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I'm in the market for a new Mac for around $1000 or less. It needs to run Parallels as I will need to use Windows apps. I'm going to college in September, and schoolwork will be its primary function.


asked Jan 14 '13 at 17:29

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edited Jan 14 '13 at 18:28

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if your budget is $1000 you cant do it... at least not a new one iMacs start at $1300. MacPro... well you cant even afford to talk about them, and macbooks start at $1200.... + you have windows ($200 i think is the MSRP) and a mac mini just wont cut it.

You may be able to get used, but I'm always weary about used computers.

You either have to expand your budget, get used, or get a PC.

Full disclosure: I don't like apple, but everything i said i'm sure you will find to be true.

answered Jan 14 '13 at 19:03

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Why won't a Mac Mini cut it?

(Jan 15 '13 at 05:26) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image

So many people hate on the Mac Mini. Let me go on the record and saying that Mac Minis are very good computers. I'd rather take a Mac Mini than a $500 PC at Walmart...

(Jan 15 '13 at 07:47) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

@catchatyou: you are comparing apples to oranges when you look at PCs walmart sells.

@sfrancis928: maybe i did not choose the right words: yes a mac mini has as much power as a low end desktop. maybe it is just me, but i cant look at it without chuckling... no matter what desktop you get, the screen is extra, and it looks like apple is selling them for $1000 a pop...

(Jan 15 '13 at 08:39) trueb trueb's gravatar image

The Macbook Pro you can get for around $1000, if you buy it with a educational discount because you are a college student. Parallels will cost more so I recommend Boot Camp or Virtual Box, both free

answered Jan 14 '13 at 20:03

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Macbook Pro will cost him $1100 with Education discount.

Even with the discount the only things in his price range are the Macbook Air ($950) and the Mac Mini ($579).

Here's a full rundown of the Edu discount on the base line Macs:

MacBook Air: $949

MacBook Pro: $1099

Mac Mini: $579

iMac: $1249

Mac Pro $2299

As you can see, even with the Education discount the MBP is still outside of OP's budget. The best answer is @trueb 's. The OP will need to expand their price range or look else where.

(Jan 14 '13 at 22:07) Zbob750 Zbob750's gravatar image

You can get a refurbished Macbook pro at local apple dealers for a discounted price. They replace the battery and replace the Logic board so it is worth it if you don't want to pay full price. You can also go to macmall.com or amazon for some deals.

answered Jan 14 '13 at 20:37

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Your options are:

1.) Macbook Air [$999 plus tax] 2.) Mac Mini [$599, $799 plus tax] 3.) Something from the refurbished store [http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac] 4.) A used Mac and since people have got mixed opinions on used computers I found some more trustworthy used Mac websites: PowerMax, Macofalltrades

Hope that helped! :)

answered Jan 14 '13 at 20:43

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I recommend three options concerning your price range:
MacBook Air, New
Mac Mini, New, or
A Mac off of Craigslist.

I highly suggest looking around your local Craigslist to check if any Macs are available. You can usually get a two year old MacBook Pro for about $800 (depending on your region), and usually they're perfectly fine...maybe a scratch here or there, but the extra money that you're going to have will be worth it.

Another option is through Apple's student discount. You can get a brand new MacBook Air for $950, or a brand new Mac Mini for $580.

One more suggestion that I have is to check out Apple's refurbished section. Here's a practically brand new MacBook Air for only $850:
And here's a quick link to their clearance store:

answered Jan 15 '13 at 00:28

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You might want to check out the higher end MacBook Air's on the refurbished store, because 64GB probably won't be enough for your needs. The higher end models come with 128GB. Currently, there's also a MacBook Pro that's on there for $1020 that has a 500GB mechanical hard drive.

(Jan 15 '13 at 00:30) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

You are going to definately want to check out Amazon.com for a refurbished iMac if your price limit is $1000. You can find decent refurbished iMacs consistently in the $600 to $800 range that should provide you everything thst you are looking for.

Good luck and happy hunting!


answered Jan 15 '13 at 09:08

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the new -macs are a step in the right direction overall. While they are more expensive to repair as compared to older models, they no longer have the problem dirt being stuck in between the display and glass cover the first time you open it regardless of how careful you are.

they are still hard to take apart but at least when you do to clean the heatsinks and stuff, you wont need to worry about the screen.

The ram is also extremely simple to replace (if you go with the larger model) (easier than probably any other computer on the market in terms of just a clip on back cover that you remove and then slide out or install more RAM

It is expensive but if you are not in a hurry (can wait 2-3 weeks) then add the mac to the cart (if you have an account) and then leave it there for 2 weeks + you will eventually get an e-mail with a discount code that may help lower the price or at least offset the taxes and stuff.

answered Jan 15 '13 at 10:35

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edited Jan 15 '13 at 10:40

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