I am going Nuts! What to upgrade my original MBP to?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nph, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    I want to upgrade my original first gen MBP and am looking at either:
    1) MBA rev B
    2) Penryn MBP last gen glossy (since it is not glass)

    Here are my key criteria:
    - Less heat (most important!)
    - Battery life
    - Wifi reception
    - Good screen for watching videos etc.

    Portability is a plus since I am seriously considering the MBA although the line issue on the screen is holding me back.
    I am not a hard core gamer so frame rate of quark etc is not an issue.
    Video editing is also not a concern since we have an older imac in the house to handle any imovie or handbrake I want to run.

    I just want a good laptop to bring with me when I travel and around the house that is cool (or at east not hot) with good wifi, screen and battery life.

    I keep going back and forth between Penryn (stock is running out) and the new rev B MBA without making a decision.:confused:

    What is your take/advice?

    Would really appreciate if any first gen MBP owner who has upgraded could chime in as well!

    Many thanks!
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    If portability is the most important, then go for the MBA.

    If you enjoy watching movies on the go, and don't want to worry about keeping them all on an external, I'd go for the MBP - larger screen and hard drive.
  3. nph thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
  4. bntz313 macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    If you want power but still want something small why not get a macbook, it will be small but still pretty powerful.

    I went from a 17"mbp to a Alu MB and I'm really like the size and power.
  5. nph thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    Didnt like the screen. Lacks contrast big time in my view. Terrible viewing angle.
    Besides that it is ok but the screen is a no-go for me.
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I upgraded from a BlackBook, to MBP and MBA (orig), to a unibody MB then finally a MacBook Air rev B.

    I absolutely LOVE my rev B MBA. I hated the original... well, I liked it for email and writing but other than that it was useless.

    My rev B is MY ONLY MAC! Well, the only one I use. I have a backup with Windows that I use one day per month.

    So, my rev B is an SSD 128 GB HD model. It absolutely feels like my fastest Mac ever. It seems to scream past everything. I know a lot of that is the SSD. I mean it boots in half the time of a MBP. Apps open INSTANTLY and everything works great. The CPU alone made a huge difference. Going from an overheating 65 nm CPU to a 45 NM Penryn made it a totally different computer. I use mine with a 24" LED Apple Cinema Display. It is stunning. My display on the MBA itself is the best laptop display I have ever owned.

    The whole thing has been one excellent experience. I would NEVER go back from my MBA. I really make it work, and it never lets me down.

    I completely and 100% recommend the rev B MBA to you. It will fly by your old MBP. It is light, and yet very powerful. It's cool. Definitely the coolest Mac I have ever owned.

    Good luck with your decision.
  7. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    I don't know about the new Airs, but the original ones were sluggish and extremely hot. I played with a friend's and within 5 minutes of googling and exploring OS X, the machine got really hot. I hear the Rev. B one's are better and the specs actually seem pretty reasonable now.

    However, go with the Penryn Macbook Pro if you want more bang for your buck (faster processor, bigger hard drive, bigger screen, better graphics card, expandable memory, removeable battery, optical drive). The Macbook Pro isn't too unwieldy either. Battery life on the MBP is very good for a laptop of its power and size. I get around 3:30 on surfing the web. Once I was on the bus using my laptop :0 and was writing some code for my class with brightness turned down and no WiFi connection (though Airport was still on) and the battery meter read 4:30!
  8. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    For what you need it for go for the MBA. It seems like your leaning towards it and you just want someone to say that it is a good idea
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I'd go for the MBA if I were you.

    Seems like an outstanding laptop. Now that its graphics processing isn't abysmal, you can actually do things on it and not make the fans go off all the time! ;)

    Besides, rev A products are never perfect. Rev B MBA probably has a few unannounced kinks worked out.
  10. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    I'd go for the Macbook Air, its well known it has a better screen than the Macbook which seems important to you, and you need portability and battery life, its a no brainer in my view.
  11. nph thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    Thanks, leaning toward the MBA right now due to less heat. Only thing now is timing since there seems to be quite a few MBA out there with bad screens (lines) so I wonder should I order from Amazon now and take a chance or wait and see if they fix it?

    My take is that if they haven't fixed the screen yet, five months after it launched they probably wont and I simply have to hope for the best and return it if the screen is bad. I saw two almost perfect screens on the display units at Micro center and two really bad screens on the recently unpacked MBAs at two Best Buy near me. So to me it seems that even the last shipped units haven't got an improved screen but rather it is a random thing whether the screen is good or not.

    Those of you who answered and have MBA were your screens sharp and nice and if so what week was it produced?

  12. nph thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    bumzo1 I just read your answer again and LOL you are probably right!
  13. SSkky Reader macrumors newbie

    SSkky Reader

    Feb 12, 2009
    Any of our New unibody Notebooks will not disappoint users from the previous generation one's. I advise getting a new one (even if its refurbished).

    This should help you make your own decision:



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