ibook questions/setup...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Whistleway, Aug 1, 2005.

  1. Whistleway macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2005
    Finally, I am ready to buy my first computer !! Thanks to my savings, I am going today to the local apple shop to decide 12" or 14".

    I want an ibook, an all-in-one printer and an ipod deal for the students. And i want to connect them with an airport express with airtunes. My purchase list !

    ibook 14" with 80GB - $1,244
    ipod mini 4gig - $179 (free after rebate)
    hp psc 1610 - $129 (30 after rebate)
    belkin usb cable - $15
    airport express airtune - $119
    tax - $115
    shipping - free

    total - $1,801 ($1,523 after rebate)
    1gig memory - $150?
    applecare (i can get within an year) - $183+tax

    any comments on the setup? how easy to put ram on the ibook? expensive?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    It's simple to add the RAM later, choose RAM from a reputable vendor who tests and guarantees Mac compatibility. In the USA I like Data Memory Systems

    You might be able to get the USB cable cheaper, but it's hardly worth the trip to the store to save $6.

    That looks like a good rig.

  3. AstrosFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    I am not a computer professional, and I found it amazingly easy to install RAM on an iBook. I don't think you'll find it difficult.
    I think getting your RAM from a third-party makes a lot of sense.

    The rest of your setup looks great - enjoy!
    My only comment would be that if you think the iPod mini won't be enough for you to grow into, you could consider paying the difference & stepping up to one of the true iPods (e.g. 20GB).

    Congratulations again on starting off with such a great layout!
  4. zeeko macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2005
    look really close at that rebate form about 3/4 of the way through terms and conditions, i'm about 99% sure you can't use it with an education discount computer purchase...
  5. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    you can get a usb cable *really* cheap at newegg (i picked up a 15' for my printer across the room for $3 plus shipping (no tax). sounds like a great setup :)
  6. Hattig macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2003
    London, UK
    Unless that is an excellent all-in-one printer with solid reviews, I'd rather get a separate laser printer and a scanner, and use that iPhoto album thing when you need printouts of pictures.

    Also that is pretty steep for a USB cable.
  7. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    Is it true that Applecare costs more if you don't buy it when you buy your computer?
  8. Steadmuffin macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2005
    The entire purpose of the student union promotion is to offer educational customers a free ipod mini. Of course you can use it with an educational discount computer.
  9. zeeko macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2005
  10. chucknorris macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    Huh?? It's called the "Student Union" rebate, it's ONLY for education. You'd be wrong on that one...

    Beaten to it!
  11. chucknorris macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    This rebate is offered on the front page of the education store, as well as when you're checking out with a purchase from the education store. The rep I spoke with while ordering my iBook said I would receive the printer rebate. Unless apple has suddenly turned to deception as a cheap way of skimming extra profit...and I've confirmed. The form does say purchases for educational INSTITUTIONS do not qualify, but nothing about individual education purchases. Sorry, wrong on that too!
  12. zeeko macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2005

    dude take a chill pill :)
  13. Whistleway thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2005

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