Help choosing old gen macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by David101, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. David101 macrumors newbie

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    Ok, this has come out of the blue and never intended or was thinking of getting a macbook, I've always flirted with the idea but could never bring myself to get one.

    I've been a long time reader of this site but I have signed up due to the help needed.

    I am currently about to replace my windows laptop, its a acer, and is crap, I've no real problem with windows so am not desperate to switch so am also looking into other window based laptops.

    I only allocated a budget of £300(will increase if I decide on getting a macbook) as am not looking for anything really powerful or cutting edge and will probably replace it in a year.

    I will only be typing up documents, emails, music, some photo shopping, and some may some light gaming, I only really play pro evolution

    Anyway, a computer store near a friend of mine is closing down and are selling off their stock cheaply, (got leaflet through the door) most of their stock are from customer returns, so opened boxed, they come with a year warranty though, covered by a insurance firm, so am covered there.

    The laptops that interests me from the leaflet were:

    Macbook
    CPU: 2.13 P7450
    RAM:2 GB
    Hard Drive:160HD
    Graphics: Nvidia 9400m
    Screen: 13.3” LED Backlight
    Battery : 7 hours

    Price £380

    Ok. sounds good, however from general research this particular model apparently does not actually have a LED backlight screen, only the unibody ones do? am I correct? So I am guessing a misprint!:rolleyes:

    Macbook
    CPU: 2.0 P7350
    RAM:2 GB
    Hard Drive:160HD
    Graphics: Nvidia 9400m
    Screen: 13.3” LED Backlight
    Battery : 7 hours

    Price: £420

    This appears to be the first generation version of the current Macbook Pro, but was originally named the Macbook, is that correct? And is a aluminium unibody one?


    Macbook?
    CPU: 2.26 P7550
    RAM:2 GB
    Hard Drive:250HD
    Graphics: Nvidia 9400m
    Screen: 13.3” LED Backlight
    Battery : 7 hours
    £490

    This is the Unibody white Macbook, am I correct? The leaflet didn't actually say so! :(

    Windows laptops

    Dell M1330
    CPU: 2.2 T7500
    RAM:2 GB
    Hard Drive:160HD
    Graphics: Nvidia 8400m GS
    Screen: 13.3” LED Backlight
    Battery : 6 cell

    £270

    Dell E4300
    CPU: 2.4 P9400
    RAM:1 GB
    Hard Drive:80HD
    Graphics: Intel GMA X4500HD
    Screen: 13.3” LED Backlight
    Battery : 6 cell

    £280

    Ok, as I said, I am not actually desperate to move from windows but am intrigued by OSX.

    So what I would like to know is are the Macbooks actually good deals, which offers the best value? and how do they stack up against the window laptops.

    Thanks in advanced! :D
     
  2. Serenity64 macrumors newbie

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    Yes, you are correct regarding the first macbook about the LED backlight.

    You are correct regarding the second macbook as well.

    I am very positive on that the third one is indeed a unibody macbook. AFAIK no pre unibody mac had a 7 hour battery. This model could be a macbook pro 13. If that is the case, go for this one. Otherwise go for the second one with a 2.0 c2d and unibody chassis.

    That is what I would do. Hope this helps. :)
     
  3. David101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Regarding the battery I think that's misprint aswell

    I think the 3rd is a white one as there are pro's listed as well. As you said the second is looking the best value.
     
  4. jack92 macrumors newbie

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    Haha, where abouts do you live? I'm looking for a CHEAP macbook for dossing around the house.

    Thanks
     
  5. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I vote for the 2.26Ghz Macbook. Thats the latest Mac out of all of them.
     
  6. David101 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    England:D

    Sorry, stock is limited so not going to advertise saying where it is. :p
     
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    If it's aluminum, the easiest way to tell whether it's a MacBook or MacBook Pro is to see if it has Firewire ports. If it doesn't, it's a MacBook.
     
  8. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Or if it says MacBook or MacBook Pro under the screen...
     
  9. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Wow! Totally forgot about that. I'm brain dead...
     

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