Waited since Febuary - The time is now . . .

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by R-41157, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. R-41157 macrumors member

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    Hello! It has been a while since I have posted . . . When i used to surf the forums I would become obsessed with waiting for the new notebooks to be released, so I decided to steer clear for a few months and get on with my life! Ive been waiting for the new notebooks since Febuary and have gone through all the events hoping and believing rumours like a naive PC user . . . finally they are here and a week before my 21st birthday! PERFECT!

    So, after all the waiting I thought I would treat myself to the top spec Pro but since this first decision I have wondered if the huge price leap was actually justified, i do some design work but not enough to warrent the extra graphics card etc so to be honest, I would just be being greedy . . . one question I have is, with student discount is the leap from top end new macbook to low end new MBP worth it? To be honest I will mainly be surfing the net, looking at photos and doing some light design work! Shall I just use the saved cash to buy a cinema display?! Im thinking so but would be interested to know what you lot think!

    One other question is this . . . does anyone have any figures of what the Higher/Further education discount % is at the moment? Or roughly at least! As I will be using this but cannot get to my uni's network to see the prices!

    Cheers!!!
     
  2. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

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    if you dont also want to play games the mb would work fine. the student discount is as follows 2.1 mb $50 ,2.1mb $50, 2.4 mb $100, 2.4mbp $100, 2.53mbp $200 ,2.5mbp $200
     
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    If you want every last ounce of performance out of a game with a laptop then yes it would be worth it. Otherwise I would get the low end Macbook Pro.

    For the $500 difference

    4GB RAM $122 (Buy 2)
    24 Inch Display $350 (Has DVI, VGA and HDMI connectors; It is HDCP compliant, can use a VESA mount and has good customer reviews)
    Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter

    or

    4GB RAM $122 (Buy 2)
    320GB 7200 RPM HD $109
    External Enclosure $35 (for HD pulled from MBP)
    Wireless N Router $70
    Network Printer $120 (I would keep it wired to router to avoid downgrading network from N to G)
     

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