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#45912 - 08/02/17 07:48 PM Looking for recommendations on a new laptop
courtcook Offline


Registered: 06/04/17
Hi all,

I am hoping to hear some suggestions re: which Apple laptop I should consider buying. I have been an Apple user since my dad bought the first Mac in 1984, but when my MacBook crapped out a few months ago I thought maybe I would save a few bucks and buy a PC. The basis for this decision was that I only need a laptop for occasional browsing, and mostly for photo and music storage. It was the WORST DECISION EVER! I don't know how to use a PC and they are not user friendly at all. With a toddler and an infant at home I don't have the time to figure it all out. The laptop is ridiculously slow (my 9 year old MacBook was faster), and it is beyond frustrating every time I have to use it.

So enough with my rant... I would like a laptop for my iTunes library, my million and one photos of my kids, and for occasional browsing. I THINK I am currently using about 110GB of storage (but since I am not familiar at all with the PC, I could be looking in the wrong place for that information). A couple of things I've found are a nuisance with the current laptop (therefore I suppose are somewhat important to me) are poor battery life and screen resolution.

Thoughts?

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#45913 - 08/02/17 10:37 PM Re: Looking for recommendations on a new laptop [Re: courtcook]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
As described, your needs don't cry out for any particular Mac (although your processing speed preference could narrow down your options), so I'll suggest that you first compare MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro specs at the Apple Store (on-line), and then, if possible, visit an Apple Store for some hands & eyes-on input. (As nice as they look on-screen, they're waaay nicer in person.)

And as for purchasing your new Mac, some, if not many, of us at FTM are partial to the Apple Refurb Store, where you can get new and recently discontinued model Macs - all of which come with Apple's standard 1 year warrantee and are eligible for extended AppleCare/AppleCare+ - for a discounted, possibly significantly, price; I've used the source more than once and not been disappointed.

(I'm running a Mid 2015 Retina MacBook Pro, and both battery life and screen resolution are outstanding!!! cool )
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#45914 - 08/03/17 06:54 AM Re: Looking for recommendations on a new laptop [Re: artie505]
joemikeb Online
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
The MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or even a 12” iPad Pro would all fill your needs easily. I would opt for a minimum of 256 GB storage (disk capacity). Like Artie I would have no hesitation buying a factory refurbished machine.
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#45916 - 08/03/17 08:56 AM Re: Looking for recommendations on a new laptop [Re: joemikeb]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
You got me curious as to how Small Dog and Apple compare price-wise, and I found that the exact same factory, i.e. Apple, refurbished model costs $9.01 less from them than from Apple, but by comparison, they've got a minuscule selection.
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#45922 - 08/04/17 04:43 AM Re: Looking for recommendations on a new laptop [Re: artie505]
Virtual1 Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Small Dog, OWC (MacSales), Mac Mall, 18004memory, B&H Photo, and Mac of All Trades are my favorite 3rd party Macintosh suppliers.
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#45926 - 08/04/17 08:09 AM Re: Looking for recommendations on a new laptop [Re: Virtual1]
courtcook Offline


Registered: 06/04/17
Thanks for the input everyone. I have been watching the refurb site, thinking maybe I'll go with the MacBook Air, just hoping for a restock (on the Canadian site). smile

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#45929 - 08/04/17 01:10 PM Re: Looking for recommendations on a new laptop [Re: courtcook]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: courtcook
I have been watching the refurb site, thinking maybe I'll go with the MacBook Air, just hoping for a restock (on the Canadian site). smile

I can't speak for Macs other than those I"ve followed, but I've learned that patience is a virtue in the American Refurb Store.

If the Mac you prefer is a current model, the specs you prefer will come up sooner or later...provided that they're not too far off the wall.
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