What's your impression of the MacBook refresh?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dybbuk, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    Just curious as to what all the waiters/already MacBook owners think.

    I'm a little let down by this update, honestly ... they should have updated the minimum HDD and the fact that the Combo Drive model still exists is ridiculous. Also, the price is still the same here in Canada.

    The only very serious upgrades it received were:

    • Graphics card update. (Doesn't affect me since I don't do anything 3D.)
    • Upgrade to Santa Rosa, so now you can use 4GB RAM instead of 3.3GB. (Doesn't really affect me much either, I don't see me needing 4GB for a very long time.)

    Overall, I'm happy in the sense that my machine is basically about as up-to-date as it was when I bought it. But, I'm disappointed for people who were excited about it.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Technically its everything I was expecting. The X3100 will speed up Leopard eye candy (hopefully). The Canadian pricing is a travesty.
  3. Mindflux macrumors 68000


    Oct 20, 2007
    Fixed that for ya.
  4. Dybbuk thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
  5. VaMac macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2007
    I was hoping for more upgrades. Anyone know where I can get the "old" macbooks for cheap?
  6. samuraikiss macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2007
    Washington, DC
    Me too! I just traded my boyfriend a new MacMini for his unloved MacBook from February. And, almost a year after he purchased it, it still rivals brand new Macs. For that I am satisfied. Although I'm sorry for everyone that had been hoping for a major update.
  7. droo94 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I wasn't expecting the case re-design but I was kind of hoping for the LED screen option and seeing after reviews if it would improve battery life.
  8. mavherzog macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2005
    Columbus, WI
    X3100 and 4GB of ram addressable. It is EXACTLY what I was hoping for.
  9. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    Mine will be here tomorrrow orered online and cant wait, happy with the update as i fear i might hate the new case :(
  10. thies macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    Decent. An even better GPU would have been nice. DVD Burner / bigger HD would have been welcome but aren't needed. Apart from that it's exactly what I'm looking for.
  11. mavherzog macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2005
    Columbus, WI
    I'll buy either the "mid level" MacBook or the BlackBook...so I'll have a DVD burner. Additionally, I have 4GB (2x2GB) and a WD 250GB hdd waiting at home. ;)
  12. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    I think it's a fantastic update! Nothing groundbreaking, but a nice improvement for sure.

    I only wish it came out 3 months earlier before I bought my MacBook because the 4GB ram options is HUGE for me, and the better video card was a big issue for me as well.

    What I wonder is why Apple doesn't offer a 7200 RPM Hard Drive upgrade option? Could they damage the macbooks because of the heat, though I think that is unlikely.
  13. foidulus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2007
    The usual "have to keep certain options for pros only" mentality I think.

    Several people on here and elsewhere have reported good experiences with 7200 rpm drives and macbooks. Its really not a downer considering what Apple charges for the 7200 and how easy it is to swap hds in the macbooks the difference between the "upgrade" and what you can find online is, for the pros anyway, usually less than $50. And you could probably recoup that by chucking the original drive on ebay.

    I plan on buying a 200 gb 7200 rpm drive for mine when it finally arrives:D
  14. KimTwemlow macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2007
    I bought my 2.16 C2D in September and have to say I'm quite relieved by the update. The new machines are "better", sure, but I was dreading a change in form factor that would leave me with something that was obviously yesterday's news. That day will still come, of course ... :rolleyes:
  15. dadudeness macrumors regular


    Oct 31, 2007
    does anyone know if the MB's 0.3mpx isight cam was updated to the MBP's 1.3mpx cam?
  16. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    A neat little refresh - pretty much everything I would have bet on.

    I've read on another forum that the iSight is the same - but to be honest, I think it's a little too early for know for sure, although we will soon.
  17. 7302473 Suspended

    Jun 11, 2007
    I love Apple computers, they don't seem to go out of date as fast as PCs for some reason (In my honest opinion).

    I bought one of the new Black Macbooks that came out in April/May '07 (Intel C2D 2.16ghz|2gb memory|160gb HD|SuperDrive|Leopard) and I honestly didn't think my Macbook would be considered as the *top of the line* Macbook this long. The only upgrades I did was I upped the memory from 1gb to 2gb and I put Leopard on it a week ago.

    When I first saw that the new Macbooks were released I really didn't have any feelings that my Macbook was old or out dated. Yes, the processor is now 2.2ghz (Santa Rosa) and the video card is now a GMA X3100, but that's all.

    This just seems like a little refresh to me; nothing really that big. Nothing that makes me want to run out and buy a new Macbook :p

    My macbook is perfect for me; Leopard and CS3 runs amazing on it. No complaints anywhere
  18. nikiski macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2007
    Hong Kong, or Surrey, BC, Canada
    It might be overlooked, but the new MacBooks seem to use 114MB of memory now for video...
  19. annexw macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2006
    Apple is *not* giving price protection to their vendors for this update, so I would doubt an Apple Store will have any for a deal.

    Maybe try a big box store, they might be willing to discount to cost to rid of old stock but with no Apple price protection don't expect to get much off at most places.
  20. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Exactly what I've been predicting for the past 3 months, except I thought they would get LED backlit displays.
  21. xpovos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    Well, given that the non-pro MacBook is marketed as a purely consumer-level product and, for the sake of Apple's revenues, has to remain appreciably distinguishable from the pro line, I thought some of the predicted/rumored updates were a little ambitious anyway. So yesterday's update wasn't surprising, but I am personally a little disappointed. I wasn't even remotely in the market for one of these, no matter what they did to it, but I would have hoped for something a little less conservative.
  22. myke323 macrumors regular

    May 17, 2006
    Processor and graphics card upgrades are significant in my opinion. Sounds like you are trying to convince yourself otherwise even tho you know they are...

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