1.83 duo w/2GBs ram vs. Macbook 2.0 due 2 w/1GB for 2D design

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I've decided to go macbook after gettign fed up with the screen quality on my IBM Thinkpad x31.

I'd like to spend no more than $1200 plus tax, and I'm a student. I do not game, but do lots of work in InDesign and Photoshop. At least initially I will be using Windows XP because I can't justify buying all my software all over again.

So here's what I'm looking at:

1) A refurbished Macbook 1.83 duo for $899 from apple with 1/2 GB ram = $1049/1199

2) A new Macbook 1.83 duo 2 with 1GB ram for $1,117.00

3) A new Macbook 2.0 due 2 for $1,199.00.

Honestly I'm leaning towards the first option. I don't need DVD burning for anything I do, so why pay for it?

When I need it, I plan on trading out the 5400 rpm hdd for a larger 7200rpm model, so again, why pay for a hdd upgrade I don't especially want.

I'd like to buy Macbook 2.0 due 2 with a 60gb hdd and combo drive for less money, but apple isn't giving us that option...

The two key questions seem to be:

1) For graphic design work, given the lack of dedicated graphics card, what will give me more speed: a 2.0 duo 2 with 1gb ram, or a 1.83 duo with 2gbs?

2) What the difference between a 2.0 duo 2 and 1.83 duo 2 ? Is there really a difference in speed I should care enough about to spend an extra $100 now?


  • Reply 1 of 4
    To tell you the truth, I wouldn't recommend any of these. CS2 is still a PPC app, and in InDesign especially you need a lot of screen.

    Will an iMac work?
  • Reply 2 of 4
    shawnjshawnj Posts: 6,656member
    I feel claustrophobic working with multiple (sluggish) documents in Word on my MacBook Pro.

    You really need an external monitor.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    maybe you're right.

    By PPC you mean PowerPC I think, and the are talking about the fact that adobe products haven't yet be rewritten to work at 100% on Intel-based Macs.

    If that's the case, then not a problem for me. As I already own the windows versions of the software I need I'm planning on buying a Macbook purely for the hardware and using Windows XP with the thought that I may make the switch to OSX later. I know this is dumb and all, but I just can't even to begin justifying the expense of new software purchases.

    Yes, more pixels would be nice, and I like your suggestion of an iMac, but I'm looking to spend less money and buy one computer, and because I need a notebook for work (part of what I do is outdoors) a macbook seems like a good compromise.

    In an ideal world I would buy the mythical 12-inch Macbook Pro, but the 15-inch just costs too much and is really too big.

    But you seem clearly to be a designer, so what's your take on the options I do have?
  • Reply 4 of 4
    and Shawn, I'm sure your right about the external monitor. That's going to happen next year when I get a real job.

    And being that MB puts out 1920 by 1200 to an external monitor, I think I'd be very happy in the future with a 20/23" cinema display.
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