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  •  Good questions! (2+ / 0-)
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    Hey338Too, Odysseus

    I would like to be able to take my Toshiba to school because it's much better than wasting tons of notebooks, but it's a hassle disconnecting it from the power adapter, Ethernet, printer, etc., so I thought it would be nice to get a desktop and keep the laptop ready on the go.

    To me, it's not about the PC vs. Mac thing. I've just always wanted to get an Apple computer, but never really felt secure enough financially to buy one. If I do pay for one now, I will have a comfortable financial cushion left.

    •  Have you looked into a docking station... (3+ / 0-)

      ... for your Toshiba (also called port replicator)?

      It's a device that allows you to plug all of those connections into it, and when you need to take your laptop somewhere you just pull it out of the docking station and hit the road.  With a docking station you could also plug in a nice sized monitor, which makes working at home a little easier.

      It would probably work out to be less expensive than the Mac, and you'd have a little cash left over for a trip to Europe.

      I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

      by Hey338Too on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:42:30 PM PST

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      •  My ultimate advice.. (2+ / 0-)
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        chancew, 207wickedgood

        ... based on your answers is to save your money.  CASH IS GOOD!  Unless you have a really compelling need to get a new computer, then hold on to your money.  I know it's not the sexy answer, but having that money plus your "cushion" is a really good thing!

        Unless there is a pressing need, whatever you buy today you will be able to buy in a year for 1/2 the cost - and you'll have a year's worth of research to make sure you get what you NEED.

        I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

        by Hey338Too on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:35:40 PM PST

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    •  I don't have a laptop (2+ / 0-)
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      chancew, nominalize

      and don't think I would want one.

      The MacMini starts at $599 for computer only. You would have to buy a monitor, keyboard, mouse. I bought my first one in 2007 and spent about $100 in the next 6 years for more RAM and having the hard drive defragged.

      I was going to buy an Imac but before I could save up the money my monitor went out. I spent $169 for a nice 23 inch digital monitor and then spent $699 for a new macmini. The basic model comes with 4GB of RAM and I paid the extra $100 for 8 GB of RAM.

      You could go to an Apple store and play around with a Mac to see if you like the OS. The bad thing I see now for a PC is most of them are loaded with Windows 8 which seems kinda terrible. I am currently looking around for a new computer for my mom with Windows 7.

      I will say that when I plugged in my new macmini, everything worked almost instantly. There is no set up for connecting to the internet, etc. It all just works. I am currently looking into buying a new HD TV so I can hook up Apple TV that allows you to see anything on your computer screen on your TV.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:45:23 PM PST

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    •  The heart of the matter (0+ / 0-)

      appears to be connectivity convenience, at least, according to this post.

      Consider wireless ethernet, and, if you have bluetooth, a wireless printer. That's about $220 spent, on the high side.
      For about any laptop, Mac or PC, you'll still run into the same issues.

      I have a 17" Mac Book Pro, 2006 model, with a USB hub with an extension qwerty board and mouse and two printers, a Firewire port with a FW drive and FW audio interface, a second DVD / CD burner, plus an ext. monitor on the monitor port. And the power supply. You get used to disconnecting stuff after a while...

      But if you are getting a MacBook, save some money and pick up a second hand one. As long as it's at minimum an Intel processor, you'll be good to go. You really don't need horsepower until you get into pro level audio and video production. Even then...

      "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

      by azureblue on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:42:36 PM PST

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