Maxed out Macbook vs. MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shan3414, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. shan3414 macrumors newbie

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    Hey all! I'm in the market for my second Mac and am looking for a bit of advice. I've outgrown my current laptop, which I love (unibody Macbook 2.0 GHz), and need something a bit more capable. I've been lurking this forum and have seen a lot of threads addressing whether or not to wait for the next MBP refresh but was wondering about everyone's thoughts re: the current Macbook.

    Maxing out the Macbook at 4GB Ram and 500GB Hard Drive would cost $1249, which seems like a pretty good deal! Does anyone know how this would stand up to the performance of the low-end 13" MBP? I'm planning on waiting for the MBP refresh before I decide for sure, but just wanted to start considering my options.

    I do use Final Cut Express fairly extensively. My current laptop seems to handle it pretty well, but I definitely need more hard drive space and the quicker it can convert and render video, the better. I don't do any of my own filming but I do a lot of ripping from DVDs, format converting, etc. Other than that, just basic use - internet surfing, itunes, etc.

    I want at least 4GB of Ram and a 320GB Hard Drive, but would prefer 500GB. Either a 13" or a 15" screen (13" has been plenty for me, and I like the portability, but I probably wouldn't mind a 15"). I love refurbs so would love to find something there, and I'm ~hoping to stay at around $1500 but could probably go over if it was worth it. I want something that will definitely serve my purposes (and hopefully last me for at least 2 years) but don't want to get way more than I really need.

    Thanks so much for any advice! I'm pretty open to suggestions but am mainly interested in whether or not the basic macbook could fit my needs or if I definitely need to stick to the MBP line, just so I can start ruling things out.
     
  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Why not just upgrade what you already have?

    What are your current specs?

    Sorry, dunno where you are in the world or USA, so I cant give you links.
     
  3. shan3414 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had thought of that, but my current processor is a 2.0 GHz and I was hoping to get something slightly faster, and as my girlfriend is actually in DIRE need of a new laptop I was going to give her mine (it's perfect for her needs) and get a slightly newer model.
     
  4. 3N16MA macrumors 65816

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    I don't think you will notice that much of a diffrence between what you have now and a new MB. If you have outgrown you current MB then you will outgrow the new one very soon also.
     
  5. shan3414 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I was afraid of. Do you think either of the 13" MBPs would be enough, then, or should I go with at least the lower end 15" model? Right now hard drive size is what I'm noticing most but I know processor speed and ram will probably be more helpful long-term, especially for video editing.
     
  6. 3N16MA macrumors 65816

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    Perhaps wait until Apple updates the MBP's with i5 and then make a purchase.
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    yup. I agree.

    If you are just going to give it to your GF, and time isnt a big deal, wait for the MBP update.

    If you are going to get a new MB, upgrade the drive and ram yourself. Takes 10 minutes. $100 for 4 gigs ram. $100 for 500 gig 7200 RPM drive. $924 AR for the MB; http://www.macconnection.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Detail.htm?sku=10681508&cac=FeaturedHome

    http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/macbook_13_09_unibody_hd_m/

    FWIW, 13" MBP are just as easy.
     

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