New Macbook - is Superdrive worth £130 more?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gockemtoad, May 16, 2007.

  1. gockemtoad macrumors newbie

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    Hi there

    Been chugging along with my old G3 iMac and decided to take the plunge and get a new Macbook. For someone like me, the new updates are great as I can get more for less. However - I'm interested in the lowest end machine which is £699 in the UK. The next one up is £130 more. Could I get some advice? I can upgrade the £699 machine to 2Gb and up the hard disk to 120Gb for about the same amount. How much would an external Superdrive be? I've never had need to burn DVDs but don't want to be excluded from doing so should the desire arise. Thoughts?
     
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  3. gockemtoad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cheers. Do these work with the Macbook? For some reason I always feel vary of getting peripherals for the Mac. Are there any installation problems or would they just be recognised as a system drive?
     
  4. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    I use an external DVD burner with my Mac Mini. It's a LaCie with Firewire connection. No problem.

    :)
     
  5. AppleMatt macrumors 68000

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    No. I've had a SuperDrive for years and rarely burn using it. In-fact the only things I've burnt were so big that they needed dual-layer disks and an external burner anyway.

    I really, really wouldn't bother for £130 unless you need to burn on the move, for example if you're running a small home movies transfer service or similar.

    AppleMatt
     
  6. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I wish I'd thought of the external DVD Burner option for my Macbook CD (I have the Superdrive model).
     
  7. Vidd macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think that the Superdrive is worth the extra in this case, unless you also want the black casing. ;)

    Save the money and invest it in RAM/storage/software!
     
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    You need a DVD burner for two things: To make backups, and to create actual DVDs for playing on a DVD player. If you have no intention of creating DVDs, you can backup small amounts of data on CDs (plenty for anything but photos, music, videos), and for large amounts of data you can get an external 250GB harddisk for under £60 which might be a much better solution for backups.
     
  9. markfc macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't think it was worth it to be honest, I have an iMac at home, i just want a portable mac so I splashed the £699 on the bottom model.


     

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