
  18. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    I`d pay...................

    I think..... I`d pay.................

    I`d pay... about.................



    I think for a Fire Red colored,Core Duo 1.83 Ghz,512MB, X1600(128 MB), DL SuperDrive,80 GB, 13.3" MacBook. I`ll definitely pay 999$.
    Yes that should be it. Wait, with the edu discount I`ll be paying somewhere around 850. That`ll be a good price.



    **Wakes up from the Best dream ever**..

    What.., WHAT happened. I wasnt sleeping. I was looking for my pen BOSS. Really, It fell under my table.

    ___Oooof.... No more MR in office hours.
  19. Kardashian macrumors 68020


    Sep 4, 2005
  20. Boggle macrumors 6502


    Six Ningees. I refuse to deal in fiddling small change!
  21. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    I would only buy a Core Duo macbook. I would not max it out with Apple because it costs a lot. £850 base price from Apple and then i will upgrade the Ram and HDD and, if it will be possible, the VRAM card.
  22. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    I'll be waiting for the price drops on iBook G4's :D

    If I end up paying big money for a laptop, I'm waiting for the Merom

    An iBook will hold most students through their first 2 years and by that time the MacBooks will be much more stable and proven.

    For those who MUST run Windows, the MacBook, top end core duo model should make a lot of people happy.
  23. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    All depends on the specs.

    For a core solo with integrated graphics? Nothing. I'd rather keep my G4.

    For a core duo with integrated graphics? Maybe $1099 to $1299 depending on the rest of the specs.

    For something like this?

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