Decisions, decisions...MB (Late 2009) to MBP (Early 2011)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jesterscourt, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. jesterscourt macrumors regular


    Mar 4, 2009
    So I love the deal I received over at Microcenter, over a year ago, a 13" Macbook (not Pro) for $799. Put 8 gigs of RAM in it, but other than that, stock. Now they have 13" MBP (the new ones w/ Thunderbolt) for $999. I'm trying to debate if it would be a sound decision to upgrade, or just save up a bit more and go for the 15" HRAG 2.0 GHZ MBP.

    I have my box I setup myself a few years ago, a Core2Duo Windows 7 system, a 2008/9 Mac Mini, which I use as a HTPC mainly, and the aforementioned Macbook.

    I use the Macbook on the go, mainly Scrivener/Office, browsing, iLife (mostly iMovie and iPhoto), and some basic multitrack recording.

    I use my PC for the heavy lifting (encoding video, playing videogames, etc).

    I am looking for a second opinion on "upgrading" the MB to the MBP, or wondering if I should hold off and get the 15" MBP to really supplant my desktop Windows computer. I know the Mac isn't designed for gaming, and it's not my primary focus, but how big of a difference would be the discrete graphics card between the 2.0 and the 2.2 15" MBPS?

  2. FOX160 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2011
    you probably get away with what you have now regarding your using i movie
    and i photo.

    But I have just bought the basic 13 inch MBP i 5 and use this for Office applications and also i bought this for i movie has i do Downhill mountain
    biking and have a Contour 1080 HD head cam and i do photography and just
    bought aperture 3 on the app store for £ 44.99p sterling pounds and pennies

    Now if i was to be buying the 2010 model, i would have had to buy their
    15 inch basic model. But has the sales person in the Apple store the new
    basic 13 inch model is equal of power so no need to buy anything bigger.

    I dont do gaming on the laptop so the Intel on board graphics is fine.
    Has i do this 42 inch wide screen style at home on me PS3.

    What I did buy is a Samsung syncMaster 2333 HD TV/Monitor for the above.
    So all i do is load up all my HD movies and photos onto my MBP then do all
    my editing at home upon my return.
  3. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    You might get more comments in the MacBook forum. This is the desktop Mac Pro forum.

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