Good Entry Level Mac Laptop?

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I'm about to go Mac for a few reasons, but one of the main ones is to get into Mac Indie Game Dev. There are some really good Mac game dev apps that are cheap and Portland is very Mac friendly and so on.

What would be a good Mac Laptop model that comes with iLife that can also handle large amounts of rendering for post production? I am looking for something in the $1000 range; saw they had a low end model on the official site with iLife and I should be able to haggle when I swing by the Mac Store in town in a few days.

Thanks!

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That's a good plan, Mat. I

That's a good plan, Mat. I know I get over anxious with plans at times too, but sometimes you have to make sure all the basics are covered first (housing, food, expenses, budget, etc.). It's cliche, but you build the foundation and everything else falls into place so much easier (and without guilt!). We closed on our new house yesterday and there's a lot of work to be done over the next month until we move out of our old house, so I feel for you, buddy. You just have to take these things one step at a time.

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Indeed - refurbished is way better than used

Big well known companies selling refurbished goods are often offering good with high quality. Buying refurbished goods from the lesser known ones without a reputation (best a good reputation) might not be so wise.
Here in Europe sometimes refurbished is nothing more than a new celphane wrapping around the box to make it 'look' new. But truly refurbished stuff often is of high quality and less prone to faults when the device has been checked and tested thoroughly and there is nothing major wrong with it.
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Thanks, Bill. This is

Thanks, Bill. This is something I've always wondered about myself. I got a refurbished gyromouse a few months ago and was really wondering how it could be sold so cheaply ($20 instead of the usual $90).

BTW, it's a really cool device. I should write a review of it for AA!

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
Focus on Housing --> Job ---> New Mac

I was thinking and chatting a bit with my uncle, and we decided the number one priority would be to find Housing for Aug 1st, followed by a Job, and then the new Mac later by the line.

Still, it's nice to be able to finance a near top level Mac Book with a 6 month deferment and so on... Hrmmm...

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Refurb versus Used

There's a huge difference between refurbished by the manufacturer and used. Refurbished simply means someone returned the system for whatever reason, be it not liking or it just being broken in some capacity. The manufacturer then takes it and returns it to a new condition. Legally they can't sell it as new. Of course in some ways it's better than new, because it's already been tested multiple times and any parts that would fail would have already failed. Places like eCost specialize in amazing refurb deal direct from manufacturers like HP. Amazing prices. Like I said, Apple, as well as of course places like Dell and Gateway do the same thing. Exactly as new, only cheaper.

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
Awesome Mac Store

Wow, what a cool Mac Store.

OK, through their financing I was approved for $1500 credit. Just need to swing a way to drum up the remaining $600 I need to finance the bastard.

Oregon is VERY small business friendly, making it very easy to get a small business loan, but I am wondering if I should do it so soon. I am already in a bit of college debt, but an iMac is one of the few musts here.

Thoughts?

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older games and osx

There's a ton of games out there not compatible with OSX or the Classic environment on OSX. Those games need OS9 or lower for specific hardware access. OS9 will never work on an intel machine other than through emulation. You could try running a copy of sheepshaver with OS9 installed on the Mac and see if that'll work with Myst IV.
If it's a PPC OSX application refusing to work under OSX x86 PPC emulation than that is just too bad - but perhaps this will help you Matt

or it's sequel
http://tech.rufy.com/2006/06/guide-to-installing-myst-v-on-mac-os-x.html

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Well, I would caution you

Well, I would caution you about the intel Macs if you're worried about compatibility with older Mac titles. I just found out that I can't run Myst IV on my Mac because it isn't compatible with Macintels. Great. :-(

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the intel package comes with good fans...

When it comes to notebooks, it's best not to buy them 2nd hand actually. These things are so damn desirable that something has to be wrong with the device for people to actually sell it. Go for a new one is my advice.

CRT monitor (make sure you have the proper leads and converters for your mac if the monitor has a VGA connector)) is a must when it comes to true color photo editing. LCD just doesn't cut it still....

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
The MacBook look ideal.

The MacBook look ideal.

Yeah, Bootcamp is a must.

I don't think this place is 2nd hand.

Already got a desktop monitor for the "home studio"-- a ViewSonic 19" LCD I gotfor $200 from New Egg before coming here.

Do Mac notebooks have good fans?

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