My beloved iBook G4, Herbie, continues to be on his last leg. He’s been on said last leg (a very sturdy little leg it is) for some time now — the screen started getting periodically dim at the end of the summer. At first, it was fixable by squeezing a particular part of the base of the screen, but that fix has become less and less successful. The diagnosis I got over Winter Break at the Apple Store (that fixing him would cost at least $500) cemented the “it’s only a matter of time” idea I’d been having about his future. However, I was hoping he’d stick it out until graduation, when I might have been able to swing some “yay you made it through!” money at buying a new computer, and also wouldn’t have had to worry about transferring everything from one computer to the other while the thesis is in process.
For two days, now, the screen has been unrelentingly dim, to the extent that my eyes hurt — it’s a bit like taking a computer out into the sunshine and then not being able to see your monitor for the glare. So I’m officially in the market for a new Mac. Let the geekery begin.
I was briefly wooed by the MacBook Air — and I’m still completely impressed by it, but I’ve just read about the hard drive differences between the two models.
The cheaper model (if $1700 is cheap) has am 80 GB parallel ATA hard drive. Apparently, this is an “old” architecture for hard drives, comparable to that which you’d find on the big standard iPods. Not fast, is the verdict. The other Air model has a 64 GB Solid State hard drive — and that’s the newest technology, basically a flash drive running inside the computer. It makes it completely silent and reduces (probably) the risk of HDD crash because there are no moving parts. However, it’s $2,868. $2868. Sure. I’m ever going to spend that on a computer again. Right. (Honestly, I can’t imagine spending $1,600 on a computer, either, but it was a nice dream).
So I’m back to the MacBooks. The bookstore is currently running a special on previous models of both the 13″ white and the 13″ black MacBooks (and let me again reiterate my disappointment that Apple has abandoned the 12″ model. Oh, Herbie). Th difference between the two is the black model ($1,199) has a larger hard drive (120 GB v. 160 GB), which doesn’t matter at all to me, and the white model ($949) has 2 GB of RAM to the black’s 1 GB. The black model, however, comes with Apple Care and .mac — if it’s a year of Apple Care protection, it might be worth it, as it’s going to run me $150 otherwise. Both have double-layer superdrives, 2.16 Ghz dual core processors, blue tooth, built in camera, and installed Leopard.
Can anyone out there talk me out of walking over and buying the white one right now? (Anyone besides future me, when she sees her Discover Card bill?) Anyone have a bad experience with the MacBook, or know of some reason not to buy the previous model instead of the current? Anyone?