Former PC User Needs Purchasing Advice

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
I have been using an IBM laptop furnished by my boss for the past year. I am giving him back this laptop tomorrow as I have since moved on to a different job.



I want to purchase a Macintosh laptop ASAP because I really need one to pass time at work. I would only really use it for the internet, photos, and word programs, so I don't need a super speed machine. I could go with a new or used model, but I'd probably have to take out a loan to be able to afford either right now.



I would like to get advice on the following:



1) Best places to purchase a laptop. Someplace where you can get a deal and/or help with financing would be nice.



2) The best type of laptop for my situation. Take into account that I don't need all the bells and whistles, just something that can run the internet on a wireless card well.



Any advice would be much appreciated!!
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  • Reply 1 of 24
    jvbjvb Posts: 210member
    I would highly recommend taking a look at the MacBook line of laptops. They fit exactly to your needs and are the cheapest laptops that Apple sells. Since you are like me and on a tight budget, you might also be interested in looking at the refurbished page at the Apple Store. Here is a link:



    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...m=CertifiedMac



    Other options include the Amazon Apple store and MacMall. Every once and awhile they can have some pretty good deals. If you can watch it closely, the refurbished products page has some good deals, but they sell fairly quickly!



    Is Ebay an option for you?



    And definitely go with a MacBook. Good luck with your decisions!
  • Reply 2 of 24
    I would only really use it for the internet, photos, and word programs, so I don't need a super speed machine. I could go with a new or used model,







    internet and Word user eh? youre not going to like the fact that you wont be able to download 50% of the porn out there on a Mac
  • Reply 3 of 24
    jvbjvb Posts: 210member
    I think he'll survive, fatcatdj.
  • Reply 4 of 24
    Thanks for the advice JVB. I will look at those sites and see if I can find anything.



    And I will be using this computer at work 100% of the time, so I don't think I'll be looking for porn.
  • Reply 5 of 24
    sunilramansunilraman Posts: 8,133member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Listless Savant View Post


    ...I have since moved on to a different job.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Listless Savant View Post


    ... I really need (a Mac) to pass time at work. I would only really use it for the internet, photos, and word programs, so I don't need a super speed machine



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Listless Savant View Post


    ... I could go with a new or used model, but I'd probably have to take out a loan to be able to afford either right now....Someplace where you can get a deal and/or help with financing would be nice.



    Umm... I don't want to make fun of your financial situation, because I am 28 and have been living off my parents/ government for the past 2 years.



    But umm, re-read those three quotes above, and umm... something not right, no?



    Don't turn into a Mac hippie. It's relaxing and cool and what not, but probably not where you need to be at. Trust me, I've been there.



    Get a good paying job, get one of the latest MacBooks and run Windows(Parallels) and Mac OSX.4 on financing, and get back in the flow, Mac professional style... not Mac hippie. 8)
  • Reply 6 of 24
    If you want something cheap just to do simple stuff on, why not get an iBook G4? They run at about $500-$600 on eBay, in pretty good condition. PowerPC, but they are fast enough for web/word processing. Much cheaper than a MacBook.
  • Reply 7 of 24
    bacillusbacillus Posts: 313member
    Don't know if they are still out in thw wild....but a few weeks ago there was screaming deals on new MacBookPros with the 'old' Core Duo's.



    MacMall had 17 inch MBP with all the fixin's for 1900$
  • Reply 8 of 24
    and I will be using this computer at work 100% of the time, so I don't think I'll be looking for porn.

    oh hell no, you'll be surfing porn when you get home and yous gonna be disappointed when most of them damn no good Win Player movies dont work none
  • Reply 9 of 24
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by fatcatdj View Post


    and I will be using this computer at work 100% of the time, so I don't think I'll be looking for porn.

    oh hell no, you'll be surfing porn when you get home and yous gonna be disappointed when most of them damn no good Win Player movies dont work none



    Why do you come onto every single thread and bitch about porn?
  • Reply 10 of 24
    smaxsmax Posts: 360member
    He's bitter beacause he doesn't get any action.
  • Reply 11 of 24
    jvbjvb Posts: 210member
    Yeah, there is talk of porn on multiple threads. That's sad that it's all started by the same guy...
  • Reply 12 of 24
    Pretty desperate.
  • Reply 13 of 24
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,179moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by turnwrite View Post


    Pretty desperate.



    and inaccurate given that windows media plays on the mac anyway and 50% is way off.



    Anyway, in this situation, I'd seriously think about the powerbook G4 but it really depends on how serious the work is. For your average email checking etc and no requirement for say video encoding then the powerbook is ok.



    The Macbook is good because it has two processors (is really 4-5x faster than a G4), magnetic cord and Intel-based (so you can run Windows if needed).

    The powerbook is good because it has a nice silver case and the best keyboard Apple has ever designed, though the MB keyboard is also nice. It also has a matte screen, which I prefer to the glossy MB screen.

    The ibook G4 is good because it is cheap but the build quality is not that great.
  • Reply 14 of 24
    Yeah PowerBook, or iBook like I said. But either way, I think PowerPC is the better choice here.
  • Reply 15 of 24
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smax View Post


    He's bitter beacause he doesn't get any action.



    you my friend are always on the computer so when do u get any action? nerdvana
  • Reply 16 of 24
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by fatcatdj View Post


    you my friend are always on the computer so when do u get any action? nerdvana



    Don't you realise that you're constantly and repeatedly talking about the same thing over and over again?



    This is getting REALLY annoying! Get professional help for your problem and please stop spamming the forums here with your annoying crap.
  • Reply 17 of 24
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gwoodpecker View Post


    Don't you realise that you're constantly and repeatedly talking about the same thing over and over again?



    This is getting REALLY annoying! Get professional help for your problem and please stop spamming the forums here with your annoying crap.



    shut up you child...and we dont have free medical help here either, so are you gonna pay for my therapy? Of course our taxes arent as high as yours either you freak-a-zoid
  • Reply 18 of 24
    smaxsmax Posts: 360member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by fatcatdj View Post


    shut up you child...and we dont have free medical help here either, so are you gonna pay for my therapy? Of course our taxes arent as high as yours either you freak-a-zoid



    Now that's just uncalled for.
  • Reply 19 of 24
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smax View Post


    Now that's just uncalled for.



    I know, buts its true....no national medical plan here. If you injure yourself, you go straight to a county hospital, sit and wait with the non insured (they smell and look great) fill out a form stating no insurance, how much you make, etc. And 5 hours later an Intern will see you.
  • Reply 20 of 24
    Basically, fatcatdj just likes to talk about porn/sex all the time. Then, when people get tired of his stupid comments, he insults them. I have to question his value as a person.
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