MacBook 1.83 vs. 2.0

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by haliasif, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. haliasif macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2006
    Is it worth getting the 2.0Ghz book if you aren't planning on using the Superdrive more than a little bit? $150 (after the student discount) for a little bit of superdrive (portability isn't an issue with the DVD writer) and the extra 170Mhz? Just looking for the conventional wisdom here, thanks...
  2. MikeNemat macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2006
    I'd go for it, you never know when you'll need to burn a DVD. Especially if you work with large amounts of files, or large files for school, you may have to put them on a DVD to provide them to a group member or professor. Also, DVDs are wonderful for backing up your personal files, so thats another reason. Also, who knows when you'll need to make a "backup" of a movie you "personally" own ;)
  3. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    The conventional wisdom, I believe, is to buy the best computer you can afford, as they become out of date so quickly. Your decision should be: can I really afford the extra $150? If yes, go for it. If no, do without.
  4. haliasif thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2006
    yeah, i guess it just comes down to me being a little cheapish.. its kind of like i try to do these little cost benefit analysis things in my head. i don't mind the extra 150.. i just want to make sure the 150 gives me at least somewhat of a proportianal amount more of computer for it.
  5. meanpeoplesuck macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2006
    If you're willing to go Refurb you could get the 2.0 for the same cost as the 1.83 new, or there abouts, from what I know
  6. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    When it comes to resell, the extra 2 + superdrive will make your machine far more desirable.
  7. vanzskater272 macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2006
    Yeah you should get a refurbed 2ghz from what ive heard they are just as good.
  8. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
  9. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i read somewhere that you won't notice a performance gain in CPUs unless there is a 10% difference in speed. For example, you would definately notice the bang with the 2.66GHz Mac Pro over the 2.0GHz model, but the difference between the 2.66 and the 3.0 won't be as big.

    I've used both the 2.0 and the 1.83GHz MacBooks, and the 2.0 is only a little bit faster, and I could only notice it when pushing the CPU. I think it got 3-4 fps faster in Handbrake than mine.

    If you don't mind having an external DVD burner, it might be a better option, because the external ones can burn 4 times faster than the internal one.
  10. nate13 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2004
    Fargo, ND
    2.0 gh, if only for the superdrive. you dont know how handy burning a dvd is untill you have / want to:p
  11. diametric macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2006
    Well, I use my superdrive at least once-twice a week. You might find a use for it later on. Buy the 2.0. A lot more attractive when selling, as someone else already pointed out.
  12. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I would personally rather spend my $150 on a 16x dual layer external drive than on a 4x internal drive. Burning at 4x stinks!
  13. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Go for the MacBook 2.0 refurb for $1099.00

    Many refurbs also come with extra goodness like larger HD's or extra RAM.

    You can still use your education discount for extras like software and accessories.

    If your needs are just very basic, Apple is also still offering
    12"iBook 1.33 GHz refurbs for $799.00
  14. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    Being that you get an upped processor AND a SuperDrive, I say go for the 2GHz white model. However, whether it be refurb or new is up to you. :)
  15. Yigit macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2006
    Actually I was thinking about the same: should I buy a 1.83 which is cheaper or a 2.0 just for the superdrive (I don't think I'd notice the difference 170mhz makes while using the regular stuff)

    I have an iMac with the Superdrive at home so it was not important for me that much, but as others said if you need a dvd burner later then you could buy an external one, it will be faster too.

    To be honest I hadn't thought about the value when I want to sell it. But I don't mind it either now as I am planning to use it for a long time.

    By the way if you decide on the 1.83 one and don't mind whether if it's refurb, you can buy also that one refurbished saving more.
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    So I guess I'm the only person who's going to stand up and say to get the 1.83 GHz model instead of the 2.0 GHz.

    If you're one of those people who doesn't burn many disks, and you end up burning 3-4 DVDs over the lifespan of your laptop, then you're essentially paying $40 or $50 for each DVD.

    And as for resale're paying an extra $150 to get something you don't need. You're paying $150 more for this laptop, so of course you're gonna get higher resale value. You may get more money when selling your laptop later, but your gain may not even be $150.

    The entire "What if you need it one day?" mindset is how marketers always get customers to pay more money for something they don't need. I don't even know why so many people here are suggesting you pay for something you're quite sure you won't use.
  17. Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
  18. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2006
    You're a student which means you get the free iPod if you buy new instead of refurb. If you're not going to burn DVDs you shouldn't pay $150 more for the opportunity. Also, when reselling, your not going to get the whole $150 you paid for those slight benefits back. You should buy the 1.83 new and sell the iPod. Done and done
  19. Zimmy macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    sorry for bumbing this old thread, but seems to be relevant to me atm,

    i agree with a both sides of the arguement, i have a 12" powerbook with combo drive, and at times i wished i had a dvd writter for the convience of burnining a dvd in my room rather then xfer the files on to the NAS then burn on my 16x on my desktop.

    so is the extra $$ worth it. IMHO nah.. if you got a dvd burning in your house already then u can easily xfer it accross and burn at much higher speeds, prob get it done faster then the 4x.

    i would rather get a bigger HDD instead and then get a external HDD to move stuff arrond.

    oh well looks like i solved my own problem..too

    1.83 here i come :D

  20. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    If you are going to keep your MB until it dies, then get the basic config since you say you don't need the Superdrive (although, DVD-R comes in handy when making's not just for burning movies).

    If you think you might upgrade in a couple years and sell off the MB then get the SD model. It will make your machine MUCH easier to sell.
  21. Zimmy macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    That is true... got a NAS so no real problems for backups..

    but getting resale value i agree with getting s superdrive, i have currently got a 887Mhz powerbook G4, and had it for years so i do tend to keep them as long as i possibly can..

    though the powerbook still going strong!! amazing lil beast


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