Would it be stupid to buy 2008 macbook pro model with previous design?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Michal11, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Michal11 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Hi guys,

    I curently use Macbook Air 13 inch and the higher resolution gives me lot of eye strain. So I would like to switch to 15.4 with 1440x900 as I think this one will be perfect. Unfortunately I cannot staind high glossy display so I was thinking about buying previous generation which has 1440x900 and matte display( http://reviews.cnet.com/sc/32868776-2-440-OVR-1.gif)

    Do you think it is stupid idea? I dont need to I5 procesor or stuff like that since it is mainly for programming and office work. Are there any other downgrades (exluding tech specs). Like worse touchpad or something like that. Does this older macbook pro support gestures as well and more importantly will I be able to put Leopard or Lion on it?

    Thank you so much
  2. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    You know you can change the resolution, right?
  3. Michal11 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    changing resolution on different res than native is very stupid on lcd.
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but you do know that you can the 2011 15" BTO w/ a matte anti-glare screen, right? EDIT: Oh, I see, you're saying you don't need the i5 in the 2011, ignore me.

    The 2008's don't have the multitouch trackpad, but they will run Lion (all Core2Duo macs can).
  5. Echtel macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2011
    I can't see why not. I personally like the older design more than the unibody. I think the all silver makes it classier.

    Regarding multi-touch trackpad, the Penryn ones have them. It's the latest model before the unibody update. Bear in mind its not the new glass trackpad, so it won't be as nice to the touch.
  6. Michal11 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    Well as I said high resolution gives me a lot of eyestrain. And 15 incher BTO has even higher DPI :/. If they offered 15 macbook pro in matte with standard res I would buy it right now :)
  7. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    Never heard that one before... Why would it be very stupid?
  8. Michal11 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The early 2008's do have multi-touch, check your facts. I own one.

    It's still a very decent computer and will meet your programming and office needs without a hiccup, apart from the 8600gt timebomb mine has been solid.
  10. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    I think getting an older one just because it has a lower resolution screen is stupid.

    Have you seen an optometrist?

    As somebody who works on different MacBook pros and repairs them, the unibody ones are superior in every way. This includes the air, which has been shown to be more powerful than MBPs newer than the 2008 model.
  11. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
  12. Wattser93 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2010
    Have you thought about an antiglare film? They make the antiglare screen protectors for iPhones and I can imagine there's probably a company that makes them for the 15" MBPs.

    There have been forum users on here that have had antiglare films installed on their 13" MBPs with good results. It cost about $35 if I remember right.
  13. alust2013, Oct 26, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011

    alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    You could also buy a 2009 model which was available with AG, had the latest C2Ds produced, was unibody and came with a 1440x900 screen. I found one on ebay, but it was way expensive. The guy was asking for what it was new, and it was used and two years old.

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