MB or MBP

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  1. cmm macrumors 6502a

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    The difference is substantial, and I would be using it only for home use. The only thing I see is the MBP has the larger screen, which would be nice. I doubt you can view a word doc plus safari side by side. Right now my screen res is 1024x768 and I loathe it.

    Advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    would you prefer the bigger screen?
    Do you need a dedicated GPU?
    Do you need more then 2.0GHz of CPU power?
    Can you afford the difference?

    If you say yes to those, get on the Apple Store site and make a MacBook Pro yours:)
     
  3. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    MBP is still more powerful than the MB....you will love the extra push. Get yourself the MBP/external monitor and you will be good to go:eek:


    Bless
     
  4. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I dont' know, it depends how much you can fit on a 1280x800 screen...

    Do you need a dedicated GPU?

    no
    Do you need more then 2.0GHz of CPU power?

    no

    Can you afford the difference?

    yes

    So it comes down to the screen. How much can you put on the MB's screen?
    If you say yes to those, get on the Apple Store site and make a MacBook Pro yours:)[/QUOTE]
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I can view side by side docs fairly well on my 17" PB, 1440x960. The 15" MBP has the same res. I'm looking forward to the higher res screen on the 17" MBP C2D. It will improve readability, especially when viewing PDF's full screen, facing pages.

    The MBP's graphics card (x1600) VRAM isn't shared with main and is much more capable [than the MB's]. Also: FW800, ExpressCard/34 slot, dual-link DVI. It all depends on your usage.
     
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    It's needed for very large displays (like the 30" ACD).

    If you can afford the MBP, I think you will enjoy the larger screen. The extra performance will be appreciated, even if you don't need it right away.
     
  9. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Would I be able to hook up the 23" on the macbook?
     
  10. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Yepp. That's the biggest resolution it can support (1920x1200). The integrated graphics handled my 24" a lot better than I thought it would.
     
  11. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, can someone set their res to 1280x800 and see if you can have a full web page plus word side by side and a convo window from adium on it? If you can, I'll get the macbook.

    Thanks
     
  12. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    My previous machine was a PBG4 TiBook (667). The screen was 1280x854. It's not quite up to two pages, IMHO.
     
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  14. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    nope, sorry i cant, i can on my 17" external though (About viewing the web doc and adium side by side. If you can afford the MBP id say go for it.
     
  15. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You still can't view an adium window and firefox side by side? That's rather crappy...
     
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    Still expensive. I think I'll have to bite the bullet in screen res and get the refurbed mb for 899.
     
  18. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    sounds great :)

    If you want more screen estate, you can pick up a 20" or larger DVI display relatively cheap. Enjoi your macbook :D
     
  19. astarling06 macrumors regular

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    MB or MBP

    I am going to buy a MB or MBP but can't decide. This will be my first Mac notebook. I had a Power Mac G4 before someone decided they wanted it more than me (along with various other electronic equipment at my house). I see the benefits of both by looking at the specs of both but can't decide. I'm also fully moving away from MS to Mac and I can't be more excited!:D Any special things I need to know before full transition??

    Knowledge box: HP AMD64 512MB 80GB HD 250 GB External
    Portable knowledge box: Dell Inspiron 1000

    Money is not a huge concern since I budgeted into my fin. aid at KSU money for new computer...:cool:
     

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