MBP questions (proc, ram, battery)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cmm, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. cmm macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2006
    First, how long does the battery last on the 15" MBP with a 5400rpm HDD in it?

    Second, is the 2.33 proc worth the price?

    Do I need 1 or 2 gigabytes of ram?

    I run these apps at all time: firefox, itunes, word, textedit, calendar, macirssi, terminal, preview

    I also use mathematica and handbrake.

    I am upgrading from a pb 12" 867mhz 768ram machine. I need this machine to last at least two years; with intel procs, who knows how long they'll be good for.

  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

    Nov 17, 2004
    The Msp
    I would say go with a slightly slower processor, and get 2GB of RAM. You won't feel the bump from 2.16 to 2.33 as much as you will the 1GB to 2GB.
  3. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    if your going to bump the ram of the cheeper machine to 2gigs, you would probably be better of simply going for the better machine, as you get an updated processor and more video ram for very little £ more!

    However for your usage, you would probably be absolutely fine with the lower model just as it comes!
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I would rather have the extra RAM than the slightly faster processor. :)

    But as student_trap points out, going with the 2.33GHz model stock is not that much more after bumping up the RAM on the 2.16GHz model. :)
  5. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Well, going by Amazon, it's basically $375 more, just for a speed bumped CPU and double the video RAM (which isn't very useful since it's a low-end GPU). It's not a terrible deal, but IMO it's not a great one either.
  6. smueboy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
    Yeah - i'd say go with the 2.16 and add 1GB RAM. For the apps you'll be running that'll be plenty.

    Battery usage is very dependent upon what you are running. When i have multiple apps open (mail, safari, word, acrobat etc.) i get 3-4 hours when just surfing, writing mail etc. When i'm using photoshop however, it goes way down.
  7. macbookprouser macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2006
    i need to get me another gig of ram.

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