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#61 OP +Nik L

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:38

How about one of these devices?

 

As far as I can get from that thread - it seems like it's not fully supported yet.  Moreover, this thread has verified my stance of "I just wanna use it, I don't want to worry or mess about" so I will get a Mac.  That said, a cheap side-project is also an option :)




#62 Brian M.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 20:38

Apple have 0% finance available now if that helps sway the decision ;).

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 20:54

It certainly does.  Always spend someone else's money before your own ;)



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 12:45

Indeed - 0% is a no brainer for a large purchase! Keep the money you were going to spend in the bank and earn (admittedly not much) interest whilst you repay the full amount. 



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 13:30

Just waiting for the upcoming (rumoured) hardware refresh



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 14:34

Just waiting for the upcoming (rumoured) hardware refresh

 

What's interesting is someone already found 'evidence' of a new apple tv in the ios 7.1 beta 5 code.  Now that doesn't have much to do with this but it could point to a nice March hardware refresh event.



#67 Shadrack

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 21:17

Indeed - 0% is a no brainer for a large purchase! Keep the money you were going to spend in the bank and earn (admittedly not much) interest whilst you repay the full amount. 

 

I tend to agree, but sadly this also encourages "biting off more than you can chew".  If you can't afford to drop the cash today, then what makes you think you can afford it tomorrow?

 

That being said, I've taken advantage of 0% XX-month financing from Apple, Newegg, and Amazon.  So long as you pay it off it is great, but if you don't they can count all of the interest against you as if it was accrued the entire time.

 

I haven't gotten in trouble with that exactly.  But I have run up a credit card that I received from an Apple 0% financing promotion on a vacation once.  I don't regret the vacation but I should have prepared more ahead of time to fund it.  Ate about $550 in interest last year on that dumb decision.  So, they got me.  As soon as I finish paying that off, I'm going to drop that card.  I've already cut it up.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 21:45

I tend to agree, but sadly this also encourages "biting off more than you can chew".  If you can't afford to drop the cash today, then what makes you think you can afford it tomorrow?

 

That being said, I've taken advantage of 0% XX-month financing from Apple, Newegg, and Amazon.  So long as you pay it off it is great, but if you don't they can count all of the interest against you as if it was accrued the entire time.

 

I haven't gotten in trouble with that exactly.  But I have run up a credit card that I received from an Apple 0% financing promotion on a vacation once.  I don't regret the vacation but I should have prepared more ahead of time to fund it.  Ate about $550 in interest last year on that dumb decision.  So, they got me.  As soon as I finish paying that off, I'm going to drop that card.  I've already cut it up.

 

Absolutely - it's easy for it to get out of control, but that really does just come down to your level of discipline. I previously bought my first large / expensive TV on a 0% credit card but I didn't keep on top of the repayments and ended up paying it back longer, and with interest.

 

That was years ago however, and I'm a bit more careful these days! Not made the same mistake this time around - bought my Macbook Air on a 0% credit card despite having the money in the bank to clear it, and am just paying back about 8% a month until it's clear when I plan to cancel the credit card. 



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 00:37

If you can't afford to drop the cash today, then what makes you think you can afford it tomorrow?

 

I very much can.  And I got to this position by correctly using credit.



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:46

You know, as someone who wasn't interested in buying a mac, all I used to see was "Update to this, refresh to that". 

 

Now I'm waiting for the new Mac Mini, it seems to be fruitless! LOL



#71 Auditor

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 17:02

You will still get best of Bang for your Buck with a Hackintosh.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:46

You will still get best of Bang for your Buck with a Hackintosh.

 

Lol, keep up... What you define as "best bang for your buck" makes no considerations for how I cost my time faffing and for peace of mind ;)



#73 Virtual Techie

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:49

Get a hackintosh

Best decision I ever made