Macbook pro/regular suggestions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by poematik14, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. poematik14 macrumors member

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    So my life has come to the point where a laptop is going to become super convenient. I have never used a mac before (I am hardcore windows), but I am intrigued as to its popularity, and want to have the best of both worlds.

    Gaming is not important, because I have a dedicated monster PC rig for that.
    My main uses will be:
    50%- web browsing, as well as internet programs (chat, torrents, etc)
    25%- listening to music, watching movies, media stuff
    10%- adobe flash cs3 and illustrator cs3
    10%- audacity for audio editing
    15%- video editing (fc express, imovie, and premiere cs4)

    What is the best macbook for this usage set? My budget is under 1900, preferably around 15-1700k.
     
  2. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Since you're doing editing, I would recommend the 15" screen, so MBP it is. Since your budget is 15-17k, I would recommend going refurb.

    Here are the best deals (IMO) in terms of price+specs

    $1349 - Last Gen MBP 2.4GHz/256MB/200GB - Matte Screen

    Same as above but glossy screen.

    $1499 - Last Gen MBP 2.5GHz/512MB/250GB - Matte Screen

    Same as above but glossy screen.

    $1699 - Current Gen 2.4GHz/256MB/250GB

    If you don't mind going with the older model, the very first link I posted (IMO) is the best bang for your buck. It will exceed in performance for what you will be using it for.

    Also remember that Apple refurbs ship in excellent condition and they also come with standard 1 year warranty.
     
  3. poematik14 thread starter macrumors member

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    Is the extra 150$ worth it for double the video memory? Will I notice a difference?
     
  4. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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