New 13" MBPs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by missr, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. missr macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    My 2007 MBP just died, and I need to get a new one. I need a 13", NOT 15"... I waited for the new machines but the 13" specs are confusing me with the change in graphic card and processor speed.

    Should I get:
    13" - 2.3GHz Core i5 320GB/4GB @ $1,199.00
    13" - 2.7GHz Core i7 500GB/4GB @ $1,499.00
    (Do you think $300 is really worth it? i5 vs. i7?!)
    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo @ $929.

    I do graphic design but I don't tend to do too much heavy duty rendering. I'm leaning towards the new 13" i5 model, but I really can't decide.... HELP :(
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    I say 13" i5
  3. Davichi macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    1199 dollars one.

    i5 is really fast enough for most of people even with video editing.

    I see 1499 dollars one as least favorable one out of all MBP line up.

    I personally like 1199 dollars one and 2199 dollars 15 MBP.
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
  5. missr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    Thanks guys - I just needed someone to push me in the right direction :)
  6. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
  7. missr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    Hm, could you please tell me why you think the i7 makes sense...?

    I def want at least 500GB HD upgrade, so I'll order online. This way I don't have to open the machine and swap the drive for warranty purposes... just in case. Or is that something I don't have to worry about?
  8. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    Same. I don't see how this would hurt in the future, esp. with education's cheaper :eek:.
  9. missr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
  10. iTouch1987 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2008
    what will you be doing?

    imo, i will be getting the i7. just that extra knowing of speed in the back of my head will be good. the 15" looks fantastic, but i can't justify jumping for it.
  11. BitterMelon macrumors newbie


    Feb 24, 2011
    I'd say i5, I just ordered one myself. I figured that for those $300 you can get lot's more memory (3rd party) or a nice SSD. They will do more for the overall performance than the i7.
  12. missr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    This is so hard... I'm thinking perhaps get the low end and replace in 2-3 yrs when they make a significant update... this update was basically just the processor swap. OR even go for the last gen refurb?! I'm so so so confused!!!:confused:
  13. Forkaster macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2007
    I don't know how I could help your decision.

    In fact I have a question of my own.

    Do you guys think that the i5 and i7 in the 13' will cause heat issues?
  14. missr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    ok... just placed an order. Am getting the i5 13" for now. Will see how I like it - might replace HD to SSD, and up the RAM with after mkt stuff. Will report back! Thx everyone.

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