Need some insight on the MBP 13"

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  1. Decease

    Decease New Member

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    I'm thinking about getting a MBP (converting from a PC). Pretty sure most of you are aware of the 2.26ghz and the 2.53ghz models. Disregarding the the HD space and the amount of ram (due to the 2.2 having less, but I could add more at the time of purchase) Is there a noticable difference between the 2 processing speed? Will it really impact me that much for a daily use for music, movies, and web surfing? Theres a 300 difference in price between the 2. Even with a RAM upgrade it would only cost another 100. Is the extra money worth the .27 Ghz?
     
  2. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    100% agreed on the above...
     
  3. Decease

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    Thanks for the info and link. I hadn't decided to upgrade the HD yet because I was just going to run an external.

    I'm going to assume that adding in the extra ram is rather easy then.
     
  4. Bob Loblaw

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    i'm gonna get a 2.53ghz 13" mbp, i currently have a 2.16ghz 15" mbp

    i made a thread on OT like 4 months ago
    and everyone said not to do it :hs:
     
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    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    don't do it
     
  6. Decease

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    How come you're getting the 13" now?

    Is this directed to me or to bob? :mamoru:
     
  7. Bob Loblaw

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    it's more portable, and i want something new :o

    i do graphic design and i do a LOT of work while i'm not at home, so the new extended battery life is a huge plus
    but the 17" with the higher resolution would probably be a smarter purchase,
    but then i travel a lot as well and wont want to be doing any design work, so the 13" would be better off in that respect
    but i have an external 26" monitor at home to plug in when i'm at home, so the 13" wins out there as well
    i dont need the dedicated graphics card, because i dont do 3d modelling or gaming

    i would get the 2.53ghz 13", which will cost me $2300 AUD
    and i can sell my current 15" 2.16 for around $1500, so it's a new laptop for $800 :dunno:
     
  8. Pepe

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    i did the same thing, however i chose to just upgrade the ram and hd via apple for one main reason.

    if you have to make a claim on your warranty or applecare in the future (if you purchase it), you must have the stock ram and hd in it or else they will deem it out of warranty. sure its a ripoff compared to how cheap you can do it for free, but in the end it is easier to deal with should you have a problem and you aren't losing out on too much cash (think its like roughly a $100 difference that you could save total).
     
  9. Decease

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    In your case that's a fantastic deal to get a new one with upgrades for only 800. I'm just debating if the little extra money is worth the little extra speed.

    If I did get the 2.26 the ram upgrade is only 100, true the DIY ram saved me 30bux or so, but I do see a valid point with the applecare service. Maybe the 2.5 is more suitable for me and while at home I could just slap into a monitor.
     
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    and only $500 after you get $300 from me for your lens.
     
  11. DMClark

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    I've been debating a 13in MBP or grabbing one of the refurbished aluminum macbooks... Decisions decisions... I'm such a jew...

    Eitherway, good info on the first reply. Saves me some time.
     
  12. Bob Loblaw

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    my business partner just bought a 15" today

    after thinking about it, the 13" is probably dumb to buy :hs:

    minus whale get the 15"
     
  13. Pepe

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    the 13 is great to buy, why would it be dumb?

    i had a 15 before and it was just too bulky for my liking. while the extra screen real estate was nice, if you utilize spaces like you should it is a non issue. this thing fits perfect into a briefcase, backpack, or anything else that you take with you on the go.

    and holy hell you have a lot of posts
     
  14. Bob Loblaw

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    spaces wont help me with more screen real estate in indesign and illustrator
     
  15. Pepe

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    gotcha, or you could pick up a cheap LCD monitor
     
  16. Bob Loblaw

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    yeah, i have an external monitor at home

    but i do a lot of work at my business partners place, or at cafes
    and then it's just the laptop screen

    i'm really accustomed to the 15" and 1440x900 screen
    i dont think i can get used to 13" and 1280x800
     
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    or you can get an LCD/Plasma TV and use it as a display. I have my 06 white MacBook hooked up to my 40" Sharp LCD. 1920x1080p, looks great!

    I'm upgrading to a 13" MacBook Pro in a month or so, definitely by Christmas. I do like the portability of a smaller notebook, and if I want a bigger display, I'm covered.

    Now I have to order a Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard, that should hold me till I upgrade my MacBook.

    Those new iMacs are FTMFW :bowdown:

    What Apple or some other company should do, is make a mini-DVI/mini-Display Port to HDMI adapter that includes an audio input. What I mean is this adapter would hook up to the mini-DVI/mini-Display Port AND the Audio Out from a Mac Mini/MacBook and combine them to HDMI on the other end.
     
  18. schmack

    schmack Professional Lurker OT Supporter

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    http://www.macworld.com/article/141987/2009/07/kanex_hdmi.html
     
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  20. Bob Loblaw

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    i can get a refurbished 2.8ghz 17" for the same price as a 2.66ghz 15"
    its tempting :noes:
     
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    17 is massive :(
     
  22. DMClark

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    Are the aluminum macbooks same as the current MBP's just with slightly slower clock speed (7 hour battery and everything)?
     
  23. mobbarley

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    not aluminium
     
  24. DMClark

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    There were aluminum macbooks for a very short amount of time...
     
  25. Raider007

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    macbooks have always been plastic...

    are you thinking of the unibody mbp?
     

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