Thinking about a MacBook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jacob45334, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. jacob45334 macrumors newbie

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    I am not new to Mac... I am starting college and was wondering what everyones opinion would be... I am debating purchasing the black MacBook with 2 gb ram upgrade. I just need a somewhat basic computer for classes but need the flexibility to run Windows thru Boot Camp.

    I am not going to be doing heavy graphics editing or video production with this computer - just basic stuff: docs, email, music - basic stuff...

    Do you think that this would be a good choice. $$ is kind of an issue...
     
  2. jakelar macrumors newbie

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    if money is a problem i'd suggest you go for the low-end white book instead of the black one. There is quite a large price gap between the two. The difference in processor speeds between the two models wont make a huge difference and in my opinion, 1gb of ram is more than enough for the stuff you do.

    If you still want the black casing, the newer penryn blackbooks have a base 2gb of ram, so theres no need to upgrade.
     
  3. mediumofmeaning macrumors member

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    note the recent upgrade to the macbook means 2gb is now standard for 2/3 tier.

    if money is an issue, i would not get the blackbook. there has traditionally been a "you like black, eh?" tax, if you're not aware. i would get the white one, and just upgrade the HDD if necessary (making it $100 cheaper).

    thats ultimately a question you'll have to answer, though.

    with 2 gigs of ram and a 2.4 ghz processor, it will definitely suit your needs, and ought to last for a couple years. purchasing at a good time, right now, also.

    Edit: yo, i think we all have the name Jake! top score
     
  4. ktbubster macrumors 6502a

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    If money is an issue check the refurb store. They have GREAT deals on macbooks and such now since the update. Since this is just for basic stuff a good 2.16 blackbook is abut 1049 in the refurb store, and ram is so cheap and easy to install you can pick up a 2 gig stick for like 35 bucks to add to one of the 512s for 2.512 total and be more then happy...

    However, the whitebooks are a better deal. I actually like my whitebook better then the blackbook i had for a while. You can grab a refurb 2.2 whitebook for 999 now! :) Just the last gen, and better then the current bottom line.

    GREAT deal, and plenty of computer I highly recommend it. I am working on one right now :)
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Get a refurb BlackBook, or a new white MacBook.

    The higher price of the Blackbook can be offset by purchasing a refurb, which aren't as scary as they sound. They're used, but returned for some reason, fixed (if necessary), thoroughly tested, and boxed up. They're probably a safer bet than brand new systems, as those are never really tested.
     
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  7. KJmoon117 macrumors 6502a

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    I did a little comparing between the 2/3 and 3/3 tier Macbook since I'm also thinking of buying a notebook for Sophomore year (HS).

    Basically, you're paying 100$ extra for a Blackbook (from a 2/3 tier white) for extra hard drive space and an extra 100$ to have BLACK. You like black? Go ahead, spend that extra 100$. Except when you upgrade the Macbooks to the same spec, there is only a 100$ difference.

    I did include iWork and Apple Care in the total price so results may come out different, it shouldn't though...
     

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