Mac or Macintosh is a generic name for a range of desktop & laptop computers from Apple that has been around since 1984, pre-dating the PC and Windows by some time. With the Macintosh, Apple set out to create a truly personal computer that was designed to be not only easy, but also enjoyable to use. In time Windows replicated many of the features of the Mac system that Apple pioneered but it has never managed to inspire quite the same degree of passionate loyalty amongst it's users that the Mac has done. In the early years, Apple Macs tended to be used most in the graphic design, print and creative industries and to this day they are still market leaders in this sector, however in recent years Apple computers have broadened out into the mainstream through products such as the iMac and the MacBook range of laptops. Compatibility with PCs/Windows is now excellent
All the different Apple Mac computers share many of the same features, and all are available in a range of different specifications and prices. There is a good chance that several different models would be suitable for your requirements - they all run the same software and do more or less the same thing, so how do you decide which is the right one for you? Which Apple Mac should you buy - an Mac or a Mac Pro, a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro? We've put together a couple of guides to help you. Read our guide to the different Mac models and our tips on how to choose the right used Mac to help you decide what you need.
There are many places you can buy an Apple Mac - specialist resellers such as MacWarehouse and PC World, leading internet retailers Amazon and eBay and also an ever increasing number of high street retailers such as Saverstore, Currys, Dixons and John Lewis who also sell Macs.We have put together a Mac price comparison page checking prices from all these sources to find the best deals for you.
Secondhand can be an attractive option, saving you the initial depreciation that happens as soon as you open the box, and if you buy a fairly new secondhand one, all the manufacturer's warranty will still be in place so you will be fully covered in the event of any faults. If you're prepared to go slightly older, you can often pick up some real bargains with last year's model going for a fraction of it's original price. eBay is of course one of the best places to find secondhand Mac bargains and we have created a page that searches eBay for you to find the best deals. Our unique filtering system trawls through the eBay database selecting only the most relevant offers and best deals to save you time.
The price of goods at auctions is not fixed - it depends upon how much people are prepared to bid and that's why you can pick up some great deals on both new and used Macs at auction. To give you an idea of what you might pay, here are some completed items so you can see what price they went for:
We've put together a couple of guides to help you. Read our guide to the different Mac models and our tips on how to choose the right used Mac to help you decide what you need and to make sure you're buying the right thing for you. Good luck and happy buying!
For more detailed information about the Mac including it's technology, history and specifications there is a great Mac article on Wikipedia.