Quick previous gen MBP question...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nospleen, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. nospleen macrumors 68000

    nospleen

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    My brother in law is trying to decide between these two MBP's from macmall. Is it worth it for him to go with the Penryn model, or just save the extra cash? I know he doesn't care about multi touch. But, is there a difference in speed or battery life between the two? Also, did they make any changes to the display between these two models? I know the resolution did not change, more referring to a brighter, different manufacturer kind of thing, etc...

    Thanks everyone!


    15'' MacBook Pro (Glossy)
    2.4GHz/2GB/200GB/8600MGT
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    $1,499.99 $1,349.99

    Ships: In stock. Usually ships the same business day.
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    Was $1994
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    15.4-inch glossy widescreen LED-backlit display
    1440 x 900 resolution
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
    2GB (2x1GB) of 667MHz DDR2 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB
    200GB 5400-rpm SATA hard drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3 memory
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    15'' MacBook Pro
    2.4GHz/2GB/200GB/8600MGT
    - BLOWOUT SPECIAL -

    $1,593.99 $1,443.99

    Ships: In stock. Usually ships the same business day.
    SAVE $150 via mail-in rebate*
    Was $1994
    SAVE $550 (28%)
    15.4-inch matte widescreen LED-backlit display
    1440 x 900 resolution
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (Penryn)
    2GB (2x1GB) of 667MHz DDR2 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB
    200GB 5400-rpm SATA hard drive
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3 memory
     
  2. six.four macrumors 6502

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    Negligible speed difference.
    Battery life about 30-50 minutes better with the penryn.
    No change in display.
    Uses the same chipset.
     
  3. Azagar macrumors member

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    The $100 difference for a larger track pad and multi-touch gestures is worth it, at least to me. It's hard when I got back to using the track pads of other laptops, need to adjust for the size difference.
     
  4. nikhsub1 macrumors 68000

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  5. OmahaGTP macrumors member

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    One person's opinion, and it happens to be wrong. :D

    Thank you OP, I kept finding similar deals on every other reseller's website, but they were always for matte. Finally, I find one for glossy. You are awesome.
     
  6. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I will tell him to get the multi touch one... Thanks everyone!
     
  7. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Don't buy until he does, lol. :D
     
  8. six.four macrumors 6502

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    the track pad is the same size. The penryn does have the multitouch, but the older (merom) version does have the two finger scroll, which is really all I need.
     
  9. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ended up finding him a new one with Apple. It is the Penryn model, new not refurb, for 1399! He was able to use his edu discount. It was retailing for 1599. So I just thought I would post that info in case anyone was looking into one of these. 1399 New is a heck of a price if you are a student!
     
  10. OmahaGTP macrumors member

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    You made my day, thanks again. Just pulled the trigger. I had about given up hope of finding a glossy "classic" MBP. :D
     
  11. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Glad it worked out for you, enjoy!;)
     

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