Macbook w/External monitor VS pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Waffle Stomping, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Waffle Stomping macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2009
    I got a question for you guys. I'm saving up for a new mac notebook. It will replace my 3 year old 15.4 inch Dell E1505 in about September. It's on it's last leg but I think it will last a few more months.

    I'm deciding between The unibody 2.4 Macbook and buying an external monitor (probably Samsung or HP) or the Macbook Pro with out one. I will be going to collage in about a year so the portability of the Macbook would help, but I wouldn't believe that the Pro would make that much of a bigger footprint. My dell only has a 128mb ATI Radeon X1300 and for the occasional games (Sim City 4) it runs fine.

    I will be going to collage for computer science but I believe either one of these machines will do me just fine.

    Thanks a lot guys.
  2. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...wait for the back to school promo...also check out what kind of deals your Uni has in the school store.
  3. Nasty Roo macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    And if you're going to attend "collage", you should probably learn how to spell it first. :)

    All jokes aside, get the MB and external. That way you'll have the feel of a desktop back in your dorm room, yet still be able to take your comp to class. The 13.3" is perfect IMO for lugging back and forth to class.
  4. Waffle Stomping thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2009
    Hopefully Apple will come up with a iSpellBad device before next year.

    I think I will be going with the Macbook and the monitor. Gives me the best of both worlds.

    Thanks guys
  5. kvasir macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2007
    While we're at it, it would be "iSpellBadly" because bad would be an adjective and badly would be an adverb which modifies the verb "spell."

    Another vote for the MacBook and the external. The refurbished deals are great and if you don't need Firewire or the ExpressCard slot, the MacBook is a fantastic machine. I'm not impressed with the MacBook's screen, but $1299 for the refurb MB + 2-300 for a nice external monitor + extra cash for programs, external drives, HD upgrade/memory upgrade trumps the $1699 refurb price for the MBP.
  6. zer0tails macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    I second your decision. The macbook + monitor will be the perfect blend of portability + instant desktop.

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