First time mac buyer, mbp non-unibody

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ddehr026, May 1, 2010.

  1. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    Hey all,

    just wanted to say hi. I just received my first macbook pro in the mail yesterday. I bought a pre unibody one off ebay. I wasnt sure I would like it so I couldnt justify spending the money on a new one. Anyways here is what I got:

    15" screen
    core 2 duo 2.6
    4gb ram
    8600gt 512mb
    snow leopard
    iLife 09
    iWork 09
    Applecare till May 2011

    I bought for 879 with free shipping (plus bcb, of courrse). im excited to start learning the mac but more excited because i heard that steam is coming to mac too! I may a total convert in a months time lol
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Congrats and welcome to MacRumors!

    Good that it has warranty as 8600M GT has pretty high failure rate, but enjoy it :cool:
     
  3. ddehr026 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah thats why i had the applecare, but i also am getting a 2 year square trade warranty as well. hopefully by then ill be ready for whatever stevo has for us!
     
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    I think you'll be very happy. The 15" discrete MBP (as opposed to unibody, because it's made of "discrete" aluminum components) is what I started with and got me switched to mac totally, and it was a great laptop that took lots of use and abuse from me, serving me well. Congrats on your purchase. :)
     
  5. andrew086 macrumors regular

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    That was actually a really good deal. tbh, besides design, battery, and newer processors, the MBPs haven't really changed too much. Unless you're going to need 7 hrs of battery life and will use all the power of an i5 or i7, then you'd be better of with something like the OP got.
     
  6. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    And the trackpad, I know that goes with design, but to me that was the most significant change.

    Good Purchase OP, thats a pretty good price for all you got. Welcome to MacRumors.
     
  7. Maverick713 macrumors 6502

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    this maybe a dumb question, but why not buy a new white macbook for like what 100 dollars more? and in a years time buy apple care.
     
  8. andrew086 macrumors regular

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    No discrete graphics, no firewire, less ram, slower processor, smaller screen, and less durable.
     
  9. ARF900 macrumors 65816

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    I dont think its less durable. that plastic looks pretty hard.
     
  10. Maverick713 macrumors 6502

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    My wife has a macbook, and it does not seem all that slow, we don't know what this person is using it for. is it a development machine or to run office skype and other chatting programs such as my wife does. as far as duarbilty I think we can all agree that dropping a laptop is never a good idea.
     
  11. andrew086 macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure what the OP is planning on using his MBP for, but for Skype/Office a MacBook is more than enough. It would slow down if you tried doing things like video/photo processing.
     

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