Macbook White VS. Aluminum

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by PhilSE, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. PhilSE macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    I was going to eventually buy the white unibody macbook for $970 with the education discount and tax included. I really like the look of the aluminum better than the mac and I wouldn't mind sacrificing a bigger hard drive/ram for the aluminum macbook. Does anyone know any places you can purchase 2009 aluminum macbooks? I would need to buy a 2009 model because I'm only 14 and I only have $800 at the moment (I've been saving awhile) and I don't have a job.

  2. Pax macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2003
    There are a few other differences you might want to think about.

    In particular I believe the current white unibody Macbook has a much better quality LCD display than the aluminium Macbook. There are lots of threads on here about the poor quality of the aluminium Macbook LCD. Try MRoogle. Go and look at the white Macbook in store - you'll see it has a very good LCD.

    Also I believe the white unibody has better battery life than the aluminium Macbook (I believe it is 7 hours vs 5, but you would need Google to confirm this)

    Have a look on the Apple refurb store
    They have Macbooks starting at around $849 with a 1 year warranty

    Personally I would favour the better screen & battery on the white over the "bling" of the aluminium. But that's an entirely personal preference, not a piece of advice!

    Best of luck with your purchase.
  3. AwakenedLands macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2009
    I feel the two points the above poster made are valid, however I think the build quality and durability of the aluminum MB is much better. I've had both and wouldn't go back to the plastic white macbook again. You won't see a heat fracture in your aluminum like you will eventually see in the plastic.
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Normally when Apple puts out new models the old ones will end up in the apple online store "" under "Special deals/refurbished Mac". Everything there should be around 15% under the fair value of the product. For older models, they will eventually adjust the "fair value", so a MBP that cost $1199 two weeks ago but is now outdated should have a "fair value" of say $1000, and should be sold 15% below that. On their website you would see something like "Save 28%", but that's 28% below what it was sold for, not 28% below what it's worth.

    Apple hasn't made that adjustment yet. You'll probably have to wait a few weeks before old MBPs are available cheap.
  5. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    if you are only young and making a large purchase, I would recommend that you go for the new model from apple, and remember that you can get an educational discount also!

    This way, things are far less likely to go wrong, and your first mac is a nice new product. not someone else's reject.

    Now there is nothing wrong with refurbs, but as a first purchase, at your age, I'd go for the new (and better!) product
  6. Jay S. macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2010
    you can buy a new white unibody macbook from microcenter for 799.00 that is the way to go.
  7. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    That really does seem like a great offer.
  8. macgeek18 macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2009
    Northern California
    The apple referb store has every once in a while. I would get the 2.4Ghz Alum, it has 4GB of ram,it's DDR3 too, just like the UB MB.I have considered selling my UB MB before for one.There much nicer. But just a warning, there has been reports of bad screens and battery's in the Alum MB's. :)
  9. pricej636 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
    I bought a new 13" MBP and had to get rid of either my plastic unibody model that was a couple months old or my aluminum macbook that was bought in early 2009. The plastic one was faster, had a bigger hard drive but I opted to sell it and keep my older aluminum just due to it being built SO much better. Everything about the aluminum machines feels better to me. I'll never buy another plastic MB.
  10. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    not only do the aluminum ones look nice, they actually feel good as well.
  11. phillyphill macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2010
    order from microcenter, they have the new white macs for $799 and $100 off he mbp's
  12. PhilSE thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    Thanks for the feedback.

    This isn't my first mac. Right now I have a mac mini with has a 60 GB hard drive and 512 mb of ram. So it's pretty awful. About the MicroCenter deal, I don't have one that is close, but I have heard that people can get Apple to price match. If I wanted to price match, do I have a better chance going into an Apple store or calling?
  13. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I think it would be better to go in and ask a genius. Over the phone they seem to be more bound to rules than the guys in store.

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