Just starting 6th form... which MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wwe2008, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2008
    I'll be doing HEAVY word processing! Is MS or iWork better? Some gaming, Sims 3 etc. Light photoshop and iTunes, intenet etc.
    I'm looking at 2.54GHz 13" MBP, that okay?
  2. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    yes it is ok.
    MS if you will share with others and they expect to get MS docs.
    If it is only for you, stick with iWork...or OpenOffice.
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
  4. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2008
    I think that ill get office just incase I ever have to print sometjing at school :)
    So the garphice is okay for Photoshop too?
  5. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Yes, the 9400M is fine for light photoshop editing.
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Any current mac made today should work just fine your your intended purposes. I'd also pop the money for the ms office student edition.
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    What does "heavy word processing" even mean? If you need publication-quality "word processing" skip Office entirely and get yourself a LaTeX editor.
  8. suekitch macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2009
    I think it means "lots of word processing" ;)
  9. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2008
    yep! loads!! :p
  10. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2008
    can someone please list the college discount for all apple computer as I cant access the network (my brother goes to college so we will use his name as sixth form cant get a discount even though its further education!)
  11. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    Office 2008 for Mac does not have macros. It's a waste of money if you want it for compatibility.
  12. suekitch macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2009
    You're in luck! I saved the details when I was browsing last time (I actually used the online chat feature on the Apple store and the person chatting with me brought it up and made it possible for me to view it for fifteen minutes).

    Also bear in mind you can get an iPod rebate (it's up to a max of £145 in the UK, so some iPods (i.e. up to that price) are free, whereas others you just get that £145 back.

    There's also the printer rebate.

    These are with the Higher Education discount, and the prices online are the same as in-store. If you buy online you get a three year warranty thrown in, but not the 3 year AppleCare phone support - you pay a very reduced price for this (around £46 for a Macbook Pro). In store, you pay £46 for the three year warranty including the phone support.

    13" MacBook 2.13Ghz - £644.00
    13" MBP 2.26Ghz - £772.80
    13" MBP 2.53Ghz - £987.85
    15" MBP 2.53Ghz - £1116.65
    15" MBP 2.66Ghz - £1274.20
    15" MBP 2.8Ghz - £1444.40
    17" MBP 2.8Ghz - £1572.05

    The iMac pricing starts from £834.90.
    Mac Mini starts from £449.65.
    Macbook Air starts from £987.85.

    The percentage is different according to the machine - you can work it out based on the figures. I remember the iMac was 11% and the MBPs is either 14 or 15%, can't be bothered working it out heh :)
  13. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2008
    Thanks!!!. so this is college pricing right?
  14. suekitch macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2009
    It's University pricing. Whether college and uni mean the same to you I'm not sure. It's the Higher Education discount so it's the top one... there is a Further Education discount which I don't have the details of but I assume that's what you get if you're in a further education college so typically 16-18 but not 6th form?

    I wasn't sure if you meant your brother is 16-18 or at a higher education place? So usually 18+?

    If I've posted the wrong thing then just go onto the Apple store website and use the live chat and ask the person talking to you if they can show you the further education pricing as you're not on campus at the mo and want to check it out etc etc. That's what I did, they were very helpful :)

    Further education discounts are less than higher though.
  15. fpar macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    I just finished sixth form and I can tell you first hand that any current apple laptop will be more than powerful. If you want to save money I suggest you get a older generation refurb, either the first gen unibody or the classic will be plenty. For word processing and light photoshop you will not notice the difference between a core duo and the latest.
  16. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Agreed, with one caveat: if you get a classic, try to avoid ones with nvidia 8600 graphics. Many users have reported that these things fry like bacon at a denny's at 6 in the morning.
  17. suekitch macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2009
    But refurbs don't represent so good value for money when you're armed with an education discount (especially if you can get and want the AppleCare bargains).
  18. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    The 9400m is actually quite a good chip (for integrated). I can play BF2 and BF2142 quite comfortably using it on my macbook air. With the macbook having a faster processor im sure it will run most things quite comfortably. You will have no problems with word haha! [​IMG]

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