Blackbook 2.4 ghz vs new low-end Macbook

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  1. msw123307 macrumors 6502

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    Had to decide which was the better deal today for a friend at BB. They had a Blackbook, 2.4 ghz with 2gb ram and the 250 gig hard drive there as an open item. Ended up purchasing this one for $1079.

    Our only other option was the new low-end white Macbook, we would have gotten it for $949. (Shown below)

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9107398&st=macbook&lp=1&type=product&cp=1&id=1218024601724

    My question, did we make the right decision? I originally thought so, but now I'm not so sure. The computer probably won't have any heavy use (photoshop, etc..), and more than likely won't use the extra hard drive space..but it seemed like the right move at the time just for longevity.

    What do you guys think? Thanks for any help!
     
  2. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    On the cosmetic front, I love the Black MacBook they're gonna be a classic soon! If i had the opportunity to pic one up now! I would.
    I love the matte finish on them, you won't get annoying finger prints showing all over it, unlike the white version. It's like this, the white one will remain available for some time but the Black ones are becoming rare!! Also.. the Black MacBook is a 2.4Ghz, the lowend MacBook Whit is only a 2.1. On both, the memory can be upgraded to a maximum of 4Gb and the HD is upgradable too!
     
  3. akbc macrumors 6502

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    Well, CPU and RAM's speed are a little different.

    2.1GHz 1066MHz on the WhiteBook's

    vs.

    2.4GHz 800MHz on the BlackBook's

    Which should make the BlackBook and Whitebook's CPU difference minimal at best.

    Same with ram: DDR3 1066MHz on WhiteBook's vs. DDR2 667MHz or 800MHz (upgraded) on BlackBooks.

    Overall, the performance difference is minimal. And the rarity of BlackBook's since it's been discontinued a little earlier, and it was a more expensive model; HECK YES!

    If I had to choose between the New Whitebooks and the old BlackBooks. I'd go with the old BlackBooks :)
     
  4. msw123307 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I noticed after the purchase just how nice the Blackbook is in person. But from what it sounds like - it may not have been worth the extra $~120
     
  5. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Sorry, but your wrong. I think your comparing it with the Unibody MacBook


    MacBook White Specs
     
  6. msw123307 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah - that's the way it appears to me as well. Let me put it this way..with color aside, will the speed differences be noticeable or beneficial to the average user?
     
  7. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Depends what your trying to run, application wise. Your talking 300Mhz between the two!! I would say the 2.4 would have a longer serviceable life, cause there's must a hint more power under the bonnet. The saving between the two ain't that much considering what you can actually buy with $100 those days.

    Besides, on the White MacBook. Hairline scratches are really annoying in my honest opinion, the reflections from lights just highlight them!! Fairly often, I find myself constantly trying to polish them out!! I even brought some Fineglass Cort but it doesn't do much but make it more shiny! ><
     
  8. msw123307 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Probably for the most part just web browsing, Ichat, iphoto, itunes, etc.
     
  9. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I would of thought, since the video card in those MacBook is part of the chipset, having a faster CPU would make some difference. I'm guessing, You might notice something in iPhoto (apple is still updating the application) and in iChat when using video, but not much.
     
  10. msw123307 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok. I'm sure too that down the line Blackbooks will have higher resale value for sure. This may help justify the difference. So far it sounds like there may be some small speed differences for normal tasks (web browsing, etc) since the processor is faster in the Blackbook. i'm just not sure if it justifies the difference in price..

    Thanks for your help btw.
     
  11. eXan macrumors 601

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    For 100$ you've got faster CPU, twice the RAM, more HD space and potentially better resale value (black MBs are less wide-spread than white). You also don't have to clean the black MB every month to keep the dirt away >>
     
  12. msw123307 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    when you put it that way, it seems like a no-brainer. thanks.

    while i'm asking questions, can someone show me where my friend can purchase ram for this black macbook? he wants to max out the ram to 4 gb.
     
  13. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    www.newegg.com - you just need some 667 DDR2 ram for notebooks... get a reputable brand with a lifetime warranty.
     

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