In the market for a new Macbook - 2010 still good?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Marcush1286, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. Marcush1286 macrumors member

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    Hello,

    Although I have a Gateway P-7808u FX running Mac OS X, I have now gotten a feeling for how OS X feels on such a laptop that now I am in the market for a macbook or macbook pro. I was looking at the last of the line Macbook as a good machine for my basic usage. I would be using it as an internet based machine, word processing, and light editing.

    Can someone recommend that I should get the last remaining macbook? How much has it come down in price since Apple doesn't make them or produce them anymore? I believe the 2010 model is a DDR3 model, yes?
     
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    You can get a refurb for 8.49$ at the apple onlinr store (Canadian dollar) they use ddr3
    For light uses it should be good :)
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    That would be a great computer for light use, or you could even get one of the earlier models, as those are a bit less expensive. I have an 08 aluminum unibody that is still in great shape and is an still a great computer.
     
  4. Marcush1286 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, I am looking right now at the 2008 Aluminum Unibody Macbook 2.4Ghz which is the top of the line of that year's model. But, where does the 2010 macbook differ in features? It has the same DDR3 memory as the 2008 model does, the only thing I see different is the video chip though its the same amount of memory + the hard drive space is bigger on the 2010, where as the 2008's have 160GB as default, but I guess I could always upgrade that.


     
  5. RoelJuun macrumors 6502

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    Just make sure that you have the Macbook with the button-less trackpad. It makes all the difference in the world. The Macbook will be sufficient for your needs, maybe put a SSD in there in a few years to keep it speedy.
     
  6. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    You should definitely get one. Go to their online store and see how much the refurbs are there; I would highly suggest getting one from there as it's cheaper and the refurbs are always in great condition.

    Get one with the lowest specs needed (definitely the lowest ram) and upgrade the ram yourself to 4 gigs; that should be only like, 40 bucks max.
     
  7. mwhities macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought the mid 2010 Macbook last night. I'm 100% happy with it too. This is my first OFFICIAL Apple system to purchase.

    I'm on a tight budget but, I lucked up and bought it from a friend. 650.00 for the system with DDR3 ram at 4gigs, a magic mouse and a hdmi convertor. The over all "shell" is used looking, not to bad though. I figure standard not worried about usage and scratches on it but, the rest of it is in wonderful shape.

    It's running great. I played a dvd and was using iMovie to record my 17 month old watching the dvd. Worked great.

    So, I'd recommend that you get it. Then post up your stats and a picture of it. :)

    Here are some screenshots.
     

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    mwhities macrumors 6502a

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    I read up on my mid 2010 Macbook and it appears that 8gigs will actually work, so hopefully.

    OP if you get one, check out everymac.com and search for your model number. I plan to update the hard drive too. Can't wait.

    Michael

    Edit: Forgot to add this: http://www.everymac.com/systems/app...-13-polycarbonate-unibody-mid-2010-specs.html
     
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  10. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    The 2.4 came with a 250GB hard drive standard. Really the only difference is battery life and video chip.
     
  11. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    The graphics card is a big, and I mean big, step up from the GMA3100; I had that in my old blackbook (the generation before the unibody plastic MBs) and I couldn't play any new games. None. New as in, Portal 1. Couldn't play that.

    Don't get anything older than the 2010 MB.
     
  12. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    Sage Advice :)
     
  13. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    Get whatever macbook you find that's newer than this one!
    No GMA3100 card and no button on the trackpad.
    Anything else will work. That graphic card is pure ****, you probably can't watch 720p with it. And the multi-touch trackpad is a big advantage too.
     
  14. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    The 2008 unibody and 2009 unibody models both had the nvidia 9400m, which isn't too bad. I even do some light gaming with mine.
     
  15. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    It's one thing to support, but don't do it in ignorance.

    I could easily play 1080p videos on that blackbook.

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    I know, I was referring to the standard MBs with the single button. Hence my example of it being black. And having the GMA graphics card.
     

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