mbp recommendation

which base model?

  • 13 2.4 c2d base model

    Votes: 30 68.2%
  • 15 i5 base model

    Votes: 14 31.8%

  • Total voters
    44

tim100

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i need a macbook pro recommendation for a family member. they are looking for a macbook to surf the web, email, manage pictures, and wants to be portable.
 

mpaquette

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Jul 15, 2010
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I took delivery of a 13.3 current model last week to do the basics you describe in your poll. So far, I'm very pleased with the size (portability) and the performance.
 

saxon48

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If you got the money, go with the i5 by all means. But as previously stated, you can do no wrong with a refurb. My gf got a sweet deal on last year's 13" MBP directly from Apple's website, comes with a standard 1-year warranty and all.
 

tiwizard

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Jul 12, 2010
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i need a macbook pro recommendation for a family member. they are looking for a macbook to surf the web, email, manage pictures, and wants to be portable.
The 13" rules for surfing the web, plus it is small and light (compared to my last PC). Even the regular MB would work just fine, but I prefer the pro :)

No point in spending a lot more money for an i5/15" screen if you don't use it.
 

C64

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The 13" is great for surfing the web and emailing, IMing, etc. Websites aren't all the wide, so when you're working on less-portable 15" most of the time you'll be looking at huge wide-spaces at the sides anyways. For photo's the 13" is fine too; been managing my iPhoto-collection on one for years without problems. And even for multi-tasking; Spaces is a very powerful feature.

For all these things the C2D 2.4 is already a huge overkill. Using an i5 for this is simply absurd. The C2D CPUs will run 95% idle for most of the time. Even with some HD videos it'll still be half asleep. Spending a lot of money to waste 2 more cores is a simply a waste.

The 13" MBP does have other nice features the MacBook doesn't have though: a very nice screen, great for videos and photos; very sturdy and modern unbody enclosure; backlit keyboard; SD-card slot, FireWire 800; etc. All well worth the extra price over the MacBook.

Bottom line: go for the 13" MBP.
 

jclardy

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They could even go with the white macbook. I doubt they would need firewire, the only things they would miss out on are the aluminum casing and the sd card slot which they may like if they have a camera that uses SD cards.
 

tim100

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concern re c2d

1) older tech
2) c2d maybe fine today but how about next year. i would think that apple will have to find another solution for the 13inch when c2d goes out of production. 15 inch is already has i5.

if the 13 had an i processor i would suggest the 13 hands down
 

iBookG4user

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1) older tech
2) c2d maybe fine today but how about next year. i would think that apple will have to find another solution for the 13inch when c2d goes out of production. 15 inch is already has i5.

if the 13 had an i processor i would suggest the 13 hands down
If Apple is still selling a computer with the Core 2 Duo they're going to support it for at least 3 years because of AppleCare. So it is going to still be a viable computer in the new few years.
 

jclardy

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1) older tech
2) c2d maybe fine today but how about next year. i would think that apple will have to find another solution for the 13inch when c2d goes out of production. 15 inch is already has i5.

if the 13 had an i processor i would suggest the 13 hands down
Apple will most likely move to an i3 with the Macbook at some point, but it is not going to make your C2D any slower...

My 1st gen white macbook with 2.0Ghz Core Duo + 2GB RAM + GMA 950 is still adequate for what the OP wants to do. Not that I would recommend the old version because of the case cracking issues, but the current and even previous gen macbooks will be more than enough for web browsing/light photo editing.
 

falterego

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If Apple is still selling a computer with the Core 2 Duo they're going to support it for at least 3 years because of AppleCare. So it is going to still be a viable computer in the new few years.
Example: I bought my original MB Core Duo (not C2D) about 3 months before they moved up to the C2D. After 2 years and 7 months they replaced the logic board and CPU with the original spec Core Duo chip. Over 2 years after they stopped selling it they still had some way to replace my hardware.
 

tiwizard

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Jul 12, 2010
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1) older tech
2) c2d maybe fine today but how about next year. i would think that apple will have to find another solution for the 13inch when c2d goes out of production. 15 inch is already has i5.

if the 13 had an i processor i would suggest the 13 hands down
The C2D in the 13" won't magically get slower in a year :confused:
 

DanMacApple

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Jul 1, 2010
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The 13" should be fine for you. I have one and it runs real nice! Also if you have a microcenter around you they were on sale for $999!
 

tim100

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Exactly. Plus, it's not like the C2D is going to become worthless crap when it goes out of production. I ran a Pentium 4 PC up to last year, and it never gave me trouble.
its just that the c2d is 4 years old. that chip was in the mbp 15 inch 4 years ago.
 

demonsavatar

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its just that the c2d is 4 years old. that chip was in the mbp 15 inch 4 years ago.
The tasks you mentioned won't see any benefit from a CPU upgrade to Core i5 at ALL.

C2D is more than what you need already for web/pictures/email. Better portability and great battery life are pluses.
 

Euroamerican

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May 27, 2010
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Buy a current model Macbook "white" or Macbook Pro 13. They have the newer trackpad, the Pro has a better screen than older 13 "Pros" and they cost $100.00 less in AppleCare than the 15. Oh, and they are already "heavy enough".
 

Nde

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Feb 12, 2008
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How about an ipad? "they are looking for a macbook to surf the web, email, manage pictures, and wants to be portable."
 

tiwizard

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Jul 12, 2010
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its just that the c2d is 4 years old. that chip was in the mbp 15 inch 4 years ago.
It may be old, but it is also mature and provides the power needed without sacrificing price or battery life... If you're only browsing the web/emailing/photo viewing, processor power doesn't matter-- but $600 will matter...

But if you are so against the older architecture, why bother asking?
 
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