Considering MacBook as computer replacement...?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by DougTheImpaler, May 31, 2006.

  1. DougTheImpaler macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2006
    Central Illinois
    Now that basically all of my software is now ported to Universal Binaries, I'm starting to consider getting a new machine. I've got a menagerie of machines I want to dump and replace with just one, and I want it to be portable. I think the MacBook is my killer machine.

    Right now I've got an iMac G5 1.8 (Radeon 9600), an iBook SE 366, and a graphite G4 tower that I was going to trade on a Windows laptop and then there was an issue with shipping, but anyway, I'm considering eBaying all three machines for a MacBook and upgraded RAM to 2GB. Here's what I do with a computer:

    Surf the web
    do email with Entourage 2004 (not unibin, but should be sufficiently fast)
    work in Logic Express (I cross-graded to 7.2 when it came out)
    work in Finale 2003 (should work in Rosetta, will upgrade to unibin when it comes out)

    And that's about it. My gaming is strictly console with the exception of Guild Wars (which should play fine on the MB), so that doesn't seem like it'd be a problem. At this point I don't see a reason to spend the extra $900 on a MacBook Pro, but I'm open to suggestions...
  2. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

    Jan 29, 2006
    I currently use an athlon 3500+ with a gig of RAM and XP Pro (homebuilt). I also have 3 LCD monitors. I have been tired of the little things with winodws and this machine that piss me off. I have finally made the full switch over to mac, and I purchased the macbook this monday from amazon, should be coming soon. The option to run windows switched me, I got a 2.0 Ghz model, and I'll be upgrading the RAM (hopefully) soon. Also, the fact that I have always wanted a fast notebook and this thing will be like 2 or 3 times faster then my tower :p. I also use an ibook SE 366 graphite as another mac laptop to play around with. So I say go for it, I tried them out at the store and they are incredible, I cant wait for mine to come in :D
  3. DougTheImpaler thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2006
    Central Illinois
    I hope it works out for you...the more I think about it, the more amourous I am about doing it, and since you got your hands on it and fell in love, I think even more of it.
  4. NVRsayNVR macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2005
    Go for it!

    Do it Doug cause you will love this little gem and it will do all that you mentioned wanting to do and MUCH MORE! Plus your computers will only go down in value so it's best to sell them now especially the iMac.

    Now, Rosetta is not what you think it is. It is DAMN SLOW and your programs may not even run on it! You might want to check with Apple or the Software maker to see if it will run in Rose.

    In any case, I would off the iMac (higher resell value) now and hold off on one of your other units to do what you do if you HAVE to have something to run your programs on and the MacBook won't work.

    BUUTTTTTT...... Get the MacBook! Add 2 Gigs of RAM and BE HAPPY!

    I have the 1.83, 2 GIG's and it is blazing fast for a laptop... and it will run all of the pro stuff available for the Intel chip plus you have portablility to boot.

    Good luck! ;)

    "Think Alike... BE Different!"
  5. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    The MacBook with 2 gigs absolutely screams. Boot into Windows natively if you want to play 3D games. Run Windows, if you must using Parallels.

    It really is the best of all worlds. And if you must use XP, Paul Thurott has an article today about how he only uses XP on his MacBook, and it runs Windows faster than any portable he owns.

    (But of course, switching to the entire Mac experience is better.)

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