I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside.
posted by dbirchum to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, I was "gifted" a MacBook Pro from a family member a couple of years back. It was old, but served me very well for a number of years. It had a couple of issues (battery was dead, even though I replaced it), so it constantly had to be plugged in, or else I would lose all power in about 45mins.
I started to take on some consulting work as a side project, and the MacBook Pro wasn't cutting it when I was meeting with clients in their office or coffee shops as I didn't always have a reliable power source.
So here I am. I need a new laptop (I sold the other one for $50). I would like to buy another Apple product, but I am on a budget. I know I don't need the resources of a MacBook Pro (I am only using my laptop for documents - spreadsheets and reports, etc, no video or photo editing, etc), so the MacBook Air would be ideal. However, the cost is what I am considering. I live in Canada, so the cost of the 13 inch MacBook Air is $1099 for the 128GB one.
I really think I could justify the $1099 for the MacBook Air. Granted, I can purchase two PC clones for the same price (I was at Best Buy yesterday and I could easily get a PC laptop for around $500 that I am sure would suit my needs); again, I don't need anything with super high processing power, as I am mainly typing up reports, proposals, presentations, spreadsheets, etc. So when I factored in the cost of the MacBook Air ($1099), and my provincial sales tax (13%), we are starting to get pretty expensive.
And here is my issue - now I am considering the Apple Care Protection. Normally, I am not an extended warranty guy (I have read the Consumer Reports, and know for a lot of things, its a way to make money), but with a MacBook Air, should I purchase this??? I mean, my MacBook Pro had some issues after a couple of years (with the battery), but the AppleCare in Canada is $279!!! That's almost the price of a super cheap laptap. So thats $1557.14 taxes included. Now, I think I am starting to get out of my price range.
(Sidebar - I have done several Google searches about AppleCare and there are thousands of opinions out there. The thing that concerns me most, is the amount of people that admit that something has gone wrong with their Apple computers over the years and that the cost of AppleCare is well worth it, esp when you are purchasing an expensive machine).
And, I really would like to have Microsoft Office for my laptop. All of my clients use Office and when I was using Pages, Numbers and Keynote, I was having some compatibility issues (minor, but still). I would also like to use Office on both my laptop and desktop, so I would need to purchase something other than the single use. I am not a student, educator or have any license agreement with my work for software sharing, so I have to purchase this on my own. And a quick search for this only in Canada is almost $200 in order to be able to use it on two machines (I see single use Office products and three licenses, nothing for two users).
Argh!! Did I just price myself out of the MacBook Air line? I mean, I could justify the $1099 price, but when I add on AppleCare and Microsoft Office, I am at over $1700 Canadian... Should I just buy a $500 PC laptop (all in) and just run with it? My last PC Toshiba laptop lasted 9 years.
Suggestions? Thoughts? Comments?