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taxboy4
08-07-2012, 09:48 AM
I am not a Mac fan but my wife loves them, ESP for the photo apps etc. her current one is way slow.

Can I have some suggestions about a good replacement model please?

Thanks

Nick G
08-07-2012, 10:14 AM
Retina Display MacBook Pro when it arrives?

plod
08-07-2012, 10:28 AM
What ya budget

taxboy4
08-07-2012, 10:42 AM
$1400?

plod
08-07-2012, 10:50 AM
Then I would say your wife isn't getting a new one, try looking on the refurb section of the apple store

taxboy4
08-07-2012, 10:56 AM
Yep, just looking at dick smith now! Bloody hell!

plod
08-07-2012, 11:46 AM
Why not a iMac instead of laptop?

Nick G
08-07-2012, 12:49 PM
No retina display MacBook Pro for you then :p

icow
08-07-2012, 01:27 PM
2nd hand mba? I recall the standard macbooks were down to $1300 before they stopped selling them to the public.

The Error Guy
08-07-2012, 02:24 PM
I think the retina display on a laptop is a joke, being apple they could have made a power efficient and better colour/quality display much easier than this hyped up retina display.

Try 2nd hand or force her onto windows7/8 or even format/reinstall her mac. She might find that makes it a bit more acceptable.

Nick G
08-07-2012, 02:26 PM
I think the retina display on a laptop is a joke, being apple they could have made a power efficient and better colour/quality display much easier than this hyped up bollocks of a retina display
Maybe, but nothing gets as hyped as a retina display. Anyway, I'd always like more pixels on my screen.

Slankydudl
09-07-2012, 10:12 PM
I dont own one i played around with one in the shop and it is awesome too look at and it isnt exactly under specd.

fred_fish
09-07-2012, 10:16 PM
No optical drive & no ethernet port either, and a miserly HDD to boot.
Just keep looking at that screen and open your wallet sir ... :lol:

Slankydudl
09-07-2012, 11:27 PM
1. Most consumers dont use optical drives

2. Ethernet... What is this ethernet you speak of?

3. Macs are made for people with money, If i had the money there is no way i would not buy a apple laptop. And thats what it comes down to.

fred_fish
09-07-2012, 11:45 PM
Of course ... "Less is More!"
It was bollocks the first time around too.

Macs are made to part people from their money for the highest profit margin possible.
Work harder and save your pennies and you too could be gazed upon in admiration by the Appleless masses, as you swish and gleam and purchase from the AppStore.

They are less compatible than Linux, cost more than Windows, do less than either and have a growing malware problem too.

But they are just so shiny!

goodiesguy
10-07-2012, 06:26 AM
Get a Windows 7 based laptop, makes life easier.

Slankydudl
10-07-2012, 08:47 AM
Well they are better laptops than most windows based ones jut very expensive. It will easily last you 7 years aslong as you dont totally munt it. For the laptop i use is a macbook pro g4 because i only need word processing on my laptop and those things just dont die.

icow
10-07-2012, 10:19 AM
OP asks for a Mac laptop.

Multiple users suggest windows ones.

*facepalm*

pcuser42
10-07-2012, 10:43 AM
OP asks for a Mac laptop.

Multiple users suggest windows ones.

*facepalm*

And people say I'm biased :rolleyes:

Slankydudl
10-07-2012, 11:08 AM
They are made for two different consumers. I would go for a baseline macbook air, they are plenty powerful with the new ivy bridge 4000 graphics and are exactly on your price range.

icow
10-07-2012, 11:22 AM
And people say I'm biased :rolleyes:

I have no problem with people suggesting windows laptops if they can actually explain why they would be better and the OP says "Oh ok" or "I'll consider them" or whatever. Until then people should probably stick to answering the question dont you think? It also doesn't help that the people who are saying stuff like



Get a Windows 7 based laptop, makes life easier.


Probably haven't even used a latest generation Mac for more than about 1 minute. Surely if the OP is asking for advice purchasing a Mac only people who currently own and use macs, deal with them on a regular basis or can genuinely say they have an extensive knowledge about them should be answering the question instead of people who are going to be ignorant haters?


@OP: You're only getting this crap in your thread because you asked a question about purchasing a Mac on a heavily Windows/PC biased forum, which also happens to be largely Android > iOS as well.

