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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted September 02, 2010 21:35      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
...subject mostly says it.

Long story short - I'm considering getting an upgrade from my existing [c2006/7], utterly wonderful MacBook to a 13" MBP. The price is pretty competitive to the comparable MacBook, so it seems like something of a no-brainer. (Especially since the MBP is a teensy bit lighter. I've played with it a few times in the Apple store, and it's pretty acceptable to me...even the keyboard!) Since Apple just came out with tons of shiny new iPod things (new Touch -> /swoon/), I'm guessing it'll be awhile before the current MBP is eclipsed, but if I'm missing something major, I'd love to know beforehand. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted September 03, 2010 08:09      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I can't help you with your problem, but I completely agree about the new iPod Touch. I have resisted iPhone devices up to now, mainly because I don't want an expensive contract, so this really hits the sweet spot for me. Apart from the tiddly camera, and being WiFi only (which I want), there is nothing that sets it apart from the iPhone, and the price is pretty reasonable. Apple have reeled me in this time. The 32 GB model I think.

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Icon 3 posted September 03, 2010 09:33      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
my guess is a refresh of the Macbook Pros would be in spring of 2011, but you can't go wrong with a MacBook Pro anytime.

You also could look through the re-furbs, that's what I have, and they are great, for a lower price. Same warranty, etc.
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

Here's MacRumors buyers guide, which can help...
http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/

http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#MacBook_Pro

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Icon 1 posted September 03, 2010 09:58      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Seems like the updates have been pretty incremental lately anyway, so even if they drop something new in a few months you shouldn't be too bad off. Except maybe in the graphics department, but if you're not into those massive online FPS games you should be fine.

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Icon 1 posted September 03, 2010 10:01      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Refurbs & Open+Box+Returns, usually come with a full quarantee , so its your call, some times there may be a scratch.

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Icon 1 posted September 03, 2010 14:43      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
my guess is a refresh of the Macbook Pros would be in spring of 2011, but you can't go wrong with a MacBook Pro anytime.

You also could look through the re-furbs, that's what I have, and they are great, for a lower price. Same warranty, etc.
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac

Here's MacRumors buyers guide, which can help...
http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/

http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#MacBook_Pro

Thanks...but frankly, the price difference is about $100 for the non-refurb, so I see little reason to put things to chance.

Cheers all for helping confirm the deferment 'til 2011 on updates. I may just get a swanky new laptop! [Big Grin] I'd be perfectly happy to use the MB I have until it just about croaked, but some wibbly-wobbly reasons may require the upgrade. :/

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It doesn't matter when you buy. Something newer and shinier will come out within six months and, at least for a little while, you'll wish you'd waited.

Once you accept that this is inevitable, you'll realize that the only real reason to buy or not buy is your personal need for a replacement/upgrade.

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I bought my Macbook and then felt mopey six months later for the reasons Steen stated...but then I reminded myself of one simple fact: when I bought the Macbook, I was racing a dead heat with my PC to see if I could save the money for my desired Mac before the PC utterly failed.

I won. By a nose. Ultimately, instead of the 15" juiced up Pro I wanted I just juiced up a 13" Macbook because, when it became apparent that my PC was going to die sooner than I'd anticipated, that was what I could afford (one more month...just one more month and I coulda had it...). And then, of course a few months later 13" Pros hit the market. But my old PC wasn't going to last, and even if it had been healthy, I was still in need of a better computer.

When Apple revamped its laptop line I was, and still am, very tempted. But the Macbook is serving me well and it seems wasteful in the extreme to just chuck it for something shinier because it's, well, shinier. Furthermore, at the moment, the Macbook is capable of what I'm asking of it. I'll give it at least another year, probably much more. My needs have changed since I bought it and will likely change again in the not-too-distant future.

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Icon 1 posted September 03, 2010 21:26      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Steen: While mostly true, I'm not that concerned about six months.

I wrote in the off chance that someone would write "Hey dummy...Apple is notorious for putting out _____ in the 2nd week of October."

I'm up against a slightly different clock than Xanthine, but it's definitely in the cards for me.

Silly related inquiry: While I'm leaning towards the MBP, if anyone has any reason why the MB would be less objectionable, I'm open to ideas. Previously, I detested the keyboard on the MBP/PB - the shiny metallic-ish keys got too hot for me, and I just didn't like them. Since the keyboard is /very/ similar to the MacBook that I'm typing on now, and since heavy testing has shown that I can reasonably use the fancy touchpad....I'm having a very hard time ruling it out. Additionally, my last review of things showed the MBP to be ~1/2 lb lighter, and that's great in my book! The SD card slot is just gravy, and I'd be much happier to have FW available.

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For what it's worth, apple often have a "back to school" promotion around this time of year, when they throw in an ipod if you buy a laptop. If that happens, look for the end date of the promo, as that's when the new model will be released. I have a feeling that this years may have just ended, and the goal was to reduce ipod stock.

Since there is no offer on, you should be OK, but even if not, they have the 30 day return policy anyway.

Often these are just small bumps anyway - this happened when I bought my black macbook and it wasn't worth the hassle of returning it (clock speed up by 100Mhz or so, and the ability to fill it with 4GB ram, rather than 2). Also the MBPs were updated at the start of this year, so unlikely for upgrade in the near future.

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lf: The iPod thing is kinda cruel - it's the 2nd-gen, 8GB model that they're giving away. I got a 1st-gen 8GB as a freebie some time ago, so honestly it wouldn't be that good a deal. :/

(OTOH, point #2 is nice to hear. [Smile] )

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