MacBook Pro 2.1 Ghz VS the 2.4Ghz

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Aquiel, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Aquiel macrumors newbie

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    #1
    This forum always shows up on my google searches, so I figured it would be a good place to ask my question.

    Im in the market for a MacBook Pro... which model I dont know.

    Ive been shopping for a new MacBook Pro... I belive the model best suited for my needs would be the MacBook Pro 2.4 Ghz with 3GB

    Besides the normal net surfing, I need something that will stand up to photo editing large pics and the like.

    Is this a good one for me?

    or I have a lead on a 2007 MacBook Pro 2.1Ghz with 3 GB with Apple MacOS X 10.4.... What is a decent price for this MacBook?

    Would this macbook be suciffent for my needs?

    Help!
     
  2. Aquiel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    I looked at that, but I cant seem to make a fair comparison as the model MBP 2.1ghz Im looking at doesnt appear to be on there

    Here is the info on the model im looking at.

    Quick Specs
    Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz
    3GB
    320 GB
    DVD-RW (+R DL)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
    802.11bg
    Apple MacOS X 10.4
    General
    Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers , Bluetooth antenna , Wireless LAN antenna
    Width: 14.1 in
    Depth: 9.6 in
    Height: 1 in
    Weight: 5.5 lbs
    Notebook type: Thin-and-light (4-6 lbs.)
    Screen type: Wide-screen
    Wireless capabilities: 802.11b, 802.11g, Bluetooth
    Processor
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 GHz
    Multi-Core processor technology: Dual-Core
    64-bit processor: Yes
    Data bus speed: 667 MHz
    Processor features: Enhanced SpeedStep technology , Execute Disable Bit capability , Power-optimized processor system bus
    Cache Memory
    Type: L2 cache
    Cache size: 4 MB
    RAM
    Installed Size: 3 GB / 3 GB (max)
    Technology: DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz
    Memory specification compliance: PC2-5300
    RAM form factor: SO DIMM 200-pin
    Environmental Parameters
    Environmental & energy standards compliance: EPA Energy Star
    Min Operating Temperature: 50 F
    Max Operating Temperature: 95 F
    Humidity Range Operating: 0 - 90%
    Storage Controller
    Storage controller type: Serial ATA
    Storage Controller / Serial ATA Interface: Serial ATA-150
    Storage
    Floppy Drive: None
    Hard Drive: 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
    Storage Removable: None
    Hard drive type: Portable
    Optical Storage
    Type: DVD-RW (+R DL) - Integrated
    CD / DVD read speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
    CD / DVD write speed: 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD?R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL)
    CD / DVD rewrite speed: 10x (CD) / 4x (DVD?RW)
    Optical Storage (2nd)
    2nd optical storage type: None
    Display
    Display Type: 15.4 in TFT active matrix
    Max Resolution: 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
    Widescreen Display: Yes
    Video
    Graphics Processor / Vendor: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 PCI Express x16
    Video Memory: GDDR3 SDRAM - 256 MB
    Audio
    Audio output type: Sound card
    Audio Input: Microphone
    Notebook: Camera
    Camera Type: Integrated
    Input Device(s)
    Input device type: Keyboard , Trackpad
    Telecom
    Modem: None
    Networking
    Networking: Network adapter
    Networking / Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
    Data link protocol: Ethernet , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet , Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
    Networking standards: IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , Bluetooth 2.0
    Expansion / Connectivity
    Expansion Slots Total (Free): 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/34 , 2 ( 0 ) x Memory - SO DIMM 200-pin
    Interfaces: 1 x Display / video - DVI-Analog/Digital , 1 x Audio - SPDIF input/line-in - Mini-phone 3.5 mm / TOSLINK , 1 x Audio - SPDIF output/headphones - Mini-phone 3.5 mm / TOSLINK , 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) , 2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A , 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 , 1 x IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800)
    Miscellaneous
    Features: Keyboard light , Ambient light sensor , Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
    Power
    Power device form factor: External
    Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V
    Battery
    Technology Lithium polymer Installed Qty: 1
    Battery capacity: 60 Wh
    Mfr estimated battery life: 5 hour(s)
    Operating System / Software
    OS Provided: Apple MacOS X 10.4
     
  3. shigzeo macrumors 6502a

    shigzeo

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    Japan
    #4
    a much lesser mac would suffice for you. i can run my mbp at 1200mhz and it is fast enough. i have a smaller hd but have 4gb ram. even with only 2, it was generally way more than i ever needed unless doing multiple photoshop/illustrator files at once: oh yes and the biggest memory hog: safari.

    that computer would be perfect or better than you need. a macbook would be fine. for what you want, if you can wait a bit for a slow hd, an ibook would be fine with 1,5 gb of ram.
     
  4. Moriarty macrumors 6502

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    #5
    There was never a Macbook Pro with just a 2.1Ghz processor, I assume it is a 2.16...

    A 256MB ATI X1600 will be fine for photo editing. The 2.1GHz MBP will be fine if you can get it at a good price, but if you can afford it, a new MBP will be better (wait for Snow Leopard to arrive if you can and get one with that on it)
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

    Scepticalscribe

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    The Far Horizon
    #6
    Agree to a large extent. Essentially, if money is a problem, go for a refurb, if not, buy the new model.

    Cheers and good luck
     

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