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$800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: Rain
Date: November 12, 2015 01:27PM
Friend of mine is wanting to get an Apple notebook for her daughter. (headed off to college next year)
Its been over 20 years since I sat in a classroom so I have no clue how day-to-day a need is for a laptop. I assume this is really going to be email, web, movies, music etc in the beginning.

She's asking about battery life on buying used or refurbished MacBook Pro and Air. Also, about a black friday deal she read about at Walmart on a 4GB ram Air.

I'm off the grid with notebooks these days - What should she be looking at?
Thanks
Rain



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: November 12, 2015 01:29PM
A similar question was asked yesterday: [forums.macresource.com]



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 12, 2015 01:30PM
what will she study?



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 12, 2015 01:31PM
Critical - What will the daughter be studying ? If it's STEM or media intensive, a basic machine may not provide sufficient power. And/or may not run specific software.



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: Rain
Date: November 12, 2015 01:41PM
Sounds like theater/arts - nothing math or science



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: hal
Date: November 12, 2015 01:58PM
If $800 is an absolute cutoff, then there is only ONE model available.

Early 2014 13.3” Dual-Core i5 1.4Ghz 4GB SSD 128GB $759 from the refurb section when it shows up again. According to refub.me



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: Rain
Date: November 12, 2015 02:05PM
Yea - checking ebay for them now. Lower prices there and that leaves room for RAM upgrade and a case.



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: raz
Date: November 12, 2015 02:38PM
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Rain
Yea - checking ebay for them now. Lower prices there and that leaves room for RAM upgrade and a case.

Note that the modern laptops have soldered RAM. No upgrades.



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: Rain
Date: November 12, 2015 02:43PM
How modern?



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 12, 2015 02:54PM
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Rain
How modern?

last few years.

From yesterday, this one for $829 looks to be as close as you can get:
[www.apple.com]

It actually does have upgradeable ram and drive. Refurb = New in apples book. Same warranty.

Personally, if she really wants new/refurb, then $800 might not be enough. I would want a SSD and Retina screen in mine. FYI SSD makes ram far, far less important.

BB has this one for $1050 (and maybe $50 more iff with a edu ID?) Kinda small on the storage with 128 GB, but flash drives or SD cards can make up for it:
[www.bestbuy.com]

$100 more doubles storage Like this, $1150: [www.apple.com]





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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: billb
Date: November 12, 2015 03:09PM
The bottom of the line 2015 MBA 13 is supposed to be $779 at Best Buy black friday
and the MBP 13" is supposed to be $899

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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 12, 2015 03:14PM
The $899 BB one is the same as teh $829 Apple refurb.





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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: billb
Date: November 12, 2015 03:18PM
The $899 Best Buy one is a refurb ?



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 12, 2015 03:20PM
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Rain
Sounds like theater/arts - nothing math or science
.. sorry.. don't rent out her room. She'll be moving back in....

(My daughter studied that too...she works retail now..)
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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 12, 2015 03:36PM
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The $899 Best Buy one is a refurb ?

Same model.

"Refurb" might be a misnomner in this case -- I beileve the ones from Apple are not actually "refurb" per se but "overstock". Packaged in a brown box.

Refurb = New in Apples eyes. Refurbs get same one year warranty and are eligible for AppleCare.

If I bought this model, first thing would be another $100 for a 500 GB SSD, which is easy to install.





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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: Rain
Date: November 12, 2015 04:48PM
Exactly - I haven't said that to her, but yes, I imagine she expects her daughter to move back home after school. lol



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: November 12, 2015 07:53PM
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jdc
The $899 BB one is the same as teh $829 Apple refurb.
...I beileve the ones from Apple are not actually "refurb" per se but "overstock".
agree smiley
Many years ago I read that Apple cannot sell 'new' below a certain price because
of their re-seller contracts. Put it a brown box & call it a refurb, no contract violation! Every refurb I've ever purchased from AS sure looked new to me.

plus, you don't have to set foot in a BB smiley-excited001



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Re: $800 to spend on Apple notebook for Christmas
Posted by: STL
Date: November 13, 2015 07:39AM
"$100 for a 500 GB SSD"
Great price.
Please provide a link so I can grab one.

Thanks
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