Are the non unibody macbook pro's worth it anymore?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Macnewb401, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Macnewb401 macrumors newbie

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    Some guy is selling a mint (Yeah mint, I questioned it too haha ) 15.4" macbook pro early 2008. The non unibody one.
    4gb of ram, 2.4ghz, 8600m
    New battery, new logic board, and new 200gb hdd.
    for 800 bucks..
    Should I even bother? I don't mind the design. I actually really liked the old matte display. Especially a 15" one!:)

    Few questions
    1)Will this be able to run lion fine?
    2) Would it be be able to handle hd video editing and high resolution photo editing?
    3) Can I upgrade this hdd to an ssd?
    4) And for 800 bucks am I better off with something else?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say no. The difference between a Core Duo and a Core 2 Duo proc is just too great.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes.
    Yes.
    Yes.
    That's up to you. I'm using that same model (with the 2.5 CPU) and it does everything I've ever needed. I would have upgraded by now, but there's nothing the newer models offer that I need or want that this one doesn't do.
    That model IS the Core 2 Duo. The last Core Duo was May, 2006.
     
  4. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    The early 2008 is the Core 2 Duo, the late 2007 was the CoreDuo. For a few hundred more, I would recommend looking into a Refurb, at least the refurb can have Apple Care put on it.
     
  5. eaf7s macrumors regular

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    My early '08 was a core 2 duo (RIP). $800 seems steep. For just a bit more you could get an '09 or '10 low-end refurb. And I spent plenty of time with that model and I have to say, since I upgraded, I am LOVING the unibody design. I was secretly jealous of everyone anyway.
     
  6. Macnewb401 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE QUICK RESPONSES!

    I am a student, so I do qualify for the educations discount. Hopefully I can pull together enough for the baseline macbook pro. Would there be a significant speed difference?
    But darn, that 15.4" matte screen seems so nice to edit on compared to a 13" glossy. Only a mac would have you debating to buy a 3 year old product.
     
  7. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    I may be wrong, but the 2008 had the 15 not 15.4 (at least that is how it was described on my box as 15. When I got the new one, I was surprised to see it listed as a 15.4.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    15.4 and 15 are the same thing. It's just different ways of referring to the 15.4" model.
     
  9. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    I actually wouldn't have thought twice about it weren't for the fact that my case didn't fit the new model (was custom built for the older model). Just figured it was the slightly bigger dimension (the case actually was that close, that if you pushed it "would" fit, but it was tight).
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The Late 2007 was the Core 2 Duo. The last Core Duo was early 2006.
     
  11. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    Wow.. I am just full of all sorts of helpful "wrong" information tonight!
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can find specs on all Apple products with Mactracker.
     
  13. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    You can use everymac.com as well. (Hey, got one right!)
     
  14. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a

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    Oops. I'm a dumb, then!

    I dunno, I'm just a fan of the aesthetics of the black keyboard style.
     
  15. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    Apart from the 9600m and the unibody itself, it isn't actually much worse than the first gen unibody and is still better than last gen's 13".
     
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  17. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    I had 2 logicboards replaced on mine and Apple swapped me a new 15" due to it failing again.. Other than that it was a stellar machine.. I had the 2.5GHZ Penryn with 4Gb RAM and 512 MB 8600..
     
  18. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    Can't believe I recommended this MBP forgetting that I have this very problem. Don't buy anything with the 8600!
     
  19. howardnow macrumors member

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    I have an early 15" MBP 2008 2.5ghz (512 video ram) with semi-gloss screen. I bought this model because the orig. unibody screen was way too reflective.

    Had a battery problem and went to the Genius Bar for first time last week. Under Applecare, they gave me a new battery (great!).

    No problem with 8600 card or anything else. Genius said by the time I bought my MBP the card problem was resolved. He stated that Apple will take care of the 8600 for 4 years and beyond, but I can expect no problems.

    I use mine for Avid, FCP and Photoshop. Works fine under Snow osX.
     
  20. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    I've just given back my 2010 13" MacBook Pro (changed jobs) and am using my own early 2008 15" at home. It's horrible in comparison. Gets very hot, noticeably slower, terrible battery life, not to mentio it weighs a ton. I'd definitely go for the newest model you can find/afford, and wouldn't recommend the older MBPs.
     
  21. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

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    It's true that Apple will support the product for 4 years from the purchase date but it is most definitely not resolved. The product defective by design and if you follow the thread about the defect, you'll realise that Apple is just replacing the defective part with another one. Not Apple's fault but unfortunately, it this is the case.
     
  22. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    I had a 2.6ghz 8600gt 512mb (early 08) that failed out of applecare and apple told me there was nothing they would do.
     
  23. vincebio macrumors 6502a

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    i have a penryn 2.5 core2duo 17"...with 4gb or ram.

    have used this in my studio as my main music workhorse and live on stage for the 2.5 years ive had it.

    its still a beast...and gives me absoultely no reason at all to upgrade to a unibody yet....

    i am hopeful of the next iteration of the MBP being something 'wow'..as it will be time then to perhaps upgrade, mainly due to the audio software im using getting more and more hungry as updates go by..
     
  24. vincebio macrumors 6502a

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    no!

    Your right about the difference in spec, but youve got the wrong computer models..
     
  25. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    If you never plan on using it outside of a desk, they're great machines. Unfortunately, even a brand new battery will only last ~3 hours. Maybe 3.5, depending on the model, and if you're lucky. That alone is a major deterrent to me. I have a MBP 2,2, that's the first model with a Core 2 Duo in it, and it still runs everything - except editing in HD & Motion, and newer video games - like a champ. But I'm ready to get a new one, just because the battery life is so poor, compared to the new ones. Sure I can get 3 hours of battery life, but I'd rather 7...

    Oh yeah. and avoid the 8600gt like a plague.
     

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