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Apple haz a deal right now... Macbook for $950 plus a free iPod Touch (which I'll sell on eBay for $175) and $100 off a printer. After all the taxes and rebates, I should have the laptop and a printer for about $880.

I can't believe S2H is actually going to get a Mac!
 

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*Buy a qualifying Mac and iPod with Apple education pricing from May 25, 2010, through September 7, 2010, and receive an online rebate up to $199. 8GB iPod touch is second generation.

So you get to help Apple clear out their warehouse. That's really nice of you. They could use the space to hold all those new third generation models. And then you can try to sell it for $175 on Ebay like the other 500 people who thought of doing the same thing.
 

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The student deal is easy. Just find anyone who attends a community college. As a student you are allowed 1 desktop and one laptop annually if they actually checked. Now if one was 100% honest this would be a lie and unthinkable of course. But most of us are willing to stick to the big corporation so we will be on this like white on rice. So congratulations on the new Mac S2H!
 

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mohair_chair said:
*Buy a qualifying Mac and iPod with Apple education pricing from May 25, 2010, through September 7, 2010, and receive an online rebate up to $199. 8GB iPod touch is second generation.

So you get to help Apple clear out their warehouse. That's really nice of you. They could use the space to hold all those new third generation models. And then you can try to sell it for $175 on Ebay like the other 500 people who thought of doing the same thing.
All 8 gig models are second generation Touches. That's what they currently sell in the Apple stores. The larger Touches are third gen.

The 8 gig Touches do sell for $175 or so on eBay. If I price it at $160 I'll sell for sure.
 

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That's a good deal, but I like the 13" MacBook Pro (not that much more expensive) lots more than the MacBook.

Gotta luv the solid CNC'd aluminum construction. I think the screen's considerably better too.
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That's a good deal, but I like the 13" MacBook Pro (not that much more expensive) lots more than the MacBook.

Gotta luv the solid CNC'd aluminum construction. I think the screen's considerably better too.
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Comparing the cheapest Macbook Pro to the regular Macbook, I don't know if there's anything really worth an extra $150.
 

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SystemShock said:
That's a good deal, but I like the 13" MacBook Pro (not that much more expensive) lots more than the MacBook.

Gotta luv the solid CNC'd aluminum construction. I think the screen's considerably better too.
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The only difference between a MB and the bottom-level 13" MBP is the case and the fact that the MBP has a Firewire plug and SD card slot. Screen, processor, etc. all the same. Oh, except the MBP cost $200 more.
 

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The only difference between a MB and the bottom-level 13" MBP is the case and the fact that the MBP has a Firewire plug and SD card slot. Screen, processor, etc. all the same. Oh, except the MBP cost $200 more.
I doubt the screen's the same. Even if the screen specs are similar (i.e. they're both 1280x800), there's a quality difference... my gf has a MacBook, I have an MB Pro, and the diff is fairly dramatic and easy to notice.

Of course, both our laptops are a generation back, so things may've changed. But I sorta doubt it.


/ Also the MB Pro comes with 4GB of RAM, to the MB's 2GB, but that's not an expensive fix if you do it yourself.
. Apple, though, wants $100 to up it to 4GB. :(
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I doubt the screen's the same. Even if the screen specs are similar (i.e. they're both 1280x800), there's a quality difference... my gf has a MacBook, I have an MB Pro, and the diff is fairly dramatic and easy to notice.

Of course, both our laptops are a generation back, so things may've changed. But I sorta doubt it.


/ Also the MB Pro comes with 4GB of RAM, to the MB's 2GB, but that's not an expensive fix if you do it yourself.
. Apple, though, wants $100 to up it to 4GB. :(
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The real difference in memory is that the Pro can go up to 8 gigs while the Macbook only goes to 4.
 

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The real difference in memory is that the Pro can go up to 8 gigs while the Macbook only goes to 4.
If you're into graphics programs and major vid editing, yah, that could be big.

/ hmm, I wonders if that could also be good for stuff like Parallels, where you're running more than one OS at a time...
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Scotty2Hotty said:
The real difference in memory is that the Pro can go up to 8 gigs while the Macbook only goes to 4.
Unless you're running Adobe CS or AutoDesk apps-the only reason you should care if you have more than 4GB of RAM is if you are VMing.

If you don't know what the above means-then you probably do not need more than 4GB of RAM.
 

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SystemShock said:
If you're into graphics programs and major vid editing, yah, that could be big.

/ hmm, I wonders if that could also be good for stuff like Parallels, where you're running more than one OS at a time...
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If you're seriously into any of the above, you're better off buying a tower-where you'll have a much bigger monitor or two, FAR more computing power for the dollar, and NO worries about heat/power usage.
 

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If you're seriously into any of the above, you're better off buying a tower-where you'll have a much bigger monitor or two, FAR more computing power for the dollar, and NO worries about heat/power usage.
Sure, towers are great. But a lot of us like our computers portable/mobile these days. Desktop vs laptop sales figures bear this out.

Also, you can still have the big monitor at home, which you can hook your laptop to.
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i want the OSX, but i don't want to spend the crazy money on an Apple tower. maybe it's time to resurrect my osx86 plans.
 

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Sure, towers are great. But a lot of us like our computers portable/mobile these days.
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Portable is great. But use the best tool for the job. I can't stand doing image editing, a la photoshop, on a laptop monitor/trackpad. To do the job adequately performance wise, you need to buy stupid-expensive hardware-that is obsolete the day you buy it...and cannot be upgraded, for when Adobe ups the needs of their wares.

USB3 and OpenGL4.1 and DX11 have all just hit the shelves. Guess what? The current MBP line supports NONE of these new technologies that will become standard fare in the very near future. You gots a desktop, then adding these is as hard as plugging in an expansion card.

Or you can buy/build a mid-range tower, and a low-end laptop. Get the benefits of both for less money.
 

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i want the OSX, but i don't want to spend the crazy money on an Apple tower. maybe it's time to resurrect my osx86 plans.

I've thought about it, but I don't see the point. Especially for GNU/Linux OS geeks, hardware support is better under Linux than Hackintosh by far.

Unless you have very specific hardware, be prepared for lots of unsupported problems.
 

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Marc said:
Portable is great. But use the best tool for the job. I can't stand doing image editing, a la photoshop, on a laptop monitor/trackpad. To do the job adequately performance wise, you need to buy stupid-expensive hardware-that is obsolete the day you buy it...and cannot be upgraded, for when Adobe ups the needs of their wares.
And yet, plenty of ppl do image editing on laptops. Go figure.

I also wouldn't worry about Adobe too much (my cousin works there btw)... ppl have stopped buying every new Creative Suite release like clockwork. They've become a bit like Microsoft in that regard, more and more ppl are upgrading only if the new release is especially compelling.
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