I have an itch that needs to be scratched. I just sold my five 1/2 year old PowerBook and I need to buy another Mac notebook.
What should it be? MacBook Air? New aluminum MacBook? Or, should I wait awhile for something new? Take the Mac360 Mac Buyer Poll now. So far, nearly one in four Mac users are waiting for something new.
Apple’s new line of Macs doesn’t have a Mac for everyone. The low end Mac mini, capable but stodgy, costs a whopping $599 in base form, though it comes with what most Mac users probably need.
Decent speed, Mac OS X Leopard, and iLife ‘08.
For Mac notebook lovers, the selection has never been better or more capable. At the high end you’ll need to take out a second mortgage to afford the MacBook Pro with the 17-inch display, but it has plenty of power, and I can attest that the model will last many years.
For less money comes similar power and capability with the MacBook Pro 15-inch model. Apple has a hit with the aluminum enclosures, now pushing six years, a couple of lifetimes in computer years.
The hottest new Mac is the diminutive MacBook Air. It’s not as powerful as the lowly MacBook, but it’s light, sleek, sexy, chic, ultra cool, and limited in many ways.
Farther down the Mac food chain is the MacBook line. While more powerful and capable than the MacBook Air, the plastic look is long in the tooth, aging rapidly, and reportedly ready to be replaced with a more svelte line, perhaps with an aluminum enclosure.
For the non-notebook crowd, Apple has a variety of iMacs, though in two basic configurations—the 20-inch model, and the faster 24-inch model. The original Mac was an all-in-one-model, circa 1984, and the new iMac line doesn’t disappoint, and carries the heritage well.
The iMac’s aluminum enclosure sports a sexy, totally Apple look, and the dual core Core 2 Duo Intel CPU’s inside make the iMac a quick model.
At the high end of the Mac food chain is the MacPro, now available in a base model all the way to a screaming fast octo core (that’s eight cores of scrumptious CPU goodness) that holds many gigs of RAM and up to four terabytes of hard drive space.
Of course, the MacPro model requires an external display. Those are not shabby but not cheap in 20-inch, 23-inch, and 30-inch models.
The MacPro is pure power.
Take a moment to look at your current Mac. Is it ready to be replaced? Sure, sooner or later. The only questions are When and What Kind, right?
That’s what brings us to the Mac360 Mac User Buyer’s Poll. Simply put, what Mac will you buy next? Mac mini? MacBook? MacBook Pro? Air? iMac? Or, the MacPro? Or, will you wait for something else to come along between now and Macworld in January 2009?