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Old August 26th, 2013, 10:28 AM
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Apple Laptop Help Please

My daughter is a Jr in college and her laptop maybe is on it's last couple of legs. I'm of no help because I have IT support at work and have not kept up with the times.

Her objective:
1. Keep costs in check
2. Keep with an Apple product for ease of transition now that the semester has started
3. Needs to be able to to take some abuse (while she was home this summer it was on floor or at the foot of her bed more often then on her desk).

Any and all suggestions are welcome and much appreciated.

Many thanks,
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Old August 26th, 2013, 10:29 AM
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Old August 26th, 2013, 10:34 AM
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Go Mac air for 1099$ and get 100$ iTunes gift card for music/movies. I've beat mine up with no issues so far and sold for life.

Edit: to clarify thats $1099 for the 13" 128GB, you could always go 11" for $999 and 100$ gift card promo is till sep 6th for college students.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 10:42 AM
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If they still offer the student discount(s), ensure she uses that. Or if you have any teacher friends, one of my ex-gf's used to get a pretty good teacher's discount at the Apple Stores.
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Old August 26th, 2013, 10:42 AM
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Old August 26th, 2013, 11:05 AM
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Clay- whatever model you choose- be sure to checkout Craigslist. I would normally consider buying a used computer in the same category as used clothes, but the deals that can be had are enticing, and nothing a bottle of 409 can't handle.

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My daughter is a Jr in college and her laptop maybe is on it's last couple of legs. I'm of no help because I have IT support at work and have not kept up with the times.

Her objective:
1. Keep costs in check
2. Keep with an Apple product for ease of transition now that the semester has started
3. Needs to be able to to take some abuse (while she was home this summer it was on floor or at the foot of her bed more often then on her desk).

Any and all suggestions are welcome and much appreciated.

Many thanks,
Clay
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Old August 26th, 2013, 11:22 AM
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Also check out Apple's "refurbished" products on their website. These are new products that were returned for whatever reason and Apple can't sell them as "new" anymore. They get completely re-certified by Apple. They give a decent discount on these and you get a 1 year warranty as well as the option to purchase Apple Care protection. I've bought several refurbished Apple products already. No issues.

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals
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Old August 26th, 2013, 12:10 PM
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Clay,

I have a latest-issue 13" MBA and it's a nice laptop. I use it for development and it's pretty good. For the cost conscious, the 11" MBA is very portable and cheap. Best Buy currently has a promotion for $100 off any macbook with a valid .edu email address.

Downside: It is weaker than anything. For something that will be abused, it will not last long.

The Macbook pro is a much physically tougher machine than an air.
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Do edu discount, you'll get $100 off the 13" ..... I have both 13" & 15" MBP, 15" being 100X better & stronger but much more $$$. The 13 is really enough for kids at school, my son uses one for school. I'm not big fan of air, but really a personal thing. Right now they have 18 months interest free on $999 or more.... can't beat that for a few bucks a month.....
If properly cared for they last many years.
I had original MBP and lasted me 9 yrs & still sold it......
Also recommend getting at same time educational MS Office, good deal & usually needed for school..... for sleuth of other programs PM and I can point you where they are available... wink... wink.....
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Old August 26th, 2013, 12:30 PM
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For durability I would suggest getting a shell to help protect
http://www.speckproducts.com/macbook-cases.html

I have a sleeve they sell that goes well with it and works great to give it that extra protection for travel
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Be careful with those shells, and especially with the key board covers. They trap heat and since the vents for cooling are in the hinge, the laptop can get really damn hot if encumbered.
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That they do!!

unless you get the Retina SSD.... highly recommend, never gets hot even running video/ photo editing with 10 additional programs running....



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Be careful with those shells, and especially with the key board covers. They trap heat and since the vents for cooling are in the hinge, the laptop can get really damn hot if encumbered.
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I may be able to help you I have about 30 macbooks I have to get rid of. We use them for work and phase them out in a 3 year rotation but I have some newer ones we can get rid of. PM me if you are interested. If you want to check reputation I sell on ebay under name pistonhonda99.

If you dont want more info on that Ill just throw in my .02. A large majority of college students get the standard 13" MBP for portability and durability. I have a retina for personal use but I dont think most people need them especially not college students who are just looking to do their normal work. If they were in film then maybe its more or less just a useless luxury at this point. Let me know if you have any other questions I can help with.
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My air has been very durable. Knock on wood.
I've schlepped my Air all over the world and it's held up flawlessly...and find myself using it more than my Pro or desktop
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I may be able to help you I have about 30 macbooks I have to get rid of. We use them for work and phase them out in a 3 year rotation but I have some newer ones we can get rid of. PM me if you are interested. If you want to check reputation I sell on ebay under name pistonhonda99.

If you dont want more info on that Ill just throw in my .02. A large majority of college students get the standard 13" MBP for portability and durability. I have a retina for personal use but I dont think most people need them especially not college students who are just looking to do their normal work. If they were in film then maybe its more or less just a useless luxury at this point. Let me know if you have any other questions I can help with.
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My Mac Book Air has been great and travels all over with me. The Mac Book Pro has slimmed down as well. Go with a SSD hard drive as indicated above...holds up better. If you know anyone with access to a Military Exchange (Aafes, BX etc) you can purchase and save on tax. Sometimes Mac products are also slightly discounted.
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For durability, I recommend getting apple care protection
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I just use the standard 13" macbook pro, ive had mine for a year and a half now and i have had no issues with it. For reference i am a senior in college, it was like $1100, i have had no problems using it for schoolwork or internet.
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Hi Clay, Get the new air! It has the new Haswell chip... My 13" air battery last all day. I would not buy used. This one will last all 4 years. If you wait a few weeks it will come pre loaded with the new operating system Mavericks.
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