upgrading to a new laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nosignal, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. nosignal macrumors newbie

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    Okay, I'm getting into the market of upgrading from my current laptop, a powerbook g4. I'll be doing mostly audio recording, web design, and a bit of animation with it. I was hoping that the new apple macbooks that were revealed today would be a nice upgrade from the "old" macbooks and it would be an easy decision, but that is not the case now. I need a firewire port on my laptop, and don't have enough money to buy the macbook pro. What does apple do with all the old laptops they discontinue? Do they sell them at discount prices? Is it generally a good idea to get a used mac? Its been so long since i bought an apple computer.
     
  2. davisac macrumors member

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    check out the refurbished section of the apple store
     
  3. nosignal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh wow, i had no idea that part existed, is it a good idea to buy refurbished apples? im sorry if its a dumb question
     
  4. nosignal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    are there any other ways besides ebay to get an "old" black macbook for a fairly cheap price?
     
  5. ladytonya macrumors 6502a

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    From the apple.com refurb shop:

    Refurbished MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Black
    13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera
    Your price: $1,099.00

    This is from the clearance section, previous generation new laptop:

    MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Black (previous generation)
    13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera
    Price: $1,299.00

    and this black MacBook from macmall.com, with tons of promotions, etc.:

    Apple 13.3" MacBook Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, 2GB, 250GB, SuperDrive - Black MB404LL/A

    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, 2GB DDR2, 250GB SATA/100, Intel GMA X3100 graphics 144MB, 13" TFT 1280x800, Super Drive(DVD+-R/CD-RW), Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WLAN, Bluetooth, OS X 10.5 Leopard

    MacMall Part#: 7404924 Platform: Macintosh
    Mfr.Part#: MB404LL/A Manufacturer: Apple
    Availability: Generally In Stock Visit our Apple store.
    Usually Ships: Usually Ships Same Day
    Price: $1,293.99
    Rebate(s): $100.00(7.7%)
    Your Price: $1,193.99

    There are other sites out there, you just have to search.
     

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