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This is my first time buying a MacBook and I need some help. What are the main specs I should be looking for in a MacBook, MacBook Pro, etc.??? Pros
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    Question First time MacBook buyer and need some help!
    This is my first time buying a MacBook and I need some help.

    What are the main specs I should be looking for in a MacBook, MacBook Pro, etc.??? Pros and cons?

    I am familiar with specs but I don't know what models are best to look for? Like generations?

    I am on a budget so most likely an older model would benefit me but if its better to invest an extra $100 or so into a newer model, please let me know!

    Any information on MacBook would help me out lots!!!

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    How much do you want to spend?

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    Lower price the better of course lol

    Roughly around $400-$700. If I do have to spend a bit more for an well worth spending upgrade, then I will check into it.

    Another question....

    MacBook Air, year old or so... What do u think it is worth now? Its in excellent condition. Or is it worth looking into an MacBook air?

    Specs:
    Mac OS 10.5.2
    13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
    Processor: 1.6 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    L2 Cache: 4mb
    80GB 4200-rpm Parallel ATA hard disk drive
    Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Height: 0.16-0.76 inch (0.4-1.94 cm)
    Width: 12.8 inches (32.5 cm)
    Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
    Weight: 3.0 pounds (1.36 kg)
    MacBook Air embodies Apple's continuing environmental progress. It consumes the least amount of power of any Mac and is also designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:
    * Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
    * Mercury-free LCD display with arsenic-free glass
    * PVC-free internal cables
    * Largely recyclable, low-volume packaging
    * Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
    * MacBook Air received a Silver rating from EPEAT
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    I wouldn't get an air, at least not for your first macbook, as they can't really take a beating like the others.

    If you can, i'd try to get a late 2008 macbook, the unibody aluminum ones. They can't be that expensive since they are about a year old now.

    If you can't do that, really any 2008 macbook is a solid investment. (I used to have a "blackbook" before my MBP, and I LOVED IT, literally the BEST college notebook EVER, we used to get drunk, and it would fall on the floor so many times, but I never had a single hitch, EVER) Try to find one with apple care too. If you ever have problems, apple will fix the problem on the spot.
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    Sorry to hijack but the air u mention I've been offered for 500 I reckon I can get down to 450 as it has a long but not deep scratch on top. Would any of you guys buy it? Please let me know asap

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