If anyone can advise me, I would really appreciate it! Can anyone tell me specifically if the 4-year university plan for a MacBook Pro is worth the cost? My incoming freshman would be a new Mac user. I would definitely buy the 4 yr. plan for a Dell, since none of our Dells have lasted very long, but aren't Macs supposed to be much more reliable and, therefore, probably won't need warranty service? I know the phone support is supposed to be good, but my kid is the kind of person that would probably seek out a tech savvy dorm mate to help :)
I would prefer to buy through the Apple web site, because we could upgrade to 8m of ram on the 15 inch MacBook Pro, which we can't do through the Terp store, and we still get the student discount. I we buy through the Terp store, we would have to have the upgrade installed at a service center, which I assume would be more expensive?
Also, is the iWork program basically like the Microsoft Office Suite, or would we need to buy that in order to do typical college papers and projects?