BMB or low-end 15" MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SodiumBenzoate, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. SodiumBenzoate macrumors regular

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    Kind of a tough decision for me..

    Most of the time, I won't need the GPU power of the MBP. I'll have access to a desktop more often than not. However, it would be "nice" (not necessary) if I could play games while on trips, etc. I don't play The Sims 2 or generally any other low-requirement games, so that essentially rules out the MB for that activity.

    How do the MB and MBP compare in terms of:

    -portability (especially for owners of both - is the slight extra size/weight of the MBP ever a reason you take the MB with you instead?)
    -durability (I've heard issues of cracks with MBs and dents with MBPs?)
    -battery life
    -keyboard, screen quality
    -any general thoughts

    Thanks!
     
  2. eXan macrumors 601

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    I'd get a MBP no question. It just feels (and looks) like a far superior machine (yes, I compared them side-by-side, not in store, but at home). 15" MBPs are sweet.

    1) MB isnt significantly more portable than 15"MBP and weight varies just slightly.
    2) MBP feels like a more solid machine, also more scratch-resistant than MBs
    3) MB's should be slightly more, but notby much
    4) I prefer MB style KB, but backlighting in MBP is just a sooooo nice and useful feature, so MBP > MB. Screen in MB is poor, MBP is great. Compare them side-by-side and you'll see. Not only its significantly bigger, but much, much higher quality.

    Hope this helps :)
     
  3. kwfl macrumors 6502

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    i'd go for the MBP
    it has a dedicated graphics card which makes it good for games or an graphics stuff.
     
  4. palmerized macrumors regular

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    hands down, go for the macbook pro. the extra screen real estate, video card make a big difference. the led screen is SO nice too. imo, the form-factor of the pro is still one of the nicest laptops on the market.

    this is like "do i get a fully loaded jetta or base BMW..."

    :)
     
  5. knockknock macrumors member

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    Macbook pro without a doubt.The black mb you are paying more because is just black. If you had said the white mb then...:rolleyes:

    Go with the mbpro. It has the FW800 and EXPRESS CARD expandabilty-esata anyone:D
     
  6. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    im kind of in the same boat as you and im leaning towards the mbp if that means anything to you... i just don't like the macbook screens at all
     
  7. El Phantasmo macrumors member

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    the MB is an awesome machine.. the only difference is the GPU and screen/keyboard, if you are not going to play games and plan on using it with an external display, the performance wont be very noticeable....

    save the $500 and get an ipod touch with the money
     

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