In case you missed the latest announcement by Apple at WWDC, Macbooks have gotten a new upgrade. You now get more battery life and much better features with the new Macbooks. And let’s not forget the addition of SD card slots that we all have been waiting for. So it’s not surprising that a lot of folks are rushing to Apple to buy their next Macbook. But that’s a big mistake if you want to save some money in the process. I have never bought a Mac from Apple. Not only Apple charges you sales taxes, but it’s prices are often hire than those of Macmall or ClubMac. You can more than $100 on most Macs when you purchase them with these authorized retailers, and you get a lot of free goodies with your purchase as well.
If you are ready to buy your next Macbook, here are a few good configurations to try:
Apple 13.3″ MacBook MB991LL/A: perfect laptop for anyone who’s looking for a Mac under $1500. Comes with a 2.53GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, and SuperDrive. Now, you way find 4 GB RAM to be more than you really want on your laptop, but at least your laptop will last you for a while. You can also put Vista on this Macbook with free Parallels 4.0 software.
Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro MC118LL/A: pretty much similar to the above configuration but you also get a larger screen. The addition of SD card is very exciting.
Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro MB986LL/A: if the above setting does not intrigue you, what you get with this laptop should: 2.8GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9600MGT 512MB VR, SuperDrive. It comes with a SD slot and free Parallels as well.
Apple 17″ MacBook Pro MC226LL/A: this is one killer laptop. You get a super fast CPU (2.8 Ghz) and a decent size HDD (500 GB). And who could argue with 4 GB RAM. If money is not an issue for you, this is a killer laptop to own.
Apple 13.3″ MacBook Air MC233LL/A: this system is designed for folks who pay more significance to laptop portability and size. Ultra-thin and highly portable. Here are the specs: 2 GB RAM, 120 GB HDD, and a 1.86 Ghz CPU.
Here is what you want to keep in mind when buying a new Macbook:
- Freebies: don’t hesitate to look for freebies with your new Mac. Whether it’s parallels or a free case, take advantage of it.
- Sales total: there are a lot of companies that show you one price and charge you another (e.g Apple). You may be ready to spend $2000 on a new laptop but if you can save $100, why not?
- Rebate: take advantage of all the rebates. The worst scenario is you get to sell things that you don’t need.
- Financing: you can always finance your Mac. Just read the fine print and pay your balance before your grace period is over.
There you have it. These new Macs are more powerful, come with better battery, and support SD cards. We didn’t get blu-ray with these, which is a shame. Maybe next time.