We have good news: I’ve decided which Mac I wish to buy. This decision follows a fairly extensive discussion with Ben while wandering around the botanic garden (it’s a standard geek self-defence mechanism – when surrounded by plants, talk tech). The reasoning goes somewhat like this:
- My choice is between an iBook, a PowerBook, an iMac or a PowerMac.
- Fun as it would be to be like the guys in this astounding photo, I really don’t need the portability that a PowerBook or iBook would offer me. This quite neatly halves my choices.
- The PowerMac line gets very expensive very quickly: essentially once we get into the territory of dual-processor machines things get prohibitively expensive for no real benefit other than satisfaction of my “power-whore-age”. As we’re talking £1350 minus student discount plus price of a new monitor, this is probably out of my price range.
- This leaves me with just the different iMacs to choose from, which basically boils down to lower-end 17″, higher-end 17″ or higher-end 20″. Being the resolution whore that I am, it’s going to have to be the 20″ jobbie.
Money-wise, this works out at £1300 – student discount + cost of more memory (from Crucial, as Apple’s prices are obscene) = £1100 or so – I can’t give you an exact figure because the Apple Education store is kinda broken at the moment.
Anyone got any thoughts on this? Want to congratulate me on finally making a decision? Want to convince me I should go for a different Mac? Want to try to convince me I should stick with my x86 box, Jonty? We got over 20 comments last time: let’s see if we can beat it.