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Thinking of getting a new mac

Discussion in 'Gadgets and Gizmos' started by Mari, Aug 10, 2009.

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    while in Orlando next month...

    It has to be a laptop... and I dont even know whats out there since its been ages since we bought one (have an emac bought in '05)

    So.. which one would you suggest? it will be mostly used to keep our pics, download music and be our primary itunes library and for internet...

    I dont want to spend too much, then again I have no idea what they cost right now, so havent figured out a budget.

    oh!! also.. where would you buy such apple thingy in Orlando??

    Thanks guys!!
     
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    Can't help with Mac spec. But there is a big Apple shop in the Florida Mall.
     
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    me too! decideded to get a desktop rather than a mac book and that's as far as it goes at the moment. I;m hoping that if i'm a good girl Santa will be kind to me:tongue:
     
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    ooo how exciting!

    There are two easily accessible Apple stores, both with same pricing. One in the Florida mall and one in the Mall at Millenia. Doesn't really matter which you go to, they're very similar.

    In terms of which to get well the least expensive is the macbook and it will easily cope with everything you've mentioned and then some :yes: Depending when you're there, you may find buying later in the month it comes with the brand new macosx snow leopard whereas earlier you'll have to upgrade (but you'll get a voucher to upgrade very cheaply for a few dollars so it's not a huge deal).

    Other than that don't get pulled too much into walking up the spec ladder, the base level macbook will do you :) (although the new 13" macbook pro is rather nice ;)
     
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    You can also get Mac laptops in Best Buy. You need to know exactly what you want though, as they are not the most helpful place to make a fact filled decision.

    We like Millenia Mall Apple as it's closer to our home, but I think Keith prefers the one in Florida Mall, don't you Keith? :unsure:
     
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    *marginally* yes but I could be biased because I prefer the florida mall to the mall at millenia. In terms of Apple stores they're very very similar and I wouldnt have a problem going to either to buy a laptop.

    Im not a huge fan of bestbuy for macs I must admit. I'd GO THERE if they had a specific offer or something but otherwise I'd stick to the apple store
     
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    Good info on Best Buy. May I ask why? We don't go there often, but have looked at the Mac laptops there... :unsure: And the huge tvs... :D :D
     
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    :yes: I've nothing against best buy at all, actually I always make a point of going there and the one at winter gardens is a little less touristy than the one by the florida mall :D

    However, macs are quite different from pcs and my discussions with the "experts" at best buy have left me cold. Also I've often seen brand new systems at the Apple store a few hours after an update has come out. I've gone to best buy a few days later and they're still shipping the older models at full price current rates :nono:

    Now, if you know exactly what you want, they have it in stock all wrapped up and you check the box to ensure it's the very latest model *OR* they have some kind of deal on, then absolutely great, I'd buy one.

    However all things, price etc., being equal, I think it's better going to the proper apple store. You'll be assured of the very latest kit, the turnover of macs is such that the stock won't have been sitting there. The staff are wholly dedicated to mac which ok, doesn't guarantee that they're all great but gives you a higher probability than at best buy.

    As I say, no huge bias or awful experience, just a feeling.
     
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    Wow!!! Tom or myself didn't even need to say anything and there is another convert... I think we should change Secret's name to

    wdisneybuyanapplemacsecrets.com LOL
     
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    Catchy name, Josh! I rather like it!

    And in case anyone else didn't get the message...

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    You are getting sleeeepppppyyy.... you will buy a Mac.... muwahahaha! :laugh2:

    Tom :)macwave:... at it again!)
     
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    Good advice Keith! It makes sense to me...
     
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    Thank you for the tips!!

    I guess we will be heading to the Apple store in florida Mall.. when does the leopard whatever come out? hahaha

    BTW Toño checked online and he thinks the macbook pro 13" is better than the regular macbook.... Im clueless so.. Im guessing the $500 plus it costs comes with a voucher for a massage at the GF Spa for moi! ... hahahaha
     
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    hahahahaha

    Actually... I believe there is some subliminal apple publicity encripted in the Secrets Mickey .... shhhhh....
     
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    It definitely is a great notebook! That's a really popular one to go for.

    The snow leopard date is still "some time in September" but don't worry too much, even if you get the old version, you'll get the upgrade virtually free and it'll be easy enough to upgrade :yes:
     
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    I have had my macbook for two weeks now and i love it so so much. I would never go back to windows. Its so easy believe me. The Leopard thingy is out September.
     
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    Thanks Keith!

    I wont worry then! :)
     
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    Theres a bit of buzz about august 28th as a launch date but hmm we'll see :)
     
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    Says Keith as he retreats to his lair to install his Golden Master... :muahaha:

    Tom :)macwave:... on the bleeding edge of technology!)
     
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