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  1. #1

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    Feb 11, 2009
    Purchase help: New MBP uni vs. older used MBP
    Exclusive PC user who has been contemplating switching to Mac for sometime. Have only used a Mac a handful of times and usually only to browse the web; am impressed by Apple's integration of various devices and am just ready for an IT-change-of-scenery. Family needs a second laptop and I'm determined to get a Mac this time around...although the price tag is high (am familiar with the "bang for the buck" arguements).

    Maybe someone can give brief purchasing advice to a Mac virgin?

    Needs: Average office productivity; browsing; simple photo editing; need for video editing of AVCHD files; streaming of iTunes files from external HD to Airport Express; limited portability as I have a nifty IBM X60 which is great for bringing along (17" is too big though); ability to run XP for a handful of small applications for Windows only;

    Looking at either a new MBP unibody 2,4 GHZ or an older (purchased Oct '08), unopened MBP 2,4 GHZ for about 400 USD less from a private seller. I would most likely max out the RAM and HDD myself when able. I usually prefer new things and like the feel of the MBP uni, but do I get anything other than aesthetics for that money?

    A new MB is also an option, but I feel that for a relatively stationary machine I prefer a bigger screen. Don't know much about computers but dedicated graphics card in MBP sounds better.

    Any comments?

    A long post, but I don't know any Mac owners with deep IT knowledge.

  2. #2

    Member Since
    May 15, 2007
    2.2ghz macbook pro
    i would definitly stay away from the base macbook with the plastic body, the built in graphics just don't quite do the trick

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jul 29, 2007
    Actually all macbooks have the same integrated nVidia GeForce 9400M GPU. Personally I would go for the new Unibody MBP, as the 9600mGT is far better than the 8600M GPU of the older MBP. Also with the Unibody, you get the new Touchpad, which is awesome.
    Alu 2.4GHz | 2GB RAM | 250GB Soon to have 4GB RAM
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  4. #4

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    Member Since
    Aug 07, 2007
    Late 2009 Unibody MBP, 2.8ghz, 500gig, 4gig
    just go with the unibody mbp..because of the ddr3 and faster everything
    oh btw new touchpad! which i dont prefer. just cant do the trick for me really..
    Just be nice and helpful...

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    rjharary's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 05, 2007
    New York, NY
    kooBcaM 13"
    Even the white plastic mac has dedicated graphics right now, the only one of its type to have that. I'd say that's a sweet buy for $950 if you have kids and can get education discount. Then again the new touchpad is sweet!
    Use the Rep System!

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Mar 19, 2008
    in a tiny little town..
    2.0 uni
    Having had both go with the alum. and don't look back.

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