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hello,
I have a compaq Presario laptop with the following specs:
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
1280 MB RAM
80 Gig HD
15.4 inch monitor
ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000
CD/DVD burner
(in case I missed anything, more info here

It's three years old and the fan is going. So instead of buying a new fan I am considering putting that money towards a mac for the first time.
Since I'm reletivley happy with the PC performance I wanted to ask you guys what would be the equivalent for a mac? I don't want to go overkill (i.e. top of the line mac book pro).
 

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Just about any modern Mac would kick that thing's behind. Heck, Intel's GMA 950 graphics in the MacBook might be faster!

That said, you probably want a MacBook Pro for the dedicated graphics - but all you'd really need is a base model. And if you've been in college/university lately (even if you've finished) try getting one from the education online store -- you could save about $200.
 

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There's only two things that would push you to the Macbook Pro -- do you need the 15" screen? And also do you do any Gaming or high end motion graphics (Shake/Motion/After Effects). Otherwise, you should be fine with the mid-level MacBook white.
 

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Just about any modern Mac would kick that thing's behind. Heck, Intel's GMA 950 graphics in the MacBook might be faster!

That said, you probably want a MacBook Pro for the dedicated graphics - but all you'd really need is a base model. And if you've been in college/university lately (even if you've finished) try getting one from the education online store -- you could save about $200.
As he said, a MacBook would be much better. the C2D processors are much better than the P4s. And the extra L2 cache will make it much speedier. All new MacBooks come with 4MB L2 cache(Shared across the two cores). Your old processor had 1MB. If you need to do graphic intensive stuff, the pro is your only choice.

The Differences between the Macbook lines are HDD space, a slight speed boost, and a DVD burner.
 

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MacBook Pro Refurb

Seeing as you have been using a laptop with a 15" screen you may miss the screen real estate with a MacBook. The Canadian Apple Store currently has a good deal on a refurb 15" MacBook Pro, here are the details:

Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
15.4-inch widescreen display
2GB memory
120GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory
Built-in iSight Camera

Price: $1,869.00

If you are interested go to:

The Apple Store (Canada) - Refurbished Mac
 

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As he said, a MacBook would be much better. the C2D processors are much better than the P4s. And the extra L2 cache will make it much speedier. All new MacBooks come with 4MB L2 cache(Shared across the two cores). Your old processor had 1MB. If you need to do graphic intensive stuff, the pro is your only choice.

The Differences between the Macbook lines are HDD space, a slight speed boost, and a DVD burner.
Mmm. The pro is much more expensive though. I'm a bit confused. My current system handles graphic stuff just fine. I do editing of photos and videos quite a bit without issue. Am I to understand a MacBook would not do as well and that I would need a Pro? I'm afraid I'm not up for spending that much more, if the case.
 

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There's only two things that would push you to the Macbook Pro -- do you need the 15" screen? And also do you do any Gaming or high end motion graphics (Shake/Motion/After Effects). Otherwise, you should be fine with the mid-level MacBook white.
I'm seeing now the 15 inch screen is no longer available for MacBooks. Why is that? That seems remarkably short sited of apple, doesn't it? And there is no chance of me buying a Pro for the difference in price, just for a 15 inch screen. yes, I do want the 15 inch screen but if not available on a MacBook, I'd rather get a PC.
 

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The Differences between the Macbook lines are HDD space, a slight speed boost, and a DVD burner.
A DVD burner? Like the one in my black MacBook?

I'm seeing now the 15 inch screen is no longer available for MacBooks. Why is that? That seems remarkably short sited of apple, doesn't it? And there is no chance of me buying a Pro for the difference in price, just for a 15 inch screen. yes, I do want the 15 inch screen but if not available on a MacBook, I'd rather get a PC.
There never was a 15" MacBook. You'll love it at 13.3". If you're still considering a PC, why are you here... ?
 

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They were never available for the MacBooks. The 15" screen is only available on the MacBook Pro.

As for whether you'd miss it - IMHO, have a look. Was your Compaq a widescreen, or a square? Particularly if you're working in Video, with a timeline and side-by-side source/monitor windows, the MacBook screen should serve you well.

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Hell, just go for an iMac. It has bigger screen(20") Faster processor, and better graphics + it will be cheaper than a macbook. Unless you want portability, I think the macbook should do you just fine.
 

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A DVD burner? Like the one in my black MacBook?



There never was a 15" MacBook. You'll love it at 13.3". If you're still considering a PC, why are you here... ?
Why? I thought it was obvious but I'll explain. If I can get a Macbook similar to my current specs, for a similar price, then I'd probably get one. But if I have to pay a premium for similar power, there would be no point (for me).

as for no 15.4" macBook, I was so certain there use to be when I was considering it years ago. I imagined that?
 

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The smaller macbook screen still likely has a higher resolution then the laptop you have now so don't discount it off hand...plus any new mac will be significantly faster and have far better battery life then your old machine. P4's shouldn't ever have been used in laptops. You could also easily add a larger LCD monitor later on if you felt you needed it. All that said I got my MB Pro on the refurb store and love it. There's some very good deals on them at the moment as well so the price isn't that much more.
 

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Why? I thought it was obvious but I'll explain. If I can get a Macbook similar to my current specs, for a similar price, then I'd probably get one. But if I have to pay a premium for similar power, there would be no point (for me).

as for no 15.4" macBook, I was so certain there use to be when I was considering it years ago. I imagined that?
Pretty much, no matter how many years ago.

You need to consider that Macs are more powerful not just based on specs but on usability, and a few other factors. You aren't really paying a "premium" if the Mac costs slightly more, if you factor in the amount you won't be paying for virus protection or the time you won't be spending cleaning spyware off your PC and delving into registry files looking for the code that will prevent Gator or whatever popup from giving you some easy and virtually un-removable porn shortcut options.
 

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Pretty much, no matter how many years ago.

You need to consider that Macs are more powerful not just based on specs but on usability, and a few other factors. You aren't really paying a "premium" if the Mac costs slightly more, if you factor in the amount you won't be paying for virus protection or the time you won't be spending cleaning spyware off your PC and delving into registry files looking for the code that will prevent Gator or whatever popup from giving you some easy and virtually un-removable porn shortcut options.
Ah, I see now it was a 14 inch, but it seems they no longer even offer that. Just the 13 inch.
 
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