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#1
that is actually a great deal. Voted hot :)
#2
Very tempted to get macbook pro MB991 as i need a decent macbook for serato scratch live
#3
voted hot for the deal but please be aware that a new macpro model is imminent
#4
Vote hot... even cheaper than Student discount!
#5
badBERTHA
voted hot for the deal but please be aware that a new macpro model is imminent


How soon exactly is imminent ?

weeks, months ?
#6
Unfortunately Apple never let on when they will be releasing new models (well, not new models, more like refreshing the internals of the current product line eg newer cpu etc) but based upon past trends of the time between new launches, the macbook pro and air are about 3 months overdue for a refresh.

Wouldn't worry about it though, this is still a great deal and even a relatively not bleeding edge mac will still do everything you want from it long after the equivalent PC has gone pop. Only caution would be that this model seems to be packing Leopard rather than Snow Leopard meaning you would need to shell out another £30 for the upgrade (well worth it).

The only big change IMO there will be is maybe the top end models will pack a usb 3.0 but thats just a guess.

voted hot
#7
BCBobUK
Only caution would be that this model seems to be packing Leopard rather than Snow Leopard meaning you would need to shell out another £30 for the upgrade (well worth it).


You'd also need access to an optical drive too :)

Fantastic deal...wish I could afford one.
#8
good price for this laptop ; but it looks expensive for the spec - can someone explain why its worth this kind of money ?
#9
afroylnt
good price for this laptop ; but it looks expensive for the spec - can someone explain why its worth this kind of money ?


I think Bob sums it up best in his post...

BCBobUK
even a relatively not bleeding edge mac will still do everything you want from it long after the equivalent PC has gone pop.


My mac mini is 4 years old and still runs everything fast and smooth. It would fetch £300 on eBay (meaning it has only cost me £25 a year, as I paid £400 for it) but I wouldn't sell it, because it's all the desktop computer I need. In the long run, even though the spec wasn't "all that" (1.6GHz Dual Core, 1GB RAM), it has proven to be fantastic value.
#10
Lupeto
I think Bob sums it up best in his post...

My mac mini is 4 years old and still runs everything fast and smooth. It would fetch £300 on eBay (meaning it has only cost me £25 a year, as I paid £400 for it) but I wouldn't sell it, because it's all the desktop computer I need. In the long run, even though the spec wasn't "all that" (1.6GHz Dual Core, 1GB RAM), it has proven to be fantastic value.


Not quite selling it to me ; I have a Dell PC that is nearly 5 yrs old - still ok (with XP) its a little slow on a few tasks but ok for word/internet etc. So a PC can last as long or do you believe Apple laptop hardware is the difference and will last better ? 4+ yrs for a laptop starts to be more impressive....
banned#11
afroylnt
good price for this laptop ; but it looks expensive for the spec - can someone explain why its worth this kind of money ?


It's this price because that's the way economics works - items are priced at the highest price they can be sold at enough numbers to please the makers.

Is it good value for money? That's an individual distinction.
#12
afroylnt
Not quite selling it to me ; I have a Dell PC that is nearly 5 yrs old - still ok (with XP) its a little slow on a few tasks but ok for word/internet etc.


Whereas my mac doesn't break sweat when doing complex music production...and runs the same software faster and smoother than my 2GHz Dual Core, 3GB RAM laptop that is 3 years newer :)

I wish I didn't buy this ****** Acer (I was desperate and needed something urgently for a contract) and instead wish I bought a more expensive yet lower-spec'ed Mac... :-D

afroylnt
So a PC can last as long or do you believe Apple laptop hardware is the difference and will last better ? 4+ yrs for a laptop starts to be more impressive....


I believe that the hardware and OS make a difference...hardware as it is a bespoke integration by Apple, rather than a cobbling of generic components and chipsets by a particular vendor. Software as Mac OS seems to be very efficient, especially as it is running on a bespoke integration of hardware. (Unlike Windows, which must cater for the vast variability in possible hardware configurations).

My cousin has had his Macbook Pro for 4 years and does all his professional photography work on it...its still fast at his graphical tasks and an upgrade isn't even on the horizon. OK...the battery is totally shot, but that's to be expected with current battery technology :-D
#13
Lupeto
Whereas my mac doesn't break sweat when doing complex music production...and runs the same software faster and smoother than my 2GHz Dual Core, 3GB RAM laptop that is 3 years newer :)

I wish I didn't buy this ****** Acer (I was desperate and needed something urgently for a contract) and instead wish I bought a more expensive yet lower-spec'ed Mac... :-D



I believe that the hardware and OS make a difference...hardware as it is a bespoke integration by Apple, rather than a cobbling of generic components and chipsets by a particular vendor. Software as Mac OS seems to be very efficient.

My cousin has had his Macbook Pro for 4 years and does all his professional photography work on it...it still fast at his graphical tasks and an upgrade isn't even on the horizon. OK...the battery is totally shot, but that's to be expected with current battery technology :-D


Getting deja vu. I'm sure I read this post and comments week or more ago
#14
Flombard
Getting deja vu. I'm sure I read this post and comments week or more ago


I was answering a question in this thread. Does it matter if the answer is the same?
#15
That said, if it is longevity you're after in a laptop, then perhaps the Air isn't the laptop for you. The battery isn't easily replaceable, and neither is the RAM or HD easy to upgrade.

