Christmas and New Year Apple Shopping (1): Sources, Mac minis and iMacs
As the new year is approaching with Christmas only a few days away I looked round some Bangkok iStudio outlets and on Apple's online store to see what is available.
The corporate gift site focuses on the iPod range for those important customers or loyal staff, but also ships computers. All iPods (except the tiny iPod shuffle) can be engraved with a message and a company logo. The site tells us that special volume pricing may be available.
There is also a link for students in full-time education and teachers, although Thai users may prefer the education distributor, EITS. There are also the on-campus U-Store outlets at Chiang Mai, Pathum Thani (Bangkok, Rangsit and Thammasat), and Assumption University at Samuthprakarn. I hope Mahidol's Salaya campus will also be on the list soon.
The main concentration of iStudio outlets is in the Siam, Central World and Phantip area, with others in Fortune Town, the Emporium and in Soi Thonglor; as well as those northwards like Central Lad Phrao, Ramindra and at Rangsit. There is a 2-floor iStudio in Kaosan Road. Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya are also served. Currently, there is an iStudio promotion for 10 months at 0% on notebook computers. Credit cards that are in this scheme are Kassikorn, Citibank, SCB, KTC, Ayutthaya and First Choice.
A small cousin of the Mac Pro is the underrated Mac mini which was upgraded recently. The small size means that they can be kept out of the way easily. The two basic models have 2.26GHz and 2.53Ghz processors, with 2G and 4G of memory respectively. These are priced at 22,900 baht and 28,900 baht and recently were top of a list in terms of power consumption: apparently Mac minis are cheaper to run too.
There is also a 2.53Ghz version with twin 500G hard disks (4G RAM) that is shipped with OS X Server software allowing "an unlimited number of Mac and PC users without per-user licensing fees" unlike some other server software.
Two versions of the 27" iMac are listed. The first with the 3.06Ghz processor, 1TB disk and ATI card at 62,900 and the other with 2.66Ghz Quad core (i5) processor at 73,900 baht. There is a waiting list for some of these. There is another iMac which is available by order: the 2.8Ghz Quad core (i7). The online store configuration page shows that this adds 7,169 baht to the price. Worldwide this is in short supply.
There are two versions of the 21.5" iMac. Both have the same 3.06Ghz processor, but the 43,900 baht machine has 500G hard disk and NVidia 9400M graphics card, while the other machine (at 53,900 baht) has a 1TB disk and the ATI Radeon HD 4670 card.
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