Quick, which is a better deal?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Staindsoul, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Staindsoul macrumors 6502

    Staindsoul

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    I have 2 choices of Macbooks to buy tonight, seeing what y'all think is better:

    1. Macbook 2,1 Mid 2007
    2.16 C2D processor
    2GB RAM
    160GB HDD
    No warranty
    $400

    2. Macbook Mid-2009
    2.13 C2D Processor
    4GB RAM
    250GB HDD
    Nvidia 9400m
    Applecare until Feb 2013
    $650

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    Number 2 is certainly the better deal.
     
  3. Staindsoul thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah thats what I was thinking, especially because of the warranty
     
  4. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    The extended warranty (ACP) is worth the extra $250 in itself.

    I don't know your usage pattern well enough to tell if the +90 GB of disk space and +2 GB of RAM makes any difference or not for you - but it does make a difference to the resale value anyway. So you can see that as a bonus.
     
  5. Staindsoul thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This will be my computer for a year while I am deployed so honestly really just using it for internet and movies... maybe very light gaming.

    I was going economical but #2 just seems like such a good deal, especially when the way these are prone to cracking.

    If it makes a difference, #2 has a speck case and docking station too
     
  6. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    to me the HD is too small on the first one and the first one IS almost 4 years old. Between the 4GB of RAM, HD, and Apple Care you have a MUCH BETTER RESALE value if you choose to sell it in a year....and if not, you have a decent machine that will last several years longer! All that for only $250 more!!!
     
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    #2 seems better ... however I would question how that machine has 4 years of AppleCare
     
  8. torbjoern macrumors 65816

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    4 years? Not if it were purchased in Feb-2010.
     
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  10. Staindsoul thread starter macrumors 6502

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  11. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Option 2. Less worries abut its remaining life, higher resale value, warranty, bigger/faster hard drive - all for a $250 price difference. No comparison.

    Think Value not Price!!!
     
  12. Staindsoul thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the help guys. Before I buy this, would you recommend this deal or is there something better out there? I do not want to spend more than $650
     
  13. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    With 4Gb of RAM and Applecare it is a great deal. The only thing that would make it better is if it was a late 2009 instead of an early 2009 MB. The difference is in the backlit LED screen of the Oct 2009 models which are significantly better than the May 2009 models - the color gamut was also improved by about 60%. Plus, those models had the latest trackpad design - I think, but that might have been introduced in the earlier model. MBP's got the new and improved LED's in June 2009. So keep that in mind.
     
  14. Staindsoul thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You are right about the LED screens but I am having trouble finding one of those used for under $650 with AppleCare
     
  15. Staindsoul thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the input guys. I purchased #2 and it is in pristine shape! Coconut battery said there have been only 6 load cycles. Nice
     
  16. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    You got a great deal, especially with only 6 cycles and apple care so no worries.
     
  17. lancecomputers macrumors newbie

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    You get what you pay for. Both are equally good in the same way. #1 costs less, but you don't get the warranty, smaller hard drive, and less processor and ram.

    #2 comes with a warranty, bigger HDD, more ram and a slightly faster processor.

    In all the second one would look like a better deal if you add up the costs of upgrading the HDD, ram, and adding in the purchase of a warranty.
     
  18. Staindsoul thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Gotta love craigslist :)
     

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