Best sub $500 consumer Mac

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lawson89
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Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby lawson89 » December 6th, 2007, 10:13 am

Ok, bad news is my wife's office PC just died. Good news is she has agreed to a Mac replacement. Bad news is it must fit in the <500 range given that this would be what a replacement generic PC would cost (actually a generic piece o crap would cost even less than $500 but I didn't let her know that !)

Used is ok, she can re-use her monitor and mouse.

Any advice from the group ?
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Re: Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby Shanghai » December 7th, 2007, 4:46 am

At that price, the two options that come to mind would be a) a used/on sale Mac mini b) a used PowerMac G4. Both would allow her to keep monitor, mouse and keyboard.
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Re: Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby chasm » December 9th, 2007, 2:05 am

At that price, there's only really two options:

1. A $499 basic Intel mac mini. Should be good enough for her, since it's a heck of a lot more capable than most $500 PCs *I've* ever seen!

2. A used mac, try to find an first-gen Intel iMac or around that time period. If you're sure that ALL she's going to do on it is "the basics," a late-gen PPC Mac should be acceptable.

Or you COULD try this ...

"Honey, you are very valuable to me and I really don't mind spending more than $500 on you. You are WORTH IT!"

:)
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Re: Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby lawson89 » December 9th, 2007, 1:36 pm

Ha ! Good advice, I should see if she goes for that !

Anyhoo, I think catching a mac mini refurb is the best idea for going forward. Looks like the Apple Store has them occasionally for $499.

Thanks
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Re: Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby Turboladdade » December 10th, 2007, 2:25 pm

Definitely try to find Intel and Dual Core if you can.
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Re: Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby Shanghai » December 11th, 2007, 8:31 am

Ooh yeah. If you want to go Intel Mac mini, make sure it's a dual-core. I've heard that the Core Solo's performance is very poor in comparison, and the difference in price is minor.
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Re: Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby mrkramer » December 19th, 2007, 11:27 pm

get a refurb core duo mac mini, I got the 1.83 for about $500 a few weeks ago, and if you don't care about the DVD burner a slower core duo would work equally well.
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Re: Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby Turboladdade » December 19th, 2007, 11:29 pm

mrkramer wrote:get a refurb core duo mac mini, I got the 1.83 for about $500 a few weeks ago, and if you don't care about the DVD burner a slower core duo would work equally well.


I think I may have even seen lower prices. I was considering a Mac Mini as a spare computer for guests to use, or as a backup. I ended up really cheapening out and getting an iMac G3 instead.
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Re: Best sub $500 consumer Mac

Postby mrkramer » December 19th, 2007, 11:32 pm

D wrote:
mrkramer wrote:get a refurb core duo mac mini, I got the 1.83 for about $500 a few weeks ago, and if you don't care about the DVD burner a slower core duo would work equally well.


I think I may have even seen lower prices. I was considering a Mac Mini as a spare computer for guests to use, or as a backup. I ended up really cheapening out and getting an iMac G3 instead.


The slower core duos I think are in the low $400s at Apple's refurb site; as far as I know that is the best price out there for a Mac other than used.

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