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Hey everyone, I convinced my office after donig a keynote presentation on a mac mini to buy a mac.

I did it on a 800 dollar mac mini, my boss loved it.

However, I know to do realistic presentations it's probably ideal to buy a macbook (for portability sake, and get support of playing keynote on a projector while having notes on the laptop if the user wants it).

My boss wanted me to price the costs of the macbook, so she can figure out if it's worth the money or not.

Here's what I propose:

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* 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
* 1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512
* 80GB Serial ATA drive
* SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
* Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
* iWork '06 preinstalled
* AirPort Extreme Card & Bluetooth

Then add 80 bucks for Paralells, since the office has a couple "easy" programs as I call it, one is a piece of software that takes up 7 megs of RAM in windows, is entirely network-ran... the other is Office.


My question is, do you think 1 gig of RAM in the above setup worth the money? Paralells will run well correct? and when I do presentations there'll be no lag even when splitting the display between the laptop (preview mode) and projector?

Also do you think it's worth waiting for leopard?

thanks for your time.
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A gig of ram is always worth the money, but one thing to check for sure is Parallels, make sure it will run on your system. I just bought a Mac Pro, intel machine and it does not run on it at this time, they are still working on it. Other than that, sounds like a really nice setup...

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After some additional discussion I may not need paralells.

That above setup should run Keynote on two displays without a problem ya?
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I dont think MacBooks will run two displays. I think you can use an external display or the MacBook screen, just not both at the same time. I know the iBooks are this way so I would assume the MacBooks are, but please double check I could be wrong.

If you ever did need to run those windows programs, just use bootcamp, then you save yourself $80.
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You can run both displays on a MacBook at the same time. From the Apple support site at: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303722

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The video output port allows video mirroring, which allows you to see the same image on your MacBook display and on an external monitor, television, or projector. It also allows extended desktop, in which the second display gives you additional desktop real estate. You can use your MacBook in lid closed mode if the computer is connected to an external display, keyboard, and mouse.
I highly recommend Parallels over BootCamp. I've used both extensively and it's definitely worth the (relatively small) expense.

And I would recommend putting as much memory in the machine as you can afford. I have 2 GB in my MacBook and I'm glad I do.

Good luck!
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As far as the memory goes... I know this from expeirince... managers want bottom dollar. If she's going to approve or disapprove over a few hundred dollars, get the Macbook with the bare minimum of memory and then get 2 x1gb sticks from someone like Newegg.com. It's cheaper by at least $100.

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You can run both displays on a MacBook at the same time. From the Apple support site at: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303722



I highly recommend Parallels over BootCamp. I've used both extensively and it's definitely worth the (relatively small) expense.

And I would recommend putting as much memory in the machine as you can afford. I have 2 GB in my MacBook and I'm glad I do.

Good luck!

Alright good, thanks for clearing things up.
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You forgot to add in the cost of an XP license and Office XP costs in your total. That's crucial in a business setting, for fear of being audited.
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You forgot to add in the cost of an XP license and Office XP costs in your total. That's crucial in a business setting, for fear of being audited.
She most likely has licenses for this software sitting around,since the entire company uses both of these products extensively...
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one thing to check for sure is Parallels, make sure it will run on your system. I just bought a Mac Pro, intel machine and it does not run on it at this time, they are still working on it. Other than that, sounds like a really nice setup...
Er, huh? I have an Intel-based Macbook Pro and I can assure you it runs Parallels excellently.
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don't buy your ram from apple.

i got patriot RAM from new egg, 2 gb's for 170 bucks.

works GREAT.

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If I buy the ram on the aftermarket I would have to open up the macbook to put it in right? Is this an easy task and worth the headache compared to just getting it stock for a little more? I've always disliked messing with laptops internally.
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The answer is right on Apple's Support Site.

It's very easy to do.
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If I buy the ram on the aftermarket I would have to open up the macbook to put it in right? Is this an easy task and worth the headache compared to just getting it stock for a little more? I've always disliked messing with laptops internally.

if i can do it, you can prbly sustain a massive head injury and still do it better than i.

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