13" MacBook & 13" MacBook Pro - Differences?

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  1. Mac. macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking at buying a 13" MacBook to replace my 24" iMac, however I'm not sure if the extra £100 for the Pro is worth it? ...what are the benefits?

    Thanks.

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  2. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

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    I'd get the Pro any day, the Alu is so much nicer.
     
  3. DivineEvil macrumors regular

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    Pros
    SD card slot
    backlit keyboard
    Unibody Al
    FireWire

    Cons
    Smaller HDD, but the HDDs are so cheap that you can easily upgrade to 500GB.
     
  4. ricof macrumors member

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    ^^What he said. Memory is easily upgradable. If you are a student or at school you can get about £50 off the price of a MacBook Pro
     
  5. Mew2468 macrumors regular

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    Also, the 13" MacBook Pro is slightly lighter and smaller (in case portability is important).
     
  6. michaelfengdayu macrumors member

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    Go to an apple store and compare the screens, brightness and colors. That matters the most I think. If Apple uses the same screen. I would go for the macbook if I were a woman.
     
  7. MrBrekke macrumors 6502

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    MBP is the way to go. backlight keyboard is worth the 100 extra alone. :D
     
  8. keithOrbit macrumors member

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    it is worth, macbook pro than better macbook. see apple.com and check spec.
     
  9. thesmoth macrumors 6502

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    I believe the screen is a fair bit nicer on the pro, which I agree makes it worth while alone.

    Also the backlit keyboard is really nice, and the aluminum body is really stunning.

    When I think of everything they crammed into this little case it really makes me feel like I got a nice piece of engineering for my money. This is compared to picking up a cheap, ugly, plastic PC notebook that bends in my hands, is thicker, and makes me wonder why i'm paying for something that feels like a kids toy.
     
  10. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    The way the price of the entry level 13 is discounted at some of the retailers, I'd go with the 13. The white one is a good deal too, but you lose the firewire, aluminum, backlit keyboard, etc.

    Why not just go with the Pro?
     
  11. Mac. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll go with the Pro.

    I'd like the 15" screen, but the extra £400 isn't justifiable in my opinion! :(

    I'm going from 24" to 13", huge step down, I know... but I don't really have the cash to put towards a 15" when I sell my iMac. I'd only have to spend an extra £100-£200 to buy the 13"
     
  12. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    Ram...

    Although both machines come with 2GB of ram, you can upgrade the MBP to 8gb whereas the MB is limited to 4GB. I realise not everyone cares but if you use a lot of VM's and server apps 8GB is nice to have and much more usefull than say the 2.53Ghz CPU.

    Also from 24" to 13" it's gonna be tough. I went from 22 to 13" and at first I couldn't stand it. THen I learned to use spaces and move windows between them and it's much much better.
     
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  14. iMav macrumors 6502

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    I sold my alu MB (CE) and bought the 13.3" MBP specifically for the extra MAX ram. I do a ton of virtualization and was constantly ram-constrianed with only 4GB. Now with 8GB, I can do a lot more.
     
  15. thesmoth macrumors 6502

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    I went from dual 24", to 24" (both on PC), to 13" on mac and I was worried too, but overall I love it. Expose and spaces actually makes it easier to organize things on a 13" mac than in PC, even with a 24" monitor.

    The only thing that isn't great is the low resolution makes it hard to fit large images or things on the screen, and you have to scroll around to see it.
     
  16. coast1ja macrumors 6502

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    Would you mind telling us where you purchased that ram and how much it costs? I have heard that some brands don't play nice with the MBP. Thanks!
     
  17. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    Only thing I miss, when using a large screen at work, is the ability to tile windows side by side with a simple click. Very handy for data manipulation.
     
  18. Ammo macrumors regular

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    I went the white Macbook route when faced with this same issue.

    I LOVE the Macbook. Definitely worth saving the money.
     
  19. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    My wife and I just changed to MacBook Pro 13" and MacBook 13" (the new unibody one) from 15" MacBook Pros. We are using the 13's around the house and out traveling from time to time and use an imac as a desktop with larger screen. I think I like her white macbook better.:) Can't figure out why though.
     
  20. Ammo macrumors regular

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    Don't get me wrong, I love the aluminum and wanted it, but it wasn't worth the extra $$$. Especially with Microcenter offering me a $200 rebate, a Macbook for $800 is something you can't say no to, even if a refurb Pro is $1000.
     
  21. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    When you're buying computers a good deal is the most important spec to check :) These things are obsolete by the time you get them home.
     
  22. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I know that Apple says 4GB max on the White Unibody MacBook (Polycarbonate) but do do suppose that more would work?
     
  23. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it didn't work with the previous 2.0 and 2.4 Unibody MB (before June 2009). And at around 500 bucks for 2x4GB sticks it's a pretty expensive experiment.
     
  24. iMav macrumors 6502

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    Newegg. G-Skill. You can scope out the price yourself. ;)

    I've never had a problem with gskill ram in any of my Mac's.
     
  25. 1rottenapple macrumors 65816

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    yup sd card slot but the keyboard backlit is worth the extra 100 bones usd.
     

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