Which MPB? Don't worry, not another "should I wait" thread

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MrMan112, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. MrMan112 macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2005
    I have a somehwat functional PowerBook G4. Its physical damage is really what limits it (broken hinge). I've decided to get a MBP ( I didn't want the smaller glossy screen of the MB) sometime this week, but need some advice.

    I was looking at the 2.33, 2 GB Ram, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 256MB SDRAM model initially. I was then thinking, how much of a change in performance would I have with the 2.16, 2GB Ram, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 256MB SDRAM model?

    The price difference is about $342 (with student discount). Either way, it would be a big upgrade over my PowerBook (1.5 Ghz, 512 MB ram), which has been very frustrating over the last few months.

    I plan on using the computer for photo editing with Aperture, internet, music, minor video editing with iMovie, Photoshop, word processing, watching videos/DVD's.

    I appreciate any advice... Thanks!
  2. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    I had to get a new laptop for something similar to your trouble. It still worked, but with major impairments (power problems, in my case). I got a 2.33 refurb, which has been great (save for the one issue that I posted about this morning).

    You probably won't notice much of a difference between 2.16 and 2.33, unless you're doing heavy stuff, but whatever you do, be sure you get 2 Gigs of RAM (which is what I have in the 2.33). It's nice to see that I'm using 1 GB, and still have another Gig in reserve. The 2.16 comes with 1 GB and 128 MBs of video RAM, while the 2.33 comes with 2 GBs and 256. I got the latter in part because I wanted something that will last several years in terms of functionality.

    Think about a refurb, if you can find one when they're up :).
  3. dojinsung macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2007
    If you're eligible for a student discount, I would suggest looking into the Apple Developer Connection (ADC) Student Membersip. It costs $99 to join, and Apple will give you a once-in-a-lifetime 20% discount on one piece of hardware. That means you can get the MBP 17" for $2,239, which is about equal to the price of the 2.33GHz MBP 15" with the education discount. It used to say that you would get any new OS X releases within a year for free, but it looks like that might have been changed for only Select and Premier members.
  4. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    I'm not sure about aperature and photoshop but everything else you do I do and I have a 2.16ghz with 128mb vram and its more than fast enough. I'd say save the $342 (unless someone who uses aperature and photoshop say the extra vram really really helps).
  5. MrMan112 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2005
    Do I have to be an engineering student or something related to that?
    I'm a dental student, graduating in a month. How do they verify that I'm a student, and does this give me enough time to join and buy a MBP?
  6. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    No, I did the same thing when I got my MBP, and I am physiology graduate student. All they need is an unofficial class schedule, student ID and drivers licence. Just xerox them, fax them, and within a couple of days, you'll be able to get your hardware discount. I got the 2.33 with 2 gigs of RAM. Aperture runs smoothly, and PS is great. Hell, that thing kicks FCS and Shake around as well.
  7. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    i have done exactly what you are about to, move from a 12" powerbook 1.5 to a 15" mbp. i bought the 2.33 version, and couldn't be happier. It probably isn't necessary to have the upgraded gpu, but i like to get the best computer that i can afford, and with the increasingly graphics intensive os's these days, it may well prove to have been a good move in the future!

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