Saturday, November 05, 2005
Apple iBook for Xmas for student or parent/student
Please see the Apple Store. Additionally, BestBuy is an Apple dealer.
The price of the basic iBook is $999. Teachers and university students get an educational discount
which brings the total to $949.
Apples are not as cheap as PC's. Based on having owned several Apples I can say they are
* stable (the one year-old Dell PC in my classroom is always crashing; the eMac has been purring without a hiccup for 3 years).
* elegant in interface and software design.
Today it is no problem to "cross platforms." I run Microsoft Word and Powerpoint in my Apples to ensure that my stuff works on both computer types.
More questions? I'll be happy to answer them. I also know several Apple experts in the neighborhood.
If you're looking for a lower cost Apple, there's an intriguing alternative in the little desktop model called the Mac Mini. You connect your own keyboard, mouse and monitor (PC-types OK) to the space-saving Mac Mini module.
My #1 educational tool recommendation for CMHS students would be an upgraded computer. Number 2 would be a high-speed 'net connection. I've had good luck with earthlink.net.