Looking @ 2.4GHz Macbook or 2.4GHz Macbook Pro for Primary Machine

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by airlights, May 29, 2009.

  1. airlights macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I've been looking at getting an Apple laptop for quite sometime for my primary computing needs. Alas, I get a bit of a snag when it comes to choosing which machine to purchase -- either the 2.4GHz Macbook or the 2.4GHz Macbook Pro, hence the name of the thread, haha. Well, seeing how I just introduced myself and my damage, I guess this is the part of said buying thread where I list what I would be doing with my laptop and you guys help push me to the right direction!

    1. I'm a college student who, for some reason, loathes using desks when I do my homework, so "screen real estate", or whatever you guys call it, is really important to me because I'm so not getting a second monitor.
    2. I plan on having this machine for a good amount of years, so I'm going to want the most solid laptop that Apple has -- that isn't a 17 inches, omg.
    3. When I do want to upgrade, a high resell value would be would be lovely.
    4. And, I think that's right about it. Oh--! I do some light gaming on the side, so I figured that having a nice graphics card would be lovely.
    5. ETA: I'm a 5 foot 4, 107 pound girl, so weight will also be a factor. I know that the machines only have a one pound difference, but IDK ... with the addition of a couple school books, it could get a little heavy.

    Hopefully this is enough information for you guys. If you have anymore questions about my usage, well ... just ask them! Cheers. ;)
     
  2. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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    all 4 of your 'wants' point right to the pro.

    easy decision, if the price is hard to swallow look at the refurb 2.4 MBP for $1699
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    2.4 GHz MacBook Pro for you it is (gaming, screen real estate). Although if you can, then try the 2.66 GHz model, those can be upgraded to 8 GB of RAM in the future, and thus you have more life span to it.
     
  4. opera57 macrumors 6502

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    Yea, what you want definitely points to the pro. The weight difference really will be negligible. The extra 2 inches of screen on the 15" pro really does make quite a difference! [​IMG]
     
  5. airlights thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all your help! I'll definitely get a Macbook Pro over a Macbook. :)
     
  6. Exegesis48 macrumors regular

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    Just so you know... I got my macbook pro for around $1700 after rebates off ClubMac.com. I only mention this because I too was looking to save some cash and was considering a Macbook or a Refurb Macbook Pro to help cut costs. But once I saw the deal on ClubMac I realized that without taxes and $7 shipping, I was able to get a brand new Macbook Pro for the same cost as a refurb and about the same price as a Macbook after taxes.
     
  7. airlights thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for informing me of Club Mac. I originally planned on buying new from Amazon, because I did the math and after taxes buying refub from Apple would have only been $30 cheaper. :/
     
  8. Exegesis48 macrumors regular

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    AppleInsider has a special promotion banner that will get you an extra 3% off if you click through to Clubmac or MacMall on their website... I feel shady mentioning that on MacRumors, but hey... a deal is a deal.
     

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