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Mar. 14th, 2008 | 06:09 pm

So, yes, I did in the end just decide to bite down hard on a stick and purchase a (refurbished) Macbook Pro. You can actually get some damn good deals on refurb Macs from the Apple Store - it's on the bottom right of the store page - and in this instance I got one with 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2 gigs of RAM, GeForce 8600M graphics card with 256 meg VRAM, "160 gig" (actually 148.61) hard drive, 15" glossy display. Yes, it really is glossy. All the usual MBP bits and pieces as well of course, camera, bluetooth, magsafe power cable etc.

It's not the latest revision, it's the one before that, so it doesn't have the fancy multi-touch trackpad, though you can do things like scroll in two dimensions with two fingers on it, which I'm not used to. Really though, it's terrific. I was concerned about it only being 15" now that I am used to the 17" of the old Powerbook, but I've barely noticed the difference to be honest, and it's significantly lighter.

Just over a grand, all told, and you'd be pushed to get anything near that spec for the money even in standard PC format. This is the point at which somebody posts up how you could for half that - I don't care. In any case this is a professional tool, not a toy... not only a toy... I have to get used to the idea of investing money in these things without feeling guilty. It could well pay for itself in a few months if it gets me out of the house and not driving myself into unproductive cabin fever indoors.

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from: danaseilhan
date: Mar. 14th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)

Hey, I know full well I couldn't get something like that with the specs. But I'm happy with what mine does and it doesn't weigh a ton. Now, it could use another memory upgrade. The memory was crap when I bought it and it's got room for another chip. And I'd like an OS that isn't OEM. I'm happy otherwise though.

Haven't had a Mac. Someday if I have an income worth speaking of I may try one out. Prolly will be a laptop though. I'm spoiled now.

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from: phillykat
date: Mar. 14th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)

your subject is so misleading. i thought you had flipped and was out there mugging people for a quick sec.

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