Which notebook? NEW MB or Refurb MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Lexoticstylez02, Oct 15, 2008.

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New 2.4GHz MB or Refurb 2.5GHz MBP?

  1. 2.4GHz NEW MacBook

    13 vote(s)
    52.0%
  2. 2.5GHz Refurbished MacBook Pro

    12 vote(s)
    48.0%
  1. Lexoticstylez02 macrumors 6502a

    Lexoticstylez02

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    #1
    I am looking to get either a MacBook or a refurbished MacBook Pro within the next week. My main tasks while using the computer will be Safari, E-Mail, iTunes, Photoshop, and I might play a few games.

    The question is.. do I buy a new 2.4 GHz MB for $1,599? Or do I buy a refurbished previous generation 2.5GHz MBP for $1,499. It seems like the MBP is more computer for $100 less and has dedicated graphics which could come to better use for Snow Leopard. I have also heard the MBP has better speakers, which would be nice.

    Here are the spec comparsions:
    MBP
    15.4-inch widescreen display
    2GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    MB
    13-inch glossy widescreen display
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB DDR3 Memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    Built-in iSight Camera
     
  2. cshale210 macrumors member

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    I just recieved my new mb aluminium 2.4 and it honestly is the moat amaZing personal computer I have ever seen. Pictures do it zero justice. This this is so thin, light, check out the specs, it's extremely powerful too
     
  3. mayanka89 macrumors regular

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    I asked this in a poll earlier, but with the 1299 MB. People were pretty much evenly split between the two, and I still can't decide.
     
  4. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

    Drumjim85

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    it also has
    -Firewire 400
    -Firewire 800
    -Express 3/4 slot
    -Dual link (full size) DVI (so no adapters needed for most users)


    the only thing you really gain with the new MB (as far as features go) is the new track pad...
     
  5. saMac macrumors newbie

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    no contest

    get the pro, unless you're a fashionista and need to have newest-best-stuff... nttawwt
     
  6. mayanka89 macrumors regular

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    However, the only problem with the MBP is that the GPU is almost guaranteed to fail. If it happens to happen after 2 years, you are fresh out of luck.
     
  7. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    But there is always applecare, and you can probably get the next latest and greatest computers in a couple years too. Plus, not all the mbp have gpu issues.
     
  8. Lexoticstylez02 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Lexoticstylez02

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    Very true... I think I'm leaning more towards the pro.

    Has so many advantages and I still love the old design.
     
  9. Lexoticstylez02 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Lexoticstylez02

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    I plan on making my decision tomorrow. I went to my local apple store to check out the new MacBooks but they're not on display yet, but are selling them. I want to play with the new ones befre making a sure decision.
     
  10. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Get the 2.0GHz MacBook. It's much better value than the 2.4GHz.
     
  11. angemon89 macrumors 68000

    angemon89

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    I'm trying to decide exactly the same thing, but I'm just trying to get the refurb MBP with 2.4Ghz at $1349. That's a pretty amazing deal for a computer considering that it was $2k just two days ago.

    MBP Pros:
    -matte LED
    -cheap
    -FIREWIRE
    -backlit keyboard
    -graphics
    MBP Cons:
    -ugly (I've always kinda hated the design)

    New MB Pros:
    -LED
    -new trackpad
    -hawt
    -hawt
    New MB Cons:
    -Glass :mad:
    -No Firewire
    -no backlit keyboard on low end



    Before I decide I must see a new MB in person though.
     
  12. cube macrumors G5

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    I always thought the MacBooks were lame, but now they are simply pathetic. When I saw the USA prices for the refurb MBP's, this sparked my interest, but as usual, refurbs are way overpriced here.

    You have a great opportunity in the States.
     
  13. kabunaru Guest

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    Why?

    OP, just get the newer MacBook and be happy with it. Do not buy older technology now. :)
     
  14. cube macrumors G5

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    They were lame because for less money you could get a 17" PC with ExpressCard, discrete graphics, SD card reader, way bigger hard drive, besides all the rest.

    Now they are just pathetic simply by the omission of FireWire.
     
  15. Lexoticstylez02 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Lexoticstylez02

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    I don't really see it as old technology. it's the same processor as the new MacBook, it's actually 0.1GHz faster. same hdd, the only differnece would be the ddr2 ram and ddr3 ram. plus, the graphics card on the old MBP blows the 9400M away.

    I'm leaning toward the MBP to save money and actually have a better computer.

    We'll see once I play with the new MB in person.
     
  16. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    The MBP is certainly more computer for your money.

    If you are going for the MB, I would suggest seriously considering whether you need the 2.4GHz model rather than the 2.0GHz, which I think is a better value.
     

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