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Tazz212 11-25-2007 10:32 PM

Really need a suggesetion here...Macbook vs. Macbook Pro
 
Hello.

I'm just looking for some help here...I'm having an extremely difficult time making a decision. Here is my quandry.

I would really like to upgrade my Macbook to a Macbook Pro.

I have found someone will to do a trade...My Macbook + $450 for his Macbook Pro

Here are the specs on the two machines
Mine:
Black 13" Macbook
2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GB Ram
120 GB HD
etc...

His:
15" Macbook Pro
1.83 GHz
1.5 GB Ram
80 GB HD
etc...

Am I getting ripped off?

I really want the larger screen, I don't care about the hard drive size (will be using external), and I don't care about the DVD writer (will be using external for DL...If it's possible, if not, I don't care about DL)
The better video card would be nice as well.

Does that sound like a fair deal? Will I notice a huge drop in speed? I don't use many serious programs either...I'm a teacher!

Thanks.

TamiRene 11-25-2007 10:50 PM

Doesn't sound like a good deal to me. You'd be getting a slower computer (Less GHz, less Ram) and a smaller hard drive. Your MB plus $450 for a larger, slower computer doesn't sound like a good deal. That's just my opinion...

hempcamp 11-25-2007 11:24 PM

Macofalltrades offers a base price of $500 for a 2Ghz MacBook and $700 for a 1.83Ghz MacBook Pro, all things equal.

So make that MacBook + $200, minus about $30 for the difference in RAM/HDD, and that makes about MacBook + $170. Cross check on eBay completed listings and that difference averages up about the same between the two.

Hope this helps!

As for your second question, I'd say the two are about comparable in "speed" for everyday tasks. You won't notice much of a difference except you'll have a little more screen real estate.

--Chris

D3v1L80Y 11-25-2007 11:33 PM

Keep what you have. It is more than fine for your listed needs.

JerrfyLube 11-26-2007 01:01 AM

Id say your MB + 200 dollars...MAX!!

And swap the ram.

This only assuming you need a larger screen and a dedicated video card.

coach_z 11-26-2007 01:05 AM

keep your computer.

if you really want to uupgrade it sell it on ebay and then purchase what you want brand new with the exact specs....and plus it will be a ton faster

travisw 11-26-2007 11:46 AM

On ebay your computer (Macbook) is going for about $900 and his (MBP) is going for around $1000 - 1200. So if you are going to do I wouldn't give more than $200 cash.

The biggest difference is the 1.83ghz/1.5 ram. What do you do on your computer. If your doing videos/design/photoshop You'd probably like 2+ ghz and 2ram.

Personally I wouldn't because a bigger screen doesn't make up for a slower computer.

Mac_OS 11-26-2007 03:02 PM

i wouldn't but that's purely judging on specs if the mbp is what you really want then go for it, but not for $450, $200-$250 max, i personally prefer the portability of the macbook but next year i probably will be getting an imac for the more intensive tasks.

my two cents....

origami 11-26-2007 05:22 PM

Keep the Macbook, use the cash for a monitor and RAM.

iLewis08 11-27-2007 06:27 PM

Yeah mate i say keep the your machine it is better, but if u want a bigger screen wat bout just gettin a good price screen for deskwork if that would help

devites 11-27-2007 08:59 PM

Yeah your friend is unreasonable, spend the 450 on a nice dell monitor, or if you already have a desktop machine then buy a nice graphics card. Just don't trade that is a horrible deal.

Tazz212 11-27-2007 09:26 PM

Thanks for all of the advice.

I'm going to listen to all of you.

I've got my Macbook listed on ebay and I hope to get $900, which I will put towards a new Macbook Pro.

I guess my hopes and dreams are to be able to play some games on my Mac using Bootcamp.

Currently I run Parallels, and I'm not able to play too many games (I'm using a Macbook too)

I'm just hoping that a 2.2 GHz Macbook Pro running Bootcamp will be able to run some Windows games...Nothing overly high end...Is that possible?

Drufire 11-27-2007 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tazz212 (Post 537092)
I'm just hoping that a 2.2 GHz Macbook Pro running Bootcamp will be able to run some Windows games...Nothing overly high end...Is that possible?

If games is your main concern, I would really recommend getting the 2.4 with the 256meg video.

I currently use a MBP 2.4 with 4gigs of ram.(upgraded myself for less than $145) while its @home its connected to a 24inch Gateway HDWidescreen. I mainly play World Of Warcraft and a few older emulated games. IMO the upgrade to the 2.4 256 video is well worth the 400$

jauhari 11-28-2007 08:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tazz212 (Post 535705)
Hello.

I'm just looking for some help here...I'm having an extremely difficult time making a decision. Here is my quandry.

I would really like to upgrade my Macbook to a Macbook Pro.

I have found someone will to do a trade...My Macbook + $450 for his Macbook Pro

Here are the specs on the two machines
Mine:
Black 13" Macbook
2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GB Ram
120 GB HD
etc...

His:
15" Macbook Pro
1.83 GHz
1.5 GB Ram
80 GB HD
etc...

Am I getting ripped off?

I really want the larger screen, I don't care about the hard drive size (will be using external), and I don't care about the DVD writer (will be using external for DL...If it's possible, if not, I don't care about DL)
The better video card would be nice as well.

Does that sound like a fair deal? Will I notice a huge drop in speed? I don't use many serious programs either...I'm a teacher!

Thanks.

I think it will be better, if you selling your current MacBook and Purchased the new ones ;)

NPuter 11-28-2007 04:58 PM

yea $450 is way too much
your computer generally has better specs
you can get a great monitor for $450
but, I agree with your decision to sell your mb and by one of the pro's


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