13" MacBook owners did you consider the MaBook?

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  1. maflynn Moderator

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    As the title suggests, in deciding on purchasing the 13" MBP model did any of you consider purchasing the MacBook instead. Why did you opt for the MBP?

    I had a friend as which laptop is best for her, i.e., MB vs. MBP. Made me think about which laptop I'd choose.
     
  2. mulo macrumors 68020

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    really the only thing you get with a 13" pro that you don't get with a MB is a FW 800 port, SD card reader, alu design, and backlit keyboard.

    not worth the extra money imo
     
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    I read somewhere that the MBP's display has a wider gamut, making colors richer - is this true?
     
  4. mulo macrumors 68020

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    no clue.
    kids at my school have both and I can't tell the difference, although I haven't seen them side by side.
     
  5. iggypod macrumors 6502a

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    And an extra 2gb memory.

    I personally think the alum body alone is worth it.
     
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    Lame reason, but I really wasn't feeling the white exterior. If it was black, then I probably would have went with it.
     
  8. macbookpro13 macrumors member

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    When I got my MBP (2009), the unibody macbook was not out yet, only the older white macbook that looked like a rubbish computer. I would have definitely considered the unibody macbook, but I prefer the pro because of the aluminum and back lit keyboard. It would just come down to price.

    My sister has the 2009 unibody macbook and compared to my macbook pro, the colors are definitely not as rich. This was very easy to notice side by side. I have no idea if this is still true with the 2010 models.

    ^Yeah, I'd be all over a matte black macbook as well. I have no idea why apple stopped making those.
     
  9. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    I personally chose the MBP cause it didn't have the plastic case. I had a MB prior and I was sick of the cracking plastic that seems endemic with the plastic they use on the MB (Mine was a 2007, pre-unibody, but I hear even the current ones still have the problem). And there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Also I wanted three input ports (2 USB and a firewire on the MBP) and the MB only has two USB. I really wanted the light up keyboard and I much preferred the black frame around the screen (monitors/screens/tvs look a lot better with a dark/black background).

    So those are the reasons specific to why MBP over MB for me (There is a few other reasons I upgraded but when deciding MB or MBP they are moot points cause they are the same between the both). But really, there was no way I would have considered the MB for the case alone reasons.
     
  10. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    The MBP also has an infrared port (for using the Apple Remote) and a battery charge gauge on the side that aren't on the MB.
     
  11. Mars2010 macrumors member

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    Simple aesthetics for me...I preferred the aluminum case over the plastic one.
     
  12. PittsDriver macrumors 6502a

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    You just described what mad me buy the MBP instead of just the MB. The aluminum unibody design is worth it in its self. I was never really happy with the MB durability.
     
  13. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    I had a white MacBook a couple of years ago, then swapped it out for a MacBook Air, and finally swapped that one out for a 13" MacBook Pro a few months ago when I realized my old MBA couldn't run all of Adobe CS5. I did not consider going back to the MacBook at that time because the price was so comparable (I went with a refurb mid-2009 model).
     
  14. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

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    weird, my MB came with 2x USB 2.0 and 1x FW 400, it is enough for me, also it has a battery check light on the bottom (however it sees heavy use so the MBP is probably better, but I jumped at the MB Early 2009 for $800 including 4GB RAM and Applecare, which turned out to actually be a PSC)
     
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    Well, maybe I'm wrong cause I am basing this on my 2007 MB but my 2007 MB had the infrared port that worked with remote (I still have the remote even), a battery charge gauge on the battery cover (that I could see having changed when they went to unibody design).

    But, I do know they did reduce things on it (mine had a firewire port that the new MBs don't have).

    Yeah, the 2007 macbook had a firewire port. The new ones do not.
     
  16. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Yep, the unibody MacBooks do not have the firewire port, battery indicator, or infrared port. Previous models did, unibody doesn't.
     
  17. talmy macrumors 601

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    I've got the rare (?) or at least odd-one-out Aluminum MacBook, and an older white MacBook. The Aluminum design feels much sturdier, although I suppose the plastic unibody is better now. Looking at them side-by-side in the Apple store, the MBP does seem to have a bit better display, if that is a concern.
     
  18. tastychicken macrumors member

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    I didn't consider it at all. I thought the additional things you get with the MBP was worth the price difference.
     
  19. Lostanddamned macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't have a choice either, it was this or a (too big IMO) 15" MBP. I love it to bits, and when my mum came to chose her 1st MacBook, she went for a 13" MBP too, because she didn't like the white.
     
  20. TJones macrumors regular

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    I had a white Macbook from late 2007. They scratch easily and have crappy speakers. The decision to pass that one along to my kids and buy an 15 MBP i5 wasn't exactly difficult.
     
  21. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    I considered it but @1k, it wasn't much of a contest

    my bro got a white MB, I'll just pass down my ram to him when I upgrade to 8GB
     
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    One thing that the MB has over the 13"MBP for me is that it doesn't have that layer of glass on the screen so reflections are vastly reduced. Plus if you get it from Amazon it works out to be a lot cheaper than the MBP
     
  23. bhattsan macrumors member

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    Aluminum body is completely worth it IMO. This thing is solid! (I heard there were some build quality issues with the plastics of the mb as well as the discoloration, but they might have gone away with this release.)
     
  24. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    For anyone that's on the fence making a buying decision between the two and price is an issue, if you've got a Micro Center nearby, they've got the current lowend MacBook Pro (MC374LL/A) for $999.99.
     
  25. ITS ME DAVID macrumors 6502

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    I did because i liked the white more then the silver but opted out because i wanted the thinner, lighter, backlight key pad, sd card slot plus the all white look seems old to me.
     

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