I've narrowed it down to two...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by booth22, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. booth22 macrumors regular

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    Looking to decide between the two... Using mostly for email/web surfing, light photo editing/organizing while traveling and perhaps watching a movie or two while on the plane. Am I getting anything notable other than a larger screen on the macbook? the prices seem really good, just don't know if the extra $300 is worth it?


    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    15.4-inch widescreen display
    1GB memory
    120GB hard drive
    6x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB of GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight camera Learn more

    $1299

    Or....

    Refurbished MacBook 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Black
    13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
    1GB memory
    160GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera Learn more

    $999
     
  2. Telp macrumors 68040

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    You should be just fine with the MacBook. The MacBook Pro has a nicer graphics card, but for what you want to do, it wont necessarily be necessary (wow that's probbly bad grammar).
     
  3. maestrocasa macrumors regular

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    don't know for sure, but you'd probably get better battery life from the smaller screen. My MBP will handle a full-length movie on a full charge, but it'll be pretty low by the end. Sound like the MB has all you need. spend the 300 on RAM, a cool case, or a nice iPod Touch!
     
  4. Telp macrumors 68040

    Telp

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    Yes, as said above, save the extra money, or put that money towards more RAM. You can never have too much RAM. Battery will probably be fairly close, although a little better on the MacBook. Screen size will aid in better battery, however you really dont need the MacBook Pro, and would be better off with a nice Blackbook. They are quite stunning.
     
  5. dopey220 macrumors 6502

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    I agree. Go for the MacBook. The smaller screen will be easier to manage on the plane.
     
  6. Telp macrumors 68040

    Telp

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    Also, if your going to be on the plane a lot, you can use that extra $300 to buy another battery so you dont have to worry about that on the plane.
     
  7. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

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    you don't do any gaming or any advanced video work right?
     
  8. dringkor macrumors member

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    I originally bought a MacBook, primarily for photo and movie editing, and found the display too small for comfort. And, it had the horrible color gradient issue where supposedly solid colors such as white had a tiny checkered pattern to them. Not good for photo editing! I understand that which LCD you get is luck of the draw and that some MacBooks' displays are perfectly fine in this respect, but I returned mine for a refurbed MacBook Pro 2.2GHz and find the display much, much better for my purposes.
     
  9. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Get the BlackBook. It's super portable and a lot easier to deal with on various modes of transportation.
     
  10. Snips macrumors regular

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    MacBook, and add [actually, replace] the RAM to take it to 2Gb.
     
  11. CanadianDonkey macrumors member

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    I think it's unanimous that you should go with the macbook. Before I bought, I was in the same boat as you, couldn't decide between regular or pro, and I went with the regular macbook, couldn't be happier.

    And with that money you saved, you can invest in more ram*, bigger hard drive, maybe an external monitor, or a ipod touch.


    *buying more ram might not be necessary, the refurbed macbook that I bought was supposed to come with 1GB of ram, but when I got it, I got a surprised, and received 2GB of ram. And from what I hear, I'm not the only one that's gotten lucky from apple.
     
  12. booth22 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everybody! Ended up grabbing a Blackbook (2.2GHZ) off the refurbished list. Should do the trick nicely- can't wait for it to get here!
     

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