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Looking for MacBook Air, or Pro for Grandson
Posted by: Microman
Date: August 09, 2020 09:09AM
My wife insists he needs a computer of his own for college courses he is signed up to take.

Old black MacBook, still works but needs a battery, but may be too old, as it was for me.

My MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012 running Catalina still works fine, and before I buy him a new computer, I would certainly let him have/use this 2012 Mac and I get the new computer.

So do I look new or used?

Do I go to Costco and buy their deal, of $150 off.

Do I consider a Student deal?

I am so use to having a computer with all of the ports. What do I need to buy I I buy an AIR or newer MacBook Pro for me to hook up external HD's, and such?

Thanks..
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Re: Looking for MacBook Air, or Pro for Grandson
Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 09, 2020 09:31AM
refurb.com is your friend.



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Re: Looking for MacBook Air, or Pro for Grandson
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: August 09, 2020 09:51AM
What will you use it for?
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Re: Looking for MacBook Air, or Pro for Grandson
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: August 09, 2020 10:06AM
If you're happy with the 2012 for your needs, keep it.

Buy the grandson a MacBook Air. Its more likely to meet his needs. Also the worst thing that can happen to a college student would be to have their laptop crap out in the midst of a big project that's due tomorrow.



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Re: Looking for MacBook Air, or Pro for Grandson
Posted by: d4
Date: August 09, 2020 10:48AM
If possible, have your grandson pay for part of the laptop so he has some "skin in the game" in looking after and taking care of the laptop. Yeah, yeah, he's smart and responsible. Nothing beats a cash investment in your own property to avoid undo carelessness.



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Re: Looking for MacBook Air, or Pro for Grandson
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 09, 2020 11:34AM
I would invest in a new MBA and an external USB-C dock for all legacy ports.

Invest in the $1/month iCloud for document storage so key data is backed up seemlessly.

Nowadays, I'd also consider an inexpensive 1080P external monitor, keyboard and mouse. Much of college is now experienced at home or in a dorm room.

EDIT: the latest college promotion includes Airpods. Those are essential if there will be a college roommate.



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Re: Looking for MacBook Air, or Pro for Grandson
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 09, 2020 01:31PM
MBA + College = Good
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Re: Looking for MacBook Air, or Pro for Grandson
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 09, 2020 01:46PM
Out of curiosity -- are you sure he wants a Mac?



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