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Ok I am probably going to get slated for posting this, but you need to take the fact that this is the cheapest deal currently on offer. The same notebook sells for £929 on the Apple website and other retailers vary i.e. Play com (£969).

REMEMBER: use the SALE25 voucher code at checkout
ALSO: possible quidco?

Specs:
* 2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
* 160 Gb Hard Disk Capacity
* 2GB Memory
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
* MAC OS X v10.5 Leopard Operating system

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#1
This is a good deal for this particular Macbook.

However, even as a long time enthusiast for all things Apple, I feel that this laptop is overpriced by at least £200. Even with this Dixons deal.

I won't be buying another Mac computer, until they start being sensible with the prices. Probably never again, then.
#2
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#3
the 2.0 processor is apparently faster than the previous 2.4 macbook. But still no illuminated keyboard only on the new 2.4 model.
#4
#5
Ockingshay


Erm, yes you do - they need a .ac.uk e-mail account from the customer (university e-mail account).

When I bought mines - they scanned my university matric card, so its not as easy as you say it is.
#6
I clicked on your mac link and I'm not a student and could go right through the checkout process. .:)
#7
Good price, but I'd rather have the Pro - no deals to be had on those at the moment :-(
#8
lililou
I clicked on your mac link and I'm not a student and could go right through the checkout process. .:)


Yes you can do this, however they may ask you for proof. Usually you just need a .ac.uk email address. Personally, when i have bought a mac, the two times i have through HE store, they have confirmed my student status.

Heard of other people ordering without proof though.
#9
Good deal - voted hot as this is one of the best prices i've seen for it.

Yes you technically *can* buy from the education store if your not a student (or don't fit one of the qualifying groups) but that is just as bad as ripping off Microsoft with their student office deal, or sky with their staff only offers.

They are *supposed* to only accept orders with some form of proof that you are a student (at school or uni), but when I was a student I was never asked for any, even when ordering from the higher education store (which is priced another 5-6% cheaper than the "standard" store). You do get asked if your a student before hand though, so continuing with the order after you have entered in a false institution constitutes fraud. (this is the case even if you use the link above where the poster has already entered this information and gone through to the store).
1 Like #10
If you don't meet the criteria, you're not entitled to the education discount. Period.

Pretending that you are entitled, when you are not, is fraud.

Apple have every right to ask for the extra money if you're caught with your pants down. They can probably do a lot worse than that, too. Trust me, people do get found out, but I'm guessing that those people don't come back here to brag about it.

Given how often people on this forum cry to mummy when a company cancels mispriced deals, because they (wrongly) think that 'it's against the law'*, you'd think that we would be more vocal in advocating that we, as consumers, stay on the right side of the law too?

But no. There's a lot of people on this forum with an outlook on life that would shame a five year old. Greedy, selfish, and willing to lie to get what they want.

EDIT: I've voted this deal hot.
#11
The education discount isn't as good as getting on a university network and ordering it THAT way. Get an even bigger discount, something like 15% or something.

Love MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAC.

suspended#12
Hot deal I yous to work for Apple and dont do sails unless the product has been superseded. Anything off is something.... but yes its a little over priced. There moving the opposite way of the market with prices going up.
banned#13
wild_quinine
If you don't meet the criteria, you're not entitled to the education discount. Period.

Pretending that you are entitled, when you are not, is fraud.

Apple have every right to ask for the extra money if you're caught with your pants down. They can probably do a lot worse than that, too. Trust me, people do get found out, but I'm guessing that those people don't come back here to brag about it.

Given how often people on this forum cry to mummy when a company cancels mispriced deals, because they (wrongly) think that 'it's against the law'*, you'd think that we would be more vocal in advocating that we, as consumers, stay on the right side of the law too?

But no. There's a lot of people on this forum with an outlook on life that would shame a five year old. Greedy, selfish, and willing to lie to get what they want.

EDIT: I've voted this deal hot.

+1, good points made there.
#14
wild_quinine
If you don't meet the criteria, you're not entitled to the education discount. Period.

Pretending that you are entitled, when you are not, is fraud.

Apple have every right to ask for the extra money if you're caught with your pants down. They can probably do a lot worse than that, too. Trust me, people do get found out, but I'm guessing that those people don't come back here to brag about it.

