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  1. #1
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    I am thinking about purchasing a refurbished apple notebook but i need help deciding which one. The choices are:

    Macbook Aluminum:
    2.4 Ghz Intel core 2 duo
    250 GB HDD
    4GB RAM
    NVIDIA 9700
    5 hour removable battery

    Macbook Pro 13":
    2.26 Ghz Intel core 2 duo
    160 GB HDD
    2 GB RAM
    NVIDIA 9700
    7 hour built in battery
    SD card slot

    It seems that the Aluminum Macbook has a faster processor and has a bigger hard drive then the macbook pro. These machines both cost the same so its just a matter of choosing the better one. If you could tell me what better and why i would really appreciate it. Tell me which one you would buy and why. I will not be doing much photo or video editing. I would mostly surf the web and do word processing. One thing i have heard about the aluminum macbooks is that their battery cover becomes loose and wiggles, is this true?

    I was thinking about purchasing the 2.4 Ghz aluminum macbook and i was wondering if the battery latch problem i keep hearing about is very common. If you have one of the aluminum macbooks do you have a problem with the battery latch coming loose?

    I need help deciding which laptop to get. I am not a big gamer but i was thinking about playing world of warcraft on my new laptop.

    I am a college student and dont do photo editing or video editing. Just basic school work and web browsing. Like I said i was thinking about playing world of warcraft but am not sure yet. Both of these computers cost the same so which is the better buy? I dont really use the SD card slot so that does not matter to me. Both of these computers cost $999 refurbished at the apple store.

    I was thinking about buying a 13" Macbook Pro but I was wondering if i should wait until after Black Friday to see if the Apple Store will have a sale on the Macbook Pros. Does anyone know if the Apple Store had a sale last year or if they will have one this year during the holiday shopping season?
    Or do they do something like the free ipod with a macbook back to school special during the holidays??

  2. #2
    Macbook or Macbook Pro
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    Late 2011 MBP 13" i5/16GB RAM,Early 2007 MB white 13", 2x TV 3rd Gen, ᣦ
    You're really not giving a lot of info... it never hurts to give too much of that.

    Are they both the base models?
    RAM, screensize, GPU??

  3. #3
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    yes they both are the 13.3 inch screen and they both have the 2 gigs of ram and the same graphics card. Basically the only difference is that the processor speed and hard drive space. I dont really care about the sd card slot or the firewire port

  4. #4
    Macbook or Macbook Pro
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    Late 2011 MBP 13" i5/16GB RAM,Early 2007 MB white 13", 2x TV 3rd Gen, ᣦ
    Then by all means, go with the MacBook Alu, that's what I would do.
    It has it's advantages on all fronts, faster CPU, bigger HDD, and removable battery.

  5. #5
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    13 inch alMacBook 2GHz C2D 4G DDR3, 1.25GHz G4 eMac
    Quote Originally Posted by morales View Post
    I am thinking about purchasing a refurbished apple notebook but i need help deciding which one. The choices are:
    the Aluminum Macbook which has the removable battery and has a 2.4Ghz processor and 250 GB HDD;
    or the Macbook pro which has the built in battery and comes with a 2.26 GHz processor and a 160 GB HDD.

    It seems that the Aluminum Macbook has a faster processor and has a bigger hard drive then the macbook pro. These machines both cost the same so its just a matter of choosing the better one. If you could tell me what better and why i would really appreciate it. Tell me which one you would buy and why. I will not be doing much photo or video editing. I would mostly surf the web and do word processing. One thing i have heard about the aluminum macbooks is that their battery cover becomes loose and wiggles, is this true?
    If you don't need firewire 800, then get the refurbed alBook. I'm on a 2GHz one, refurbished, and it is godly. The battery cover does not come lose. Even if this were true, then the pros would have the same issue, as the body is the same architecture.

  6. #6
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    Sep 13, 2009
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    Tokyo
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    Aluminium MacBook, 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 Gig Memory, GeForce 9400M, 160 GB HD, Snow Leopard.
    Having absolutely no problems with my latch whatsoever.

    To date it is the best lap top I have owned and I highly recommend it.

  7. #7
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    13 inch alMacBook 2GHz C2D 4G DDR3, 1.25GHz G4 eMac
    As I said in your other thread (I think it was yours). There is no battery latch problem.

