Loc: United States
Looking at refurb MacBook Pro's on Apple's site, and I'm debating between a few models - here's what I'm seeing:<br><br>Lappie #1: <br><br>Refurbished MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo<br>15.4-inch widescreen display (1440x900 resolution)<br>1GB (single SODIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM<br>120GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive<br>Slot-load 6x SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)<br>ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory<br>Built-in iSight Camera<br>Front Row and Apple Remote<br><br>Price: $1,599.00<br><br>Lappie #2: <br><br>Refurbished MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo<br>15.4-inch widescreen display (1440x900 resolution)<br>1GB (single SODIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM<br>100GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive<br>Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)<br>ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory<br>Built-in iSight Camera<br>Front Row and Apple Remote<br><br>Price: $1,499.00<br><br><br>The newer processor is nice, but I'm seeing a more powerful vid card in the 2nd model...<br><br>Thoughts?<br><br>
Yeah I agree... the video ram might be worth it... the speed difference between the Core Duo and Core2Duo is rather small... like 10% at most. I forget the exact numbers there, so damm many of them. ....<br>the 6X superdrive would be nice but the bottleneck on most laptops is the video card not the processor. and so you Superdrive might be a little slower burn..... how many things do you burn on a laptop... vs graphics you use ALL the time.<br><br>Good Luck and enjoy.<br>I'm waiting for the next MacBook/Pro upgrade and Leopard.<br><br>David (OFI)
Loc: United States
I might need something in a hurry, depending on the prognosis of my wife's old laptop, but thanks for the info on the processor. I usually don't keep tabs on laptop specs because I've never had use for one for work purposes - always just bought a tower.<br><br>Figured I'd switch her to a Mac and get something I can do some side work on in the process. <br><br><br><br><br>
i'd go with model #1. i believe the RAM is different and i would guess that the first model had such a limited run before the Duo 2 came that updates and things will be more $$$ in the future.<br><br>--<br>"I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country" --president bush on 9/27/05
That really is a tough one.<br>I'd probably go with Lappie #2 for the better video card.<br>Even a 20GB increase in hard drive size on Lappie #1 is something to think about.<br>Truth is I would probably go with Lappie #3. Wait until a refurbished Core 2 Duo with a better video card becomes available.<br><br><br>
Loc: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
My vote goes to the Intel Core 2 Duo, think of utilizing the 64-bit processing speed of Mac OS X 10.5.. <br><br>On the other hand, my brother bought a 17" MacBookPro with 256mb video ram for gaming. You also like gaming, right?<br><br>...<br>** DigitalEye **
"Figured I'd switch her to a Mac and get something I can do some side work on in the process. "<br><br>Ah HA !! ............. you clever dog you !!<br>the old - "I'll get it for the Ms-es so I can use it " trick, heh?<br><br>David (OFI)
Core 2 Duo all the way. <br><br>The difference in main processor is much more widely used by applications than more memory on the exact same GPU. Even if this was going to be used for games (and being a portable, I'm guessing not) I'd probably still go with the updated processor over the same vid card with more memory.<br><br>
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