Refurb Aluminum Unibody Macbook 2.0 ghz (899) vs Refurb Macbook Pro 2.26ghz (999)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ellagrrl, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. ellagrrl macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    #1
    Should I get a refurb Aluminum Unibody Macbook for $899 or a refurb Macbook Pro for $999?

    Here are the specs:

    Refurbished MacBook 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Aluminum
    13.3-inch 1280-by-800 pixel LED-backlit display
    2GB memory
    160GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera
    Standard keyboard

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    160GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    Illuminated keyboard
     
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

    MacMini2009

    Joined:
    May 22, 2009
    Location:
    California
    #2
    Macbook Pro > Macbook

    Definitely get the Macbook Pro.
     
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

    ucfgrad93

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado
    #3
    Agreed, I would get the MBP over the MB.
     
  4. InvalidBassist macrumors regular

    InvalidBassist

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2008
    Location:
    Chicago
    #4
    Totally the MBP, if not for the Illuminated keyboard then for the battery!
     
  5. ellagrrl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    #5
    But here's my question, how do they have new release MBPs that are already in refurb? Are these some sort of factory defectives?
     
  6. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

    MacMini2009

    Joined:
    May 22, 2009
    Location:
    California
    #6
    The customer either decided they didn't want it, DOA, or had a defect. Anyways, Apple does extensive testing to returned computers so they are like new.
     
  7. ellagrrl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    #7
    They were released 2 days ago....
     
  8. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

    MacMini2009

    Joined:
    May 22, 2009
    Location:
    California
    #8
    What you are talking about that was released 4 days ago is the White Macbook. The models you are talking about in your first post were released months ago.
     
  9. ellagrrl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    #9
    Oh good....thanks for clearing that up for me! Here's another question, since you are so well informed--if the macbook just got updated, is it likely that the MBP is going to see an update in the next few weeks as well?
     
  10. aaquib macrumors 65816

    aaquib

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2007
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    #10
    No one knows.

    Look, for $100 you get a faster processor, a significantly better display, a backlit keyboard, SD card slot, and 7 hour battery.

    It shouldn't be a hard choice ;)
     
  11. ellagrrl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2009
    #11
    Right, except since its only 100$ cheaper than a new edition MBP, if they are going to update soon then its smarter to wait and spend another $100 for something two steps above the aluminum macbook.

    The reason i asked the initial question is that my friend's husband is a mac genius, and he said that the aluminum macbook was the best deal on the refurb page. My impulse was to go with the pro for the battery and keyboard improvements, but i wanted to see if there was something else that was important that would make the small price difference less worth it.
     

Share This Page