I've narrowed it down to two...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by booth22, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. booth22 macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2007
    Looking to decide between the two... Using mostly for email/web surfing, light photo editing/organizing while traveling and perhaps watching a movie or two while on the plane. Am I getting anything notable other than a larger screen on the macbook? the prices seem really good, just don't know if the extra $300 is worth it?

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    Refurbished MacBook 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - Black
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  2. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    You should be just fine with the MacBook. The MacBook Pro has a nicer graphics card, but for what you want to do, it wont necessarily be necessary (wow that's probbly bad grammar).
  3. maestrocasa macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    Somewhere on the Buffalo National River
    don't know for sure, but you'd probably get better battery life from the smaller screen. My MBP will handle a full-length movie on a full charge, but it'll be pretty low by the end. Sound like the MB has all you need. spend the 300 on RAM, a cool case, or a nice iPod Touch!
  4. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    Yes, as said above, save the extra money, or put that money towards more RAM. You can never have too much RAM. Battery will probably be fairly close, although a little better on the MacBook. Screen size will aid in better battery, however you really dont need the MacBook Pro, and would be better off with a nice Blackbook. They are quite stunning.
  5. dopey220 macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2006
    I agree. Go for the MacBook. The smaller screen will be easier to manage on the plane.
  6. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    Also, if your going to be on the plane a lot, you can use that extra $300 to buy another battery so you dont have to worry about that on the plane.
  7. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2007
    you don't do any gaming or any advanced video work right?
  8. dringkor macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
    I originally bought a MacBook, primarily for photo and movie editing, and found the display too small for comfort. And, it had the horrible color gradient issue where supposedly solid colors such as white had a tiny checkered pattern to them. Not good for photo editing! I understand that which LCD you get is luck of the draw and that some MacBooks' displays are perfectly fine in this respect, but I returned mine for a refurbed MacBook Pro 2.2GHz and find the display much, much better for my purposes.
  9. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Get the BlackBook. It's super portable and a lot easier to deal with on various modes of transportation.
  10. Snips macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2008
    Suffolk, UK
    MacBook, and add [actually, replace] the RAM to take it to 2Gb.
  11. CanadianDonkey macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    I think it's unanimous that you should go with the macbook. Before I bought, I was in the same boat as you, couldn't decide between regular or pro, and I went with the regular macbook, couldn't be happier.

    And with that money you saved, you can invest in more ram*, bigger hard drive, maybe an external monitor, or a ipod touch.

    *buying more ram might not be necessary, the refurbed macbook that I bought was supposed to come with 1GB of ram, but when I got it, I got a surprised, and received 2GB of ram. And from what I hear, I'm not the only one that's gotten lucky from apple.
  12. booth22 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2007
    Thanks everybody! Ended up grabbing a Blackbook (2.2GHZ) off the refurbished list. Should do the trick nicely- can't wait for it to get here!

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