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

    Dec 28, 2008
    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?

  2. Aquiel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    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
    320 GB
    DVD-RW (+R DL)
    ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
    Apple MacOS X 10.4
    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: 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
    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
    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 Type: 15.4 in TFT active matrix
    Max Resolution: 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
    Widescreen Display: Yes
    Graphics Processor / Vendor: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 PCI Express x16
    Video Memory: GDDR3 SDRAM - 256 MB
    Audio output type: Sound card
    Audio Input: Microphone
    Notebook: Camera
    Camera Type: Integrated
    Input Device(s)
    Input device type: Keyboard , Trackpad
    Modem: None
    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)
    Features: Keyboard light , Ambient light sensor , Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
    Power device form factor: External
    Voltage Required: AC 120/230 V
    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


    Dec 14, 2005
    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

    Feb 3, 2008
    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


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    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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