Still pushing Macintosh, but until then...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jshelton, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. jshelton macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2008
    My Mom is getting a new computer. I have tried to influence her decision, but she doesn't want to spend a lot on a Mac.

    I know this is MacRumors, but I don't want her to end up with a POS. She doesn't really want to spend more than $500-$600. What desktops in that price range would you suggest.

    She just needs it for the basics e.g., surfing, email, photos.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
  3. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    If she already has a monitor, keyboard, and mouse then a mini would be fine.

    Or an ipad if all she's doing is surfing, email, and photos.
  4. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    +1 on a new Mini...if she already has a computer, then she already has a monitor and mouse.
  5. jshelton thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2008
    She doesn't have a computer at all. She and my Dad were divorced recently and he is taking the old Dell desktop.

    No monitor, keyboard, or mouse.
  6. 2contagious macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2008
    For general use, I'd say iPad if you have another computer to sync it with (your computer?) or a MacBook.
  7. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Tell her to get one of the mid-range Vaios. Still Windows, but at least they're not Dells :)
  8. ilovebananas macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2008
    Shame you live in America, I am in the UK and was going to offer you my first gen Macbook Air at an amazing price!!!! Just got a Pro so no longer needed.
    Oh well ebay it is.
    HP are actually doing some fairly nice if basic all in ones now. They are like an imac just no where near as good but should be fine for basic stuff. Try this one

    As I said pretty basic stuff but the ones we have sold here have actually been ok for the price
  9. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    No vaio's, no hps, both have terrible build quality (YES Vaios have TERRIBLE build quality unless you spend $$$ then itll be good at first then die later). I fix these two brands (and dells) ALL the time.

    What I don't fix all the time because they almost never have a problem and are the only win machine I would buy is Asus. (Please do not confuse this with acer)

    Asus gives you a pretty good bang for your buck and have a great built quality. IMO Asus is the Apple of the windows world.

    I'm not basing my experience with dells, sonys and hps on just a few machines either. I've worked for several large companies and had to service these brands (and others) all the time because I worked in IT. Dells by far were the worse, followed by Sony, followed by HP as far as needing repairs and having hardware failures.
  10. MacVibe macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    For a desktop, non-mac, you get good bang for your buck (and I've had good luck) with scratch'n'dent from The ones I've gotten are hardly scuffed at all even though they are labeled scratch and dent- so for most practical purposes they are new. Really good price, but if something goes wrong, I suspect the service is rather non-existent.
  11. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    From the sounds of it, you're going to end up being the IT tech for your mom. So you should carry some weight in the decision. Think of it this way, if she buys a PC, it'll come with 1 year of virus protection, but after that, you're on your own. Sure, there's free AV software, but who wants to mess around with that.

    Have her buy a mac and you won't have to worry about tech support. It'll save her a lot of time and save you a lot of headaches. Trust me, being the family IT support guy isn't fun. I find that I got fewer calls from my sister when she went Mac.

    At $600 you could get a previous gen Mac mini (perhaps a refurb). Throw in keyboard/monitor/mouse and you're set.
  12. kmaute macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2008
    Not sure if you're in the states but if your only alternative is Windows, Ubuntu is a great way to go. Dell has pre-installed machines, although it is running 9.10 as 10.10 is coming out, I would upgrade it for her. No worry about A/V or general security issues.
  13. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Sadly: her money, her decision. Your sig. says you have you have a MacBook. You could share, or if your old enough to have your own money, chip in.

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