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Topic # 27337 22-Oct-2008 16:39
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What do you guys reckon?

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  Reply # 173768 26-Oct-2008 22:39
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simple-d: What do you guys reckon?


What are the specifications? Personally I would avoid it if it has an Nvidia 8400/8600 graphics GPU given the high failure rate.

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  Reply # 173784 26-Oct-2008 23:37
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Check JB Hifi's as well. I think they had it for a cheaper price. Personally I wouldn't worry about high faliure rate, if it did fail you might even get a new Mac Book pro.






 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 173785 26-Oct-2008 23:41
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STI: Check JB Hifi's as well. I think they had it for a cheaper price. Personally I wouldn't worry about high faliure rate, if it did fail you might even get a new Mac Book pro.


Haha, I like the way you think STI!

You are covered under warranty anyway should there be any hardware fault.

Personally, I prefer to have the latest and greatest, even if it costs a bit more.  How much cheaper is it compared to a similar-level-new-generation Mac Pro?

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  Reply # 173786 26-Oct-2008 23:48
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STI: Check JB Hifi's as well. I think they had it for a cheaper price. Personally I wouldn't worry about high faliure rate, if it did fail you might even get a new Mac Book pro.


Haha, I like the way you think STI!

You are covered under warranty anyway should there be any hardware fault.

Personally, I prefer to have the latest and greatest, even if it costs a bit more.  How much cheaper is it compared to a similar-level-new-generation Mac Pro?


What is the main use of the laptop; imho, unless you really really really really need firewire and a express card slot, you're probably better off just getting a MacBook.

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  Reply # 173788 27-Oct-2008 00:09
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Thanks, I'm trying to think different.

New 15" Mac Book Pro costs $3699. Basics specs are:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 15-inch widescreen
  • 2GB Memory
  • 250GB hard drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256M
Old Mac Book Pro (low end, ie similar spec to above) at DSE costs $2699. Again basic specs are:
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache, 800 MHz front-side bus
  • RAM: 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2, expandable to 4GB
  • HDD: 200GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • Display: 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 LCD display
  • Optical: Slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL⁄DVD±RW⁄CD-RW) optical drive
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3 memory
I was actually quite dissapointed by new the apple macbooks prices. Prices might get better if the USD gets stronger. One warning though, if you try to sell it second hand you probably won't get a good price. 






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  Reply # 173790 27-Oct-2008 00:13
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Yesterday I saw the new Macbook at DSE and coincidentally the Macbook had the Apple website opened.

The website's price with the same specs was actually $50 or so cheaper, delivered, than DSE!  Haha.  Someone must've been trying to prove that point to the salesman.

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  Reply # 173831 27-Oct-2008 11:40
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kaiwai: What is the main use of the laptop; imho, unless you really really really really need firewire and a express card slot, you're probably better off just getting a MacBook.

I have a Macbook 2.4 Penryn, and love it to bits, but I wish oh I wish that I had sprung for the MBP instead.




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  Reply # 173835 27-Oct-2008 11:46
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After spending two hours in the apple shop I came out with a new macbook pro, Love it to bits

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  Reply # 173837 27-Oct-2008 11:50
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Although the new MacBook 2.4 GHz (and all new CPUs) are clock-for-clock compare to the pre-2008 models, its bus speed is much higher and much faster. Using 1066Mhz DDR2 memory too.

And with nvidia 9400m/9600m gpu, it is much better than old MacBook's x3100/nVidia 8600m.

I'd advice wait till Feb/Mar 2009 as that's when MacWorld convention is on, and most likely new refresh models will be out then, and perhaps even Snow Leopard and iLife 09. And economy may improved then too, so giving you better value for dollar.

UNLESS you really really and urgently need a Mac now, then old MacBookPro and get AppleCare with it too.

Check out http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/ for any future Apple products purchase.

Rumor has it that, Mac Mini is getting a refresh and perhaps a new mini displayport and better GPU. I'm hoping to hear about this in November when refreshed iMac is coming too. Bolt this together with recent announced Apple LED Cinema Display with mini displayport, usb and magsafe power plug, it could all be harmoniously connected with Mac Mini too. *just a wish*




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