I'm going to be heading to University for first year this september and I'm looking into my computer options. I've grown up on Macs and have loved them through and through. My parents do graphics so we've always had a pretty sweet set up. We even have a number of old PowerPCs as in PowerPC 6500 or whatever. I could take one of those to school, but I don't think it's worth the hassle of only being able to work in an outdated operating system on a slow, slow machine. Anyway here comes the question. I've been comparing buying a mini or a ibook. The basic ibook is 1999$ [edit: that was a typo, I meant 1199$] at the student price and they have a deal where you get a free ipod mini when you buy ibooks, powerbooks, imacs, or towers. So I figure if I just buy the ibook and then sell the ipod mini then my cost would be that much less.
Actually, iBooks start at $1199 with student pricing, not $1999. The student union deal makes the iBook an even better value, although the Mac Mini is still technically cheaper. But with the iBook you're getting portability, which you might find to be very useful, especially for University. I'm not exactly sure what your question is...at first you ask for a price check, but then you talk about iBooks. Are you looking to decide between an iBook and Mac Mini?
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I figure that it makes the difference. If I can get the student union deal and sell the ipod mini for 175? 200? 225? then my cost will be that much less on the 1199$ for the laptop. Which takes it down to 975$ to 1025$. Compared to the Mini at 599$. I'd have to buy peripherals so probably another... what? 100-200? so that brings the mini to 699$ to 799$. The very roughly calculated difference is 200$-300$ for the convenience of portability.