I cannot decide which MBP to get

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by andrebob, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. andrebob macrumors newbie

    andrebob

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    Hey everyone.
    I've realized I'm in need of a new notebook and decided on the MBP.
    Now here's my issue:
    I don't want to go over $2,000 for this, and I'm still debating over the new MBP or the older ones (which have ridiculous price drops).

    Looking at http://www.macmall.com/macmall/families/macbookpro/
    I see an older model MBP 2.5Ghz, 2GB, and 512mb 8600M GT = $1,449.99

    Now, any new MBP even comparable to the price and specs of this older notebook is this:
    2.4Ghz, 2GB, and 256mb 9400M + 9600M GT = $1,798.99

    Now, I wanted to get your opinions to see which one would be more worth it.
    Spend the extra $350 and get a newer MBP with new features, but a lower processor speed and less megabytes for the graphics card or settle with the old one?

    Thanks in advance :cool:
     
  2. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    Is the old one able to do what you need to do? If so, it's $300 for the latest look. I'd personally go with the older one and get a few things to go with it instead (AppleCare, etc) with the cash you save.
     
  3. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Old ones have the faulty graphics card, which will only cause you headaches further down the road. Please don't think I'm one of those people that has the new model and wants everyone to enjoy the new sweet side of life, I have the old MBP, and sometimes it does worry me how bad things would get if mine were to die at any given moment...
     
  4. andrebob thread starter macrumors newbie

    andrebob

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    Ya. That's the one thing I'm still hesitant of with the old ones. Everyone talks about the faulty graphics card. But does anyone really have real-life stories of something going terribly wrong with their graphics card?
     
  5. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    There has been several threads so far of people saying their MBP's give them blank screens after sleeping. I would say hold out, save up some more, and get a brand new MBP, or, wait until the new MBP's appear on the refund site, probably happen around January time, and who knows, they may even get a spec bump at Macworld (although I doubt it).
     
  6. andrebob thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay. So basically the graphics card on the older MBP sucks, despite the example I mentioned where you have 512mb (older) vs. 256mb (newer) graphics for less...

    Now, does anyone have any feedback on how the glossy display holds up? I either hear major complaints or major positives.

    While I'm asking, how about battery life on the newer ones? Too much of a noticeable difference?

    I'm pretty much an all around user. I never had a notebook before, so I don't know where exactly I'll use this the most, but I do a lot of graphic design and video editing, and a lot of internet browsing/tweeting/etc.
     
  7. motulist macrumors 601

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    Oi. Hah, I thought the days of endless glossy vs. matte discussions were behind us. This topic has been hashed and rehashed a million times, and the consensus is very clear. It all comes down to personal opinion. Some people greatly prefer glossy, some people greatly prefer matte, and other people have only a slight preference, and other people are completely indifferent. So no one can tell you which is right for you, you yourself have to take a look at each screen type with your own eyes and form your own opinion. I can no more determine if you'll prefer matte or glossy than I can determine whether you'll like chocolate or vanilla.

    For the record, I can't stand glossy screen. It's a complete deal breaker for me. And I am NOT in a visual arts profession. This opinion is not just isolated to photo and video professionals. You have to taste both and form your own opinion.
     
  8. andrebob thread starter macrumors newbie

    andrebob

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Issue solved: Look at as many MBPs as I can with Glossy and Matte displays :)
     
  9. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

    iVeBeenDrinkin'

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    Get the new MBP. I also loved the old one but, I hate the latch, and I hate how hard it is to switch HDD. The glossy screen is not as bad as everyone says it is and, IMHO it is better than the old, matte or glossy. If you get one with a defect, take it back. All the old Pros have faulty GPUs.

    I used to own a Black MacBook and my new MBP is so much better, I am at a loss for words.
     
  10. toxic macrumors 68000

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    in your place, I would have two options:
    1. Buy the old MBP. The only real difference between the new and old is the new one is supposed to look better, and it's sturdier.
    2. Wait for a refurbished new MBP to come out.

    the 8600M GT in the old Pro is not guaranteed to to fail. If yours does, nVidia has made revised ones.
     
  11. eXan macrumors 601

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    ?? Only a small number of units is affected.
     
  12. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

    iVeBeenDrinkin'

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    Only a small # now, Apple has publicly said all MBPs built before Sept 08 will get extended warranties for faulty GPUs. I am sure they know more about it than you or I.
     
  13. eXan macrumors 601

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    So? Every computer gets a warranty - that means they all are faulty?
     

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