Im confused, Macbook or Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macwhat, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. macwhat macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2007
    Please help me.
    Im about to go to college and i need a laptop. IM STUDYING PREMED AND BUSINESS
    Ill use the laptop for:
    *Word processing
    *Web Browsing
    *General Multimedia
    *i think i need 2gb ram because i will run parallels because im doin PREMED AND BUSINESS
    Thats basically it, i dont edit photos or videos, ill just use the laptop for general usage, maybe ill get into gaming because ill be in a dorm room, but for the most part ive read up on apple's notebooks and i hear they are the best, thats why i want one.
    *There is a tax free holiday for items under 1500 so the middle macbook+ipod deal falls into place perfectly, HOWEVER I WILL HAVE MY LAPTOP FOR AT LEAST 4 YEARS AND IM SCARRED THE WHITE MACBOOK WILL BECOME DISCOLORED AND NOT MAINTAIN ITS ORIGINAL BEAUTY
    *do yall feel the MACBOOK PRO is an overkill. Money is not an issue but i dont like WASTING IT. I really like the look of the pro, to me it is 10 times more beautiful than the white macbook.

  2. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Not type whole sentences in caps, learn proper grammar, and learn to use spell check. :p

    Now to be serious. You definitely don't need a Macbook Pro. You won't be doing anything that's graphically intensive. (You say you might start gaming once moving in to dorms, I can assure you this won't happen. I just finished my freshman year and never played a computer game the whole year. I did play some Xbox 360 with a bunch of kids on the floor but never a PC game.)

    The Macbook will suit you fine. Get the 2.16GHz model with the Superdrive and 2GB of ram. (It will be cheaper to add 3rd party 2GB of ram, but more complicated)

    The staining was only a problem in some of the early models of the Macbook last year, and it has been fixed. Although you should purchase AppleCare to be on the safe side, and if you ever had a problem with it, they would replace the case for you.
  3. kikobarbada macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    Low-end Macbook for sure. You don't need much power for that.
  4. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2007
    Very you care about the small size of the macbook??

    yes>>get a macbook!
    no>>get a macbook pro!
  5. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

    Sean Dempsey

    Aug 7, 2006
    First - never, EVER operate on me.

    Second - Black macbook.
  6. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Well, if you want to go with the MacBook Pro, go ahead. I agree it's much more stylish than the MacBook, and I like the bigger screen, but let's face it, the MacBook would more than adequately meet your needs. So, it's up to you, though I think you'll be happier with a MacBook Pro in the long run.
  7. -::ubermann::- macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2006
    except in gaming, performance isnt very different between MB and MBP
  8. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Ha! Too funny.... :D
  9. blahbrah macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2006
    you're premed?

    stay away from games to begin with.
  10. vicious7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2007
    Jacked into the net...
    The Pro might be overkill. I agree with those above and suggest that you consider the Macbook. I bought the Pro because my line of work requires a lot of power for image manipulation and HD video editing on the fly.

    But, if you're going to be doing remote surgery that requires pro-level imagery, then I'd go with the Macbook Pro :p
  11. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    You can never have too fast of a computer.

    I would get the Pro, if you have the money. They are fabulous machines.
  12. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    lol, were all kinda biased, aren't we? Having just bought a mbp I will obviously recommend mbp, haha. in all seriousness though, if it's gonnna be your only computer, get the pro. you'll appreciate the extra screen real estate. if not, get the macbook. The macbook is an excellent choice too but for my only computer I would not be happy due to the screen.
  13. benzslrpee macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2007

    get the Macbook cause i guarantee that you'll be studying like there is no tomorrow if you are in fact pre-med. general chemistry 1&2, organic chemistry 1&2, biochemistry 1&2, genetics, molecular cell biology, anatomy and physiology 1&2...yeah i don't really see "gaming" in your future at all. save yourself the few hundred bucks for the booze, red bulls and coffee that will surely become your main source of nutrition.
  14. CanadianGrit macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2006
    I think you should go with the Macbook Pro. I personally find that the macbook's glossy screen gives me headaches (although that could be due ot the fact I wear Glasses and that makes everything worse). Glossy screen in general are a problem for me.

    Plus the Macbook Pro will likley last longer, since it's specs are much higher than those of the Macbook. Although you will lose one hour on your battery life.
  15. boobooq88 macrumors regular

    May 12, 2007
    Well... you deinately do not need the MBP

    So I say you should get the 2.16 GHz White Macbook with the superdrive (for future proofness since ou said you want to keep it for 4 years)

    Also... definatley get 2 GB of RAM if you are going to use parallels.

    That should do you just fine for AT LEAST 4 years. :)

    I have the 2.2 GHz MBP but that's because I'm a Computer Engineering student and I do some casual gaming like Quake 4 and Counter Strike through Crossover Office. (just to show that I am not being biased)
  16. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    The glossy screen on the MB is one of the things pushing me to a MBP.
  17. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    What about this??? :D

    Anyway, my opinion is that the Macbook would satisfy your computing needs as you described them. And although no one here would recommend it, the Macbook is capable of handling games.

    However, you've also said that a) you like the looks of the MBP and b) while money is not a problem, you don't like wasting it.

    So I think you ought to go with the Pro, either a low-end Santa Rosa-based pro, or save a little money and go with a refurbished model.

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