Mac Buying Guide

new-macsBuying any computer is an investment, but many hardware shoppers see Apple’s Macs as an even bigger investment due to their high price tags. There’s no doubt about it, Apple makes some fierce hardware and supports it with great software, but when it comes to buying a Mac the price is usually what scares  admiring customers away. Believe it or not, there are a few tricks of the tech-trade we’re willing to share about buying a Mac.

Use Student and Teacher Discounts. Apple offers student discounts ranging from 5 to 10% on most of its computers. Any college student qualifies, as well as professors and teachers of any grade level (K-12). It’s amazing how much this little discount can help. You can get this discount online at Apple Store for Education, at any Apple retail store or at school if it has an “Apple Authorized Campus Store.”

Order from Apple Resellers. First, there are always cheaper Macs then the ones featured on Apple’s site.  Apple resellers like MacMall can save you up to 20% on your Mac merchandise and they throw in a bunch of extra goodies too like free software, free printers, and even free iPods.

Buy Refurbished. Most refurbished computers have never left the factory floor, meaning that they’re pretty much new and not used. You can save 5-23% from buying refurbished computers and Apple gear. These great deals can be found hidden away at the online Apple Store.

Apple’s Mac Products and Reviews…

MacBook

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Configurations: The new MacBooks come in two configurations: a 2GHz Core 2 Duo model with a 160GB hard drive for $1,299 (Best Price) and a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo model with a 250GB hard drive for $1,599 (Best Price). The 2.4GHz also comes with an illuminated keyboard.

The older MacBook design—a white plastic case powered by a 2.1GHz MacBook—which retains the FireWire port—has a lower-price point, but less boast-worthy features (Best Price).

Check out our MacBook review

MacBook Pro

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Configurations: The 17-inch MacBook Pro, powered by a 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo processor, costs $2,799 (Best Price). Upgrade to a 2.6GHz chip is available for an extra $250. For the 15-inch models, a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro with a 250GB hard drive costs $1,999 (Best Price), while the 2.53GHz system with its 320GB hard drive sells for $2,499 (Best Price).

Check out our MacBook Pro review

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