NEW Mac User! Question About Purchasing A MacBook. Help and Opinions?

lilskaterpunk

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Im looking into purchasing my first Mac, a Macbook or Macbook Pro.
Im an PC guy and have been using an ASUS Laptop for years. Currently own N81Vp-D1.
One thing I notice about Apple and there Macs are a difference in specs for a big price jump but very sexy!

So I have a few questions that if anyone can help me out, that would be awesome!

I want to buy Macbook or Macbook Pro.

1. Looking into a 13.3'' screen or would it be better for a 15''? Yes I now its personal preference and what u plan to do with it but as for specs wise. Invest a bit more for more power?

2. Are the new Macbook and Macbook Pro models worth buying? or look into an older used model?

3. Im looking at buying Apple MacBook Pro 13" Intel Core 2 Duo Laptop.
Processor Type Intel Core 2 Duo Screen Size 13.3 Inches RAM (Preloaded / Maximum) 4GB DDR3 Hard Drive 320 GB 5400 RPM Optical Drives 8x Slot-Load SuperDrive Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Average Battery Life Up To 7 Hours Product Weight 2.04 kg Audio Type Apple Battery Type Lithium-Polymer Cache 3MB L2 Fax/Modem No I/O Ports FireWire 800; Mini DisplayPort; USB 2.0 Included In Box 60W MagSafe Power Adapter, Manual Network Card 10/100/1000 Other Software Time Machine, Quick Look, Spotlight PC Card Slots No Pointing Device Multi-Touch Trackpad Preloaded Operating System Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard Processor Speed 2.26 GHz Product Dimensions 32.50(W) x 2.41(H) x 22.70(D) cm Removable Storage No Screen Type LED Backlight Speakers Yes System Bus 1066 MHz Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labour
With this model, is it possible to Dual Boot Windows 7? As long as I get proper drivers? or is it even worth doing? I heard Windows 7 works fine...

4. Nvidia GeForce 9400M I noticed is in all 13.3'' Macbook and Pro until you jump into the 15''. Are these video cards any good?
I know its going to be a big change from my current video card ATI Mobility HD4650 VRAM 1GB but really, I dont even play games on my laptop lol I bought it for a smaller 14'' laptop and well it just has some power behind it if I wanted too.
Im more into browsing internet, chatting, pictures, videos, and some other stuff...

So whats ur opinions on the MacBook Pro model? Version with 4GB and larger HDD. Worth the extra cash? I see it still has SD card and LED keyboard which the Macbook models do not have! sad.gif

If there is anything that I should be aware of on the Macbook or Macbook Pro which is an advantage or disadvantage from other models, please let me know!

Well I hope I know what im getting into... lol

Thanks!
 

wordoflife

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Im looking into purchasing my first Mac, a Macbook or Macbook Pro.
Im an PC guy and have been using an ASUS Laptop for years. Currently own N81Vp-D1.
One thing I notice about Apple and there Macs are a difference in specs for a big price jump but very sexy!

So I have a few questions that if anyone can help me out, that would be awesome!

I want to buy Macbook or Macbook Pro.

1. Looking into a 13.3'' screen or would it be better for a 15''? Yes I now its personal preference and what u plan to do with it but as for specs wise. Invest a bit more for more power?

2. Are the new Macbook and Macbook Pro models worth buying? or look into an older used model?

3. Im looking at buying Apple MacBook Pro 13" Intel Core 2 Duo Laptop.

With this model, is it possible to Dual Boot Windows 7? As long as I get proper drivers? or is it even worth doing? I heard Windows 7 works fine...

4. Nvidia GeForce 9400M I noticed is in all 13.3'' Macbook and Pro until you jump into the 15''. Are these video cards any good?
I know its going to be a big change from my current video card ATI Mobility HD4650 VRAM 1GB but really, I dont even play games on my laptop lol I bought it for a smaller 14'' laptop and well it just has some power behind it if I wanted too.
Im more into browsing internet, chatting, pictures, videos, and some other stuff...