Given how often people on this forum cry to mummy when a company cancels mispriced deals, because they (wrongly) think that 'it's against the law'*, you'd think that we would be more vocal in advocating that we, as consumers, stay on the right side of the law too?

But no. There's a lot of people on this forum with an outlook on life that would shame a five year old. Greedy, selfish, and willing to lie to get what they want.

EDIT: I've voted this deal hot.


What a load of *******, are you telling me you have been on this site for over a year & never once used a money off code/voucher that has been posted, bearing in mind they're usually not for use by the general public, I don't think so mr righteous
banned#15
smiffy1888
What a load of *******, are you telling me you have been on this site for over a year & never once used a money off code/voucher that has been posted, bearing in mind they're usually not for use by the general public, I don't think so mr righteous

+1, thats a good counter argument.
#16
good deal. My Mac is quite old now so I'm going to have to save up for a new one. Can't afford it yet, but I hope there is a good deal out when the time comes :-) They are fairly pricey- but sooo nice to use :-)
#17
I love my Macbook!!!
#18
Got the Pro from the edu shop and they didn't ask for proof. £250 saving off a MacBook Pro :) and free iPod :).
#19
wild_quinine
If you don't meet the criteria, you're not entitled to the education discount. Period.

Pretending that you are entitled, when you are not, is fraud.

Apple have every right to ask for the extra money if you're caught with your pants down. They can probably do a lot worse than that, too. Trust me, people do get found out, but I'm guessing that those people don't come back here to brag about it.

Given how often people on this forum cry to mummy when a company cancels mispriced deals, because they (wrongly) think that 'it's against the law'*, you'd think that we would be more vocal in advocating that we, as consumers, stay on the right side of the law too?

But no. There's a lot of people on this forum with an outlook on life that would shame a five year old. Greedy, selfish, and willing to lie to get what they want.

EDIT: I've voted this deal hot.

:thinking: Honestly, I think it's fine. Otherwise I can just get my mum or my brother to order it as they're both students - what difference does it make? I've never heard of anyone getting "found out" by Apple, what do you think they'd do exactly? I bought my MacBook Pro as a student, but not through a network, just called them up instead and they asked for no proof. So, why the negativity when they're so freely giving it away? It doesn't hurt them.

People use vouchers intended for a limited amount of people; they also buy things to sell on for more and people like you (wrongly) accuse people of being ignorant of the law. Nice.
#20
Adamo;3995921
:thinking: Honestly, I think it's fine. Otherwise I can just get my mum or my brother to order it as they're both students - what difference does it make? I've never heard of anyone getting "found out" by Apple, what do you think they'd do exactly? I bought my MacBook Pro as a student, but not through a network, just called them up instead and they asked for no proof. So, why the negativity when they're so freely giving it away? It doesn't hurt them.

People use vouchers intended for a limited amount of people; they also buy things to sell on for more and people like you (wrongly) accuse people of being ignorant of the law. Nice.


They won't sell you the laptop at the discounted HE rate if you can't provide proof. Hardly rocket science is it. If you aren't entitled to HE discount then don't attempt to buy using the HE link. It really isn't a difficult concept.
#21
Man, the new MacPro 17'' lasts 8 hrs with battery!!!
#22
I just hope certain people never download mp3s, films, torrents in a way that breaches copyright. Otherwise, they will be self righteous egotistical hypocrites now wouldn't they?

I am sure these people never do anything like that so that's ok.

I have known Apple to raid the houses of private citizens (they travel in a helicopter gunship) that have a member of the household who have taken advantage of the HE discount, to check if they possess traffic cones, Red Dwarf T-shirts, empty Pot Noodle containers, Che Guevara posters, etcetera.

If not, all the people in the house are sent to training camps, where they are forced to wear hats with Steve Jobs face emblazoned on them. They are then taught how good iTunes is. Even though it's overpriced poo.

A bit like this laptop.

Still voted hot for the deal.

-1 for the ethics lesson.
#23
Gash
The education discount isn't as good as getting on a university network and ordering it THAT way. Get an even bigger discount, something like 15% or something.

