Either MacBook or MacBook Pro.. i can get either...which one!?!?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kevinlm14, May 25, 2006.

  1. kevinlm14 macrumors newbie

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    Ok so I am graduating high school tomorrow and as a grad gift my g parents offered to get me a laptop. So i told them a month ago I wanted the low end MBP. As of yesterday they already bought it for me and are coming in town tomorrow with it.Now I see the MB has come out and i really like it in black. So the dilemma is should I keep the MBP or exchange it for the black MB and roughly 400-500 dollar Apple store credit? I am a rather basic user who will be doing basic college student things. I dont plan on doing any big editing things. Much help will be appreciated!
     
  2. jvan macrumors member

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    if i had a choice between macbook or macbook pro.. i'd say pro
     
  3. Fisheke macrumors member

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    I'd say: it primarily depends on the portability you want.. the 15 an 17 inch MBP is really to big to fit in a backpack with your books, the MB however fits in just nicely :).
     
  4. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    Answer the following questions.

    Do you need portability?

    Do you play games?

    Do you mind heat?

    If you answer yes to games and no to portability and heat, get a MBP.

    If you answered no to games, and yes to portability and heat, get a MB.

    I have had both, and i personally prefer the black MB, but different people have different reasons. (Also, remember the 10% restocking fee).
     
  5. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    the 10% restocking fee only applies if it's been opened, which this hasn't.

    When you say the "low end" MBP - do you mean the 1.83 or the 2.0? When did they buy it? Because the 1.83 was dropped on the day the MBs were released, so if that's what they bought, definitely return it and get a 2.0 for the same price.

    I think the only real question is whether you'll want to play games on it. If yes, keep the pro. If not, the MB will be perfect for you and that extra money can be better spent elsewhere. :)
     
  6. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    go for the pro... when i went to college for my first semester i was constantly having to borrow my roomates desktop because there were certain aps and websites that i had to use for some of my business classes that only ran on XP. Now, however, you can run boot camp to load up XP. The extra GPU of the MBP will be nice incase you're tempted to do anything game wise other than solitare when booted up in XP.
     
  7. OutThere macrumors 603

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    You can run bootcamp on the non-pro Macbooks too. They're Intel as well. :rolleyes:
     
  8. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    I think he was just refering to gaming capabilities in XP between the two.
     
  9. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    MacBook Pro has:
    bigger screen
    better keyboard
    better GPU

    MacBook has:
    better portability
    More durable

    other than that, they seem to be very similar machines. If you game much, get a MBP. If you dont, get a MB. I reckon its as simple as that.
     
  10. khisayruou macrumors 6502a

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    Portability: Both are portable, both will fit in a backpack easily. The 15" MBP is a mere 1.32 inches wider, 0.68 inches more in depth, and 0.4 pounds more in weight. That is not a big difference.

    It comes down to what you will be using it for and what features you will be needing. If you need power and or play games, get the MBP.

    *EDIT: Scratch that, just get whatever makes you happy. Both are suitable for college since thats what its primary usage is for, education, am I correct?
     
  11. jvan macrumors member

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    white black or silver?

    i'd say silver is the best of the three...
    white gets dirty easily
    black costs more than it should
     
  12. macpastor macrumors regular

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    i just bought a new MB in black today and have it sitting next to my MacBook Pro so I could do some comparisons. The first thing that strikes me is the screen on the MB reproduces colors better than the MBP. In fact, next to the MacBook, the MBP looks a little dingy. Using the default wallpaper from Apple, I can tell a noticeable difference in the colors and brightness. Of course, my MacBook Pro looked awfully good until I got it next to the MacBook.

    All things being equal, I would have a hard time choosing. I like the silver for keeping it clean and looking good, but the black looks good. I mean, really good. If it keeps fairly clean, I think I found the computer I will be happy with for quite some time.
     
  13. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    why two laptops may i ask? Especially since so similar in specs...
     
  14. kevinlm14 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i guess it comes down to which computer will perform and last the best for the next four years?
     
  15. ManchesterTrix macrumors 6502

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    You can get the MBP with glossy screens now too.
     
  16. macpastor macrumors regular

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    The MBP is going back.
     

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