Mac for my wife: really just iPhoto, email, and surfing needs. Which to get?

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  1. Scott-n-Houston macrumors 6502a

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    I have the most recent generation iMac (bought last May), and love it. My wife has a P.O.S. Dell laptop that I'd like to replace with a Mac. Normally, I'd go buy the latest and greatest iMac and give it to her, but I know it will be over kill.

    She's not a tech person at all. I'm constantly having to fix things or answer questions about things with her iPhone and/or laptop, etc.
    So, I'd like to get her a Mac because I know she'll love iPhoto mainly, and then she'd use Safari for surfing and Gmail. I'm also hoping she'd begin to use iCal and Address Book to coordinate with her iPhone, but knowing her, that may not happen... although if she'd give it a chance, she'd love it.

    So... my question: Which Mac to get?

    1) A refurb current gen iMac 20"

    2) A previous gen iMac 20"

    3) Some refurb or used MacBook?

    3) Any other mac from current or previous generations that has the latest OS on it? (I need help here as I'm relatively new to the Mac world... would a prev. generation iMac that I could get for <$800 suffice and run OS X?)
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Seconded.
     
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    Was going to suggest Mac Mini as well but if you are not looking to be picking up a screen a Macbook might be a good bet. All there and portable, like what she has at the moment except not in POS form lol

    Any of the iMacs from the last few years (guessing thats the time period you were looking at?) will run Leopard perfectly as well.
     
  5. Scott-n-Houston thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone for the fast responses. It's good to know that any iMac or Macbook from the last copule of years will run Leopard.

    I think I'll look for a year old MacBook or maybe even 2 year old one.
    I don't want to buy a Monitor too, so the Mac Mini is probably not my best option.


    Any suggestions on the best places to buy used Macs? Ebay? It makes me nervous buying from eBay, but that may be the best option.
     
  6. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    You can get refurbs on the Apple Store. You might be better in the long run buying a new baseline model. Its obviously a bigger outset but you will have comback on it and it should really last longer. Just something to think about. Also with new Macs coming out possibly soon, there will be a slight shift in the prices they are going for so might be worth waiting it out for a small while longer.
     
  7. Scott-n-Houston thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I almost pulled the trigger on a 20" iMac at Best Buy that was selling for $1019 (was $1199 new), but was an "opened" product.

    What's the rumor on an update to iMacs? They just did it in April, so I didn't expect one soon. I know the Macbooks are rumored for Sept... that has me waiting as well.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Mini or MB. She doesn't even need the SuperDrive.
     
  9. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    I'd go for a last gen Macbook, or a refurb, so she can take it where she wants and show it off. :D
     
  10. Sawtooth811 macrumors 6502

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    I would suggest a base or middle model iMac, MacBook, or if you would like to buy a display for your wife, a Mac Mini. If you want something for a lower price of and/or not up-to-date, get her a GOOD iMac G4 (my mom is still pretty happy with her 800MHz G4), or a 12"-14.1" iBook G4 (not a Powerbook, because I've sometimes seen many go over $800 even to this day, but if youre lucky, give it a shot).:D

    P.S: Look on eBay for a MacBook! My brother found a couple ending at under $600! Some even $500 flat!!!
     
  11. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    fourthded :eek:
     
  12. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Macbook Air! Get her a sexy machine, she doesn't need all the power anyway but she'll earn +rep with her shallow friends.
     
  13. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    I think you're far better off with a mini. You can get a nice monitor at Best Buy for about $150. Costco has wireless keyboard and mouse packages for about $60. With the money you save, you can get a 1 terabyte FireWire external drive to serve as her Time Machine backup.

    mt
     
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    That would be my recommendation, too. Go for the Apple refurbs, - rather than eBay - as you then will have the security of whatever guarantees Apple offer and full backup should anything go wrong.

    Cheers and good luck
     
  15. sra. Aguirre macrumors regular

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    Ok this will be a typical female answer and not a solution to your problem..first I think it is absolutely adorable that you want to buy a Mac for your wife....

    I suugest a MBP (refurbished) and check out some cool colorful covers to protect the case or some nice neoprene carrying bag ( i don't know how ur cashflow is but there are some nice leather ones too!). also you might want to buy her one of those cooling pads or trays or what they are officially called. I bought my MBP 2 months ago and as I sit in bed doing my things on it, sometimes I wonder if I have a fever....the temperature on these babies can get pretty high sometimes....


    ok some female BS amongst all this male technical stuff :D:D
     
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  17. Scott-n-Houston thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all the replies. I'm leaning towards a refurb MacBook, but still on the fence because for photos, the iMac's screen is so nice. Sounds silly, but I may get both. lol

    Thanks for the "female" input sra Aguirre. :) A MacBook Pro would be overkill for her I think, but the cooling pad is a good idea for any laptop, and yes, some kind of case will be a must because she is notoriously hard on nice things.
     
  18. emac82 macrumors 6502

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    I'd say get a refurb macbook..

    Although I do find it odd that you have no problem buying a used one from eBay, or refurb, but wouldn't buy an iMac from Best Buy at a reduced price because it was opened...You still would have gotten the 1-year warranty
     
  19. Beric macrumors 68020

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    I'd probably go for a reburb or used Macbook.

    She does not need ANY amount of power, compared to what is out these days. Still, running Leopard would be nice, so get a machine that isn't too old.
     
  20. Scott-n-Houston thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's a good point, but there was something in my gut regarding the best buy machine that scared me away...

    I mentioned eBay, but i can't say I'd be comfortable with that either. Good point though.
     
  21. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    refurb is the way to go
     
  22. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Get an iMac or MacBook...MacMini you have to buy the screen, keyboard, and mouse.
     
  23. Chandler Adaway macrumors 6502a

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    I would say get a MacBook.

    For one, I wouldn't want my wife to have the same computer as me. (Sorry, I know, I'm weird like that) unless she specifically wanted it.

    The MacBooks are white and pretty...
    Go for it.
     
  24. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

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    If you spend a lot of time on your MBP in bed, you might want to reconsider this. Sitting in bed with a laptop can be very bad for your neck and back. Just a thought.
     

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