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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by The Big J, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. The Big J macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I'm new to the world of Mac having decided it's time to try something new and I would really appreciate your advice.

    I am looking to purchase a laptop. Up to now I've been a PC user who has often relied on cheap second hand knock off laptops to get me by for a few years until they give up the ghost. My current laptop has about had it and as it's the start of a new year I think it's time to treat myself to something new.

    I have done some research into Macs but it can get a little confusing.

    I would like my laptop for general office tasks and web browsing which I accept can be carried out on any old machine. However, I am a semi pro musician with some interest in basic production and basic graphic design. On top of that I have an extensive music collection so would like something that can handle that side of things. I have an interest in casual gaming as well.

    From my research, the Macbook Pro seems to be the way to go, and I feel 13" is quite enough. However there is a lot out there with different processors and the like which easily fries my mind and often makes me want to choose the best/most expensive just because I think I should!

    I have around £600 to spend at the moment and can boost that a couple of hundred £ with some time. I am more than happy to buy second hand/refurbished and use ebay. I feel ebay may be the way to go.


    Any input would be greatly appreciated – some pointers as to which model, software/OS and where to buy.


    Thanks kindly in advance.
     
  2. 184550 Guest

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    Personally, I'd check out Apples Refurb store before going the eBay route.
     
  3. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    I'm not sure what screen sizes you are used to, but for graphics design and music production the 13'' display might be a bit small.

    Very casual gaming is possible on the 13'' machine, however anything slightly demanding will perform much better on the 15'' model, since that one comes with a dedicated graphics card.

    Concerning the upgrades, most of them are not worth their money. The basic configurations of Apple laptops already feature quite powerful processors.

    I would also recommend the apple refurbished store.
     
  4. sweetbrat macrumors 65816

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    I agree with the others. You might want to look into a 15" do you get the dedicated graphics card as well as the integrated one. And definitely check for a refurb from Apple. You get the same warranty you would get if you were purchasing a new one. It's far too easy to get scammed or ripped off on eBay.
     
  5. The Big J thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You make a good point about the size, I will look into 15".

    What difference would I notice between a late MacBook compared to a Pro? There is a huge difference in price on the Apple refurb page.
     
  6. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Well, the MacBook is 13-inches, runs on a Core 2 Duo (Dual Core) and 2GB or RAM, and is made of plastic, whereas the Pros run on either a Dual-Core i5/i7 (In the 13 inch range) or Quad-Core i5/i7, bigger screen (Obvious with the 15 and 17 and a higher resolution on the 13), 4GB of RAM standard, backlit keyboard, and made out of aluminum.
     
  7. Badrottie Suspended

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    There is no more new white MacBook..they are dead last year. Apple now sells MacBook Pro line with many sizes to choose from. Unless you are looking for an used MacBook.
     
  8. olkhovp macrumors newbie

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    To add, I've used both a MacBook and MacBook Pro. If you can afford it, the extra money is worth going with a MacBook Pro. The back lit screen comes in handy on travel and in rooms with low light. Either way, new or old, I do recommend 4 GB of RAM for speed and lower operating temperature that translates into slightly longer battery life and smoother operations.
     
  9. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    I did music production on a 13" for around a year, it wasn't too bad actually.
     

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