Refurb MacBook Pro 13.3 2.53GHz vs Refurb MacBook Pro 15.4 2.4GHz

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stepweb, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. stepweb macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2008
    Hi, I'm thinking about buying a laptop.

    I work as a free-lance web designer (lots of CSSEdit and textmate). I'm also in art school and use lots of cs4, final cut pro Max/Msp and Jitter.

    I also fix people's computers from time to time and would use the laptop for in-house repair support.

    I'm currently running a "hackintosh" /w a Q6600, 7600GT, 8gigs of ram - which I'd keep as production machine for cpu/gpu intensive processing.

    Basically, I'm looking for a laptop that I can use for production on the go, meetings and group work sessions. I may also have to work on the road for a month or so at a time.

    I have 20 inch monitor I could hook either up to when working from home.

    The 9600GT seems substantially better than the 9400 which would be useful for quartz composer and opengl stuff....
    An SD card slot is more helpful than a Express slot for me (the adaptor's are a bit of a pain).

    Also, I don't have a car - in the city I bike everywhere, and when I say "on the road" I mean in some crappy hostel somewhere that got to by bus/train.

    Are the screens on 15.4 better (is there any documentation on this?)
    How does portability compare between the two model?
    Which model will keep it's market value longer - If I decide to sell at the next product refresh to switch models?
    Err, what would you get? (I'm sure this comparison gets made all the time, but I couldn't find it a forum search)

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.53GHz 13.3 Intel Core 2 Duo

    13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    250GB Hard Drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery (realistically 5 hours heavy use)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    Illuminated keyboard
    Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
    Width: 12.78 inches (32.5 cm)
    Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
    Weight: 4.5 pounds (2.04 kg)

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 15.4 Intel Core 2 Duo

    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera
    Illuminated keyboard
    User serviceable 5-hour battery (realistically 3.25 hours heavy use)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics (256 dedicated)
    Height 0.95 inch (2.41 cm)
    Width 14.35 inches (36.4 cm)
    Depth 9.82 inches (24.9 cm)
    Weight 5.5 pounds (2.49 kg)

    Battery info source:
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  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I have the 17", so I'd go for the bigger, screen space over portability is always my belief.

    The video card is a huge difference, the SD card isn't, you can just get an adaptor.
  3. stepweb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2008
    I hate those adapter's :)

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