Crippled iMac. Busted iBook. Tight budget. Do I repair the iBook or buy a netbook?
August 11, 2010 5:01 AM Subscribe
I'm returning to school and would like to have some sort of portable computer. I have a few options, but an not sure which is best in terms of budget and longer-term investment.
posted by bestillme to computers & internet (22 answers total)
I've been looking at netbooks and their price tag as well as their size make them a very appealing choice. (It would be my first PC computer in over 20 years.)
I also have an iBook from 2003 that hasn't worked since 2006. The display isn't working and there are probably other problems with it as well. How much does something like this cost and is it even worth doing? [If you happen to be a computer genius in the Los Angeles/ Orange ounty area who can mend such ill computers and are looking for some side tech work, please do drop me an email.]
The iBook or netbook wouldn't be my only computer. I have an iMac that is 2 years old but has had a whole slew of problems that I couldn't get any help with at Apple. It's been such a problem that I don't even know if I should consider Macs anymore, but for whatever reason, I really want them to work out. When the iMac meets its end, I'll likely replace it with a laptop rather than another desktop. Taking a longer view, should I just invest now in a MacBook Pro and forego the netbook and/ or iBook repair? The nice thing about the MBP is that it would come with an 8GB iPod touch and $100 rebate for a printer, which I also need to get. Of course, I'd be looking at closer to $2,000 as opposed to $400 or less for the netbook/ iBook option.