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macbook or MBP
Posted by: michael_s
Date: July 19, 2010 08:19PM
My son wants to purchase a macbook before he head back to school in two weeks.
Refurb macbook is 849.00. Microcenter has the 2.4 macbook pro for 999.00.

He could swing the extra 150.00 if need be.

Which do you guys think delivers the most bang for the buck?
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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: Buzz
Date: July 19, 2010 08:29PM
he should go for the one that will attract the prettiest girls... doh!



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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: Sam3
Date: July 19, 2010 08:36PM
I'm facing a similar situation. For me, it's worth spending the extra money for twice as much memory, Firewire, a backlit keyboard and aluminum construction.

I wish there was a Microcenter close to me, I'd take that MBP for $999. It's $20 less than Apple's refurb price and $100 less than the educational price.
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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 19, 2010 09:34PM
Education discount from Apple comes with $199 towards an iPod or iPod touch.

I like the MBP extras myself, but the new MacBook is a very nice machine.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/19/2010 09:35PM by sekker.
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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 19, 2010 09:42PM
For me the only real benefit of a MBP is the backlit keyboard, but that isn't worth $150.

I'd go with an Education Store Macbook and free touch (then sell the touch unopened in the box for $150-$175)



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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: bwicklander
Date: July 19, 2010 10:20PM
I'd go with the educational discount too - sell me the touch smiling smiley
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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: sekker
Date: July 19, 2010 10:23PM
SD slot, FW, backlit keyboard and the Al looks are worth $150 to me but clearly optional.
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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: deckeda
Date: July 19, 2010 10:35PM
MB is more bang for the buck if you don't know if the MBP extras will be used or valued. If they are, the MBP is more bang for the buck.
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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: pinion
Date: July 20, 2010 08:13AM
My white MacBooks plastic broke easily. I'd say for a college kid the metal case would be worth it.



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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: davester
Date: July 20, 2010 11:14AM
I thought the new white macbooks were metal with a white coating. Are you talking about the current generation or one of the original plastic macbooks pinion?



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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: deckeda
Date: July 20, 2010 11:48AM
Current MacBooks are "UniBody" but also all white plastic still. One piece plastic. Back (outside portion) of the screen near the hinges can develop hairline cracks. I've seen them on my sister's.
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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: Mike V
Date: July 21, 2010 06:20AM
I'd go the MacBook Pro.



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Re: macbook or MBP
Posted by: pinion
Date: July 21, 2010 08:49AM
I'm talking about the original intel macbook 2.0 ghz. But it's the same material I think. Just one piece now like deckeda said.



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