MacBook vs. MacBook, which would you choose?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iMatt mini, May 28, 2006.


1 or 2

  1. Option 1, white

    66 vote(s)
  2. Option 2, black

    36 vote(s)
  1. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2005
    Central New Jersey
    I was just looking at the MacBooks, and for a difference of $10, I can get either of these. I like the black but I don't know, I could get a white one with more RAM?
    Help me decide.
    Option 1:
    1.83 GHz White, 2 GB RAM, 60 GB HD ( I don't need that much RAM, but I'm impatient)

    Option 2: 2.00 GHz Black, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB HD.
    Both about $1500.

    Does the .17 GHz make much of a difference? What about those with Black ones, are they a lot nicer?
  2. iHeartTheApple macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2006
    Boston, MA
    I'm not sure that the 0.17GHz will be noticeable. More ram is always good though.

    I personally liked the white one and bought that instead of the black. People have been saying that the black shows fingerprints, marks, scratches, etc. much more readily than does the white one. I also really like the classic apple style of the white MB. Good luck! :)
  3. jesusphreak macrumors member

    May 24, 2006
    I own a white one and I've seen the black models two separate times.

    I personally think that the black one is ugly and very cheap looking, but maybe that's just me. The white one just looks very classy and elegant. I've also noticed that any picture I've ever seen of a black model shows a big spot of grease right on the trackpad. That's pretty nasty, and is an indicator of the case as a whole.

    I haven't had any issues with the white one getting dirty. In the end though, the MacBook is just a great machine regardless of which color you get.
  4. X5-452 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    I'm not sure if you'll see much difference with 0.17Ghz of extra dual core power. However, I'm not too sure if you'll see much of a difference between 1.25GB of RAM and 2GB, so if you can get 1.25 get that and save some money. The main difference to me is your HDD size and the fact that the BlackBook has a SuperDrive.
  5. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816


    Dec 1, 2005
    1.83 model doesnt have superdrive. So go for it only if you dont need a SD built in.

    In any case I voted for the BlackBook coz of the SD and the fact that you want a black one.(Me too wanted the black one but had to be satisfied with the white one only:( )

    If you dont really need a SD et all, then please reduce one vote from the BlackBook and add one to white MB
  6. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    EDIT: I didn't respond directly to the OP's question. Of the two options you've chosen, the black would be a better candidate. The black has a superdrive and a larger hard drive.

    Off-topic a bit:
    The .17 of power will not make a difference unless you're constantly pushing the CPU to its max. My 2Ghz MacBook consistently runs at a speed of 1.5GHz under normal loads. The CPU differences in the 1.83 and the 2.0 should be rather negligble. The difference between the black and white MacBook truly comes down to aesthetic preference, as you can configure the white MacBook to have the same specs and still come out cheaper.

    Personally, when I saw the two together, I went with the white. I have a white iPod 5G, a snow iMac, and all the MacBook's peripherals are in white (so are the iPod's), so I opted to remain consistent in that regard. In my opinion I'd save that 150-200 dollars and put it toward an accessory or even the extended AppleCare.
  7. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2005
    Why not the 2.0 White? This would be more feasible if you went with memory from an online seller.
  8. joebells macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2005
    Why pay the high price apple charges for the ram. Just buy the 1.83 and buy 2 1 gig sticks of ram and install it yourself its easy as can be just remove the battery and a screw or two. You'll save a darn good amount plus it won't be a bto option so you'll get it faster and not have hassle if you need to return it.

    You might want to think about the superdrive in the white 2.0 compared to the combo drive in the white 1.83 though. I'm trying to decide wether the .17 and the superdrive are worth 200 bucks to me. I'm thinking they aren't but I have my girlfriends imac to burn dvd's with if I want to and I figure later on down the road I will probably be able to stick a blu ray burner in there for cheap(a ways away of course).
  9. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    I bought the 2.0 ghz white... and the dvd burner is soooo slow. I think that you are better off with a cheaper macbook, and buy a fast external burner... best of both worlds. How often, really, do you need to burn a dvd on the road?
  10. Nate4747 macrumors regular

