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Macbook Pro 13 inch. To buy or to not?

by ozymanndias / May 16, 2010 1:59 AM PDT

Hello people,

I'm looking to buy a good performing 13 inch lappy. My first choice was Macbook Pro. Disappointingly spring update for 13inch is only little tweaks here and there. So, now I'm wondering if I should go for it or not. My main concern is that it still uses core 2 duo processor(apparently, they had some copyright problems to include core i3). Is it a good idea to still buy it or would it be wiser to look for other 13inchers, like HP envy or dell xps or sony viao which use core i3? How better is the performance of i3 over core 2 duo(significant or little or huge)?

Suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I just don't want to repent after a couple of months. I'm on the brink, unable to decide.

Thanks in advance

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i3 versus C2D
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2010 2:12 AM PDT

i3 wins. I won't duplicate web content or mention HyperThreading but will note that if you find sellers with C2D machines to move out, they often claim the i3 is inferior.

The 13 MacBook (not pro) is a leader item for those that want Apple but can't get into the pro line.

If you can move out of Windows, why not?
Bob

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re:i3 versus C2D
by ozymanndias / May 16, 2010 2:31 AM PDT
In reply to: i3 versus C2D

Thanks for the quick reply. I've been wanting to move to Mac for a long time now. I've been using XP till now. But now, looking at the MB Pro situation, I was wondering if its a good idea to for a lappy with i3 processor and win 7. I made a mistake before by going for amd turion processor and it haunted me for 4 years now.

I've reading the tech spec.s and looks like there is significant difference in performance. But I don't understand why there are very few options for i3 laptops(compared to i5 and i7). Do you have any suggestion on HP envy series?

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I know that one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2010 3:50 AM PDT
In reply to: re:i3 versus C2D

I tried that AMD on a dv6000 and along with thousands of others learned that lesson. The next machine was a similar speed (and price) C2D and the performance difference is nothing of stunning. My wife picked up an i7 17 inch dv7 HP and IF YOU REMEMBER that that is no laptop it's really a great ride.

The Envy is nice but I couldn't bring myself to drop that much on a machine that sits on the table. If I was mobile I'd pop for the better case so it would hold up to the traveling.
Bob

PS. As to laptop pickers, those are at the top of this forum.

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Wait until new HP envy
by rochamat / May 17, 2010 1:15 AM PDT
In reply to: re:i3 versus C2D
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