Get a blackbook or MBP? v.IBPOLL

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Bona Fide, Feb 1, 2007.

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Which? :noes:

  1. Blackbook FTW

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  2. Macbook Pro FTW

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    83.3%
  1. Bona Fide

    Bona Fide Guest

    C2D Blackbook (2.0GHz C2D, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD): $1300
    C2D Macbook Pro (2.16GHz C2D, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD): $1600

    Need to be able to: Watch HD movies, do work, surf the internet, fire up an emulator or some older games.

    Want to be able to: Play some newer games, transport with ease.

    Getting $300 worth of accessories either way (external HD, mouse, RAM, bag), so the price is going to go up anyway. My max is $2000, but I don't want to waste money on the MBP if the blackbook can take care of that stuff.

    Which one is right for me?
     
  2. canIscream

    canIscream Dog Crew is Best Crew

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    3rd party employee purchase price on a refurb? though those seem a bit steep for that...refurbs through a college with a student discount?

    regardless of the source, get the MBP. no question.
     
  3. clog

    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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    I have a black macbook. if i was to do it over, i would definitely go for the MBP, hands down.
     
  4. canIscream

    canIscream Dog Crew is Best Crew

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    for that kind of difference, on your posted budget, it's not even a question. definitely go with the MBP. black MB's are over rated.
     
  5. Pseudonym

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    def MBP, i :love: my macbook, but i would probably love a macbookpro more.
     
  6. IcyHot4Life

    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    more details on that price plz :eek3: 20% off the mbp, sounds like the Apple Developer connection for students... they allow a one-time 20% off on hardware purchase :cool: but you have to pay $99 to have the membership

    apple store employees get 25% IIRC so it's probably not that
     
  7. MonkMonk

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    black macbook ftw
     
  8. Bona Fide

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    Oh, the price is not likely to be found elsewhere. I actually am getting it through my school's (Rutgers) computer store. They have some kind of educational agreement with Apple that allows them to drop prices on certain items.
     
  9. Bona Fide

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    What do you feel the MBP has over the blackbook, other than a higher resolution/larger screen, and slightly faster processor?

    Or is that why? :o
     
  10. clog

    clog NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!!11

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    aluminum > plastic.

    I just had my entire casing replaced due to annoying cracks/squeaks, etc. Different build quality....you get what you pay for :dunno: also, graphics... this thing can barely push my 2007fpw @ 1680x1050 :hsugh:
     
  11. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    student discounts dont qualify with refurbished items. i got my macbook pro for 1799, but i couldnt use my student discount to get it cheaper. i got apple care for cheaper with my student discount though.


    by the way, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE APPLE CARE :wiggle:
     
  12. frostedfrank

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    white book+2gb of ram, what I did, very happy :)
     
  13. manchild

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    I'll be honest, I LOVE the macbook pro's screen. Its very portable (watching movies in cars, on planes etc, and working at a library), and the screen is amazing. Infact, I hate having to use my friend's Macbooks after using my Macbook Pro just because the screen is amazing and it just feels better. Plus it doesn't slit your wrists (big problem on the macbooks).

    Also, the dedicated video ram is great. I've been runing Maya 8.5 (full graphic animation program, used in LOTR etc) and have yet to have it lag up to not be able to render something.

    And the backlit keyboard is a plus too :big grin:
     
  14. Bona Fide

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    Well the MBP I'm looking at only has 128mb discrete memory, and I don't believe it has Hypermemory either.

    In any case, that should be a significant step up from the GMA950. :o
     
  15. Bona Fide

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    :cool:

    Do you have the glossy or matte screen? I want to see them side-by-side to compare, but the local Apple Store only stocks the glossy's.
     
  16. MonkMonk

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    the screen is nicer and the case is nicer and the video card is nicer
    your call though, I love the black case though.
     
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    I love my Blackbook, but I would definately get a Pro if I could afford it...I wish my Macbook had the backlit keys...
     
  18. tun

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    buy a refurb MBP C2D when they come back in stock. Check Tuesday morning.
     
  19. canIscream

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    word. i wasn't aware.

    best buy employees get a sick deal on refurbed macs. if i buy a newer one, that's the way i'm going.
     
  20. manchild

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    Matte. My friends have glossys on thier Macbooks and they get covered in smudges and it REALLY shows, on the Matte its not that noticeable. I also use it in the light a fair amount, and the way its setup in my room I don't think a glossy would be ok. On top of that I just like the matte look more. Glossy feels cheap and plasticy.

    Also, I'm sure there is a Macbook Pro near one of the Apple displays, can't you compare those two? Don't they use a similar screen, if not the same thing?
     
  21. Bona Fide

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    I think a refurb is the same price as what I'm getting.

    Seems like the general consensus is for the MBP. :)
     
  22. Yardsale

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    holy shit the price for the MBP, get me one if you don't get it :x:
     
  23. Rip The Jacker

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    i was trying to choose between a c2d macbook and a cd pro. i went with the macbook just because its so much smaller, and the keyboard feels alot better (to me at least).

    mostly it was the size though. the macbook is the perfect size to carry with a couple books in a backback or messener bag.
     
  24. Bona Fide

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    :rofl:

    Looks like I'll be getting it though.
    Well, I picked up a Macbook and MBP at the Apple Store, to see how much they weigh, and they're almost identical. The MBP is slightly larger (duh) but I don't think I'll really have a problem carrying it. 5 pounds? Whatever. :p
     
  25. Rip The Jacker

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    yeah the weights not much different. but to me the size was just too much :hs:

    the quality of the pro case is so mucher better though :sad2:
     

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