Looking for a cheap MacBook Air around $700 best places to look?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Airforcekid, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    I know all the limitations of a Rev A and the 4200RPM hard drive but it would be used by my parents and email and google are the only things they do. They havent even got rid of the windows 95 cloud wallpaper on there current computer so I think it could handle everything they do. Or should I get them a System 76 laptop I know a netbook would be too little and I can remotely fix issues on a mac.
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    For that type of money, I'd look for a MacBook or MBP. They'd be much easier to find. Alternatively, look at a Mini and a Dell monitor (I got a 24" refurb for $169).
     
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    eBay/Craigslist? Or get them a MacBook, if they are using 1995, whatever they have is much bulkier then any of Apple's current notebooks.
     
  4. Airforcekid thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Its a desktop but its really small compared to some of todays desktops.
     
  5. belvdr macrumors 603

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    If they're already using a desktop, I'd go for a mini and a new/refurb monitor. It sounds like they don't need the portability, so why pay more for a feature they don't use?
     
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Mac Mini?
     
  7. Airforcekid thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No its about 1/4 the size of a mac pro maybe comparable to a nettop.
     
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    My point was: if that's (tiny old PC) what they have, why not get a Mac Mini.
     
  9. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I've been saying that since post #2. ;)
     
  10. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Yes. I was adding another vote, as the OP has provided no reason for the need for a portable machine.
     
  11. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for mac mini

    it will be better than anything they've used
     
  12. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    +1 on the Mac Mini again. Either that or keep an eye on the refurb store for a 20" iMac. There's a 24" one at $1099 now so a 20" one might be in your price range when one gets added. That would provide a far better experience overall, much bigger screen, much faster hardware. I really don't think the Air is a very good "parent machine". If nothing else, it's far easier for a clutz to break, especially with those hinges.
     
  13. cfitz7111 macrumors 6502

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    Keep your eye on the Refurb page at Apple, you can get Mini's for as low as $429
     

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