Macbook Pro vs Macbook- what to get?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LionsKiss, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. LionsKiss macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2006
    I am thinking of switching to Apple from the PC. Macbook Pro vs Macbook [Q1]

    Web-browsing (Firefox)
    Office *Word

    I am thinking of toying with the movie editing and music editing. Probably a lot more will be with music composing.
    Will NOT
    Play games (
    Will get a PS3 because of Singstar)

    I am currently studying at Uni (LLB). I will probably not have too much time for audio composition. As I have Piano/Guitar/Cantonese lessons to take and as well fitness.

    I have a budget of 2400 USD. I was thinking of maybe going with a Macbook, and a 2 Ghz mac pro or just get Macbook and Mac Mini if Macbook/Mac Mini would suite my needs and save the money. I have a 19" screen *1280x1024. Or should I get a MacBook Pro with a nice dockingstation?

    Would a Macbook suite my needs?[Q1]

    How often does Apple have these expos? [Q2]

    Yes, I will wait till Sept 12th for the "update"

  2. MatthewCobb macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    MacBook's the one

    The title says it all - with your needs (very much like my own), you don't need the 64-bit processing of the MBP.An MB would also be better than a Mini - use it in college. Save the money you'd have spent on an MBP. Buy as much RAM as you can. That's what I've done (and IT SHOULD BE HERE BY THE END OF THE WEEK!)
  3. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    If you aren't going to play games then the Macbook should suit you well. When you say movie editing, do you mean with a pro app or with some iLife app? That could make a difference. If you are going to get a Mac Pro, then definately go with the Macbook. If you are still deciding, then I would say that it depends on what you want to edit with. If you wish to go with a pro suite of movie editing software, then the Macbook Pro might be the way to go. However, if you have patience, the MacBook can get the job done, and you will save yourself a bunch of money.:)
  4. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006

    I cant believe "You Tube" is a computing task. Wow.
  5. LionsKiss thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2006
    MacBook Pro are around 1800. I could nearly buy 2 Macbooks. Well any movie editing would be mostly a simple 3-4 min clip. I can't afford a 500 USD app for playing around. I would probably stick to more with Music Editing / Recording if anything at a basic level. Just for play.

    Well it seems I will get a Macbook 1.8Ghz with 1 gig ram. 1 Gig is enough right? [Q3]

    And with 1200 USD spare, I could always get a low level Mac Pro (if you can call them that) at later stage. Ofcourse the Mac Pro would be at 2000 USD, I would get some more cash for the Budget then.

    Thanks for the help!

    Hehe added youtube for's to do with basic music recording and uploading it. But honestly would Email/ Browsing ever really needed actually to be stated that one will do that on a PC?
  6. bill4588 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
    i would get the black MB with at least 1GB of ram...preferably more.
  7. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Well if your budget is $2400 I would go with a 2.0GHz MBP and upgrade the RAM to at least 1GB. That would run you $1889 from the Apple online store with (EDU discount). With the extra money I would get a large external hard drive, Applecare, mouse, keyboard, laptop case.

    The MBP will do everything you want to do and more. Plus I really thinking the portability is a definite requirement for college students.
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Why do you need two computers??

    I think you'd be best off with a Macbook. Load it up with RAM and then buy a larger LCD for when you are at home/office. Also get a large Firewire hard drive to keep at home/office. A "mini" and a "macbook" are really the same thing on the inside except for the LCD and battery so buying a mini gets you nothing over the Macbook. I'd just connect a larger LCD and a real keyboard and mouse.

    the macbook or mini can do movie editing in iLife's "iMovie" and that works well enough for most people but if you need a multitrack editor with video compositing then you are into FCP and a lot more money and you will want at least a 23 inch screen
  9. LionsKiss thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Ok I will get a Macbook

    Why I wanted maybe two was if Macbook was not enough then I would have a Mac Pro and not have to be bothered about a 15" laptop. But as the Macbook is good enough I will stick with it.

  10. macman2790 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2006
    good choice. If you bought a macbook pro to satisfy those needs, it would really be overdoing it, like many already have done. Theres actually colleges that make you get a macbook pro, which to me is rediculous.

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