Macbook 2006 vs 2008

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  1. rory.reilly, Dec 4, 2011
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    rory.reilly macrumors newbie

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    I have decided to buy a used Mac for school as my school uses them and I see no point in saving up for a brand new €1000 laptop that will only be used for a few years then thrown out/sold at a much lower price when I want buy a new MPB for college. I am stuck between two options. I am buying them from a local Apple reseller which also sells used Macs. I'm in 2nd year in Ireland which is 8th grade in America. My parents said I could get one if I got straight A's in my summer exams (which I did) and if I funded it myself. I would be using it for writing essays, doing presentations and some light iLife/Final cut pro x (very light)/ and some Photoshop

    1. Used White Macbook Late 2006
    1.83ghz processor
    80gb hard drive
    1gb RAM
    PLUS external hard drive
    2 year warranty from store
    €399

    2. Used Black Macbook Early 2008
    2.4ghz processor
    250gb hard drive
    2gb RAM
    PLUS 1 year warranty from store and iWork
    €550


    So what do you think. Personally I don't really like the look of the black but I don't want to change my mind simply on aesthetics or I would be just fulfilling the stereotype. What do you think should I get the white MacBook and use the money I saved to upgrade the RAM or suck it up and buy the black and possibly upgrade RAM in future?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Definitely the 2008 version, as it can go up to 6 GB of RAM and the CPU and integrated graphics processor (IGP) is much better, especially for you use. The 101 € difference totally make up for the faster 2008 MB.

    I had one and sold it some months ago for 600 € and it was a very good machine, but I needed the money and also the screen resolution is a bot small.
     
  3. rory.reilly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The BlackBook is probably the best bet, so I'll save up the extra 100 and buy a hard case for it so the matte lid doesn't show up the fingerprints
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    eh, I used to have a blackbook and it was totally fine without a case
     
  5. adamtj11 macrumors 6502

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    2nd one by far, it isn't even close , the Core 2 Duo in the BlackBook is much superior to the 06 MacBook , also the graphics will be better, bigger Hard Drive , and a newer machine less likely to break down.

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    If you are going to save up 100 to get a case for a 3 year old computer(650 overall), you would be best going for a refurbished Air/Unibody White MacBook from 740 euro or something around that price.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC506LL/A

    Its the american store, but the Irish store regularly gets updated with these MacBook Airs, just some food for thought :)
     
  6. rory.reilly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm that's another good idea, the reseller also has some leftover stock of the unibody going for €800 which is a bit out of my budge after adding RAM and other costs such as software. I think I'll get the BlackBook for now as an air won't suit my needs and a unibody MacBook is too expe
     
  7. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    Get the black macbook you will never regret and most probably will keep it for a long time.

    I upgraded mine to 4GB ram and 120GB SSD, its quick given the age of the machine.
     
  8. rory.reilly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Problem solved

    Turns out I don't need either of these, I bought my neighbours aluminium iMac for €600
     
  9. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Only problem with the late 07 and early 08 MacBook's was that they had possibly the worst display ever included on a laptop.
     
  10. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    An air (2010-2011) will fill your needs a lot better than the blackbook, unless you need a lot of storage space.
    edit: sorry I didn't see you already bought one.
    But I thought you needed a laptop, otherwise there was also the cheap option of a mac mini. But the iMac is great too, no laptop though
     
  11. rory.reilly thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was originally all for a laptop, but my school have finally started letting students use the MacBook pros instead of just teachers so if I need to present something I can use them instead
     

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