About MacBook Pro

Hi folks,

I’m planning to order a 17" mac book pro from US as my brother is coming to visit me from US.

I found http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail~ShowBuyBtn~1~dpno~7054618~POPUP~TRUE.asp

That looks good. Any experience with this site ? Anyone knows of a better deal ?

TIA,
Pratik

Re: [Rails] [OT] About MacBook Pro
MacMall is reputable. They’ve been around a long time.
Prices on Apple gear don’t vary that much due to Apple’s strong controls on reselling.

That said, I've had sufficient problems with them that I won't order from them again. YMMV.

-faisal

Thanks for your input Faisal. I guess I’ll just go with apple.com store.

-Pratik

> MacMall is reputable. They’ve been around a long time.

not really. back when i used macs (in the 90s), there were a number of reputable retailers, like MacZone, MacConnection, etc. MacMall came onto this scene at the end of this era (roughly when steve came back and apple started ramping up its own stores) and alwyas seemed significantly less-professional than the rest, based on experiences i heard , not to mention the roughshod quality of their catalog compared to the others

why not just order from Apple? in the cutthroat world of exploding batteries and mysteries whines, id want the latest revision i could get, and thats porably going to be ordering direct..

If you can't get a discount that way another way is to join the apple
developer connection ($500/year) and buy
your MBP that way. You get to make one hardware purchase a year (20%
off I think) that includes:
1 ipod
1 computer (desktop or laptop) (All add-on options are discounted as
well. HD and RAM upgrade for example)
1 monitor

You get a year's subscription to the ADC (pre-release access to OSX,
Java, XCode, etc) and a tshirt :-). For my purchase I ordered a MBP
fully loaded and an ipod.
I think I maybe saved $50 if that from just buying it from the
consumer site. If you order a cinema display to go along with your
purchase I think you come out ahead for sure.

Although at the time I was preordering before it was readily
available. If I were doing it today without a discount I'd look at
Amazon where there's no sales tax
(assuming you don't live in Wash)

I actually blogged about it here: http://javathehutt.blogspot.com/
2006/01/new-macbook.html

Good luck. It's a great machine.

-Michael
http://javathehutt.blogspot.com

koloa wrote:

i think the easiest way would be to find a college student and take
him/her to an apple store and get a discount. my job gives me the same
discount as a student discount and i purchased the mbp 17" for around
2500.

Good idea, Koloa. I'm still a student, and if I go buy a Mac, I get it
(slightly) cheaper, a free Nano, and free 3 year apple care plan.
That's like a $400 value.

-Ben Lisbakken

Michael, I'm glad you mentioned this because a lot of people aren't
aware of the ADC program. If you sign up for the Select plan, you
essentially get it for free with the discount you get on the MBP.

Michael

It's amazing that folks have no qualms abusing the promotion/lying about
their status by using someone else's discount.

yeah, I was going to comment on the same thing, but it almost appears
pointless anymore. It seems that many have no morale compass.

Michael

If your planning on buying a macbook pro I would wait because the mac
book pros with the core 2 duos should be coming out in the next few
weeks.

I know I'm waiting.

Cheers,
Carl.

My new employer offered me either a 15" or 17" MBP, so I had a decision to make. I ended up going with the 15" because although the 17" has a great screen, it’s really just too big for me. The new job will have me traveling a lot, and I didn’t figure I’d enjoy trucking that thing all over the US and EU all the time. I also already have a pretty hefty desktop at home, so I don’t need a desktop replacement. Unless you’re used to having a very large laptop or need this as a primary machine, you might consider the 15" instead.

Charles O Nutter wrote:

My new employer offered me either a 15" or 17" MBP, so I had a decision to
make. I ended up going with the 15" because although the 17" has a great
screen, it's really just too big for me. The new job will have me traveling
a lot, and I didn't figure I'd enjoy trucking that thing all over the US and
EU all the time. I also already have a pretty hefty desktop at home, so I
don't need a desktop replacement. Unless you're used to having a very large
laptop or need this as a primary machine, you might consider the 15"
instead.

I agree. I bought a 17" PB because I wanted to have the huge screen so
I could do more stuff at once. It turned out to just be a pain to lug
it around. Most of the time I have it plugged into my monitor anyways.
Go with the 15".

-Ben Lisbakken

Hrmm…you guys have confused me 17 and 15.4 :-s I haven’t even seen both of them in the past, so I cant make a choice. I guess both weight the same…right ?

Is there a huge performance difference between 2 GHz core duo and 2.16 GHz core duo ? Should I just go with 2 GHz core duo with 2 GB RAM ? But 2.16 GHz core duo comes with 256 MB video card, will that make a big difference ?

My main purpose of the laptop will be for development and performance testing.

Thank you all for your inputs.

Pratik <pratiknaik@...> writes:

Is there a huge performance difference between 2 GHz core duo and
2.16 GHz core duo ? Should I just go with 2 GHz core duo with 2 GB
RAM ? But 2.16 GHz core duo comes with 256 MB video card, will
that make a big difference ? My main purpose of the laptop will be
for development and performance testing.

I don't know what's best for you, but I'm going to get the 2.0GHz 13.3"
MacBook maxed out with 2GB RAM as soon as the new processors are
released (hopefully Sept) which are supposed to offer a 20%
performance increase.

Right now I have a 20" iMac 2GHz with 2GB RAM. Those specs are
plenty fast for development and running a bunch of apps at the
same time. If you are doing lots of graphics intensive things, then
the better video card in the Pro model is probably worth it.

For me, I'd rather have the ultra-portable 13.3" model. When I'm
not travelling it will be hooked up to a 20" monitor and wireless
keyboard and mouse.

As far as the difference between 2.0 and 2.16GHz - I'd say the
difference would be fairly negligible - definitely not a "huge"
performance difference. I know on the iMac the extra RAM makes
the most difference. With only 512 it kind of stinks. With 1GB,
usable, but sometimes starts to chug with a bunch of apps open.
With 2GB, it pretty much flies.

Justin Pease <justin.pease@gmail.com> writes:

Pratik <pratiknaik@...> writes:

Is there a huge performance difference between 2 GHz core duo and
2.16 GHz core duo ? Should I just go with 2 GHz core duo with 2 GB
RAM ? But 2.16 GHz core duo comes with 256 MB video card, will
that make a big difference ? My main purpose of the laptop will be
for development and performance testing.

can we get back to Rails, please. Thanks.
Please follow netiquette, and keep discussions on topic.

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Surendra Singhi wrote:

Please follow netiquette, and keep discussions on topic.

Feel free to ignore this thread??? It's titled "About MacBook Pro"
and I guarantee it will have posts about macbook pros…

-Ben Lisbakken