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Apple MacBook £949 or What laptop for same money????? HELP

cheekywelshguy Avatar
8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
Hi guys im getting the new iphone and made the mistake of going to the new opening of the Liverpool Apple store!!! DAM IT!!

Now im loving all the apple stuff, even when i no there not a deal!!!

Im looking at getting the MacBook below-

13-inch: Black
2.4GHz
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB memory
250GB hard drive1
Double-layer SuperDrive
£949.00

Can people offer me alternatives for the same money, to try and sway me please?

What can i get pound for pound??

WHAT 2 do, What to do!!!

THANKS!!!
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
A Mac isn't an alternative, it's a way of life... lol

Seriously though it's not right to compare between Macs and Windows (or even Linux-es). It all depends on your usage; I have a Macbook but also a Windows XP desktop.

I use my Mac for wordprocessing, etc (for Uni) and when I go home it has no trouble connecting to wireless networks, so surfing the internet is a doddle (and also easy). Although Safari is kinda limited compared to Firefox (my normal browser). But the Mac in general is very limited in software available, you can forget games completely!

HOWEVER viruses and problems with my Mac have been relatively non-existent (occasionally they happen but thats because I'm running some code while trying to do other stuff so slowing it right down), I know people will say that's not the case but I have not had ANY serious problems with my Mac whereas I've had to reformat my PC like four times because of system errors (I am careful with my PC so it's baffling really).

Soooooooo in summary :) (lol) if you want to just do office work and web browsing get a Mac (iWork is fantastic), if you want to do manipulate photos and other media, get a Mac... if you want to install games and more specific programs get a Windows. But remember Macs CAN export to Windows formats (like .doc, .ppt, etc).

...and Macs look nicer!
#2
If u want a Mac cheap find a student - they get 15% off the price in store! Plus yu can then get applecare 3 yr warranty for £49 instead of the £200ish (i think??)

Thats what i did anyway!

Alternatively if your going abroad buy it duty free for a 17.5% saving
#3
Well, appearance is a matter of taste. I'm not a fan of most of the current range of macs (although the mac pro is quite nice).

As for alternatives how about something like a Thinkpad T61 like this one.

T8100 processor (2.1Ghz, 800Mhz FSB, 3MB cache)
2GB memory
160GB hard drive.
DVD writer.
Windows XP pro

From those specs it does look slightly slower, but there are a few other things.

Firstly, it weighs the same as the iMac at 2.3Kgs vs. 2.27kg. But it's a 14.1" laptop with a 1440x900 resolution compared to the 13.3" screen and 1280x800 resolution of the blackbook.

Secondly, it's a thinkpad so it's going to have excellent build quality and a very good keyboard.

Thirdly, it's got a fingerprint reader.

Fourthly, you can replace the DVD drive with an extra battery should you need extra battery life.

Fifthly, You can buy a docking station for it should you want to use it as a replacement for a desktop PC.

Sixthly, Thinkpads have been into space: http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/exhibits/space/space_thinkpad.html

That particular model is actually one of the less attractive thinkpads but even so it's not bad looking:
http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/1497/showimageiz7.jpg

You also don't get ripped off for £120 for a black paint job and 80GB of storage (which costs about a tenner) or have to pay another £15 to get an adaptor to make the mini-DVI port functional. (£30 if you want both DVI and VGA).
#4
RCUK
If u want a Mac cheap find a student - they get 15% off the price in store! Plus yu can then get applecare 3 yr warranty for £49 instead of the £200ish (i think??)

Thats what i did anyway!

Alternatively if your going abroad buy it duty free for a 17.5% saving
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Thanks for everyone’s replies so far!!

This was my thoughts, my friend is coming up on the wkd and i was going to go to the uni to us there server with him to get the full discount, but iv been trying to find out a couple of things?

What happens with the warranty? do i just reg it straight away in my name?

Does he have to pay or can i? can i get it delievered to me or does it have to go to him?

Basically how best am i to go about doin this please?

