New Macbook or Penryn Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mayanka89, Oct 14, 2008.

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Which laptop?

  1. New Macbook

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  2. Penryn 2.4 Macbook Pro

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  1. mayanka89 macrumors regular

    mayanka89

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    So the following is the comparison I made:

    Macbook Pro $1540 with AppleCare
    2.4 gHz processor with 800 mHz frontside bus
    2GB DDR2 RAM
    15.4" matte screen and 1440x900 resolution
    nVidia 8600M GT with 256MB RAM (about 1.5 times better than 9400M), but prone to failures
    Backlit keyboard, but not the separated keys
    200GB hard drive
    Firewire 400 and 800

    New Macbook $1432 with AppleCare
    2.0 gHz processor with 1066 mHz frontside bus
    2GB DDR3 RAM
    13.3" glossy screen and 1280x800 resoultion
    nVidia 9400M with shared memory
    No backlit keyboard, but seperated keys
    160GB hard drive
    New Multitouch trackpad with no button
    No Firewire


    I am a student in college and waited this long for the update. What option would be best, considering that the Penryn MBP has a failing graphics card. I want this laptop to last over 4 years, so how should I proceed?

    Thanks.
     
  2. mayanka89 thread starter macrumors regular

    mayanka89

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    Oh and by the way, these prices are from my University Computer store. I seem to be leaning towards new Macbook due to styling, and MBP for specs. Still can't decide though...I need help.
     
  3. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Get the new 2.4GHz MB with 4GB ram... That plus it's new design definitely wins against that MBP you have posted above.
     
  4. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Get the MBP. Applecare will protect you from GPU failures.
     
  5. disco2000 macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered a refurb'd 2.4ghz 15.4" Macbook Pro, will Apple honor the 2 year warranty they placed on the GPU on a refurb model? Or do you think Apple ships all the refurbs with a new GPU?
     
  6. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    MBP, by far.

    Bigger, better display, faster processor, better graphics, Firewire, etc.
     
  7. mayanka89 thread starter macrumors regular

    mayanka89

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    I'm pretty sure they will still honor it. They treat refurbs like new, except for the box it comes in.

    It seems people are pretty split between the MB and old MBP, just like I am.
    As a college student, I kind of think the smaller lighter 13" would be better, but I really like the specs of the MBP.

    And which one do you think would last longer in this constantly updating laptop market, Penryn MBP or MB?
     
  8. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    "Last longer" in what way?
     
  9. mayanka89 thread starter macrumors regular

    mayanka89

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    Well I mean I usually use computers until they die. The MBP is supposedly guaranteed to die sometime early due to GPU failures. Would this be an issue with a MBP I buy now, or should I just go with the recently updated graphics of the new MB?
     
  10. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately I can't answer that question.

    It's impossible to predict how long either one will last. If you keep your computers for a long time I highly recommend AppleCare, which will guarantee that any problem will be fixed for its first three years.
     

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