I’ve said here a few times that I’m intent on buying a Mac at some point. Despite what I said recently I’m still keen on the idea and will be ordering a Mac… soon.
By soon I mean sometime in late June/early July. I’m using the prospect of a Mac as a graduation incentive – should I get a lower or upper second-class honours, I’ll be ordering a Mac Mini. Should I only make third class then I probably won’t bother as I won’t have tried hard enough – a 2:1 is my target although a 2:2 is also acceptable. 2:2 is what I need to comfortably progress to postgraduate level – it gets very difficult with a third.
There’s also a second probable advantage with waiting until then – Tiger. With Amazon now taking pre-orders for it I can foresee it being available very soon, and, with a bit of luck, all new Macs will have it pre-loaded by the early summer. So that’ll be £100 on an OS upgrade saved.
I will be going for the 256MB RAM upgrade as I’ve heard that you really need 512MB of RAM to run OS X comfortably, and I’ll be strongly considering having Airport Extreme built-in too since I may be using a wireless network at home next year. I’ve yet to decide whether to go for the basic 1.25Ghz/40GB model or the 1.4Ghz/80GB model, but the latter is only an extra £50 so I may well consider it. That would take the total cost to around £450.
I did look at the eMac I really want to be able to use a TFT screen which I’ll be getting separately. The iMac G5 is out of my price range right now.
What I haven’t said yet is what I’ll be getting if I manage first-class honours. Based on my academic performance last year this is unlikely but not totally impossible (and my semester 1 marks were very favourable this year). If that happens, I may consider an iBook or even a PowerBook instead. But with even the most basic 12″ PowerBook starting at around £900 (with student discount) it’s more likely to be an iBook.