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    Dec 21, 2008
    Question refurb pro or new macbook?
    Hi folks -

    I'm looking for some advice on chosing a new laptop. I'm writing on a 6 or 7 year old iMac and we've just killed our 5 year old iBook.

    I've got a budget of <$1400. The two choices that I'm agonizing between are a new Macbook 2.0 GHz w/ 4GB RAM (which with my higher ed discount comes in at $1389) and a refurbished Macbook Pro 2.4 GHz w/ 2 GB RAM ($1349). Most computationally intensive task we'll likely do is manage about 5000 pics in iphoto.

    My instinct is to go for more RAM. My dad is of the opinion that the processor speed and other features make the pro worth sacrificing the RAM.

    What are your thoughts?


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    Member Since
    Dec 13, 2008
    Personally, go for the new MacBook.

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    Dec 21, 2008
    I'd go for the refurb Macbook Pro.

    It's better in every way imaginable: Bigger screen, faster processor, faster graphics card (to my knowledge), and you can always bump up the RAM later to match the Macbook at 4GB.

    You may not need all the power now, but it will last longer.
    The only downside will be a more "dated" machine and less trackpad functionality.

    Please let us know your final choice

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    Jul 17, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    I would go with the refurbished pro. It might be an older machine but its much more formidable than the base new macbook. Its not quite as flashy but It will last longer(most Likely).

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    torchy's Avatar
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    Aug 25, 2004
    New Zealand
    I had a similar choice two months ago ~ New MacBook or previous version MacBook Pro.
    Bought the MacBook Pro and couldn't be happier. I'll double the Ram later .
    ~ 13" MacBook Air. OSX 10.9 ~ iPad 2 & iPhone ~

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    Sep 30, 2008
    If the amount of ram is what making you choose the MB, i'd say go with the MBP. It has better specs and later on you can upgrade it to 4gb with ease, plus DDR2 prices gonna be dropping from time to time.
    Intel iMac 24" 2.8Ghz / 4gb
    PowerBook G4 12" 1.33Ghz / 1.25gb
    2Gb Black iPod Nano 1G
    Canon 30D, recently inherited!

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    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    Never buy a computer today based on the amount of RAM it has.

    Just purchased 4GB Corsair CAS4 RAM for $35. Here is a Crucial 4GB kit for $37.

    Want to upgrade the processor and video card in that MB - not possible.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

  8. #8

    Member Since
    Dec 21, 2008
    Thanks for the advice, everyone. I am well convinced to go with the Pro. I appreciate the help!


  9. #9

    Member Since
    Oct 25, 2008
    Not telling you to buy one or the other but I think upgrading the RAM on the Macbook Pro to 4gb would be under 100 dollars on crucial. So I wouldn't really be so much concerned about the RAM as to which machine you would rather work with and carry around. Try them both out and see which you like better.

    Hope this helps

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
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    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Member Since
    Jan 03, 2008
    4.0GB Kit (2.0GB+2.0GB) PC2-5300 DDR2 667... (53IM2DDR4GBK) at OWC

    Never buy upgrade RAM through Apple. How ever much I stand behind them in their products, their upgrade prices are way over priced.
    Mac4Life (with a PC gaming rig as well)

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    Member Since
    Dec 21, 2008
    Placed the order for the refurb'ed macbook pro. Thanks!

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