MBP 15" Refurb Unibody or Current model?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mossme89, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. mossme89 macrumors 6502

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    I'm going to buy a MBP very soon, but am still stuck between 2 refurb models.

    The Models are the 2008 Unibody 2.4GHz pro for $1299 and the 2.66 GHz for $1599. I chose these models because they are the cheapest MBP's that have the 9600M GT for gaming.

    The deciding factor for me is the battery life. I know the current MBP's have an awesome battery life, but is it worth an extra $300? I will likely be using the computer mostly at home for 2-3 hours, and rarely traveling. If i do travel, even with the 7-hour MBP, i can see myself being OCD and still bringing a charger just in case. I just want to get the best value, but i really can't see myself benefiting from the extra battery life.

    Is the 2.4GHz battery still good? Regardless, with gaming or video editing, i can see myself plugging in, but how much life do you get for light usage such as web surfing or word processing?

    I'm sorry i keep asking you guys questions, but i feel like i am closer than ever to pulling the trigger
     
  2. timecarter macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the same problem.

    I on the other hand to travel constantly and often take five hour flights across the country... But is it worth the 300$. I even hear that the old Uni's are faster.

    Is that true?
     
  3. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

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    hmm...as per my experience..the removable batteries suck big time...my MBP's battery has done 180 cycles and can retain only 50% of the charge today...and this took only about 18 months!!! but as my sig suggests..i m talking abt a late 2007 model...pre-unibody..
     
  4. rhcpfan0 macrumors newbie

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    Personally I would opt for the 2.4Ghz model and get a HyperMac external battery. You can check them out here.
     
  5. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    rhcpfan is right... just get external battery or play it with the mains for the majority of the time the 2.4 will be fine the $300 is a waste [​IMG]
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Buy the model with the longer battery life if you travel frequently, or even semi-frequently. If you don't leave home with your laptop, then get the cheaper model.


    Done.
     

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