I am sort of torn right now. After selling my MacBook 13.3″ I’m looking to upgrade to the MacBook Pro. I’ve always had the iBook/MacBook (non-Pro) series of Apple laptops and loved them, but they get scratched easily.
I got $1300 for my MacBook and $450 for my monitor, for a total of $1750. The 15.4″ MacBook Pro 2.16Ghz Core 2 Duo model is $1799 (all prices in student pricing). It wouldn’t be very much to simply purchase that model.
The problem lies in the fact that I’ve always wanted the 17″ laptop from Apple. I can get a 17″ Core 1 Duo with 2.16Ghz for $2299, or the 2.33Ghz Core 2 duo for $2599.
So the question is it worth it to downgrade the processor and upgrade the monitor size for $500 on the Core 2 Duo, and/or is it worth it to upgrade the processor and monitor size for $800?
It seems like quite a bit extra for an extra 1.6 inches. I’m sure I will be happy with the 15.4″ model…I’ve just always had my eye on buying a 17″. This will be my primary computer.