    May 7, 2006
    I got the 2GHz white, and I used the 200 I saved to get 2GB of RAM. Money much better spent in my opinion.
  11. mccldwll macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2006
    How about between 1 GB and 1.25? Aside from the BTO disadvantages, unless you plan to go all the way to 2 GB eventually (and even then, probably good market for 512 chips unlike 256), 1 GB initially from apple costs about same as aftermarket 1 GB chip and you eliminate potential ram problems?
  12. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    Macworld says that they can see nearly no difference in speed if you compare the 1.83 and 2Ghz processors. I still prefer the white.;)
  13. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    What's the write speed?
  14. firsttube macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2004
    You can always add RAM later. Black, however, can't be added later for any amound of money. :D
  15. talz13 macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2005
    But the black has no functionality other than camouflaging itself in the night and getting stepped on by accident!

    Personally, I'd get the most specs that I could for the money, and a couple years down the line you might be happier that you got the faster proc and the burner. I know I wish I would have gotten the faster proc on my old laptop...
  16. Rickay726 macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    black is much nicer without a doubt, plus the specs are so much better.
  17. Xephian macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    United States
  18. iMatt mini thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2005
    Central New Jersey
    I wouldn't say I'm illiterate at computers, not at all, but maybe in the hardware area. Especially with Apple. I'm too afraid to try and upgrade the RAM myself, especially on a brand new laptop. I just watched the MacWorld video and they make it look easy. Can anyone else say it's easy, for a newbie, on a MacBook? I was thinking about getting the Black/White (Still can't decide!!) w/ 512 RAM, get it faster since it's stock, and upgrade 2 GB of RAM myself.

    So, 2 questions:
    1. How easy is it to upgrade the RAM for a beginner, someone who's never opened up a Mac before? Is it worth it, or should I just get a BTO w/ 1 GB and be settled.

    2. Will it void any warranty I have to upgrade the RAM myself?
    I was looking at two of these GB sticks, any opinions, good or bad, on this RAM? Can anyone recommend anything better than this for a close-to-the-same price?
  19. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    It is simple. Do it yourself, just follow the included instructions, take your time and you should be fine.
    No, however read the manual. If you damage anything while installing the RAM, then that damage is not covered under warranty. Like i said, read the manual before doing the RAM install.

    Honestly, it would take a lot to screw up a RAM install on the MB.

    As to RAM, most people here will recommend going through a dealer that guarantees compatibility with Macintosh computers. Some vendors that MR users like are OWC, Datamem and Crucial.
  20. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    In this case, the specifications are somewhat better but not much better. The glossy outside of the white machines looks so much nicer to me but on the inside, they both look just okay.

    I'd choose the white, considering that the machines are much more powerful than what we've had anyway and that the RAM will do a better job of making the machine useful. Even if it were the white 2.0 GHz machine vs. the black, I'd put the $150 difference into something useful.
  21. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    The white would be faster, get it also i like the look better
  22. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    Option 2

    Personally, i'd choos option 2, just cause i'd upgrade the RAM myself later on if need it, and i'd like the extra HDD space
  23. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I got the 2.0 white. You can't upgrade the processor later, so every little bit counts. I don't know your uses, but the only time I've taxed my 1 GB of RAM was installing and optimizing 9 software updates. The only time I've taxed my processor is running handbrake.

    If the black had been the same price, I might have gotten it. I like that it's harder to scratch, and it does look nice. But the white is more apple-esque and more resistant to fingerprints and sweat stains. So I would have been torn. But for $200 more ($150 with equal spec, but I don't need an 80 GB HD), it's an easy choice.
  24. MacNewb macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2006

    I hear all of you saying that you would save money buying RAM seperately, but when I searched online on Froogle, all the 1 GB models were over $100. I plan on getting the 1.83 MacBook with 1 GB ram, and perhaps adding another 1 GB if I find a cheap one.

    So, where do you guys/girls know where I can find a cheaper 1 GB model?
  25. MacNewb macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2006

    Nevermind, just read another post and went here:

    Its $79.00 for 1 GB and $44.75 for 512 MB. Now that I think of it though, I probably aint going to get it. I have a Dell running XP Home with 2.66 GHz and 1.25 ram. Usually I have three people logged on while Im running iTunes, LimeWire, and the Internet, and my PC still could run more. So probably I'll get the 512 or nothing.

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