How Much Difference will I notice ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fulhamrback, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Fulhamrback macrumors newbie

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    After playing the waiting game to see if the MBP would get a refresh or at least a speed bump i have decided to take the plunge now as I can't really wait that much longer. I am caught between two schools of thought as to which model I should go for and would appreciate any advice you guys could give.

    I currently use a nearly 4 yr old dell inspiron 9400 , it has a 2ghz intel chip inside (duo core) t7200 , wide screen 17" WUXGA (1920X1200) display. it has a nvidea geforce go 79 graphics card with 256mb ram and 2 gig of ram inside as well. My main uses of the laptop are for email, internet, 'office' type applications as well as converting divx/avi files to play on ipod and potentially an appletv etc.

    i should point out that i will be able to get the full education discount. I really like the size of the 13" base model, but am somewhat apprehensive of spending the best part of a grand for a cpu that is only .4ghz faster than my present laptop (will i notice much of a difference?) or should i opt for the 15" base model + hi res and get the i5 chip to build in a degree of future proofing as well as a speedier conversion process on the divx / avi files etc. Having watched the keynote yesterday I think that I will definately use imovie and iphoto as well but nothing more cpu intensive than that.

    I would appreciate your thoughts
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You won't notice much difference for either machine. You are not doing anything that requires lots of CPU over long periods of time.
     
  3. Fulhamrback thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So on that basis , is it worth spending the extra cash on the 15" ?
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I don't know. Do you want a 15" high res screen or a 13" screen?
     
  5. Pentad macrumors 6502a

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    With either the 13" or 15" model you are reducing your screen resolution that you have now. Not that its a bad thing but I wanted to point out that if you are used to a 17" 1920x1200 screen and you go to a 13" (1440x900?, I don't remember) screen it could be a bit jarring.

    The 15" is one step up but not 1920x1200.

    We use many 17" MBPs here and when you move to another resolution it can be a bit strange. Going from 1920 x 1200 to something lower can make it look like crap when its not really.

    IMHO, I think the 15" would be a great compromise from where you are to where you want to go.

    Good Luck!

    -P
     
  6. Fulhamrback thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you , that is good advice and something I should consider.
     
  7. Ricket macrumors newbie

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    Perhaps consider waiting longer; I am in your exact boat and I'm pretty confident that I'm going to wait until next summer. I've been battling the urge the buy a MBP for quite a while now, and then a week ago I heard of yesterday's event and thought maybe the MBP line would update (which would have certainly pushed me to buy one). In light of the lack of update (yes I know the way overpriced processor upgrade), I've resolved to wait until next summer.

    I currently have a Dell E1705, which is exactly the 9400 but I think just the US version or something (everywhere just says "E1705/9400"). I have the 2ghz T7200 processor, 2gb RAM, GeForce Go 7900GS, wonderful 1920x1200 display. So it's exactly the same as yours. I often use my laptop for heavier tasks (software development, gaming, virtual machines). I've replaced the battery twice, this latest one being an official Dell battery which I bought 13 months ago and now has 54% capacity. It lasts about an 1:15 on a good day -- that's my biggest reason for wanting a MBP.

    But given that I currently run Windows 7 (and Ubuntu) and they still run smooth enough, my laptop is not dying or faulty (though it is out of warranty as of a few days ago), and I can survive hopping from power outlet to power outlet, I have decided to just make do. I feel like a MBP is a lot of money to spend, and as much as I can drool over it, I just can't really justify it. Sure it's slightly more powerful, but I'm already doing what I need to do without inconvenience, except when my laptop just barely doesn't last an entire class period. By waiting until next summer, I can keep using this laptop and getting everything done just fine.

    Then around May, Apple will start its yearly education deal where you get a free iPod with purchase of a MacBook; you say you get the education deal, so you should be good for that deal. It'll be the "new" iPod with the retina screen and microphone, a nice big step up from my current 2nd-gen iPod. Hopefully around that time (probably before then), Sandy Bridge will have come out, and possibly even much bigger upgrades to the form factor of the MBP. I can't imagine what it would be, but the Unibody was a big step up from the previous MBP; now that it's been a couple years, maybe something similarly revolutionary will be unleashed. Also, now that we got new laptops with SSDs at work (though I don't get one yet), I've been set on a SSD, but currently the 256gb ones are at least $350, the good ones $450+ (and I can't use any size smaller than that). By next summer the prices will have dropped a good amount and it won't be so darn expensive.

    So all these factors lead to my decision that I should be happy with what I have, and wait until next year to treat myself. You may feel differently even after reading all that, but I just thought I'd share my thoughts, especially since we have the same laptop and therefore probably the same sort of preferences.

    Though I am definitely getting a 17" MBP. There's no way I can go down from 1920x1200. However, my reasons are mainly (again) with gaming and software development, both of which significantly benefit from a large resolution. Since you are a much more casual user, I think a 15" laptop would suit you well. Make sure to get the 1680x1050 though, to soften the drop from 1920x1200; or consider walking into an Apple store (or another computer store) and looking at the different resolutions in person. You can't really decide until you try it, right? I think you would be plenty happy with the 15" though.

    P.S. If you don't have Windows 7 on your laptop, upgrade. Especially if you are still running Windows XP. It'll feel like a whole new computer.
     
  8. Fulhamrback thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies.........................

    I have just run the geekbench test on my present system and the score was 1667 compared to the MBP 13 " 2010 model 3420 and 15" 2010 model 5044.

    I dont really understand these scores other than the fact that the difference in them is massive. Is it as simple as saying twice the score = twice the performance etc ??
     
  9. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

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    get the base mbp15. its soooo much faster then the 13. i wanted the 13 for size but am glad i didnt. the 15" is actually really portable and has much fuller and warmer sound.

    i also opted for the AG screen which isnt available on the mbp13 and it is infinitely better and easier on the eyes.

    1200x800 is also really a quite crappy resolution for a 13" like the low res 1400x900 is on the 15". 1680x1050 highres is the only decent one lacking a fullhd option on the 15.
     
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  11. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    + hi-res screen option (glossy if you don't need anti-glare) :D

    This screen rocks!
     
  12. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    Since you are used to a 1920x200 screen I suggest you go for the highest resolution possible. This probably means the 15 high res or 17 inch. The 13 is a huge step down. Think about it this way, you have only 2/3 of the vertical pixels. For me the low res screen was a deal-breaker on the 13 inch.
     
  13. happle macrumors 6502a

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    also note that a 2.4ghz processor on a mac will feel much snappier on mac than a windows. windows is a resource hog, while macs really let the hardware shine
     

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