  8. #8
    Macbook or Macbook Pro
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    Late 2011 MBP 13" i5/16GB RAM,Early 2007 MB white 13", 2x TV 3rd Gen, ᣦ
    Go for the Macbook Alu obviously...

    Prices on both would be helpful though

  9. #9
    todd51
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    I would go with the regular Macbook, I think the Pro would be overkill for what your wanting to do with it. Plus you'll get more RAM and HD space. It should play World of Warcraft flawlessly.

  10. #10
    Macbook or Macbook Pro
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    15 Inch MacBook Pro. 2.4 GHz. 2GB RAM. 250GB Hardrive.
    The extra battery life is nice but I think for your needs you would be better purchasing the Aluminum because of the extra hardrive space and the 4GB of RAM.
    "60% of the time it works, every time."
    - Brian Fantana

  11. #11
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    Sep 10, 2009
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    Houston
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    MacBook Pro 2.53 Ghz 4gb DDR3 unibody, iPhone 3G 16gb, iPod Touch 16gb
    i believe apples dont really go on sale.... esp not blackfriday...

  12. #12
    Macbook or Macbook Pro
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    Yeah, but could there be a chance that Apple products sold in Best Buy stores may be subject to Black Friday discounts?
    This will be the first year they have their products sold in a major retailer (not counting Apple stores) like B.B.

  13. #13
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    yeah, not sure where you could find a great deal.. i got mine on eBay *shelters self from thrown rocks and tomatoes* I know it was really risky and probably stupid, but it turned out great. Nothing was damaged, got it for about 300 less than retail, and it has lasted me for 2 years and still going!
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  14. #14
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by MYmacROX View Post
    Yeah, but could there be a chance that Apple products sold in Best Buy stores may be subject to Black Friday discounts?
    This will be the first year they have their products sold in a major retailer (not counting Apple stores) like B.B.
    I was in this same position about 3 years ago when I was looking for a new computer. azndragon684 is right; apple products very rarely go on sale. In fact I cannot think of a time when you could get a computer on sale.

    I eventually bought my computer @ Microcenter, a best buy type store here in Columbus. The guy prety much told me that apple tells microcenter what they are going to sell the computers at. Microcenter has no control or influence on these prices. I would assume Best Buy is the same way. The only "sales" that I have ever seen were floor models (roughly $100 - $200 off) and the refurbed models from apple.com.

    Unfortunately the screen on my MacPro has a bad connection, and I would have to replace the screen to fix it. Even more unfortunate is the AppleCare has expired so it's going to cost be almost 800 to fix it ;(. I have been looking for a replacement. I have been scouring over craigslist.com for almost a month now to no avail. I am not sure where you live but Macs aren't nearly as popular here as say California or NY, so depending on where you live you may have better luck with that.

    I personally would never ever ever ever buy an electronic device from ebay. I might if they seller was willing to let me look at it.

    I think what we are going to do is buy a refurbished one from apple.com. They are roughly 25% less then retail, you get a student discount, and you can sign up for a credit card via apple.com offering 12 months same as cash.

    I just heard from a friend there are rumors about new notebooks coming in December or something like that. I can neither confirm or deny this statement, but that is what he told me. Since you are willing to wait until after black Friday you might want to wait until Christmas, or after the new year to see if anything new comes out. Maybe someone can chime in and confirm or deny the rumor.

    Good luck

    Chris

  15. #15
    Macbook or Macbook Pro

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    Unhappy Aluminum Macbook vs Macbook Pro
    I have narrowed it down to just two machines: the aluminum macbook or the 13 macbook pro. Both of these are refurbished models from the apple store and they both cost 1000. I need help deciding which one is the best out of the two. Your thoughts?

    Aluminum Macbook:
    2.4 ghz intel core two duo
    250 GB HD
    2 gb ram
    Nvidia 9400
    5 hour removable battery

    13 Macbook Pro:
    2.26 ghz intel core two duo
    160 GB HD
    2 gb ram
    Nvidia 9400
    SD card slot
    7 hour built in battery

    The aluminum macbook has a faster processor and bigger hard drive then the macbook pro but would i notice the difference in the processor speed. Also i heard that the screen is better on a macbook pro. Is this true? I am a student in college and maily surf the web, type papers and maybe play a few games. which one should i choose??

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