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Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 2:01 am

I'm currently looking around for a new laptop for when I go back to university and am drawn towards a Mac. I quite like the look of the MacBook as it falls within my budget (around £850). However, since I'm in no immediate rush to get one (course begins end of September), I was wondering if there are any planned updates besides the release of Leopard that I should hang on for? The only thing I have against the MacBook is the graphics, but a MacBook Pro is a bit beyond what I'm wanting to spend.

Secondly, any recommendations as to where to purchase - the Apple UK store seems about the cheapest around at £699(shame I can't take advanage of the £/$ rate at the moment!)

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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 2:05 am

Quoting Splitzer (Thread starter):
I was wondering if there are any planned updates besides the release of Leopard that I should hang on for?

Apple just recently upgraded the CPU to the Core 2 Duo, so other than the outside chance of a minor speed bump, I doubt if you'll find any major upgrades to the MacBook line by September.
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 2:15 am

I love my MacBook! Big grin I bought mine during the second year of college cus my pc crashed. I'm not sure how much the other higher models would be but I have a 512MB RAM and I don't feel it's enough. . .



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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 2:21 am

Quoting Splitzer (Thread starter):
Secondly, any recommendations as to where to purchase - the Apple UK store seems about the cheapest around at £699(shame I can't take advanage of the £/$ rate at the moment!)

Is there an "Apple on Campus" scheme in the UK like the one in Germany? We have one scheme where any student or staff member gets a discount and then AoC where students and staff from "partner" universities get bigger discounts. The prices I've seen on the AoC site for my university are quite competitive.

Quoting Splitzer (Thread starter):
The only thing I have against the MacBook is the graphics, but a MacBook Pro is a bit beyond what I'm wanting to spend.

 checkmark  I think the medium Mac Book is the best deal, you get a faster CPU, proper optical drive and a bigger HD for not that much more. If you want or need more performance later, but don't need it in a laptop, you'll get much more for your money buying an iMac as a "supplement".
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 2:38 am

Quoting Splitzer (Thread starter):
I was wondering if there are any planned updates besides the release of Leopard that I should hang on for?

When is Leopard to be released?
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 2:50 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
Apple just recently upgraded the CPU to the Core 2 Duo, so other than the outside chance of a minor speed bump, I doubt if you'll find any major upgrades to the MacBook line by September.

They also just bumped the speed last week, so no more updates for the next few months.

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 4):

When is Leopard to be released?

October.
 
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 4:02 am

Quoting Moo (Reply 5):
They also just bumped the speed last week

Yup, that's why I said outside chance.  Wink

Quoting Foppishbum (Reply 2):
I'm not sure how much the other higher models would be but I have a 512MB RAM and I don't feel it's enough.

I'm convinced that OS X runs better with 1GB of RAM or better. My new MB came with 512 and there are a few apps, like Photoshop, which brings it to a screeching halt. A few years ago when I upgraded my G4/400 from 512 to 1.25GB, apps opened nearly instantly and nothing hung momentarily like it had been doing. I don't know what it is behind the scenes that causes this, but I'll be swapping out one of the chips in the MB for a 1GB chip sooner than later.
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 4:07 am

Quoting Splitzer (Thread starter):
I was wondering if there are any planned updates besides the release of Leopard that I should hang on for?

The only hadware upgrade officially known to be in the works is a transition to LED illuminated displays rather than the florescent backlighting used today. In theory, these displays will be brighter, more energy efficient, and more environmentally friendly.

Unless you urgently need your computer, I would suggest waiting just a few weeks. Apple could potentially announce a product upgrade at the 2007 WWDC, which is June 11-15. It isn't that long to wait, and you never know what they could roll-out.
 
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 5:01 am

Thanks everyone for the responses. I'll have a look into any potential student deals. Lastly, what would be the upgrade price to Leopard if I purchased before a Mac before the release date?
 
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 5:07 am

The only thing with the Macs and school is that many educational softwares you'll use run only on windows. Of course you probably can get a PC in campus, or access to one shouldn't be difficult. Just to consider.

I've been considering Macs, especially after reading many threads here, but for now my current PC still has plenty of life in it.

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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 5:12 am

Quoting Splitzer (Reply 8):
upgrade price to Leopard if I purchased before a Mac before the release date?

Depends.

£119 generally for the OS. However, I think Apple do a deal where if you purchase the unit within a month of Leopard being released (after your purchase) you are entitled to a free upgrade.

Ya never know though - the units themselves might be updated with the release of leopard - but one can never tell!!!!!!!

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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 5:23 am

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 10):
£119 generally for the OS

Tiger was available retail for about £80, as was Panther, I doubt that Leopard will be at a higher price mark.

Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 10):
However, I think Apple do a deal where if you purchase the unit within a month of Leopard being released (after your purchase) you are entitled to a free upgrade.

The exact period depends entirely on Apple at the time of release, sometimes its limited to just weeks prior to the update.
 
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 5:44 am

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 9):
The only thing with the Macs and school is that many educational softwares you'll use run only on windows. Of course you probably can get a PC in campus, or access to one shouldn't be difficult. Just to consider.

Or you could install Windows on your MacBook to run those programs when needed, either in a virtual machine (with Parallels or VMware Fusion) or using Boot Camp for dual-booting OS X and Windows.
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 5:45 am

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 12):

Good point!  Smile
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RE: Buying A MacBook

Wed May 23, 2007 5:50 am

Wait until the summer - or until you can prove you're going into Uni (if you are). That'll let you get up to 15% off some purchases like I got on my MacBook.
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