Please Help - Urgent Advice Needed On Unibody MacBook Pro's!

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  1. Suave

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    Hi All,

    Please kindly give me some advice as I need to act quickly - I already have a MBP 15" 2.4 Unibody replacement agreed by Apple - should I stick with this or ask for the new 2.53 version which is actually cheaper and therefore I am somewhat hopeful they should do. Can any of you kind folks please tell me:

    1. What are the advantages/disadvantages between the old 2.4 Unibody MBP & the new 2.53 Unibody MBP?

    2. I know the new one comes with an SD card slot and loses the Express Card Slot but is the loss of the latter a big thing? Can the old one with the use of card readers actually shift data from the MBP to a SD card (or any other) via card reader/device? Is Express Card or SD Card Slot more desirable and better utilised?

    3. I think the newer one has less better 9400M integrated graphics - is that true and how big a deal is that? (I plan on downloading and watching lots of HD content) Is it better to go for the dual 9400M/9600GT graphics

    4. I know the new one can be upgraded to 8GB of Ram which sound really good for future-proofing and general super-smooth running purposes so I guess this feature is really important? I guess it can take 4 x 2GB sticks?

    5. Some have stated that they are very happy that the new ones have Firewire back but was that also not on the old 2.4 one?

    6. How big/good/bad a thing is it to have a non replaceable battery even though in theory, it may last longer?

    7. The new version makes a big deal about the screen - is it a good reason to upgrade or as good as they make out?

    8. Are the Hard Drives on these latest versions user-replaceable/upgradable? (250GB is still a little low for my future needs and I was planning to upgrade to a higher capacity).

    9. As I am not a savvy as most when it comes to this sort of stuff, is there anything else that I have not considered/should consider or have taken into account and which may prove to be be of significance in the future?

    10. Is it safe to assume that the newer model may be better as it may have had bugs or issues the old one may have had ironed out?

    11. Because of the better graphics and larger Hard Drive (320GB), I am also inclined to go for the 2.66 model but I doubt they will offer me or accept a request for one as I am having a old style 2.2GB MBP replaced unless of course any one knows how I might be best able to wangle that! Worst case scenario, if I was to offer them some money on top to make up for the difference (obviously as least as possible but just enough for them to accommodate me) what do you all think I should offer?

    I am very sorry to ask so many questions but I need to act fairly quickly on this one and would be extremely grateful for the help and input!

    A Big Thanks To All!

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    That is surely answered by whether you have a need for an expresscard slot. I would suggest that you are asking answers the question
    Do you actually have a need for 8GB of ram? ;) I've said it before and I will say it again, the vast majority of people only want an office machine. Hence the enduring popularity of netbooks. You don't need 8GB to be watching HD films and you won't be gaming because its more logical to buy a Windows machine than the be going Mac even if you run bootcamp
    The thing with a user replaceable battery as per 99% of the market is that
    a) You buy a new battery as a spare for when current one loses charging level
    b) You preserve charge cycles by removing the battery and running off mains majority of the time
    c) You have a second battery for that long journey out and about when a ac socket is not accessible for x period of time

    P.S. Combination or all 3
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply - I guess I should be happy then at whichever model I get but if you or most had the option to say pick the old 2.4 over the new 2.53 - which would you or they most likely go for and why?

    From what I can tell so far as far as differences:

    OLD - Better Discrete Graphics, Express Card Slot, Replaceable Batteries, Upgradeable HD, Poorer Screen, RAM limited to max 4GB

    NEW - Poorer Integrated Graphics, SD Card Slot, Better Screen, Upgradeable RAM to 8GB, Fixed Internal Battery but with Longer Life, Unsure if HD is User-Upgradable

    Anything else I might have missed? I would like to choose the one that offers the most future-proofing and will operate the best when running Snow Leopard and Windows, HD Material and will cause least performance issues!


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