New SR Macbook or Refurb Non-SR Macbook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by goodtimes5, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. goodtimes5 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
    In one corner:
    The base model of the new SR Macbook for $999 with education discount.

    In the other:
    Refurbished MacBook 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - White (Non-SR)
    13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
    1GB memory
    80GB hard drive
    Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    For $899 refurbished.

    What do you guys think is the better choice? Money is a huge issue, so I'd like every bit of advice I can get.
  2. ktbubster macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2007
    If money is an issue, then save up another 100 dollars and def go for SR. I've heard SOOO many great things about the improvments in the SR. Not to mention, if money is an issue now, it may continue to be an issue, and the SR will last you longer as you can upgrade the ram more and the processor is newer. Spend the extra 100 now, and save in the future.

  3. goodtimes5 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
    What are these great improvements other than the video card and the new processor? Does the advantage of the SR model basically lie in its future-proof hardware?
  4. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    Also, remember that only the newest MacBooks are fully 64 bit (as far as I know) and can use up to 4GB RAM (instead of just 3.3GB). Those things may not be an issue now, but in a few years time, they will be much more important. Go for the new one! :)
  5. Squonk macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2005
    Fast FSB.
    Able to add up to 4GB of RAM.
    Just a hare slower than a MBP.

    For $100, you are getting a much faster machine - and yes, I'd consider that future proofing. But then again, I tend to upgrade my laptop every 4 years or so. So when I buy, I want the fastest thing going. [The wife has warned me to get what I want as there will not be an upgrade for a while.... :eek:]
  6. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    The new ones are a much better deal. Here are some of the key differences between the SR and non-SR MacBooks:

    # Fastest processor (CPU): 2.2GHz vs 2.16GHz
    # Frontside bus: 800MHz vs 667GHz
    # Memory capacity: 4GB vs 2GB
    # Graphics: Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor with 144MB of DDR2 SDRAM vs Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM
    # Maximum Storage Capacity: 250GB vs 200GB
    # Weight: 5.0 pounds (2.27 kg) vs 5.1 pounds (2.31 kg)
    # Keyboard changes and larger rear vent in the SR models
  7. AthleticTrainer macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow! this thread was a HUGE help! I was gonna buy a Black Macbook, but was gonna go with the Refurb....but now I notice some differences, and I dont want that refurb at all! I'm going with a brand new one!
  8. rijiMacDij macrumors regular

    Oi! And another thing......

    I think you will find that the refurburger will be running Tiger and the MacNew one will be running LEOPARD. Get the new one....
  9. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    For all the good reasons above, I say go with the new model as well.

    And you never know -- by the time you save the extra cash, refurbed SR MacBooks may be available, and you'll save the difference of the educ discount.
  10. goodtimes5 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2004
    Bay Area
    Thanks to everyone. I'll be getting the new Macbook once Christmas nears.
  11. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    the refurb macs all run leopard now as well.

    Personally it was between blackbooks for me. But I don't have $1400 to spend. But I do have $1000 (which is what I got my blackbook for (last year model) if the difference is only 100 dollars though, it's new macbooks all the way

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