Iv never had a mac but want one!! they look and r brill

my mates got the same one i want and i just really like it!!

Im an architect but hav 2 pc's to run autocad etc and mac will do the adobe so>>>>>

il mostly use it for its portability, music, movies, abobe, web etc im not a gamer at all
#5
apple sucks
#6
bigbob909
apple sucks


thanks for that

:thumbsup:
#7
Well I'm a student myself so when you go through the education store MAKE SURE you go through the Higher Education one to receive the most discount. I did the wrong one but Apple kindly refunded me the difference I paid extra.

On this you pick the University in question and then go through normal purchasing procedure, they don't check if you are at the University (or at least they haven't for me) so create a user name and password.

If you feel apprehensive then get your friend to create one, and just have the delivery address as yours, you can always PayPal the money over to him afterwards :P

I know you can get better specs elsewhere (as people have suggested) but for me I've always wanted a Mac, so getting something else (whether or not it was better value) was just not an alternative... if you want a Mac get a Mac
#8
Ravster84
Well I'm a student myself so when you go through the education store MAKE SURE you go through the Higher Education one to receive the most discount. I did the wrong one but Apple kindly refunded me the difference I paid extra.

On this you pick the University in question and then go through normal purchasing procedure, they don't check if you are at the University (or at least they haven't for me) so create a user name and password.

If you feel apprehensive then get your friend to create one, and just have the delivery address as yours, you can always PayPal the money over to him afterwards :P

I know you can get better specs elsewhere (as people have suggested) but for me I've always wanted a Mac, so getting something else (whether or not it was better value) was just not an alternative... if you want a Mac get a Mac


THANKS for all ur help!

Do you need to use a uni email address?

I can get onto a uni pc with my friends log in details so go thro the uni server which u need to use the educational website, then is is a case of just setting up my own account info?

is the 3 years warrenty the same?
#9
Sorry for the late reply but no you don't, I didn't when I purchased mine. Just create a new account using your standard email then go through higher discount and pick your friend's (or any) University. But like I said if you are still aprehensive then get your friend to create one and give him the money via bank transfer or PayPal.

Warranty is still the same and I recommend getting Apple Care (the full 3 years) as it is only around £50 compared to being normally triple that.

Remember that software is also on discount.

I got mine when they were giving away free iPod Nano 3G's as well! was well chuffed! :D

Oh and one final thing, if you do have more specific questions then go on there website and you can have an instant message chat with a sales rep (which I found very useful).

Hope that helps ya matey!
#10
If I was you I would wait for the Back to School promotion (September/October) - last year was a free iPod Nano when purchased at the same time as a MacBook - the current promotion in the USA is a free iPod Touch (the UK normally gets the same promotion only after the States).

If you buy through the Apple HE store (by phone or University network) you get a 3 year warranty as standard.

The current MacBook is over 2 years old and there are rumours of an aluminium body for the MacBook is September - I would hold off unless you have to have it in the next few weeks.
#11
cheekywelshguy
thanks for that

:thumbsup:


i have to keep telling people cos some people forget
#12
tintin7
If I was you I would wait for the Back to School promotion (September/October)


I second this.. There have been 'new' Macbooks announced in the keynotes in Sept/Oct every year and I have it on good authority that it's the same this year.. At very least there might be a promotion of sorts or even a price drop..
I'm holding out to get my new MBP then also... will be worth the wait esp as only a few more weeks now. Just think how gutted you'd be if you just bought one and something better was released a week later?
#13
Agreed re the back to school promotion.

I got mine last year right at the end of it as i knew a new machine was about to come out.

So bought the old one, left it sealed and as soon as the new one came out (10 days later!) i swapped it with no agro. New machines are usually launched on tuedays November for some reason - there is a site actually which shows the current status as whether to buy, wait or dont buy depending on the mac product.

At the time the promo was a free nano or £85 towards another ipod.

The HE discount instore was 15%, but the applecare was £49 for three years, not free. Maybe its different online.

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