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    So, after prom and my gcse's i'll have some money (around £1300 give or take 20%) which i intend to spend on an Apple Mac, i'm not into graphics or photography, just need a fast reliable Mac laptop, and i wanted to know which one of the many you guys would recommend.
    Thanks.
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    Buy the new macbook pro they just brought out. The new features on it look like it is much faster than the old models, so perfect for what you need. And you will also have the new Lion OS on it if you wait. With this money I'd recommend buying a 13" model, but maybe upgrading from the basic model.
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    New Macbook Pro gets my vote. If you like apple :rolleyes: ...
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    (Original post by S129439)
    New Macbook Pro gets my vote. If you like apple :rolleyes: ...
    Which one? and any additional features?
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    (Original post by jamespaton)
    I was originally considering the 13", as i've never had a macbook i've not had much experience, which is why i have asked for help
    I kinda' imagined a 13" MBP to be an expensive netbook?
    Some people will argue that the 13" screen is too small but I would disagree. It depends what you use it for and by the sounds of it the 13" will suit you fine if you just use it as an ordinary laptop.

    Yes, any mac is very expensive. But a MBP 13" isn't much more than a white macbook, and in my opinion much better. But above that you are stepping up to 15" and 17" MBP which jump in price enormously. So out of the macbook range I think that a MBP 13" is the best, and it is also within your budget.

    Otherwise, you could look at sony (still very expensive, but less than macs); dell; Hp or Acer. Are you definitely after a mac?
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    (Original post by hammer 24)
    Some people will argue that the 13" screen is too small but I would disagree. It depends what you use it for and by the sounds of it the 13" will suit you fine if you just use it as an ordinary laptop.

    Yes, any mac is very expensive. But a MBP 13" isn't much more than a white macbook, and in my opinion much better. But above that you are stepping up to 15" and 17" MBP which jump in price enormously. So out of the macbook range I think that a MBP 13" is the best, and it is also within your budget.

    Otherwise, you could look at sony (still very expensive, but less than macs); dell; Hp or Acer. Are you definitely after a mac?
    Would you go for the 2.7ghz 13" in that case?
    Indeed, Mac's are definitely for me. Becoming rather sick of the unreliability of windows
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    Entry level 13" MacBook Pro would be the most suitable. Faster than both the white MacBook and the supremely overpriced Air, and capable of taking on more demanding tasks if your needs change.
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    (Original post by jamespaton)
    Would you go for the 2.7ghz 13" in that case?
    Indeed, Mac's are definitely for me. Becoming rather sick of the unreliability of windows
    As a casual user, you wouldn't make use of the extra power the i7 provides. The i5 is more than enough. Don't spend money for the sake of it.
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    (Original post by jamespaton)
    Which one? and any additional features?
    any. I don't care. Just the base model seems to be the best of any mac.
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    (Original post by jamespaton)
    the i5 would save me about £300, which is really rather useful.
    Go with the i5 then [=
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    iMac. It's portable.

    24" of mac-gasm.
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    QUOTE=jamespaton;31031690]Would you go for the 2.7ghz 13" in that case?
    Indeed, Mac's are definitely for me. Becoming rather sick of the unreliability of windows [/QUOTE]

    Go for the i5 then as someone suggested.

    The only other thing you could do is to pay more for the 8GB of memory (if you are buying from apple). This will increase the performance of the laptop allowing you to run more applications at the same time. But then you are talking another £150 on top :eek: As a casual user you will not need this, but still worth considering if you are not buying the i7, but keen to maximise speed.
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    Get a PC.
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    (Original post by Punk Phloyd)
    Get a PC.
    Not a bloody chance.
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    Sounds like you don't even need the pro, just get a good spec macbook.
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    GET A PC.

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    (Original post by jamespaton)
    Yeah, i will be buying from apple as i get a fairly decent discount,
    on the 15" 2.0 ghz would it be worth upgrading for 8gb ram?
    Nooo Nooo Nooo, to put things into perspective go into the task manager and look under performance. Check out your memory usage, I sincerely doubt it ever goes over 3GB.

    In some ways I'd agree with the other dude about just buying a macbook as well. Why do you think you need a macbook pro? What exactly do you use your PC for?
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    I second PC as well...
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    (Original post by jamespaton)
    Go for the i5 then as someone suggested.

    The only other thing you could do is to pay more for the 8GB of memory (if you are buying from apple). This will increase the performance of the laptop allowing you to run more applications at the same time. But then you are talking another £150 on top :eek: As a casual user you will not need this, but still worth considering if you are not buying the i7, but keen to maximise speed.
    Yeah, i will be buying from apple as i get a fairly decent discount,
    on the 15" 2.0 ghz would it be worth upgrading for 8gb ram?[/QUOTE]

    Again, you don't need it. Most casual users will fail to occupy the default 4GB of RAM with programs, unless you're performing a lot of heavy multitasking. In this instance, buy your RAM from crucial.com and fit it yourself. Apple put a huge mark up on RAM, charging £160 for 8GB which can be found for £80 elsewhere. Fitting it yourself is easy enough to do.

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    Sounds like you don't even need the pro, just get a good spec macbook.
    A basic MacBook with 4GB is only about £50 cheaper than the entry level Pro. For that you get a significant jump in processing power, Aluminium unibody, backlit keyboard, a larger hard drive, and more. Well worth the extra expense in my opinion.

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