Thinking of selling MacBook Pro for a new MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by g808, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. g808 macrumors regular

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    I have the Rev A 17" MBP from April 2006 w/ 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM, 120GB HDD. I'm thinking of selling it as I see them going for upwards of $1000 on eBay now, and using that to get a new MacBook 2.2GHz w/ 4GB RAM. The only difference between the MBP and MB these days seems to be the video horsepower, which I really don't need in a laptop. This seems like a trade up to me minus the video power that I don't think I need.

    The most I'd want to do is capture screencasts w/ something like Screenflow. These apps seem to take a lot of horsepower, but does it take a good GPU? Does this seem like a good fit for me?
     
  2. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    Going from a 17 inch screen to 13 inch would be difficult if you're used to the space
     
  3. johny5 macrumors 6502a

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    I dont think there is that much difference in the screen resolution although yes the macbook seems to have condensed more into the small screen.
    I dont do much video work on my macbook 2.2ghz 4gb ram, use it for iphoto and imovie and it does this pretty fast.

    If you have a liking for the smaller macbook then get a good price on your pro and get a macbook. I play games on my 360 so the macbook is a pure application workhorse :)
     
  4. Pees330 macrumors 6502

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    I think you seem like you're fine with trading for the Macbook. If you don't need the video power and are fine with a smaller screen, then I say go for it.
     
  5. digitalpencil macrumors 6502

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    Go for it if you're happy with the trade-off, but i'm with gazfocus.. No chance in hell i'd trade 4" of real-estate for marginally more power. Why not just whack another 2gb in your MBP?
     
  6. g808 thread starter macrumors regular

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    My MBP version is older and only supports 2GB RAM and it uses a Core Duo, not the newer Core 2 Duo, which seems noticeably faster, especially for tasks like encoding media. Doubling the RAM would help too since I run XP in VMWare for work. I've seen the MacBooks at the Apple Store and I think I can handle the real estate loss.

    Anyone know if MacBooks handle fullscreen captures via screencast software alright, or does it need more GPU?
     
  7. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    Do it. Going from a 17" to a 13" was one of the best computing decisions I ever made. I've owned two 17" laptops in the past, and I have no plans to buy any more in the future. On the other hand, I'm quite fine with my 13".
     

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