Best option for emergency mac replacement
November 30, 2011 7:24 AM Subscribe
Need specific mac buying advice: I marinated my 2008 MacBook in coffee this morning and will likely need to replace it after work today or tomorrow.
I am assuming the MacBook is dead, it sat in a pool of coffee for about 5-10 minutes before I saw what happened, I was running late to a meeting and didn't fully wipe it down and take out the battery till an hour later. I'm also at work and can't take it apart and do all the air dry stuff the net recommends (which I assume it might be too late for anyways). Unfortunately its the only computer I have, and I am depedent on computers to study and take care of business, and also for a couple hobbies.
So I have to buy a replacement computer with these limitations:
- Mac OSX Lion (yup, guess who just spent $200 on Mac only software over the past 6 months... this guy did).
- Portable (I had dreamed of converting to an iMac for power desktop computing and iPad for portability but don't have the money for two devices right now)
- Obtainable this week (I work best at home, I'm not looking forward to turning the local library into my office for the duration)
- Cheap (I had saved up USD $1200 for a dSLR camera, a new MBP I guess is within my budget but that means my discetionary budget is wiped out for the next year)
- Not a piece of junk (I saw I could buy old laptops from third parties, is it worth it for the sacrifice in performance? Will they run photoshop (assumuing I eventually get that dSLR), will they last for 3-4 years? Will third parties supply new batteries? Will it arrive within a week?)
So Option 1 is going to the Apple Store or Campus Apple retailer or best buy or wherever and just buying something after work. I'd have it now and it'd be new, and last a long time (or until I spilled coffee on it again). Option 2 is Apple refurbished products but I hear their stock changes often, right now I only saw an old MB Air for 999 (not much of a discount), will they likely have something awesome within the next couple days? Options 3 is third party refurbished products. A previous thread mentioned Lowendmacs.com or something like that. How do I judge the deals? Is USD $700 for a 2008 MB worth it? Is there an Option 4?