SMAD Notebook Recommendations for Fall 2022

SMAD notes that DVC concentrators might consider purchasing Apple’s $199.99 Pro Apps Bundle for Education; it’s a great deal on a collection of professional-grade media production applications that we use in our own labs and classes.

Please note: storage and memory are not upgradable in Apple computers, so SMAD recommends that one buy as much of both as one can reasonably afford and thus ensure that the computer will run quickly for as many years as possible.

If the price of any of these systems is a concern, the “Good” system could have its storage reduced to 256 GB (this would also reduce the integrated graphics to 7 cores, which is not a serious deficit); the “Better” system could have its storage reduced to 256 GB or 512 GB; and the “Best” system could have its memory reduced from 32 GB to 16 GB. In no case should the amount of memory for any system be reduced below 16 GB.

SMAD MacBook Air (Good)

Available in Gold, Silver or Space Gray
M1 (8-core)
16GB unified memory
512GB SSD storage
8-core integrated GPU
3 Year AppleCare+ for Mac*

SMAD MacBook Pro 14" (Better)

Available in Silver or Space Gray
M1 Pro (8-core)
16GB unified memory
1 TBB SSD storage
14-core integrated GPU
3 Year AppleCare+ for Mac*

SMAD MacBook Pro 16" (Best)

Available in Silver or Space Gray
M1 Pro (10-core)
32GB unified memory
1TB SSD storage
16-core integrated GPU
3 Year AppleCare+ for Mac*

Our Price: $1,578.00

Apple Retail: $1,648.00

Phone Order Only

Custom-built configuration, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Our Price: $2,328.00

Apple Retail: $2,478.00

Phone Order Only

Custom-built configuration, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Our Price: $3,298.00

Apple Retail: $3,498.00

Phone Order Only

Custom-built configuration, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

*Service coverage is available only for Mac and its original included accessories for protection against (i) defects in materials or workmanship, (ii) batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity, and (iii) up to two incidents per year of accidental damage from handling of your Mac, each incident being subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax. If your Mac has catastrophic damage from an accident or is inoperable after unauthorized modifications, you will need to buy a replacement.

Call the Madison CyberZone at 540-568-3989 to place your order.

SMAD Desktop Recommendations for Fall 2022

SMAD notes that DVC concentrators might consider purchasing Apple’s $199.99 Pro Apps Bundle for Education; it’s a great deal on a collection of professional-grade media production applications that we use in our own labs and classes.

Please note: storage and memory are not upgradable in Apple computers, so SMAD recommends that one buy as much of both as one can reasonably afford and thus ensure that the computer will run quickly for as many years as possible.

If price is a concern, the “Good” system could have its storage reduced to 256 GB; the “Better” system could have its storage reduced to 512 GB; and the “Best” system could have its memory reduced to 32 GB or its storage reduced to 512 GB. In no case should the amount of memory for any system be reduced below 16 GB.

SMAD 24 inch iMac (Good)

Available in Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, Yellow, Orange or Purple
M1 (8-core) 
16GB memory
512 GB SSD
8-core integrated GPU
3 Year AppleCare+ for Mac*

SMAD Mac Studio 32 GB RAM (Better)

M1 Max (10-core)
32GB unified memory
1TB SSD
24-core integrated GPU
3 Year AppleCare+ for Mac*

SMAD Mac Studio 64 GB RAM (Best)

M1 Max (10-core)
64GB unified memory
1TB SSD
32-core integrated GPU
3 Year AppleCare+ for Mac*

Our Price: $1,968.00

Apple Retail: $2,068.00

Phone Order Only

Custom-built configuration, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Our Price: $2,168.00

Apple Retail: $2,368.00

Phone Order Only

Custom-built configuration, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Our Price: $2,568.00

Apple Retail: $2,968.00

Phone Order Only

Custom-built configuration, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

*Service coverage is available only for Mac and its original included accessories for protection against (i) defects in materials or workmanship, (ii) batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity, and (iii) up to two incidents per year of accidental damage from handling of your Mac, each incident being subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax. If your Mac has catastrophic damage from an accident or is inoperable after unauthorized modifications, you will need to buy a replacement.
Peripherals for Mac Studio

If you purchase a Mac Studio computer, please be aware that it does not come with a monitor, mouse, or keyboard. If you already have any of these peripherals, you can use them with the Mac Studio. If you need to purchase any of these peripherals, here are SMAD’s recommended peripherals that can be purchased through the Madison CyberZone. Other SMAD recommended peripherals are available through other vendors. 

Keyboard

Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keyboard
$129.00

Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad for Mac computers with Apple silicon
$179.00

Mouse

Magic Mouse
$79.00

Monitor

Viewsonic VA2456-MHD 24" Display
1920 x 1080 Resolution
$180.00

ASUS ProArt PA278CV 27" QHD Display
1440p, 2560 x 1440 Resolution
$399.00

Dell P2723Q 4K 27" Display
USB-C Hub, 3840 x 2160 Resolution
$499.00

Call the Madison CyberZone at 540-568-3989 to place your order.

Due to industry trends, availability and pricing on all items is subject to change or discontinuation at any time without prior notice. For these reasons, we reserve the right to cancel any order at any time. The price on the date you place the order is final. All purchases are subject to state sales tax. Purchase of academically priced merchandise is for eligible JMU students, parents, faculty and staff only, and requires a valid JMU ID Card or other proof of eligibility.

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