Love MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAC.



student discount is 6%. higher education discount is 14%

Also, they also check when for proof when you order thru normal discount. if you order thru the higher education (university network), they dont ask for proof. (because u cant access it from home, so they know your a student)
#24
tsukasai
Man, the new MacPro 17'' lasts 8 hrs with battery!!!


probably lucky to get 6 hours in real world situations.. their battery life stats are highly inaccurate :thumbsup:
1 Like #25
Anyone thinking of buying a Mac should be forced to READ THIS before parting with any of there hard earned cash

:p :-D
#26
Mada06
They won't sell you the laptop at the discounted HE rate if you can't provide proof. Hardly rocket science is it. If you aren't entitled to HE discount then don't attempt to buy using the HE link. It really isn't a difficult concept.

Did you not even bother reading my post? They sold me my MacBook Pro without proof (ordered on the phone), 14.1% discount. Why wouldn't I attempt to? They've never asked me or anyone I personally know for proof. Either way, my mother and brother are both in education are are entitled to order if they like, if they want proof, I'll tell them it's for them (IF I was to order, which I shan't, because I can't afford one for one thing..).
korndevil666
student discount is 6%. higher education discount is 14%

Also, they also check when for proof when you order thru normal discount. if you order thru the higher education (university network), they dont ask for proof. (because u cant access it from home, so they know your a student)

HE discount is applicable on the phone as well as through that link it seems. I ordered on the phone and friends have ordered on that site and no proof necessary.
#27
barnabycat
Anyone thinking of buying a Mac should be forced to READ THIS before parting with any of there hard earned cash

:p :-D


I'm surprised this rubbish (Mac vs PC) took so long for someone to post.
#28
Another overpriced MAC? Look at the specs of it and tell me that you can't get a far superior spec'd PC for this...

[COLOR="#efefef"]And yes, I am fishing... : - )[/COLOR]
#29
EDU discount is 15% well the 13" Is £799 on the EDU store, You also get 3 Year applecare for £50 Great deal though if your not a student.
#30
Mada06
They won't sell you the laptop at the discounted HE rate if you can't provide proof. Hardly rocket science is it. If you aren't entitled to HE discount then don't attempt to buy using the HE link. It really isn't a difficult concept.


I wasn't a student at the time and I ordered one via a HE link a few years ago. Links that you can access anywhere have appeared on hotukdeals a while back. Do a search.

I just checked the link and it still works
#31
ca8msm
Another overpriced MAC? Look at the specs of it and tell me that you can't get a far superior spec'd PC for this...

[COLOR="#efefef"]And yes, I am fishing... : - )[/COLOR]

Depends how you're judging this - processor is the top end, it has a graphics card in there too, it's all made from one piece of aluminium and has better build quality than any other computer I've used, also has multi-touch, LED screen, software packages (that are useful) already on there like iLife and other things that make it worth more than what may look like a better spec on paper.
aaron1uk
EDU discount is 15% well the 13" Is £799 on the EDU store, You also get 3 Year applecare for £50 Great deal though if your not a student.

AppleCare (three years) comes free with every educational purchase regardless.
#32
Adamo
Depends how you're judging this - processor is the top end, it has a graphics card in there too, it's all made from one piece of aluminium and has better build quality than any other computer I've used, also has multi-touch, LED screen, software packages (that are useful) already on there like iLife and other things that make it worth more than what may look like a better spec on paper.

AppleCare (three years) comes free with every educational purchase regardless.


does the applecare come free even in other countries for students?
#33
Lot of people with their knickers in a twist ITT!

Good offer, voted hot! I've been looking for a laptop, would get this if I couldn't get similar specs on a Windows machine for a third of the price, I do like macs but I find them way too expensive =[
#34
ca8msm
Another overpriced MAC? Look at the specs of it and tell me that you can't get a far superior spec'd PC for this...

[COLOR="#efefef"]And yes, I am fishing... : - )[/COLOR]



its the architecture of the OS X that makes a MAC different to a PC, to get your PC clocking the same speed of this machine you would have to multiply the above spec by 3 in a PC.

SO in effect your PC would need to be 6gb of ram, 6.6 processor speed and 1.5gb graphics card...

then you might be near to this in PC terms.

But with a MAC you dont need virus or spyware protection, and no need for TECHGUYS from PC World!!!
#35
darrenwooly
its the architecture of the OS X that makes a MAC different to a PC, to get your PC clocking the same speed of this machine you would have to multiply the above spec by 3 in a PC.

SO in effect your PC would need to be 6gb of ram, 6.6 processor speed and 1.5gb graphics card...

then you might be near to this in PC terms.

But with a MAC you dont need virus or spyware protection, and no need for TECHGUYS from PC World!!!


