With new MacBook Pros (& MacBooks) released yesterday you can save some serious cash on the previous generation models. As I’m writing this I see the following in the refurbished section of the online Apple store:
- MacBook Pro 2.2Ghz Core 2 Duo (matte or glossy display): $1,449
- MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo (matte or glossy display): $1,649
These laptops were originally selling for $1,999 and $2,499 so these are some steep savings…especially on the 2.4Ghz model.
If you’re looking at buying a MacBook you should seriously consider the 2.2Ghz MacBook Pro at this price. I say this because the Intel Penryn processor in the MacBook (& low-end MBP) only has 3MB of L2 cache whereas the previous Core 2 Duo chip (aka Merom) has 4MB. To be honest, I’m not sure if the additional 1MB of L2 cache cache will net any noticeable performance gains but the option to get a MBP for less than the black MacBook ($1,500) it’s definitely worth considering.
There are some additional benefits to Penryn: supposed better battery life (reportedly by 8 – 10%) and the SSE4 instruction set (this will make application run much faster provided they are designed to utilize it).
Personally, if I were in the market for a high-end MacBook, I would seriously consider getting the 2.2Ghz MBP. In fact, if a friend was going to spend $1,300 or $1,500 on a MacBook, I would most likely recommend getting the refurbished MBP.