Previous gen mbp or new mbp

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Shanewilliams, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Shanewilliams macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    Well I've finally made up my mind the iBook g4 is going to be retired! I've been approved for my credit and ready to buy today! I just can't decide whether to go for the new 13in mbp for 1099 with education discount or go for the previous generation refurb for 92@. Money is not the issue here, it's actually the video card situation. Has anyone had any experience with the previous generation mbp and the new one? Which did you prefer? I know the newer one claims to have longer battery life but I'm not on it for anywhere near the 7 hour claim from the previous generation. I don't know much about the newer computers as I've lived and died by my iBook g4 so any input would be great! Other then the typical web surfing cs4 will be used on almost a daily basis. That's the main reason I'm not going for the 899 MacBook.
  2. js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    OK, so here's the way I see it (and I recently just made the same decision):

    New 13" MBP - $1049 AR from, or $1099 student discount from Apple

    Old 13" MBP - $929 refurb from Apple
    + $100 for 4GB RAM
    = $1029 for refurb previous gen.

    The new one still has a larger HD (250 vs. 160GB) and a slightly faster processor (2.4 vs. 2.26GHz), not to mention the 10-hour battery and momentum scrolling (pretty cool, actually, but the old one may support it eventually).

    It was a no brainer for me...

    EDIT: And just one last thing - the Macbook would actually be fine for what you're wanting to do, though I think the Pro is well worth the upgrade price. And the Macbook can be had for $799 at Microcenter, if you have one near you.

    EDIT #2: And I totally forgot to answer one of your primary questions... sorry. :) I've used both the new MBP (320M) and the education model 20" iMac (with the 9400M). I don't really do any graphics work, but I do play some games and I get a TON better graphics ability and frames-per-second on the new one than on the old 9400M. For example, Bioshock for Mac: I topped out at slightly less than Medium settings and 1024x768 on the 9400M; on the new 320M, I max everything out and run at 1280x800 (native res). These were the highest settings that I felt were smooth and playable on each.
  3. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Or you can wait a few months for the new one to become available as a refurb and get it for $100 less than the educational price. Apple isn't giving enough additional discount for the discontinued model to make it worth buying.
  4. Shanewilliams thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    I'd love to be able to wait and get one cheaper, but I know myself well enough that if I don't go ahead and buy in the next little bit, I'll just over analyze the situation and I'll just convince myself that my iBook is sufficient and I'll just keep it! As it is now I've about convinced myself that for what I'm doing the $849 refurb MacBook is sufficient. As much as I'd like to have 4gb of ram Im really not sure that it's necessary for web surfing and cs4.
  5. chris7777 macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2008
    I was about to pull the trigger on the macconnection 2.4 as well, but I called them to ask a question and was told they were on back order till the 30th.
    Shooting down my idea of overnight or 2 day, plus I am squeamish about ordering yet with the fine print on the rebate.

    As for the $850 macbook refurb, if you have a micro center near you, you can get a brand new one for $800 plus tax out the door, instant rebate. FYI

    I am debating looking into an education discount if I can get it, I'm not sure of all the requirements.

    I did have a question on the mac conection, is that one of those site they don't charge sales tax on?
  6. Raje macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2010
    You said money is not an issue, so get the new 13" MBP. From what I have read here and from reviews posted elsewhere it is possible to get the full advertised 10 hours out of the battery. These reviews have also suggested that the 320m is a much better graphics card, as it should be. 4gb will make a difference in multitasking and will make CS4 run smoother/start faster. Also the MB has some nice features not present in the MBP (aluminum, backlit kb, SD card slot) If I were you I would definitely get the new 13" MBP the difference in price between the old model and new model is not enough to make me want to purchase the old model and personally the aluminum and backlit kb (and ram) is worth the price difference between the MBP and MB

    EDIT: I intend to buy a new 13" MBP this summer before I go to university and I will be doing primarily the same things as you

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