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    Advice for Buying New Laptop
    Hey guys,

    I'm graduating college this semester and was thinking of making use of my education discount while I still can. There are two options I'm thinking of...one a 13" MacBook and the other a 13" MBP. Here are the specs:

    MacBook Aluminum 13.3" - Late 2008
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB DDR3
    250GB
    $1,099.00

    Macbook Pro 13.3" - Mid 2009
    2.53 GHz
    4GB DDR3
    250GB
    $1464.21

    The MacBook is a lot cheaper than the MBP. How much of a difference will it be from 2GB to 4GB? And are there other things except for the battery life that makes the MBP worth it? Pretty much what am I paying the extra $450 for?

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    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Don't worry about the 2gig of ram on the MacBook. Ram is easily upgradeable , inexpensive, and 2 gig will be fine to do most things (internet, e-mail, etc.). Hard drives are easy to upgrade as well.

    I'm assuming both of these laptops are brand new. If so, where the heck are you buying a brand new 2008 MacBook?...you're university store?

    By the way...you could also consider this refurbished MacBook from the Apple Store:

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC...co=MTU5MjkwMjk

    It's only $849...maybe your student discount will also be applicable....bringing the price down further. This laptop has a slightly slower 2.26 processor then the 2.4ghz & 2.53ghz in the two choices you listed...but it may not be a noticeable difference.

    Hope this helps,

    - Nick
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    Okay thanks for the advice. Yeah by university bookstore has the MacBook in stock still. I'll look into the refurbished one. I was thinking of waiting till the iPod special is on again and then using that plus my student discount to grab a new one.

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    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by ryankk49 View Post
    I was thinking of waiting till the iPod special is on again and then using that plus my student discount to grab a new one.
    From what I remember...if there is an "iPod Special", it usually starts sometime in the Summer & ends in early to mid-September. So if you're graduating this semester...you may not qualify.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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