He has a MacBook Pro from summer ’07. I have a MacBook from fall ’07. Neither are running at their peak performance. Hubby needs more firepower for his freelance work — he shoots, edits and uploads video on a consistent basis, and his battery and memory are not passing the test any longer.
So here are our options. Both plans involve a new Pro for him, but different options for me.
1) The upgraded MacBook Pro plan.
Hubby buys new MacBook. I then take his old MacBook Pro and we install new battery (where he is having issues). We then sell my MacBook.
Total cost = $2,149 for new MacBook Pro he wants + cost of installing new battery on old MacBook Pro (let’s estimate $100) = $2,249 – money made on MacBook (estimating $250) = cost of about $1,999 plus tax.
2) The new iPad plan.
Hubby buys new MacBook. We then sell his old Macbook Pro and my MacBook. Then we purchase a new 64G iPad for me for personal use, with external keyboard.
Total cost = $2,149 – amount made on old Macs (estimating $750) = $1,399 + cost of iPad and accessories (estimating $800) = $2,199 plus tax.
So either way you cut it, we are looking at about the same price, a difference of about $200.
Keep in mind that I have a Dell laptop on me at all times for work and any heavy duty stuff. And, iPad does have iWork as apps — so I can essentially work in Word and Excel there if I need to. If I do get an iPad, I’m getting the one with the most memory, so I can rest assured knowing that all my music, photos, documents, etc. can fit. And with the new iOS coming out this month, I can print wirelessly and whatnot. But having hubby’s old Pro means I have access to a lot of software and have a lot more computing power. But I’m not sure that I really need all that.
So, what would you do?