True up to a point.

In my opinion, OSX is a better operating system than any of the Windows variants, being more stable and less glitchy.

However, I don't consider the OSX operating system and internal architecture required to run it, worth the additional expence.

There have been a number of deals lately on this site for PC laptops with intel core 2 duo's above 2GHz, 3gb ram, 250gb hard drives, webcams, ok ish graphics cards, dvd writers etc etc, for less than £500.

So when I ask myself if I'd be prepared to pay an extra £300-400 for a Macbook running OSX, I find myself answering - No.

I also find it annoying how Apple tries to add perceived value to it's products. Why for example, would I want an LED display in preference to what was used previously. The new display, from what I've seen, is no better than the previous Macbooks. And so what, if it now uses a unibody enclosure. I tend to look after the tech I buy, so extra strength isn't really something that I feel the need to pay lots of extra money for. They've put a half decent graphics card in the new model. Why ? I seriously doubt that the majority of people in the market to buy Apple laptops, will be all that interested in playing games on it.

As I said, I'd rather have OSX over Windows, but I'm not prepared to pay another £300-400 for the extra froth that Apple seem to think I need.

With the £300-£400 you'd save buying a similar specced PC laptop, you could buy a PS3/Xbox for your gaming needs.

Sorry. Rant over.
#36
So what in MacOS stops you from running it on a PC with the same specs - ie
* 2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
* 160 Gb Hard Disk Capacity
* 2GB Memory
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

There must be quite a few of those around - or does it use specific BIOS
mods or require particular motherboards and chipsets?
#37
skinrush
As I said, I'd rather have OSX over Windows, but I'm not prepared to pay another £300-400 for the extra froth that Apple seem to think I need.


So why not Linux and avoid the expense of both?
#38
barnabycat
Anyone thinking of buying a Mac should be forced to READ THIS before parting with any of there hard earned cash

:p :-D

That article is nonsense really isn't it? One man's opinion. After writing an article condescendingly trying tell the reader what advertising is and how MAC personified should have one less arm and PC would batter him he then says purchasing doesn't portray your personality - the basis of his article? I'm neither MAC nor PC loyal and I read the Guardian. Plus, any article that has:

This week: Charlie watched some episodes of Larry Sanders (on his PC). He played the customised Fawlty Towers map for Counterstrike (on his PC). He listened to the Windows startup jingle every 10 minutes as his PC repeatedly rebooted itself.

tells me this is a man I have nothing in common with and although I'm not entirely pro Apple I have no reason to agree with his patronising opinion - please don't explain Apple's advertising to us like we're children.

This sites about deals not what products we prefer.

This is a good deal!
#39
Spod
So what in MacOS stops you from running it on a PC with the same specs - ie
* 2.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
* 160 Gb Hard Disk Capacity
* 2GB Memory
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

There must be quite a few of those around - or does it use specific BIOS
mods or require particular motherboards and chipsets?


I think it's the BIOS specifically, though there are hacks that have successfully moddified pc's to run OSX. I'm not interested in going down that route though. Seems more trouble than its worth.

I'm not a big fan of Linux either. I installed yellow dog Linux on my PS3, and found simple things like installing apps to be hastle. I'm not sure I could live without my itunes library, and I don't have the required knowledge of Linux to be able to get it to run on that platform.
#40
Spod
So why not Linux and avoid the expense of both?


Linux simply isn't ready for the desktop. Even Ubuntu isn't (yes, I have been running every Ubuntu version since Warty Warthog). It would be if really all you want to do is surf the web and e-mail. But when it comes to gaming or synching music with Ipod/Iphone etc., you're snookered.

Also a LOT of other fancy apps require you to configure things using the command line which may be alright for you and me but for 95% of users this is simply not an option.

Best of both would be to build your own Hackintosh machine (running Mac OS X on a PC) from which I'm posting this now. Of course even that isn't feasible for a lot of people as it isn't called a hackintosh for nothing.

Agreed with the general sentiment though that Apple's Macintosh hardware is simply way overpriced. They could gain so much market share by lowering their prices a fair bit. But I don't think they are after market share per se. It would ruin the bubble of the elitist jerks who love stroking their shiny Apple Macs rather than actually working on it and they wouldn't feel special anymore if just any Joe Average could buy a Macbook instead of a Dell lappy for the same price.

*gets off soap box* :roll:

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