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Poll Results: What should I do?

 
  • 41% (7)
    Buy MacBook now
  • 17% (3)
    Buy MacBook Pro now
  • 17% (3)
    Buy MacBook in the fall
  • 23% (4)
    Buy MacBook Pro in the fall
17 Total Votes  
post #1 of 40
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**Mods: I posted this same thread in the off-topic section, forgetting that there was a laptops section. You may delete the duplicate thread at your leisure **

I am going to Drexel University on September 20th (yay!), and I plan to buy ether a MacBook or a MacBook Pro to use for my studies. However, here is my dilemma: Do I buy a MacBook and keep my desktop for gaming, or do I sell my desktop and buy a MacBook Pro?

On the one hand, the MacBook Pro is faster, has DX10, has nicer features then the MacBook, and wouldn't require me to juggle two computers. On the other hand, the MacBook is smaller and lighter (always good for carrying around campus), and its almost half the price.

There is also another facet to my problem: Do I buy the MacBook (Pro) now (well, as soon as I get the money), or do I wait until Leopard comes out in October? If I wait until October I stand a good chance of getting a newer version, hardware-wise, prices may well be lower, and it would come pre-loaded with Leaped ().

However, I have heard that it is never a good idea to buy an Apple product right after it is released (much the same as its not good to buy Windows right after it comes out).

Also, that would require that I use my PC for the first month of college and then try to switch everything over to the Mac in the middle of classes. By buying it now, I would have several months to get used to the Mac before I leave.

What do you think?
post #2 of 40
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Originally Posted by SoaDMTGguy View Post
**Mods: I posted this same thread in the off-topic section, forgetting that there was a laptops section. You may delete the duplicate thread at your leisure **

I am going to Drexel University on September 20th (yay!), and I plan to buy ether a MacBook or a MacBook Pro to use for my studies. However, here is my dilemma: Do I buy a MacBook and keep my desktop for gaming, or do I sell my desktop and buy a MacBook Pro?

On the one hand, the MacBook Pro is faster, has DX10, has nicer features then the MacBook, and wouldn't require me to juggle two computers. On the other hand, the MacBook is smaller and lighter (always good for carrying around campus), and its almost half the price.

There is also another facet to my problem: Do I buy the MacBook (Pro) now (well, as soon as I get the money), or do I wait until Leopard comes out in October? If I wait until October I stand a good chance of getting a newer version, hardware-wise, prices may well be lower, and it would come pre-loaded with Leaped ().

However, I have heard that it is never a good idea to buy an Apple product right after it is released (much the same as its not good to buy Windows right after it comes out).

Also, that would require that I use my PC for the first month of college and then try to switch everything over to the Mac in the middle of classes. By buying it now, I would have several months to get used to the Mac before I leave.

What do you think?
I voted for purchasing a Macbook. Since you already have a gaming desktop, you might as well just use the Macbook for school. But if you want to game on the Macbook and your not much of a hardcore gamer, you should be able to do some light gaming. I've seen people run CS1.6, HL2, CS:S, WoW, & other games on the Macbook, just dont expect the best performance with Intel's GMA 950.

If I were you I'd get a Macbook now so you can get a student discount with a free iPod and printer after the rebates. Just present your student ID card at the Apple store when you purchase your notebook.

It's generally never a good idea to purchase anything thats new to the market. Take for example the Macbook, it came out last year and a lot of people had problems with the Macbook but after its third revision (rev.c), Apple worked out all the bugs.

I was thinking about waiting for Apple to get Montevina and Penryn refreshes but I learned from other peoples mistakes to never purchase a rev. a model.
post #3 of 40
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Originally Posted by Steve-0 View Post
I voted for purchasing a Macbook. Since you already have a gaming desktop, you might as well just use the Macbook for school. But if you want to game on the Macbook and your not much of a hardcore gamer, you should be able to do some light gaming. I've seen people run CS1.6, HL2, CS:S, WoW, & other games on the Macbook, just dont expect the best performance with Intel's GMA 950.

If I were you I'd get a Macbook now so you can get a student discount with a free iPod and printer after the rebates. Just present your student ID card at the Apple store when you purchase your notebook.

It's generally never a good idea to purchase anything thats new to the market. Take for example the Macbook, it came out last year and a lot of people had problems with the Macbook but after its third revision (rev.c), Apple worked out all the bugs.

I was thinking about waiting for Apple to get Montevina and Penryn refreshes but I learned from other peoples mistakes to never purchase a rev. a model.

Are there any benchmarks showing how the GMA 950 performs?

I must say that i agree with you. I am currently leaning in the direction of getting the MacBook now.
post #4 of 40
Heres a review of the Macbook: http://creativemac.digitalmedianet.c...e.jsp?id=45698
If you scrolled down to middle of the page there will be links to five benchmarks tests.
post #5 of 40
i have a friend that had the exact situation u are in. he goes to drexel, and decided to bring his pc for gaming and buy a macbook. thats what id do, in any case. u might get a discount too for being a student, but im not sure.
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post #8 of 40
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Originally Posted by gwidion View Post
i have a friend that had the exact situation u are in. he goes to drexel, and decided to bring his pc for gaming and buy a macbook. thats what id do, in any case. u might get a discount too for being a student, but im not sure.
Dam, thats crazy! Is he a freshman? Whats his name, I'll look him up!

Also, is he buying one this summer, or is he waiting till the fall?
post #9 of 40
none..dont go with mac...get a satellite a200 with vista ...best think i ever got ....
    
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Theres no option for (dont buy mac cuz they are overpriced)
    
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