For longevity, you're better off with a Macbook or Pro. The Air is really for portability and vanity (it's a stunning looking design).
1 Like #16
BCBobUK
Wouldn't worry about it though, this is still a great deal and even a relatively not bleeding edge mac will still do everything you want from it long after the equivalent PC has gone pop.


The equivalent windows machine (not PC, all mac computers are PCs) would be something like a Thinkpad X200, Given that after three years the battery in this is going to be kaput and you'll have to send it in for 'repair' as the battery is sealed in it'd be 50/50 whether it'd outlast an advent, let alone a Thinkpad.

There's a lot of nonsense talked about Apple's PCs. This particular machine, the macbook air, is a fashion accessory for people with big budgets and low requirements. At £500-600 it'd be an interesting alternative to a dual-core CULV machine featuring a more powerful processor but limited ports and a fixed battery, at £1000 the people for whom it's the best value solution are few.

Lupeto
I wish I didn't buy this ****** Acer (I was desperate and needed something urgently for a contract) and instead wish I bought a more expensive yet lower-spec'ed Mac... :-D

That sounds like a simple case of getting what you pay for rather than anything to do with Mac OS vs. Windows. Spend £300-400 on a laptop and you're going to get a machine with lots of compromises.
#17
EndlessWaves
Given that after three years the battery in this is going to be kaput and you'll have to send it in for 'repair' as the battery is sealed in it
Actually, the battery doesn't look too hard to replace :-D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSEKeSL9F4g
That sounds like a simple case of getting what you pay for rather than anything to do with Mac OS vs. Windows. Spend £300-400 on a laptop and you're going to get a machine with lots of compromises.


I'd really like to do a test of my music software on a "Premium" windows laptop...not easily done without buying or borrowing one, but you wouldn't expect a £450 laptop to be massively outperformed by a much older computer with a significantly lower spec.

I suppose it shows that it isn't all about processor and RAM speed. If you're left with a system that's unbalanced, with a motherboard that can't utilise the extra speed and capacity, there isn't much point in having that extra speed and capacity.

In summary...the motherboards in Acer laptop must be absolutely sh*t! ;-)
#18
I've had my Macbook Air for more than 18 months and I absolutely love it! It is so fast to load up and so easy to carry. This is a fab deal for anyone who appreciates Macs and it's all down to choice. Thanks op!
#19
You are paying for the design, which is very nice, but lets not get fooled by all the marketing gimmicks a mac is just a pc with different software. You pay a premium to have the apple logo , macs use IDENTICAL tecnology as pc's. You can install mac os X onto a pc and it is a mac witout the logo.

I would recomend if you want style and have the extra cash go for a Mac

If you want more power for you money go for a pc.
#20
No spec in title or description?

13.3" screen, 2GB RAM, shared graphics, 128GB hard drive, Leopard OS, no CD/DVD drive, only 1 USB port which will be always occupied by an external hard drive or an external CD/DVD drive.
#21
adsldave
How soon exactly is imminent ?

weeks, months ?


Hi - according to macrumours and general industry buzz (I'm a designer) it should be sooner than later

http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#MacBook_Pro

Cheers

bb
#22
Lupeto
Actually, the battery doesn't look too hard to replace :-D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSEKeSL9F4g


I'd really like to do a test of my music software on a "Premium" windows laptop...not easily done without buying or borrowing one, but you wouldn't expect a £450 laptop to be massively outperformed by a much older computer with a significantly lower spec.

I suppose it shows that it isn't all about processor and RAM speed. If you're left with a system that's unbalanced, with a motherboard that can't utilise the extra speed and capacity, there isn't much point in having that extra speed and capacity.

In summary...the motherboards in Acer laptop must be absolutely sh*t! ;-)


Why do you keep comparing it to a cheap Acer machine you have had? Try a Sony Viao or a decent brand of Laptop that is somewhere nearer the cost of the Apple product before you make your , "Informed" decision . As im sure there are some PC manufactures that can balance a system, utilise the speed and capacity ? :whistling:

And this is coming from somebody who owns a Mac Book Pro, i hate all these stupid arguments comparing completly different types of machines.
#23
2 GB is Top of the Range?
I don't think so.
#24
http://images.sodahead.com/profiles/000726990/imamac.gif
#25
ZedEx
Why do you keep comparing it to a cheap Acer machine you have had? Try a Sony Viao or a decent brand of Laptop that is somewhere nearer the cost of the Apple product before you make your , "Informed" decision . As im sure there are some PC manufactures that can balance a system, utilise the speed and capacity ? :whistling:

And this is coming from somebody who owns a Mac Book Pro, i hate all these stupid arguments comparing completly different types of machines.


