MacBook...should I buy? I am a Mac n00b.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Iron Lion Oroku, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. Iron Lion Oroku macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2007
    Hey everybody,

    I am contemplating purchasing a MacBook. I was planning to wait until Leopard comes out but since that has been bumped until October I don't think I can wait until then.

    I have done a bunch of research but I wanted to hear it from the mouths of Mac specialists.

    What specs would you guys recc for a MacBook? I am a complete n00b to Macs and can't wait to get my hands on one.

  2. CrEsTo macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2006
    Hi Iron,

    Always get as much RAM as you can afford, what will you do with the MB?
  3. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2005
    the Netherlands
    I think that completely depends on what you would use it for.

    Internet/wordprocessing/simple tasks: base specs
    More graphic*-intensive: higher-end specs (*there is a graphic penalty that comes with any non-pro Mac)

    1 gig of ram is a must for Tiger, 2 gigs is always better. Harddrive-space can run out quickly, so depending again for what you would use it for, go for an acceptable size (I would say 80 gig+). CPU... I don't know much about that, but I don't think there are great differences there.

    OK, I just checked the Apple-site. The medium-to-black macbooks seem like the one that would offer you the most options: better CPU/L2-cache, ram, superdrive (nice), etc. But again, if you just need to browse the web, then it's not that important.
  4. Andrew D. macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    Sorry to drop by this thread with my own questions, but I guess it'll be better if I jump on this boat instead of starting my own.

    I myself find that purchasing a refurbished model would be the best idea. Upgrading the RAM and HD is easy as pie and way cheaper too outside from Apple. I plan on using my MacBook for the usual basics and possibly photography and music recording.

    My question is, can the MacBook handle Photoshop and image editing? Or will looking into a MBP be a better idea. Personally, the MacBook seemed a lot more appealing.. and the size is a plus for me.

    All in all, my advice would be to purchase low and upgrade from there. You'll save a lot of money for other toys like wireless goodies or what not. Cheers!

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