I'm comparing the 15" 2.8ghz uMBP with the pre-bump 15" 2.93ghz

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  1. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just trying to make sure I'm not missing anything important, in my decision making process..............

    Processor - same "tier" processor, with close speed and the same 6mb L2 cache

    RAM - officially supported to 8 gigs vs. unofficially handling 8 gigs

    Display - a 60% increase in the newer model, however its measured

    Hard Drives - 180 more gigs in the newer model

    Graphics - same with up to 512mb in the 9600

    Slots - 2 USB and SD slot vs. 3 USB and ExpressCard

    Battery - Longer life built in vs. shorter life but can be accessed easily, along with the hard drive.

    The refurb 2.93 is $350 less then the new 2.8. I'm just wondering what I got wrong, and what I'm missing.

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. maratus macrumors 6502a

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    Both 15" have 2 USB ports.
     
  3. jedijoe macrumors 6502

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    With regard to the new MBP.

    Pros: has better screen, longer battery life, sd card reader.
    Cons: lost expresscard slot, 0.13Ghz slower, 1.5Gbps SATA issue.
     
  4. JAGMAN macrumors newbie

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    I think all the differences are small potatoes for most people. The one big difference is in battery life. Everything else is likely minutia. That's what would be the deciding point for me.
     
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    I believe I had the option to upgrade RAM up to 8 gigs for $1,000.
     
  6. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    Just one small correction, the 2.93 15" you're looking at (which is the same thing I'm using right now) has just 2 USB ports, not 3.

    Other than that, I think you have it right.
     
  7. ButtUglyJeff thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is that with all of the new MBPs? I'm hoping, down the road for a solid state drive....
     
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    Don't also forget about the removable battery, I believe that's a good feature to lose.

    Personally I'd go with the prior 2.93 since it gives you more bang for your buck imo. Others can disagree but I think the expresscard slot, faster processor and removable battery make it a no brainer to buy the 2.93.
     

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