which is a better buy late 08 15'' mbp 2.4or 2010 13''mbp 2.4

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  1. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

    marshallbedsaul

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    Hello,
    just trying to figure out which one is faster or a better buy

    Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 15" (Unibody) 250 gb hd 2gb of ram

    or

    Current base model macbook pro 13''

    Just trying to see what is the better buy because I am gonna buy one of them

    The 15 has apple care til Nov. price 900 no flaws no issues
    The 13 will have one year. price 1000 no flaws
     
  2. axu539 macrumors 6502a

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    I would go with the 15" which is what I currently use. You're going to want to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB which will cost around $80 and you'll still be under the $1000 for the 13". I really like the size of the screen, and if I could have done it again, I would've gone for a 17". Of course, if portability is a huge concern for you, then all of what I just said really doesn't matter.
     
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  4. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    Go new
    The old one has slower bus speeds
    Old one is almost out of warranty and only $100 cheaper
     
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    Go new
    The old one has slower bus speeds
    15 is almost out of warranty and only $100 cheaper
     
  7. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    Would you buy an old BMW, or a new Honda?
    With old cars, problems soon arise, even if it is a BWM.

    Just a side note, BMWs have an expensive upkeep.
     
  8. James L. macrumors newbie

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    It really depends on your needs. The newer MBP has a much longer-lasting battery than the late 2008 model. If you're on the go a lot, this may be a very compelling reason to get the newer machine.
     
  9. marshallbedsaul thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I dont care to much about the battery life lasting uber long
    I just like the bigger screen on the 15''
     
  10. nippyjun macrumors 65816

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    Speed wise they will be about the same. 13 inch will have much longer battery.

    Screen size is the big decision. If you aren't going to go mobile with it too much then the 15 inch is better in my opinion.
     
  11. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Get the 13, statistically speaking, it will take longer to fail due to it being newer. Also, if mobility is a big issue, the 13 is the way to go.
     
  12. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    My dads BMW 325i last 370,000 miles with nothing more than one major electrical problem at like 20,000miles...so yes I would buy a 10 year old BMW before I bought a new ricer.
     
  13. nwc12345 macrumors newbie

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    Exactly mate, I thought the guy you quoted was gonna suggest the older macbook with that analogy...an old BMW (obviously depends how old) beats any new Honda :) Although I would go with the newer MacBook in this case, I prefer the 13" anyway tbh.
     
  14. WardC macrumors 68030

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    I believe the resolution of the 13" model is just too low for a MacBook Pro. 1280x800 is incredibly low resolution. Even the new 13" MacBook Air uses a higher resolution (1440x900). More screen real estate is always the best way to go if it's going to be your main laptop.
     
  15. JKK photography macrumors regular

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    On the flip side of that, I have no problems whatsoever with using a 13" as my main computer, even with its resolution. I can fit windows side by side, but I usually tend to just use spaces, which makes things even simpler.
     
  16. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816

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    the 2008 models used ddr2 667 ram. So yeah, 667 buss speed (well my utility tells me 666!). The new ones use DDR3 1066. So yeah thats a significantly faster buss speed.
    OTOH, the pre-unibody MBP has a lot of neat connectivity. I always liked having the full size DVI connector as opposed to the mini-displayport. Also the dual firewire ports come in handy. And then there is the expresscard34 slot. Some folks never use them. Some folks cant live without them.

    If I was doing music I would go for the older one for connectivity reasons.
     
  17. axu539 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the op is considering a unibody 15" mbp, which uses 1066 DDR3.
     
  18. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Does the older 15 inch MBP have a higher resolution than the current 13?

    If the 13 and 15 had the same resolution, you would need a microscope to read on the 13. If I go larger than the 13 native's res, my head hurts. I've had computers with the 1900x1200 WXGSHELD (whatever that stands for) and everything is too darned small. I think the highest 13 inch resolutions now are 1600x900, but they are shaped to be wider...I can't handle that.
     
  19. axu539 macrumors 6502a

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    The 15 has a res of 1440 x 900, while the 13 has a res of 1280 x 800.
     

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