February 7th, 2009

The Day Has Come...

M&M are adding a third M....

.... no, not a baby....

.............................a MAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hehehe. sorry if I gave anyone a heart attack.

But really, Micah and I have been saving up ever since we got financially stable last Fall. A little here, a little there, oh, that bonus goes here, Christmas money, birthday money, extra school money. Everything "Extra" has gone in a little savings fund until the day that we could finally afford a mac of our own. :)

And that day is here.

Now, first the decision was, do we want a Macbook or a Macbook Pro. Well, really the only difference between the two is the MBP has a bigger screen. While 15 and especially 17 inches would be very nice to have, it would also defeat the purpose of versatility, which is the reason why we went with a laptop instead of a desktop. Therefore, Macbook, here we come.

Then, what to upgrade, what not to? First off, we knew that we wanted the 2.4 ghz over the 2.0. That little extra umph would make a world of difference when editing photos or running multiple programs, and with a crazy multi-tasker like me on the loose, that umph becomes a vital necessity.

But it's after that point that we had to debate a little over give and take. I must admit that, for a time, I got caught up in the 'numbers' and declared that I wanted it all maxed out. Then, when it actually came down to declaring what was in our price range, we figured that the extra RAM could be bought wholesale and added later. The 250 GB hard drive would more than suffice, especially in light of the fact that our desktop only has 140 and is barely 1/2 filled and we've had it not even two years. So yeah, 250 GB will be fine, and we'll get an external hard drive later anyway.

After pimping (or rather, not pimping) the Mac, we had to decide on software. We knew that we wanted a document software and a photography editing software. This time I decided to go apple and get iWork over Mac Office. I read the reviews and for a price difference of $150, there just wasn't enough to justify the latter over the former.

While looking at Aperture 2, I saw a little something on the side about Adobe CS4. Yeah, yeah, it would be nice.... wait a minute....

This is the point where you need a little background information. One of the major reasons why Micah and I decided to go ahead and purchase the Mac now as opposed to later, is the fact that this is my last semester as a student and the educational discount gets some crazy savings through Apple. How crazy? Just read on....

First off, the computer was $100 cheaper right off the bat. iWork was $38 cheaper. The Apple Care Protection Plan $66 cheaper.

That's savings of over $200 without evening digging, just for being a student. Add to that the fact that we live in Alaska, which has no sales tax, which translates to no tax on a Mac. Again, savings of around 10%, or approx. $150-$200. Oh, and Apple offers free shipping, which for something this heavy, would be at least $25-$50.

The running total savings right now is $454.

And now the big kahuna. I clicked on the notice about Adobe CS4 and found out just how amazing the educational discount really is. Apparently if you buy Adobe WITH a mac, then you get an additional $300 off. Now, at first that doesn't seem like anything to shout about, considering the Photoshop alone cost $1000. You might smile, but shout?

Then it gets good. Oh wait, you forgot about the educational discount. Take the retail price, crop off over half of it, add the $300 savings for buying it with Mac and, volia! Photoshop is only $170! (which ironically enough is the same price as Aperture 2)

But wait! There's more! We looked at the four versions being offered and finally decided to go a little more than "just" Photoshop. Instead, we decided to go with Adobe CS4 Web Premium which includes the full versions of:
* Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
* Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
* Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended
* Adobe Illustrator CS4
* Adobe Fireworks CS4
* Adobe Soundbooth CS4
* Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
* Adobe Contribute CS4

Retail price: $1700.00
Education Price:$550.00
Special Price: $250.00

Yup, that's right. Savings of $1450.00!!!!

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! This is the ultimate in everything we could ever want. Photoshop for all the picture editing we could ever want. Flash, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks for Micah's web design. Acrobat for documents. And even some extra programs that we have no clue what they do!

All in all, the grand total savings is... drum roll please... *********************** $1904!! Which means, we saved the cost of our purchase.

Wow.

It's times like this that I love being a student.

And now I shall leave you slack-jawed and with a few pictures:











Isn't that the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?


Signed, a very happy happy happy
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