Difference between the 2 MacBooks Models

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macg4, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. macg4 macrumors 6502a

    macg4

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    Well im considering buying a refurbished macbook off of the apple store site sometime this month hopefully..I have been reading all the other topics about others buying refurbs and other various issues people have with their macbooks...anway my real question here is it worth it just get the 2.0ghz model over the 1.8 model? i mean they are only $50 apart in price....how much of a speed difference between the 2 are there...would the 2.0ghz be more realiable. just looking for feedback from other buyers and current mac books owners....
     
  2. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    Here is the way I would look at it. First, the $50 would be worth it to move up to the 2.0GHz machine but there is more to it than that. Refurbs are sold as the base configuration. For example, if Joe Blow buys a MacBook from Apple upgraded with a 100GB HD and 2GB of RAM but then returns it, it gets sold as a refurb with a 60GB HD and 512MB of RAM (or whatever the base specs were). With that in mind, which computer is more likely to have been upgraded? I would say the 2.0GHz model and it wouldn't even be close. People who buy the stock machine are much more likely to be concerned with total cost than someone who would upgrade to the 2.0GHz CPU.

    So, like I said, to me the faster CPU alone is worth the $50 but the greater chance to receive more than what I bargained for is worth much more. Case in point, I convinced a coworker to buy a MacBook after her Dell laptop died. We decided on the 2.0GHz MacBook. She got her machine in perfect condition and lo and behold, it had an 80GB HD and 1GB of RAM.
     
  3. macg4 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the advice topgunn, you are probably right about paying the extra $50 and getting the 2.0ghz model....didnt think about the whole getting more than you paid for concept. well knowing that how much of speed difference is there really between the 2 models?? i will probably get the 2.0ghz model
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    The 1.8 only has a combo drive, get the 2.0 and you get a superdrive.
     
  5. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Are you saying that if you buy a refurb, you may get a nice surprise of more memory and a bigger hard drive?
     
  6. macg4 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah i knew that already. dont really care about that as i dont use the superdrive in my g5 that much now
     
  7. phungy macrumors 68020

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    For some members on this forum, yes. They ordered a refurb with the stock specs but received a larger hard drive.
     
  8. Pojo macrumors newbie

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    I heard that happens alot on other forums too, I got a refurb MacBook that i'm having for xmas, I hope it has more memory and bigger HD. :D
     
  9. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    I got a larger hard drive for a refurb I got too, but don't count on it.

    If you get the bonus... good! If not, well it is still a pretty computer :p
     

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