Mom wants a Mac Notebook, not sure what model

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Renverse, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Renverse macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    My mom is in need of a good laptop, and asked me for advice. I advised her to get either the MBA or the normal Macbook, but I'm still undecided on which to get here.

    She needs its for Office, a bit of music/video and the web, she's not a power user(obv).

    I was leaning towards the Macbook Air(13"), because the Macbook is horrendously outdated, and with no refresh in sight yet, but if it does update, I might consider that for her.

    What do you guys think?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Any current Apple portable (including the Macbook) will work for her. Decide on a budget and go from there.
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Both are fine, spec-wise. I don't understand why you're put off the MacBook, sure it was updated a long time ago, but it's still more powerful the the Airs (minus the 13" Ultimate).

    It just comes down to whether she thinks it's worth spending more on a lighter laptop.
  4. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    Nothing wrong with the MB. Not super fast but will hold up against an Air. Plus she can throw in 4GB of RAM in a year or two which will be cheaper than 4GB on an Air now.

    If you are concerned about the MB spec why spend more on the 13" MBA? You could get the 13" base MBP.
  5. Renverse thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    I was looking at the 13" MBA because of the lack of space on the 11"-ers, but the lack of a Disk Drive might be the deal-breaker for her.

    Does the white Macbook have a backlit keyboard? We might get the white one after all, besides, she likes how it looks.
  6. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Nope, the white MacBook doesn't have a backlit keyboard unfortunately.
  7. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    Is a refresh of the MacBook expected soon?
  8. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    How about the 13" MBP? If you have a Microcenter near you, they have the newest models for $999.

    I'd stay away from the white MB since the MBP is the same price if you have a MC nearby. Also, neither the MB or the MBA have thunderbolt ... not saying your mom needs it, but it doesn't hurt.

  9. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I think you should put yourself into your mother's shoes and think about what is important to her. Any version of macbooks will work just fine for her. I suspect that your mother doesn't care one bit if you think the MacBook is "outdated". Here's the actual differences:

    1. The MacBook is white. It looks very friendly and has a very nice feel to it. People like it. It makes people smile. The MacBook is the happy Macintosh. It also survives slightly rough treatment without any traces.

    2. The MacBook Pro 13" is the business. It also has the backlit keyboard which is nice if you don't keep your rooms brightly lit all the time. Some people feel that it has sharp edges, at least while it is brand new. It looks like brand new for a long time when not mistreated.

    3. The MacBook Air is very light. It's nice when you carry it around in your bag constantly, but otherwise it doesn't give any advantages. The screen has tiny pixels which people over 40 don't like at all. The battery doesn't last as long as the others.
  10. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    Being a casual user for Office and listening to music and watching movies. the 13" Air will be decent. the 13" MacBook would suffice and i think the 13" Pro would be more than enough.

    You dont need the latest and greatest for those specific needs, check out the Apple Refurb store. Ive seen Unibody MacBook (white) models in there for under $800 sometimes (they go fast).
    You can even find a deal on the 13" MBP as well and quite honestly I'd go with the 2009 or 2010 version as I prefer the graphics on those machines compared to the new current 13" MBP GPU.
  11. Renverse thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    I'd LOVE to look at refurbs, but the refurb store is only in the US.

    Also, @gnasher729: Thanks for the insight. I think I've made a decision now.
  12. Sawtooth811 macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2007
    Alsip, IL
    Get the same computer I got: a 2.4GHz Aluminum MacBook Unibody (Late 2008 - NOT MBP) because it's 95% IDENTICAL to some of the 13" MacBook Pro models; However, it is significantly cheaper, and Other World Computing developed up to 8GB RAM upgrade kits for it.

    You should be able to find an Alum MacBook Unibody for no more than $700. It has a backlighted keyboard (except for the 2GHz model).

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