So whats ur opinions on the MacBook Pro model? Version with 4GB and larger HDD. Worth the extra cash? I see it still has SD card and LED keyboard which the Macbook models do not have! sad.gif

If there is anything that I should be aware of on the Macbook or Macbook Pro which is an advantage or disadvantage from other models, please let me know!

Well I hope I know what im getting into... lol

Thanks!
1) The 13'' offered by Apple is a 1280X800 resolution.

That was the same with my 15'' dell PC, so the smaller screen doesn't matter. It's more convenient actually.

2) Definitely worth buying, You get a great machine.

3) You can dual boot with any of the Macs. The drivers are supported by Apple.

4) the 9400m is a great chip. You should be fine if you do dont play games.

If I were you, I would personally go with the white Macbook.

My friend was debating Macbook or Macbook Pro, and he went with the Macbook and he loves it.
You miss a few features in the Macbook like the firewire, and apple remote; but for some people it's not worth the extra $200 bucks.
 

stridemat

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1. Looking into a 13.3'' screen or would it be better for a 15''? Yes I now its personal preference and what u plan to do with it but as for specs wise. Invest a bit more for more power?
Invest in hardware now if you can afford it. Get the best spec you can buy as it can be sold for more when you decide to upgrade.

2. Are the new Macbook and Macbook Pro models worth buying? or look into an older used model?
I would look into an older model. My 2008 macbook is still rocking

3. Im looking at buying Apple MacBook Pro 13" Intel Core 2 Duo Laptop.

With this model, is it possible to Dual Boot Windows 7? As long as I get proper drivers? or is it even worth doing? I heard Windows 7 works fine...

Bootcamp will work very well. Just need Apple to relase the new drivers for windows 7 (any day now)

4. Nvidia GeForce 9400M I noticed is in all 13.3'' Macbook and Pro until you jump into the 15''. Are these video cards any good?
I know its going to be a big change from my current video card ATI Mobility HD4650 VRAM 1GB but really, I dont even play games on my laptop lol I bought it for a smaller 14'' laptop and well it just has some power behind it if I wanted too.
Im more into browsing internet, chatting, pictures, videos, and some other stuff...

I would still say that the 9400m would work for what you need, but that goes agains point 1. If I was you I would get the 15".

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Thanks!
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jzuena

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An additional point for the Windows drivers: Apple hasn't provided official drivers for Windows 7 yet, but many have had good luck just using the Vista drivers. Apple has committed to providing Windows 7 drivers by the end of the year.
 

lilskaterpunk

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@wordoflife
U said go with the MacBook instead of MBP. I was thinking of doing that but I like that 4GB ram, larger HDD (Portable USB HDD will work too) keypad light and SD reader. I dunno how much of that is an improvement for performance for that different amount of money. I also like the Aluminum body instead of all white :p Processor is an upgrade too.
Other then those specs I mentioned above, is there anything else that makes a different from the MBP to MB? Wifi? BT? etc.?

Thanks!

@stridemat
Well now my decision is changed from my comment to wordoflife LOL
Get the better specs/hardware now if I can afford it, which hopefully I can. Yes resell value stay high on Macs and being me, I like to upgrade or try new products always :p
Sounds good about Boot Camp. Ill check more into that option. How about Parallels (I think thats it) for booting Windows on Mac OSX?
I was looking into the 15'' but then I like portability and money is another increase. Hmmmm.... I guess I should try out a 13.3'' as I never owned my own and see how I like it. Currently using a 14'' ASUS laptop as I downsized from 15''

@jzuena
Sounds good dude! Hopefully soon ;)

How is the speakers sound on MBP? I never listen to them before. Any other advice or be aware of before purchasing a model that I should know?

Im also deciding now to hold off till January which is around the corner to see if Apple has upgraded the MB, MBP models. I know if u wait for something new, you will never end up buying something as its never gonna end lol Its just a lot of money to spend on something I never tried before.

Thanks guys!
 

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