Most Important Quality Of A New Machine-Price...Performance...Form Factor

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by punkmac, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. punkmac macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    Just wondering what everyone thought was most important to them...


    Performance or

  2. ieani macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2006
    the states for now
    The relationship of the three.
  3. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    The most important factor is a careful consideration of NEED vs WANT.

    As long as the system you buy today will hold you over the next 2-3 years
    with a reasonable investment, you've done well.

    A desktop will always out perform a laptop for much less money.

    A tower is still the the most expandable and yields the greatest performance.

    Even so, a refurbed 12" iBook for $799 could serve you well if your needs are simple and keep you going at a very limited expense.

    This is a major transition period in the industry, so I would buy conservative as possible to get the job done.
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Well, whilst I'd never base a new Mac decision on just one of those factors, I'd probably put aesthetics above the rest.

    How embarrassing is that. I feel like such a bimbo. :eek:
  5. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
  6. punkmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2004
    more opinions...great!

    Now this is moving along...

    I guess this is sort of a stealth poll.

    What is everyone looking for in a mac? A cheap machine to run OSX and some iLife Apps, a smoking Powermac tower with all the expandability or form,
    a Laptop even though that person might not need it 100%. Or the best of both worlds(or worst) the iMac.

  7. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    cube hit the nail right on the head


    It all depends on what you expect from your system and the system requirements of you primary working application.

    Are you gaming, surfing, chatting and e-mailing or
    running professional film production in Final Cut Studio?

    Is your system a tool or a toy or both?

    In most cases, an Apple computer is used to generate income.
    One machine may be perfect in an office environment, but totally unacceptable running intensive audio video applications.

    The buyers budget also matters.
    There's no point in buying a maxed out G5 Quad if doing so
    puts you so deep in the hole that you can't afford your primary
    Pro application software and any related hardware.

    So the most important quality depends on the users needs.
  8. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    that's ok. All mac users have already placed aesthetics above anything else. Whether it's the aesthetics of the casing, or aesthetics of the operating system. It's a lot more aesthetically pleasing than a Windows machine.

    So that aside, I think price and performance are obviously the most important
  9. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    Performance and form.

    I have a powerbook now because the ibook was underpowered (im a new yorker, i hate waiting), but the new MBP is overpowered for my purposes (not pro).

    The next redesigned apple laptop might be on my lap some time, but as my sig says, i HATE old designs. My current powerbook is almost fast enough (i play alot of games) so i don't need 4x faster. My next laptop will be based off of software and design, its hard to go downhill from my computer.

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