I thought about this, but then I realized that the Superdrive on the MB is single layer, and if you're truly interested in burning DVDs you might as well use the extra money and purchase a nice dual-layer external drive.alexstein said:The 1.83Ghz Machine is a nice machine. However if you really need a superdrive to burn dvd's on the fly you should consider the 2.0 Model.
External DVD burners are quite cheap. So even with the lowest end MacBook isn't a bad decision, but getting one with the superdrive is probably the better idea. The price difference isn't so huge, $200 US.mrweirdo said:I'm leaning towards going with the superdrive one just because I plan on keeping this new comp for awhile(who knows cds are so small in data size they may become usless within the next year or so) along with it becoming my main system and I dont actualy have any other computers that burn dvds after my liteon burner in my desktop died. Whenever I want to burn one I have to borrow my sisters comp for a few minutes heh.
unfortionently black is probably just outside my price range athough white will look beter on my desk anyways and it matches my floorlamp even
worth it? lol.daze said:I think if you can afford it, the Black is worth it. It definitely feels and looks nicer, but that is a subjective matter. I just ordered one, and am waiting for it to receive.
I agree. I had bought a PB 12" 3 years ago without a SuperDrive, and I too regretted it down the road, but hooking up an external drive wasn't so bad. Of course, you can't lug it around, but then again, how many times will you need to burn DVD-Rs on the go?alexstein said:The 1.83Ghz Machine is a nice machine. However if you really need a superdrive to burn dvd's on the fly you should consider the 2.0 Model.
I did the same think a couple of years ago with my iBook I opted for the combo drive and I was pretty upset down the road that I did not go for the superdrive.
I would say spend the extra dough upfront and get the Model with the superdrive.
In the next 10 years, something else will replace Blu-Ray, so that won't matter either. Not exactly a good line of thinking. Look at what you need right now, not what it will be replaced 2-3 years down the line. IMO.w8ing4intelmacs said:worth it? lol.
if you don't really burn dvds (or have a different machine with a dvd writer), then the base model is fine (the difference between 1.83 and 2.0 is marginal and probably not noticeable in everyday tasks). also consider that in the next 2-3 years that hd-dvd (or blu-ray) drives will become standard, so it doesn't really matter what kind of drive you have now.
I agree about the resell value and you do get a little better speed. It is noticeable.Go with the white 2.0.QCassidy352 said:I got the 2 ghz model... I think that it will resell better, and even though the base model would have been fine, I was spoiling myself.
Hint to the newbie: You should read the post before replying to it.daze said:In the next 10 years, something else will replace Blu-Ray, so that won't matter either. Not exactly a good line of thinking. Look at what you need right now, not what it will be replaced 2-3 years down the line. IMO.
You know I could see down the road if apple keeps the curent form factor and starts using a bluray or hd-dvd cabable drive U might see a lot of people with older macbooks moding there systems by replacing the optical drives that is assuming the new drives of the future will fit in curent case. I seem to recall this happening with the superdrive for awhile with the ibook. Hell I might even do it myself being the hardware geek I am if it becomes posible that is of course after warrenty is up then i got nothing to lose by posibly voiding the warrenty but I expect that its a couple years down the road anyways before we start seing such hd cabable drives showing up.w8ing4intelmacs said:I mentioned HD-DVD because many people buy the DVD writer to "future proof" their machine.
chris y. said:I just went through this same decision yesterday. I couldnt tell a difference between the speeds, but I think resale value down the road would be better with the higher ghz and superdrive. I previously had a powerbook g4 with the superdrive and I burned a total of 0 dvds. I found myself just transferring files to my PC desktop to backup files.
If you can spare the extra ~150 then I think why not, but I used that money to get more RAM.
I think battery life should be similar Ive only gone through one cycle so far on mine but it seems to be over 3 hrs and 30 min with lowered brightness on the 1.83 macbook.