refurb macbok w/ 100GB HD and 1GB RAM

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  1. wmmk macrumors 68020

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    hello all. i've finally saved anough for an apple laptop and DSLR. i definitely need 1GB RAM anda 100GB hard drive. if i get a new machine and upgrade it, i won't have enough for the camera. apple only offers macbooks in stock configurations, which really stinks. i did notice this:
    but i don't think i want something that big. 13" widescreen is perfect for me, as i'll be hooking up to my viewsonic 17" LCD when at home, and i'd like to travel light.
    So, the big question:
    where can i get a refurbished black macbook with a 100GB HD and 1GB RAM, for a reasonable price?
    thanks,
    wmmk
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    it's just a bit large for me, but i suppose that if it's better for photography, it might be ok. i also though a slightly upgraded MB would cost less.
     
  4. BII macrumors member

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    They are selling refurb macbooks, but there isn't as much of a deal on those IIRC. I bought the 2.16GHz 15in MBP last night, it really is a good deal, if you could afford it of course.
     
  5. interlaced macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe check your local Craigslist or ebay for cheaper black MBs.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Refurbished MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
    15.4-inch widescreen display (1440x900 resolution)
    1GB (single SODIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    100GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Front Row and Apple Remote

    $1,599.00

    That or hold out for a Core 2 Macbook.
     
  7. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i don't think you understand. i think a macbook pro is too big, i don't really need C2D, but i do want a black macbook with 100GB HD and 1GB RAM for quite a bit less than $1,699.00 (which is what it costs new).

    EDIT:
    BTW, i just found that after buying the camera, all accessories, bibble lite, and PSE, I'll have $1666.68 left for the computer and non-photo software. so close to a new MB spec'd out like i want it but not quite. arghhhhhhh
     
  8. mini.boss macrumors member

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    The MBP was just updated so there is a severe discount for those after the "old" model. $1449 for an MBP is an insane deal that is easily the best notebook value from Apple now. Expecting a MacBook with a similar discount percentage AND 1GB/100GB is unreasonble for now. But with a C2D update to the current MacBook most likely before the holidays then it isnt impossible.

    So the best advice for you is:
    1) Get the MBP. Its a good value and doesnt weigh more than a few ounces more than the decievingly heavy MacBook.

    2) Forget black and buy a base MacBook for $999 (amazon or macmall) and use the money saved for memory/hdd upgrades from newegg.com ($219 for 2GB and about $130 for 120GB SATA HDD and youll still be under your cost)

    3) Wait a 6-8 weeks for an MB update so the older models get a price drop (then wait another few weeks for leopard so you dont have to rebuy the OS)

    Either way, if anyone is buying a macbook in Q4 2006 then they're setting themselves up for a bit of disappointment when the new models get released. Situations like this stink but being in the dark is all part of being an Apple customer.
     
  9. coal macrumors regular

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    Honestly, the two are very similar in size. I went from a MB to a MBP and any difference in portability is negligible. Compare on Apple's site yourself, the MBP is actually thinner and weighs something like .6 pounds more than the MB and only an inch wider and deeper.

    Go with the MBP. If you're into photography, the larger screen will definitely be helpful when you're out in the field.
     
  10. phuong macrumors 6502a

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    1. although he'll use it for photography, the small, glossy screen dont affect him because he'll hook it to a 17" LCD.
    2. he dont have too much money and dont care about CD or C2D. just a low price Mac laptop so he can edit his photos on it, at the same time have money to buy a DSLR and PSE.

    i'd say, get a refub white MB and upgrade. afaik, the white 2GHz and the black are identical, aside from the color. so, by getting the white, you'll save $200.
    to upgrade, OWC offers really (very) cheap RAM and HDD. you can exchange your HDD and RAM with them too, so no worries about wasting a ram stick or HDD.
    on the HDD option, i think there's another solution: get an external one. this will save you a lot of money.
     
  11. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    darn, the MBP that i was looking at is now off of the refurb store. here are my current options:

    Black MB: 2.0, 1GB, 160GB, SD, GMA 950, some assembly required $1547.95
    White MB: 2.0, 1GB, 140GB, SD, GMA 950, some assembly required $1347.95
    MBP 15": 2.16, 1 GB, 100GB, SD, X1600 (256MB), pre built, $1,599.00

    (btw, these are all refurbs, and the MB's are 80GB internal HDD and 80-GB external)
     
  12. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    If the MBP is still in the back of your mind, don't worry -- I've kept a close eye on these things for the past month and they come and go fairly quickly. Keep checking back. They'll eventually show up again.

    What about buying a refurb MB, and then replacing the internal hard drive? As I understand it, they're really easy to replace.
     
  13. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    hmm... i could save $60 on the black macbook or $50 on the white by installing an internal 120GB Western Digital Scorpio. That sounds great, as externals with notebooks can be rather inconvenient.
    New options:
    Black MB: 2.0, 1GB, 120GB, SD, GMA 950, some assembly required $1487.95
    White MB: 2.0, 1GB, 120GB, SD, GMA 950, some assembly required $1297.95
    MBP 15": 2.16, 1 GB, 100GB, SD, X1600 (256MB), pre built, $1,599.00

    Those MacBooks are certainly looking nicer and nicer.

    SO, am I willing to pay $190 for a cooler looking computer?
     
  14. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Yes, that sounds like a plan. But what about black or white? Personally I think paying $200 for a different color is silly. But to each his own... :)
     
  15. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

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    treue. i was thinking that black would be different, as all of our school's iBooks are white, then again, the high school I'll be at next year has all PC's and most students with laptops have black dells and IBMs. and youre right that $200 for a different computer paint job is a bit much. do white MacBooks still have the stain problem, or is that fixed?
     

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