what to buy? Which of the devices will at the lowest possible price comfortable to work in XCode?
I rarely work in XCode, but it seems to me that in 2012 it is not necessary to spend money on computers with a Core 2 Duo. Get a used Mac on Core i7/i5/i3.
Forget all of the iMac with a screen diagonal of 20" and 24" (all models up to late 2009) because they brake, heated, and monitors often have problems with lighting. I would also not advised to take the MacBook unibody 13" MB466 (2008, because it is heated) and iMac 27" 2009 (because the monitor is yellow).
Do not forget that on the old Mac also can 't start Mountain Lion
Minimal budget right now, I'd chose the Mac Mini (2011). In stores it costs 23 000 rubles., that is used should cost at least 19000 p. If you are going through for some time to buy a laptop, look in the side of the MacBook Air to "kill two birds with one stone".
where to buy?
Jessye flea markets seem to me inconvenient, I prefer the flea market on the forums. For example, the forum DeepApple
is there any General advice?
what to pay attention?
Makintoshniki, especially techies, are very greedy people. A great influence on prices in the secondary market, is the fact that the Mac for many years produced with the same design. That is, people, before you sell your three-year Assembly, coming to an Apple store I see in the window are exactly the same in mind the computers, and run to serve an ad with a price slightly lower from what I have seen. Most interesting is that they still buy.
A top tip if you want to save money: bargain
. And so to pay attention at all.
Before going to a meeting, ask them to send screenshots of System Profiler' ("system Information") to make sure that this is the model you're interested Mac. (You have to press the Apple in the upper left corner > "About this Mac" and click another button called differently depending on the version of the system. Looks System Profiler here
). Also you can punch the serial number on the Apple website
, just in case.
Keep in mind that all Mac (except the Mac Pro and even then) fits conventional memory. Vendors like to raise the price of 5000 p. just for the fact that they've brought memory for 1500 R. from the nearest computer store.At the meeting:
1) If the Mac monitor, then be sure to check the monitor for dead pixels. White check the uniformity of illumination.
2) Always check the efficiency of the drive (even if you don't need it) because they break often. Be sure to see the availability/performance, Firewire, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth. Information about all you can find in the same System Profiler'e or in System preferences > Network.
If the Mac is still under warranty (say, a month left), I recommend you extend the warranty to two years (called AppleCare). If the Mac was purchased abroad and is still under warranty, ask for a receipt — without it, Russia may have problems with the service.