I actually have kept an eye on the refurbed sales section at the apple store this past week. Unfortunately, the new iMacs have been out for such a short time, that it may be a while before they start offering the new 2.4 ghz core duo 2 models for sale. I have given up on the idea of a macbook pro. It is a luxury I can't afford right now and if I was wishing to spend that much money, I would get a mac pro tower. The macbook is just too underpowered (video card wise) to do the video editing I want it to do. Whatever machine I pick, it has to be able to run Adobe Premier, Encore,Aftereffects, version CS3 at a fairly decent speed.
As I said in a different post, when I first started doing research and comparisons of features between different models, I had expected a bigger difference between the performance of the new macbook pro models and the iMac models. Sure, there is the issue of portability versus being stationary, and also the dramatic difference in HD sizes, screen sizes, etc. ... but... When processing capabilities are considered, both model lines seem to have about the same capabilities (again, this is when comparing the new models). The only hard core, user configurable, and user upgradable work horse that apple offers as far as I can see, is the mac pro tower. Too bad apples' proprietary hardware and marketing strategies limits my choices... and my price point options.
Thank you for the links and the suggestions. I will definitely check into them.
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