Torn between two macbooks !!

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  1. witchypoo macrumors newbie

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    HI there -- I am looking for some advice.

    My 9 year old "pixar" mac (as I call it - its the iMac with the screen that is on a bar) is finally not able to keep up with today's technology so I need to replace it.

    I recently got laid off so cost is a HUGE factor and while it has been "suggested" that I get a PC...the thought of not using a Mac at home just freaks me out...

    SO -- i am thinking about getting a new MacBook..just the plain white one BUT i wanted to hear if its worth the extra $200 to get the basic MacBook Pro or should I put that $200 towards the apple care or getting Microsoft (again, remember I am laid off and trying to spend my money wisely). I read all the buying guides on here and everything and to me they just seem so close...

    So please share your thoughts as I am really stuck here... I would love to wait and get the 17 inch MB but, I fear my Pixar mac is not happy (its now even got its time wrong !)

    Thanks so much !
     
  2. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a

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    Ok so, dont foget about hackintoshes, or just re install tiger onto your imac as that will make it run faster for awhile
     
  3. witchypoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Shine... I cant install tiger because my memory is so low and when I talked to a MacPerson at the store about upgrading it, they said it would be hard --
    (I am currently running OS 10.3.9) so I am a few cats back.
     
  4. Scippy macrumors regular

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    Don't forget to look at the refurbished section. You can usually find some great deals there.
     
  5. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    You've ruled-out the iMac as I'd recommend a refurbished from Apple?
     
  6. witchypoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you mean the desktop model? I do need something portable otherwise I would get the 20inch for 1199 and be happy...but alas...i do need it to be mobile.
     
  7. witchypoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    and do you both mean the refurbished section on Apple's website? i didnt know they had one....

    What about a refurbished sectioni on Best Buy's site? Are they ok as well?
     
  8. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    I would (just me personally) keep my Best Buy purchases to a minimum on high dollar items. I have heard several stories of them selling used items (returned and re-packaged) as new... although that wouldn't affect your situation....

    You would be better off buying through Apple. I just hate giving BB more business than they already get.

    If you can afford the price difference, I would get the Pro. What are your primary uses? Remember, you have a whole year to get AppleCare. They are probably going to be upgrading the MB very soon..
     
  9. Mal macrumors 603

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    I personally wouldn't buy refurbished anywhere except the Apple Store (online), for warranty reasons. Anywhere else, it's hit-or-miss on the warranty, since they will usually provide it. With the Apple Store, you get Apple's same warranty as new, with the option of AppleCare.

    I think I saw refurbished Unibody MacBook's (the models without FireWire) for $899, which is a great deal, and the white MacBooks have been on there regularly for $849. Anything cheaper than that, you'll be looking into older machines that Apple will sell refurb, and the warranty issues won't matter anyways.

    jW
     
  10. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    I'll second this advice. For example--there's a refurb aluminum macbook in the Apple Store refurb section for $899--$100 cheaper than new whitebook, and while the processor is a touch slower (2.0 GB vs 2.13 GHz), you get better RAM (DDR3 vs. DDR2), better case (alum. unibody), and a better display (LED backlit vs. TFT). I've bought a handful of refurb devices (pair of iPod Touches, Apple TV, Mac Mini) and have been very happy with no issues.
     
  11. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go for a refurb. last gen uMBP over the poly, or if you want 13" than a 13" uMB or uMBP.
     
  12. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    If I were you, I'd buy a refurb base MBP from the apple refurb store and later buy apple care or upgrade the ram and hdd or buy an external display:)

    good luck on your new purchase!
     
  13. Scippy macrumors regular

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    Here's a link to the refurbished section.

    and

    This is a UMB for $899.
     
  14. witchypoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool -- thanks a lot guys for all your advice !!

    My uses are pretty simple, internet, MS Office, a database that needs MSaccess to run, photos, iTunes....I dont game on it or anything -- but I do need to update a simple webpage and need it to run a powerpoint/slideshow of photos for display (that is why I need the mobile aspect)...

    OK -- so what I am hearing is that I should get a MacBook Pro over the white macbook and if i can get it refurbed, I should because I will save some money...

    and thanks for the reminder about the apple care and that I have up to a year to get it !
     
  15. mscriv macrumors 601

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    Don't forget to check Craigslist in your area as well. I know some people are down on CL, but I've found some good deals there.
     
  16. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    Remember there's no version of Access available for Mac, so you'll need to install Windows via Boot Camp.
     
  17. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    If I was in your situation I would get a refurb macbook. While the pro is nicer the macbook will do all you want it to do, almost as well. The differences in performance are negligible.
     
  18. witchypoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    really?? the two of them are not really that different as far as performance?

    Here is the thing -- for my recent birthday -- people gave me Best Buy gift cards to use to put towards my purchase of my new computer (not knowing that the apple store has gift cards as well i guess) so I have about $175 in BB gift cards....but now after reading what some people posted here, Im worried about buying it there...(plus we have their credit card and they are offering 18 months same as cash which would really help me !)

    So, now what should I do? Still buy refurb or take my chances with BB?
     
  19. witchypoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Boot Camp??? Ryan - can you tell me about this?
     
  20. witchypoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for this -- I am on there now checking it out !
     
  21. kate-willbury macrumors 6502a

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    i don't get it. why are people trying to suggest a macbook pro when you basically do nothing on your computer? ms access...photos..itunes...? why would anyone need a MBP for this?
     
  22. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    It's software included on Intel Macs that allows you to run Windows as another boot option when you turn on your Mac. Because Windows runs natively on an Intel processor, you can have your Mac effectively acting as a PC as well as running OS X. There's a setup assistant included in the utilities folder that will give you instructions as to how to set it up. Very handy, and will mean you can install Windows to be able to run Access. :)
     
  23. witchypoo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool ! Thanks !

    So if i got a new mac, would it be on there as well or would I still need Boot camp?
     
  24. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    If you have BB gift cards, than just use those and buy new. Then buy AppleCare down the road. I mean that $175 would come out of your pocket if you bought from the Apple Store. I think Best Buy will match the student discount, but I am not sure.
     
  25. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    You would still need to buy Windows OS, but boot camp comes with OS X.



    **your MAC effectively acts as a PC running OS X or Windows***
     

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