I feel like I've made the wrong choice...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lu0s3r322, May 9, 2007.

  1. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 28, 2005
    I bought a MBP back in December and now I just feel like the Macbook is better. I thought I would use the MBP for games using Boot Camp or intensive final cut and photoshop stuff but I'm not. I don't see the advantage of a backlit keyboard in my situation, or a 15" screen. I really like the Macbook now, but I don't think I can switch.

    My parents wouldn't be happy because I would most likely lose money (even if it was $100) and end up with a less capable laptop. I guess I'm stuck aren't I?

    I think it's highly unlikely that I can trade for a Macbook + cash of equal value
  2. redribben macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2007
  3. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    Did you try selling it? If you do sell it, buy a Santa Rosa MacBook whenever they come out. Or if you really want to do it now, do you have a friend that has a MacBook? If so you could ask to trade with him/her.
  4. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    I can sympathize with the whole "buyer's remorse" thing; I get that anytime I spend more than about thirty bucks!

    OTOH, I wouldn't mind being "stuck" with a MBP. Not one little bit... ;)
  5. artalliance macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2005
    In the cool neighborhood of LA
    So why again do you want to trade a MBP for a MB?
  6. copperhead macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2007
    If I were you I'd sell it on ebay, and take a loss of 100 to get what you really want. But make sure you actually do want the macbook and not the macbook pro, otherwise you'd regret it again.
  7. kajitox macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2007
    I don't quite see the problem with having more than you need if you've already spent the money...the extra 1 inch isn't a big deal and it only has more power...so if you're just changing for aesthetics, I'd say suck it up. ;)

    Are there particular things about the Macbook that you like more, or do you just have capability that you don't use with a MBP?
  8. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    I went back and forth last year a lot because of defects on both macbooks and macbook pros. I honestly think that they both have their flaws and rather than losing money by selling it, try to enjoy it. If you get a macbook, you'll probably miss the thing you don't care much about now - the backlit keys and the large display, for instance.

    The macbooks have their own issues, as you can see on this board....
  9. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    I have both - a MacBook and a MacBook Pro. I got the black MacBook in November for personal use and then the MacBook Pro for business in February.

    I barely touch the MacBook. Both are Core 2 Duos. The Pro is ten times better. Unless you really want the 13" screen instead of 15", don't switch.

    The fit and finish of the MacBook is really inferior. The plastic feels cheap and mine is already developing cracks.

    Don't get me wrong. The MacBook is a great machine. If I didn't have the Pro, I'd probably use it all the time. But after owning both, the MacBook feels cheaper and poorly built. It feels more like a fisher price toy than a laptop.

    Trust me, you made the right choice.
  10. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    As a point of inquiry, how does your seldomly-used Macbook have cracks in it?

    Really, in my opinion, there's nothing "professional" about the Macbook Pro. The processor is marginally faster (see benchmarks) and the graphics chip is only average. Firewire 800 is a perk for those who can use it, but it's not a necessity.

    If you want to save some money, and aren't going to try to run a mass array o external hard drives or plan play current games on reasonably low settings, the Macbook makes a lot of sense. Given the speed of both, the price differential is, once again in my opinion, for snob appeal (not saying anyone is one!) When the new Macbooks release with GMA 965 chips in them, the difference will be even more minimal.
  11. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    My MacBook has cracks in it from general use. If you google cracked macbook, you'll see the problems that some owners have experienced. Keep in mind, I used this MacBook as a full-time laptop from November until February. However, there is no reason it should be cracked. I treated my MacBook the same way I treated my iBook and PowerBook before it - with respect. Turns out that the MacBook couldn't take general wear and tear. Compare the MacBook to the iBook before it and you'll see a big difference, especially when comparing the current MacBook and the original white iBook (G3 500).

    I agree that the price point and what you get for it doen't make the Pro that much better than the MacBook. However, keep in mind that he already owns the Pro. This is not a case of which machine should I buy? This is a case of should I downgrade?
  12. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    3 macbooks that i have had, all with Issues, went back to a PC....if it works dont get rid of it!
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    lose money to downgrade? why do it.

    well if you want to straight up swap i may be interested lol as i have a blackbook cd 1.5gigs :)
  14. winchest macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2006
    I understand your regrets. I am in a similar but opposite boat. I wish I would have spent a few extra bucks for the MBP instead of my Blackbook! Don't get me wrong, I like my computer, but there are some options I like better about the MBP, but I also recognize there are better things about my Macbook. Hang in there and enjoy the MBP.
  15. WobblyCheese macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2007
    I have a BlackBook.

    I wish I had a MBP.

    You have a new PM! ;)
  16. winchest macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2006
    Haha, interesting conclusion...
  17. macjay macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2003
    Amen to that. Also, the fit & finish and attention to detail of the iBook G3 500 was as good as today's Macbook Pro.
  18. c.joe.go macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2007
    the nexus of the universe
    stick with the mbp. it will last you longer and retain its physical beauty longer than the mb. there is no rational reason to downgrade technology, especially when you are losing money.

    but if you really have a problem with the mbp, i can send you my mailing address and i will trade my old ibook for it, straight up. ;)
  19. View macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2007
    Trust me, you have made the right choice! Not to mention a better GPU and such.
  20. Mpulsive81 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2006
    McKinney, TX
    I thought you're in the middle of getting a MBP, what happened with that??
  21. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Don't do it. You'll probably end up feeling remorseful again.
  22. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    It is the dumbest thing you can do. You will lose money to get something that performs slower, made of inferior material, scratches, the list goes on, this is not to say the macbook is a bad product but that it is not worth the money of a MBP
  23. Vinnie_vw macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2005
    the Netherlands
    Notice the OP didn't post a single reason except "I just feel like the Macbook is better"? :rolleyes:
  24. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Keep the MBP. I would love to get one. I love the power, screen and video card. Unfortunately for me, the same thing that kept me from a PB will keep me from a MBP- they just aren't as physically sturdy for how I use a laptop (LOTS of time on the road and lots of abuse). I wish Apple would make a polycarbonate version of the MBP. I'd be all over it.

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