What is better?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Oliver G, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. Oliver G macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    I am going to buy a Macbook Pro and was wondering which would be better.

    Firstly, a new "Late 2011" 13" MacBook Pro...

    13-inch: 2.4 GHz

    2.4GHz dual-core
    Intel Core i5
    4GB 1333MHz
    500GB 5400-rpm1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)

    Or a refurbished "Early 2011" 13" MacBook Pro...

    MacBook Pro 2.7GHz dual-core Intel i7
    13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM

    Now I don't care about the new/refurbished thing, all I care abut is the speed and perfomance. Can anyone tell me the difference and which would be better?
  2. IllIllIll macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2011
    If all you care about is speed/performance, the i7 is the better unit.
  3. GTANJ macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    You will hardly notice any difference between the two. Go with whichever is cheaper.
  4. Ant.honey macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2008
    New York City
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  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    In case they cost about the same.
    If you care more about battery life get the late 2011. New stepping CPU and younger battery.
    If you care more about speed get the refurb. early 2011. Somewhat faster CPU but not really worth all that much.
  6. Nick McEnjoy macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2011
    How can a 2.3GHz CPU be faster than a 2.4GHZ CPU?

    Edit: Sorry, dusk007. The original poster compares the i5 and i7. See it now.

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