Turns out you can get a new macbook air inside your budget as well: http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/apple/laptops/auction-492337634.htm

Slankydudl
10-07-2012, 01:17 PM
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Slankydudl
10-07-2012, 01:21 PM
For that price difference you might as well buy straight from apple. People dont seem to understand that an apple laptop will perform just as good as a windows one until you get to gamin laptops while looking better and being expensive. Thus there is no advantage in buying a windows laptop or a apple laptop if you have the money, this it comes down to personal preference and thus is an unwinable argument. Thus thus thus.

tmrafi
10-07-2012, 02:15 PM
This Macbook Pro from Dick Smith (http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XA1106/apple-macbook-pro-13-quot-2-5ghz) is a good buy and comes with core i5CPU, 4GB RAM, ODD, 720p HD Webcam, 500GB Harddisk, Thunderbolt, usb3.0 and firewire 800, wired and wireless networking, IPS LCD Display, and costs only $1899
A Windows laptop with comparable hardware will cost as much, so dont bother with Windows laptops. And 99% of the Windows laptops come with TN LCD Display which is inferior technology to IPS monitors. TN Panel has a hardware limitation of 256K colours where as IPS can display 16M colours, no wonder the same photo looks better on an Apple.

Costwise and performance wise, IPS > SPVA > TN

Nick G
10-07-2012, 02:20 PM
This Macbook Pro from Dick Smith (http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XA1106/apple-macbook-pro-13-quot-2-5ghz) is a good buy and comes with core i5CPU, 4GB RAM, ODD, 720p HD Webcam, 500GB Harddisk, Thunderbolt, usb3.0 and firewire 800, wired and wireless networking, IPS LCD Display, and costs only $1899
A Windows laptop with comparable hardware will cost as much, so dont bother with Windows laptops. And 99% of the Windows laptops come with TN LCD Display which is inferior technology to IPS monitors. TN Panel has a hardware limitation of 256K colours where as IPS can display 16M colours, no wonder the same photo looks better on an Apple.


Costwise and performance wise, IPS > SPVA > TN

Wrong, if it was running windows it could be had for 600-700 cheaper.

icow
10-07-2012, 03:24 PM
Wrong, if it was running windows it could be had for 600-700 cheaper.

I looked for one and I only found 1 laptop which was $700 cheaper than the Macbook Pro (Which can actually be purchased for $1749) which half a Kg more than the MacBook and the laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad Edge) is quite large. The Thinkpad Edge also just appears to be a straight upgrade to the 3rd gen cpu's from the 2nd gen e.g. basically the same computer as the last one. Therefore I can safely say that the build quality of the Lenovo is inferior. All the other laptops of the same specification were only $300-$400 cheaper and were HP, I wouldn't recommend them.

Nick G
11-07-2012, 11:11 AM
This? (http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC8189/asus-15-6-quot-k53sd-sx504v-notebook)
Yup, I know its only sandy bridge, but still....

icow
11-07-2012, 11:30 AM
This? (http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC8189/asus-15-6-quot-k53sd-sx504v-notebook)
Yup, I know its only sandy bridge, but still....


Wrong, if it was running windows it could be had for 600-700 cheaper.

That's not what you claimed is it?

Whats the point in comparing if they aren't at equivalent specs? The price on Ivy Bridge laptops is currently stupidly high.

As a side note that Asus laptop is good value if you arent going to do anything involving a graphics card ever. The 610m is crap (it gets beaten by the HD 4000). An i7-2670m is probably overkill then.

For the sake of comparison,

Pro's for the Asus:
Better CPU
Cheaper

Pro's for the Macbook:
Better graphics (card)
Better battery life (because it doesn't have any of the following: an i7, a dedicated graphics card or a quad core)

I'm also going to say because of the i7, quad core and dedicated graphics card the Macbook (despite being metal) will run cooler and quieter. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Nick G
11-07-2012, 12:01 PM
I've seen on dick smith an ASUS core i5/ i7 3rd gen for around $1300. I'll try to find the exact model to clear up the details.

Slankydudl
11-07-2012, 12:39 PM
Nick G, The point of this thread is to suggest a good APPLE laptop that is within the price range of the OP.

Nick G
11-07-2012, 01:03 PM
Nick G, The point of this thread is to suggest a good APPLE laptop that is within the price range of the OP.
Ok, so I got a *little* sidetracked.

The 13 inch mac air maybe? (http://pricespy.co.nz/category.php?l=s90031442)

icow
11-07-2012, 01:09 PM
Turns out you can get a new macbook air inside your budget as well: http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/a...-492337634.htm

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notechyet
11-07-2012, 05:57 PM
If i had the money there is no way i would not buy a apple laptop. And that's what it comes down to.
And, is it not all about image? It just needs to look smart, what some people think is smart. Good marketing I must say. Still have a MBP, which I bought on recommendation some years ago. Honestly a MBP would have to be cheaper than any of the other (windows based)good quality models before I would buy again.:2cents:

Slankydudl
11-07-2012, 06:43 PM
You sure about that? The specs on recent mac laptops are preety good, far too good for just a work computer.

notechyet
11-07-2012, 08:14 PM
You sure about that? My MBP is 2008.

icow
11-07-2012, 09:07 PM
2.4ghz Core 2 Duo and 8600GT graphics. I really dont see why you would complain, unless you paid $2500+