What to buy.....what to buy

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Jor1016, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Jor1016 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2008
    Hello all. This is my first post obviously and I am looking for some guidance. I am currently just under three weeks from graduating from the University of Tampa with a BA in government and world affairs. I have been admitted and intend to go to Syracuse University School of Law beginning in the Fall. As such I am in the market for a laptop computer (which is required). I am really high on Apple having previously worked for Sony while in college and having salesmen routinely jump back and forth from Apple to Sony. Having compared notes i have pretty much decided I will be buying a Mac book or Mac book Pro for my laptop to begin law school. Now of course this is going to be an important decision for me, and i have a few questions to assist me in my journey.
    First of all, I have been searching google for everything i can find on apple and their notebooks. There seems to be rumors that both the MB and MBP will be updated anytime from June-September. What is the consensus from those who know the most. As i wont need the notebook until the 3rd week in August I am inclined to wait until then, however if an update really isn't coming till the winter than I'll buy sooner.
    Numero Dos- I need speed. My parents purchased me a Dell Dimension C summer before my freshmen year of college. Due to use and abuse by me this died this past winter 3.5 years of use isn't too bad i suppose but I definitely could have done better. I am currently using my moms ancient Dell Inspirion laptop which has 256MB of Ram (horrible i know). So i am looking for something that is lightning. This is the area i need the most help in, what to do, go pro or not to go pro. As of the current specs it seems i could do a few configurations. Get a Mac book, expand the Ram and go on my merry way. But something in me wants to buy the MBP. My reasons for this are 1. i don't think i would be happy with a 13' screen, although i will definitely have a desktop screen at my appt even taking it to class and such i will have many apps open at once, is 13' really enough? 2. processor and video card, what are the true differences with processing speeds 2.4 on the mac book vs the 2.4 pro and 2.5 pro will i truly see a difference. No i wont be doing any video editing or any of the things i have read a pro should be used for, but i am a speed junkie and am sick of being so slow. As this will need to be my primary computer till after law school (3 years) and possibly beyond (loans will kick in and kick my &@#%&@#%&@#%) i don't want to short change myself. I want the best thing possible, with price not really being an object, but i don't want to buy something ridiculous that i truly don't need.

    Thank you for reading all of that

    and thank you for the responses!

    Jordan Haug
  2. agwilson macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2008
    I'm in law school now and own a MBP. I love it. The screen is nice and large, the processor is powerful, and it does everything I need it to. The large screen is especially nice for when you need to edit documents because you can fit two word windows on it next to each other comfortably. I have never used the MB so I won't comment on it. A lot of users find it to be more portable, but I have never had portability issues with my MBP. I have a nice bag and it holds my MBP, couple of law books, and other necessities.

    As for having a bunch of applications open while in class I would highly recommend you just have your note taking software open and everything else is closed. Law school is not for the feint of heart.

    In the end either computer will serve you well. I would recommend going to an apple store and comparing how you feel about the screen sizes in person. If that doesn't work you can do a comparison between a 15 inch screen and a 13 inch screens of other brands just to get a feel for what might be the difference.

    Not sure about the rumors of an update to the lines, but it could happen. There is nothing wrong with waiting and saving your money. They could do just a speed bump or maybe more. Either way you may end up with more bang for your buck.
  3. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    Unless you absolutely need a mac now, I'd wait. Waiting offers you the non-zero chance that your money will buy you more in July/August.
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The MB should be way fast enough for typing notes and reading PDF files. The Macbook Air is fast enough too. But it's the screens that are different. Can you read the glossy 13" screen? The bigger mat screen is better. You just have to look at the screens for more than just a few minutes. Bring some files on CD to an Apple store and work on them for 15 minutes or so on each computer. For me the 13" glossy scren is a deal breaker. No way would I want a MB. But the smaller notebook is easier to cary around. If your eyesight is good maybe you could use the MB? You could always get a big LCD monitor and external disk to keep at home so that you could use the smaller notebook at school.
  5. zainjetha macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    i use a 15-inch macbook pro and find the screensize absolutely perfect. i reckon i would find myself using anything smaller, even a 13-inch.... one thing to note is that MBP is very heavy.. and another is that it gets hot easily.. and not as durable as MB..
  6. earnjam macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    North Carolina
    I don't know that I would say it's not as durable. The MBP case is made of aluminum whereas the MB is made of plastic.

    My 15" MBP does get hot, but I don't find it that heavy. I think the screen size is perfect. I couldn't go bigger or smaller without being unhappy.
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007

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