Which macbook would better suit me?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by DVNO, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. DVNO macrumors newbie

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    Hi, ever since my iBook broke and I left the school that provided me with a macbook I have been searching for a replacement. I have found three computers that are around the same price and one that is fairly cheaper. Here are the pros and cons I have found. Please let me know which I should pick

    Original 1.83 Ghz Macbook Pro $899

    Pros:
    Powerhouse Computer
    (Relatively) Large Screen

    Cons:
    Heaviest of four
    Oldest of three
    Not sure how long the life of this computer will be

    Original Macbook Air $899

    Pros:
    Ultra Lightweight (Very Important)
    Nice Design
    Cons:
    Slowest of four
    Battery life issues?

    New Macbook Unibody (on sale) $929

    Pros:
    Brand new
    Unibody design
    Fairly Fast
    Very Practical

    Cons:
    Most expensive
    Mid level machine

    Original Macbook "Blackbook" $699

    Pros:
    Cheapest of four
    Also very practical

    Cons:
    Older Computer
    Least powerful other than air



    Let me know what you think. I like the air a lot but I am not sure if it will be the right machine for me. I am a pretty low level user, the most powerful thing I use is Xcode. Give me your opinions, thanks
     
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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  3. DVNO thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm reasons? Thanks for replying
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Its the newest, best design, and maybe even the fastest out of the list.
     
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    By no means is the original 1.83ghz MBP a "powerhouse." It's running a Core Duo which is outclassed by every other computer on your list (except the Blackbook which is also CD based) which are running C2D processors.

    The Unibody is your best bet on that list with those prices. The MBP and BlackBook are horribly dated at this point. For $30 more, you're getting an optical drive, more future expandability, more external ports, and a better gfx/chipset with the Unibody than the Air.

    For me, it's really no contest.
     
  6. illidian macrumors 6502

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    The MacBook Pro should be out of the question IMO. The 15" screen is much bigger than you think - it's not nearly as portable as the others. And that's what you're paying a premium for - the 15" screen, as you're getting a significantly slower processor and innards and the battery is likely getting quite old. Pass.

    Either of the Macbooks - either the BlackBook or the AluBook - are fantastic choices.

    What are the specs on the Blackbook? Chances are it's going to have better performance than the air and gives you an optical drive.

    The AluBook will offer better performance than the BlackBook, but $200 worth? Doubtful. Again, it depends on the Blackbook model, so it may be worth it - if you cannot put 4GB in the Blackbook, if it's a significantly slower processor, etc. But chances are you're paying $100 for the extra performance, $100 for the aluminum design (just to stay simple).
     
  7. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    That BlackBook is horribly out of date. It's the older Core Duo architecture so it won't benefit from the 64bit enhancements of SL. It's also running the GMA950 chipset, dog slow with terribly 3D/video performance compared to the 9400M or even the older X3100. It also has an OLD battery and HD which unless has been replaced will be fairly small too. On TOP of all that, you'll have a new battery from Apple= $129, new HDD will be at least $70 for a nice upgrade. That right there, without sales tax and shipping is $200 to bring it up to acceptable battery/HDD specs.

    Unibody, no other choice there.
     
  8. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Totally agree with everything here. Go for the unibody. Good luck :)
     
  9. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    If you are going to spend over $500, I agree with others who say to avoid original Core Duo machines and even Core 2 models with the ancient GMA950. That $899 MBP is a rip-off.
     

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