Even then things like Vaios/Macs what ever are pretty much the same components, you just pay for what badge you want on the case at the end of the day.:)
#26
Lupeto
Whereas my mac doesn't break sweat when doing complex music production...and runs the same software faster and smoother than my 2GHz Dual Core, 3GB RAM laptop that is 3 years newer :)

I wish I didn't buy this ****** Acer (I was desperate and needed something urgently for a contract) and instead wish I bought a more expensive yet lower-spec'ed Mac... :-D



I believe that the hardware and OS make a difference...hardware as it is a bespoke integration by Apple, rather than a cobbling of generic components and chipsets by a particular vendor. Software as Mac OS seems to be very efficient, especially as it is running on a bespoke integration of hardware. (Unlike Windows, which must cater for the vast variability in possible hardware configurations).



Its fast becuase it is running a version of Linux (mac 0SX) which doesnt hve to deal with all the backwards compatibility and driver bloatware of Windows. Ubuntu on a previously Windows laptop would run more quickly than Windows and if you could find the software to use on this (a different issue altogether if its more than just internet browsing and OpenOffice ) then one might have a faster solution.
#27
fmgod
Even then things like Vaios/Macs what ever are pretty much the same components, you just pay for what badge you want on the case at the end of the day.:)


The difference being in some better branded machines is that the components are designed to work to thier maximum efficiency with the other componets in the machine, alot of cheap laptops save cost on certain componets that do reduce performance. (I will take back the Viao comment as they have become alot worse in recent years :-D ) , was a bad example on my part!
1 Like #28
jamiesmith85
You are paying for the design, which is very nice, but lets not get fooled by all the marketing gimmicks a mac is just a pc with different software. You pay a premium to have the apple logo , macs use IDENTICAL tecnology as pc's. You can install mac os X onto a pc and it is a mac witout the logo.


My £150 Mini Mac :thumbsup:
#29
EndlessWaves
The equivalent windows machine (not PC, all mac computers are PCs) would be something like a Thinkpad X200, Given that after three years the battery in this is going to be kaput and you'll have to send it in for 'repair' as the battery is sealed in it'd be 50/50 whether it'd outlast an advent, let alone a Thinkpad.

There's a lot of nonsense talked about Apple's PCs. This particular machine, the macbook air, is a fashion accessory for people with big budgets and low requirements. At £500-600 it'd be an interesting alternative to a dual-core CULV machine featuring a more powerful processor but limited ports and a fixed battery, at £1000 the people for whom it's the best value solution are few.



That sounds like a simple case of getting what you pay for rather than anything to do with Mac OS vs. Windows. Spend £300-400 on a laptop and you're going to get a machine with lots of compromises.


I use an X200 at work on a daily basis and use a mac mini at home. Given my X200 is about 4 months old it takes literally 10-15 minutes to restart sometimes, and sometimes fails to shut down at all. My entry level mac mini (which I also use everyday and is about 18 moths old) restarts every time in under 2 minutes... Give me a mac any day!!
#30
Will the next one have a pixel qi screen?
#31
BargainHunter333
Will the next one have a pixel qi screen?


Unlikely as it's an unproven tech and only available in small sizes AFAIK.
#32
This is the greatest deal in the universe. Ordered 12.
#33
my three year old vaio laptop is fine

after about a year it was slow as hell, then i reinstalled windows and it sped right up again. the same thing happened again. then i put linux on it and it stays fast now

i don't think it's about mac vs pc, i think it's about windows (or nt) vs unix. macs only seem to run faster than pcs because they have a more efficient os/kernel, i don't think it's a hardware issue

with both you can spend the extra to get the more reliable hardware, but i think it's the software that matters when speed is your concern
#34
http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/16/notion-ink-adam-hands-on-with-video-at-mwc-2010/

That's not small, and looks like it might be a better bet than an ipad.
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#36
I am a Mac usser and I would never go back to a PC (be it Windows or Linux).

They are great for photos, editing, web design, well, everything, BUT you need to pay extra for professional software...
But giving that I am spending most of my work & non-work time with it, it is worth the money (never played games on it so no idea how they work on Macs)

AND maybe one great things about Macs (agree, also valid for Linux) is that you do not need to worry about viruses.

Hot!
#37
No a fan of the device itself but the deal is cracking. hot.
#38
adsldave
How soon exactly is imminent ?

weeks, months ?


I'd weeks not months. Normally its March/April is time its refresh.
banned#39
ve been looking for a mac for a a while, for music production... would this do the trick?
#40
ZedEx
The difference being in some better branded machines is that the components are designed to work to thier maximum efficiency with the other componets in the machine, alot of cheap laptops save cost on certain componets that do reduce performance. (I will take back the Viao comment as they have become alot worse in recent years :-D ) , was a bad example on my part!


Agreed, any cheap laptop isn't designed to last no matter wether it's Toshiba, Acer, Fujitsu, Tamashiwatsita or whatever. Personally I've never known a budget one last more than 2 years before something is seriously knackered. But, I just bought my son a 7yr old IBM T40, which was originally a small fortune and it's still running like new. Quality comes at a price I suppose, as does design, this Apple has both, so it's a good deal. I'll get one in 7 years!

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