Blackbook for Macbook Pro - similar(ish) Specs

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by okayjustin, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. okayjustin macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2007
    SF bay area
    My blackbook is
    the 2008 model

    2.4ghz intel core 2 duo
    2GIG RAM
    etc, etc you know the deal!

    The trade is for a similarish MBP

    2gig ram
    160GB HD

    the thing is with this trade though to me is that the hard drive is smaller in the MBP. I like to keep a lot of media with me on the go and I need that room for expansion. Though I could replace the HD to make it bigger; I'm not sure how much that would have to cost me - I don't want to spend too much.

    Though I like the idea of a bigger screen on the MBP, and the better graphics card since I'm getting into more amateur film making.

    The processor speed is a little lower but I figure I won't be be able to tell much of a difference?

    What do you guys think? Is one worth more than the other?
  2. mchank macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2006
    The graphics card of the Pro will make a big difference and will offset the slightly slower CPU, and plus you'll probably have to get an external hard drive anyways if you're doing lots of video work, and a bigger screen is always better for editing.
  3. okayjustin thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2007
    SF bay area
  4. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    Mac2Sell has ballpark figures.
  5. mchank macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2006
    Check out recently completed sales on Ebay; that's the best way to find the true market value for older laptops.
  6. richardhunt macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2007
    I wouldn't do it. The reason I would get a Macbook pro today over a macbook are:

    1) Backlit keyboard (the 2.33 Model has that)
    2) Multitouch trackpad (the 2.33 DOES NOT have it)
    3) Nvidia Graphics (the 2.33 Model has ATI X1600)
    4) LED Backlit screen (the 2.33 Model DOES NOT have it)
    5) Penryn based (The 2.33 is a Merom)

    So, only 1 of my 5 criteria is met, I would keep the newer technology based Mac with the 800Mhz FSB.
  7. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    I say go for the pro. It will have a lot better resale value what you choose to get rid of it. Take a look at the old powerbooks, they are only going for a little less than macbooks.
  8. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    The Radeon is still 25x faster than GMA.
  9. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Get the MBP; I got one in April and it is really neat on a desk, far neater in appearance given its screen size than I had imagined it would have been. Moreover, the screen is simply superb - and as you mention amateur movie making, this ought to be a major consideration - while the spec is excellent as is the build quality, which would only enhance its resale value should that become necessary.
    :apple: MBP, 15.4", 2 GB RAM, 2.4ghz, 160 HDD
    :apple: iPod Classic black 30 GB
  10. Freewayjim macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2008
    Metro Atlanta
    If you are wanting to work with video and plan on using an external HD having the Firewire 800 port that the MBP offers is a nice plus.
  11. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    The MacBook Pro...

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