Macbook white, questions.

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  1. jimmy-floyd

    jimmy-floyd Notebook Evangelist

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    I own an old white MB(late 2005). The battery crashed too times, and now i only use it as dekstop, cos it only works from ac adapter.

    Looking for new MB Apple - MacBook - The $999 notebook., several questions:

    1) How long really the battery last with wi-fi on, and brightness less than average. ? the Apple says that with wi-fi it lasts 7hours and even more, is it true?

    2) I am not a gamer(using ps3 for it) but sometimes liked to play COD4 multiplayer on pc(lowest settings). COD4 starts only with dedicated graphic card.
    I dont know a lot about new NVIDIA GeForce 320M, is it dedicated or not? and most important - would COD4 start on Macbook ?.

    3) Overall, is it worth(1000$) to buy?:) and i don't want to buy it before Apple maybe will update it this year, but as i suppose apple is not going to do it? (as i get to know only renewed macbook air was rumoured).
     
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    doh123 Without ME its just AWESO

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    Probably. on my 13" MBP (nearly the same machine) the battery is rated as "up to" 10 hours. With wifi on web surfing I've pulled over 9 before.
    COD4 doesn't require a dedicated graphics card... nothing does really. WHen you see info about not using integrated graphics, they are usualyl refering to Intel Integrated graphics, which totally sucks, not just integrated anything. Nvidia and AMD's integrated GPUs in their chipsets actually are very good performers... for being integrated, and usually at least 5 to 10X better than Intel. The 320m is integrated (and the current fastest integrated available), its part of the chipset, and an upgrade from the 9400m series that was used for awhile. Its about twice as fast as the 9400 is, and runs games at lower to midranged settings very well. (depending on the game)
    no one knows for sure when they will update anything, but it hasn't been that long since they did update everything except the Air. Is it worth it? that depends on you and your needs and desires. It is definitely worth it to some people, while others its not.
     
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    fr4c Notebook Enthusiast

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    1) Yes the battery will last roughly 7-8hours with WiFi and browsing.
    2) You'll be able to play COD4, since I was able to run the game on a 9400m. But don't expect high frame rates or settings on native res. You might be able to get decent FPS on a lower res/setting but I can't confirm that on the 320m chip since I don't own the latest gen MB and MBP.
    3) The update was quite recent so you probably won't see any updates until next year. If you need the laptop now, then buy it. If not you can always wait until the "next" update, but it'll be an never ending cycle.
     
  4. Nick

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    jimmy-floyd Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks for replies.
    What's about new Mafia 2, would it run on the lowest settings?
     
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    Nick Mr.Mischief

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    The requirements are pretty low, it should run on medium.
     
  7. Akari

    Akari Notebook Evangelist

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    I would find it extremely hard justifying spending $1000 on a laptop that is running not running an i7 quad or i5 - let alone an ancient core 2 duo!

    This laptop is in serious need for a refresh and I assume one is coming very soon for the entire MBP lineup as they're all getting very out of date.

    If you are looking for a computer right now I'd recommend looking for a more recent PC. If you can wait, I assume most of the Apple line will be refreshed by the end of the year.
     
  8. Khris

    Khris Yes I am better than you!

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    But you aren't the one spending the money, or justifying the purchase. :)

    There's no guarantee of this. If the OP needs/wants a new laptop now, then he should buy one.
     
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    why not play it on your ps3?
     
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    The Apple refresh will happen after Sandy Bridge is introduced, from what I know that will be released early next year. Their are notable improvements in the sandy bridge architecture that Apple would want to use on their next MBP, including Logic board reductions of up to 22%.
    Intel Sandy Bridge chips packing PCI Express 3.0, super-frugal battery life possible? - SlashGear

    Intel stated that they will cease production of Intel Core 2 Duo chips at the end of the year.
     
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