Choosing a Laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rfgreen, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. rfgreen macrumors member

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    I have priced a black Macbook, Macbook Air, and a 15" Macbook Pro. All came out to be about the same price. I am a developer in search of a new laptop. Any reccomendations?
     
  2. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    What exactly will you be using the laptop for?
     
  3. Hoo03 macrumors regular

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    Yeah. You can tell us what you currently do and plan to use the computer for. Also will this be your main computer?

    If so, you probably want to choose either MB/MBP.
     
  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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    If you're a developer, I recommend nothing less than a MacBook Pro. It's your best bet.
     
  5. nsbio macrumors 6502a

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    MBA and a Firewire external drive (Sarcasm). MBP is the way to go if you use your computer as a main machine. MB or MBA are fine for secondaries.
     
  6. rfgreen thread starter macrumors member

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    I have an iMac as my main machine. I will use the laptop for writing code.
     
  7. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    Now-a-days, there really is no difference between the Macbook and Macbook Pro aside from bigger display and video card. Unless you do advanced 3D stuff, gaming or want a bigger screen...Macbook is perfectly fine.
     
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  9. Westsider 4 Mac macrumors regular

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    Agreed

    Do a baseline MBP and upgrade the ram yourself at far cheaper rates.:apple:
     
  10. Hoo03 macrumors regular

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    My vote is for MB.

    Since you already have a main computer, MB should be sufficient for your portable needs. Go for MBP if your requirements are a larger screen, dedicated video card, and matte screen.

    MBs are a little more portable, lighter and also very durable. Not to mention also cheaper than MBPs.
     
  11. timsutcliffe macrumors 6502

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    Air

    If you've got an iMac to do all the hard work, why not get an air?

    I expect it's more than capable of doing what you need it for, and if not, then you've got an iMac waiting to be used.
     
  12. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    I suggest a macbook unless you need extreme graphics power or a bigger screen. Having owned both, I feel that graphics performance aside, they both perform about the same. Some people on here seem to think that slapping the word "pro" onto the computer name makes it a vastly superior machine and that the macbook is obselete...
     
  13. rfgreen thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I tend to agree. I just reconfigured all 3 and the black Macbook is 500 dollars cheaper then the 15" pro. I cannot see the extra 500.00 just for a graphics card.
     

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