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Spud
13th December 2008, 10:29 PM
Hi

Plan to upgrade from a Powerbook G4 to a Macbook Pro 06/07 model (so used)

5k for a new laptop just doesn't cut it for me.

What are peoples thoughts/reviews of this machine ?

I have heard problems with HDs ? Any others ?

Spud

Huy
13th December 2008, 10:31 PM
$5000? They start at $3199 RRP for a new MacBook Pro unibody/Late 2008.

Spud
13th December 2008, 10:41 PM
OK lets be specific

$4500 for the latest 17 inch - need for graphics (photoshop and illustrator)

reviews on earlier 17in Macbook pro models ?

Huy
13th December 2008, 10:49 PM
Try looking at this one if you want to buy 17"

Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Apple Store (Australia) (http://store.apple.com/au/product/FB166X/A?mco=MjE0NjE5MA)
12 month warranty too.

Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
17-inch widescreen display
2GB memory
250GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
Built-in iSight Camera
$2849

noisypoppy
14th December 2008, 12:18 AM
I've got a 15" MBP (last model before they implemented that ugly black & glass bullshit)

my review:
love it love it love it love it love it love it love it

hope this has been helpful ^_^

harrisonx
14th December 2008, 08:36 AM
I have a late 2006 model 15" Macbook Pro.

It's a fantastic computer, the only downside being it can only take up to 3GB RAM due to the limits of the processor.

Other than that, the only trouble I've had with it was the top cover flaking paint, and the screen having strange dark spots "inside" it, both of which were replaced under warranty at no charge by Apple.

samuelowens
14th December 2008, 06:40 PM
I'm running an original Core Duo MBP (week three off the line I think; I bought it in March 2006). After getting the quality issues sorted, I've taken it to Streetwise to get a HDD upgrade done (from 100GB to 320GB), so I'll get another three years out of it.

I tend to find that it's still fine for web and word processing, but I wouldn't want to be doing processor-intensive arty stuff with it (e.g. Final Cut etc)...

MacBook Pro: Page 1 (http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardware/macbookpro.ars) is a nostalgic read...

Fillman
14th December 2008, 07:43 PM
I've a June 2007 15" MacBook Pro with 4GB ram and an upgraded 500 GB disk. Great machine and goes like the clappers. Gets hauled around the world and lots of rough treatment at remote mine sites.

Big problem however is graphics have failed twice now. Black screen on reboot and twice. Apple replaced motherboard on warranty without any problem but I would rather it was more reliable.

james the 2nd
14th December 2008, 07:51 PM
Love mine. Best computer I've ever owned. Killer.

2.0 Ghz, Core Duo, 2 Gig Ram, 160 Gig HD. MBPro 15"

foxy
15th December 2008, 04:37 PM
December 2007 15.4" MacBook Pro 2.4ghz C2D, 4Gb Ram, 320Gb 7200Rpm HDD, Superdrive...

AWESOME!!!! :D:D:D:D:D

Just wish I had the money at the time to buy the 17".

Oh Well, I'm still extremely pleased, and I guarantee you will be as well.

Meh 626
15th December 2008, 04:48 PM
I tend to find that it's still fine for web and word processing, but I wouldn't want to be doing processor-intensive arty stuff with it (e.g. Final Cut etc)...

Why? Final Cut, Logic, Photoshop and other intensive apps is what the MacBook Pro is about, it is a portable mini Mac Pro.

samuelowens
15th December 2008, 04:58 PM
Why? Final Cut, Logic, Photoshop and other intensive apps is what the MacBook Pro is about, it is a portable mini Mac Pro.

Mainly because the processor is starting to lack the ooomph to do such tasks (I'm not saying a CD MBP can't; more just that the fans scream with pain for extended periods when doing such work). For this reason, anything that is processor-intensive would benefit from a newer model IMO...

Review: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz and 2.5GHz | Macworld (http://www.macworld.com/article/132407/2008/03/macbookprocore2duo.html) has some benchmarks...