another MB vs MBP question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by marksable, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. marksable macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2006
    so, I can't decide if I should wait for this merom chip or...just kidding

    seriously, I feel bad asking this because I guess people are getting sick of "which mac should I buy questions", especially since I just asked one a couple days ago (12" powerbook refurb vs. new macbook). But honestly, not having owned a mac before a lot of this is confusing, and everyone here has been extremely helpful.

    So - I just learned a friend of mine is an "apple affiliate" - he's got some record deal with itunes, and can get me a discount. what's strange about the way they do these discounts is that it's 10% for the macbook line (essentially the same as the education discount) - but a whopping 20% or more for the macbookpro.

    Which translates to $1500 for the baseline MBP (or $2000 for the next level up). At those prices they are so close to the MB (especially if I add ram, a hard drive and applecare as I was planning to) it would seem to make sense to get the MBP.

    I'm a writer, I travel, but my laptop won't be my main computer (although I anticipate I'll use it a lot). I need it for MS Word, Final Draft, and Photoshop, and wouldn't mind being able to do some video editing or playing civilization iv (which unfortunately is 3d).

    But what it basically comes down to for me is portability/ease of use. If the MBP is light and portable - I can take it on trips, use it at Starbucks etc - I figure I might as well go for it. If it's considerably more bulky than the MB, than the savings isn't worth it.

    So, after this long preamble, my main question is, is there a huge difference between the MB and MBP in terms of size and weight? I know the most obvious answer is "go to the store and check it out", but every time I go into an apple store it's a madhouse and it's not that easy to tell from picking it up. And surprisingly enough, they don't let you borrow one and take it on a plane (I'm curious whether the size makes the difference between being able to use the laptop on a plane or not).

    Other questions - is one monitor better than the other? Keyboard easier to use? Will Word work significantly better on the MBP or require me to up the ram on the MB?

    I'm hoping some of you that may have hands on experience with both models might be able to shed light.

    Sorry for the length of this, thanks in advance.
  2. Shotgun Pete macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2006
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    very well put :)

    the MacBook size and weight

    * Height: 2.75 cm (1.08 inches)
    * Width: 32.5 cm (12.78 inches)
    * Depth: 22.7 cm (8.92 inches)
    * Weight: 2.36 kg (5.2 pounds)

    The MBP size and weight

    * 15-inch MacBook Pro
    o Height: 2.59 cm (1.0 inch)
    o Width: 35.7 cm (14.1 inches)
    o Depth: 24.3 cm (9.6 inches)
    o Weight: 2.54 kg (5.6 pounds)

    The most hands on experience I can offer is having used them both off and on, I own the MB, and I use a friends MBP, the MB is small and light which I need. That being said the MBP for a 15.4 inch screen is really slim and looks a lot smaller than its PC counterpart so it certainly will be able to be taken on trips. Assuming the situation with laptops on planes is resolved I would imagine the MB would travel nicer becasue it is much smaller especially on a small food tray.

    I am EXTREMELY jeleous of your discount, but as a poor ramen noodle eating student I could only afford the baseline model MB, and still would get it even with the discount, (upgraded to 1gb ram). The MBP may come with a sleek alum. shell and all that jazz, but performance wise the only real difference is the video card. The MB is enough to do moderate gaming of the classics like counter-strike, but I wouldnt test it against the latest and greatest.

    Sorry I forgot about the MS Word and such, I notice no real difference in the time it takes to boot up ms word on either machine. As far as civilization goes I am not sure because I have no experience with the game.

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