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Fri 24 Nov 2006

Budget PC

Category : mac and the internet

A budget user with conservative needs will find the cost of a computer to be:

  • S$1,200 (approx.) => brand new Dell with 1GB RAM, 17-inch monitor and 3-year warranty.
  • ?S$1,500 - S$1,423 + old keyboard and monitor => Mac Mini with 1GB RAM and 3-years warranty.

Know of cheaper options with warranty? Please tell me, thanks.

You see, real budget buyers are not the creative user-types who would profit from Apple's amazing iLife which is bundled in free with every Mac. The budget user is not even going to buy an mp3 player on the side and cannot afford a laptop. Once on the net, anyone can profit from the amazing Firefox and Google!

Erm, (*heresy on*) there is life beyond our macs. Which is why our blogs can never keep up with our lives. Too much to capture even from a walk in the park, a recently read book (see Walter's lament) or time spent with friends and family.

I'd say mac-pc comparisons are for users with cash. With simple needs, budget users are trying to trim the cost of that brand new Dell and wrestle with that gamble of a second-hand or do-it-yourself pc.

You need to factor in time - you don't want to watch a spinning hourglass, so you buy enough RAM when its cheap. And don't want a machine that breaks down frequently. But numerous lemon-episodes by many well known brands ith concomittant reports of less than stalwart service-support, the odds have improved on that low-cost gamble.

I keep my ear pricked for news of excellent service support as its worth its weight in gold for my pc friends and tip the balance on that final choice - so do tell.

Meanwhile, for the developing world, there are plans afoot in the form of the One Laptop Per Child or OLPC project. A working model was revealed in June 2006.

And its orange!

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