Macbook and Macbook pro, dangerously similar?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by swordth, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. swordth macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    Am i the only one who gets the feeling that the two laptops are now dangerously similar?

    They both look essentially the same (the pro is just larger), their screens are both LED backlit, the higher end macbook has also a backlit keyboard, and their screens look the same.

    I get the feeling that their isn't really enough of a difference between the two to justify getting the pro (at least for most people). Only real difference is the GPU.
  2. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
  3. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    Well the feed I'm reading says they are 0.95" thin. That's only 0.05" thinner which is really neglible. I'm disappointed they didn't offer an ips screen update. Sony has one available and now HP and Dell will be offering one soon. All three of them also have optional blu-ray drives in their laptops.
  4. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    I agree...I rather get the MB, since the only difference is the shared video card, but it is still 256mb!
  5. tbae12 macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2008
    i agree i hate how the macbooks and macbook pros look just like each other. the blackbook was a image statement for it's premium price and along with better performance i thought that that was similar with the pros to the macbooks. now they both look the same and there will be people out there who will confuse the two.

    it's like how people got confused with quarters and the dollar coin all those years back so the US mint stopped making the dollar quaters
  6. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    WTF? Like someone is going to die from mistaking one for the other?

    Why should you care?
  7. marvel2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2007
    It may cannibalize sales of the base 15" pro. Oh well.
  8. TheFinale macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2008
    that means the pro will have 2 graphics chips on board... can they link together to provide even better video performance ?
  9. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    I'm very happy because i like my penryn, much better than the new mbp. I thought I'd be jealous but nope.
  10. swordth thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    same here. No glare from the lecture hall lights for me
  11. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    But they also raised the price. The cheapest alu MacBook is now $1299, and the top-end model is only $400 less than the 15-incher. I don't think Apple really cares which one you buy.
  12. philamac macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    yes i think they are very similar, they really have consolidated the MB & MBP line into 1. The only questions remaining are:
    1) Do you need discrete graphics?
    2) Does the screen size matter to you?
    3) Do you need firewire?

    For most people, i think it will be hard to justify a MBP over a MB, and that's alright 'cause that's the way it's supposed to be. The real question is, does the MBP have any 'pro' features still left in it to warrant its premium?
  13. hellfire88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2008
    Yea, way too similar.

    One thing I do like though is how the difference in weight is 1lb now. The old Macbook was 5lbs and Macbook Pro was 5.4lbs

    New Macbook is 4.5lbs, and new Macbook pro is 5.5lbs (whoa, it got 0.1lb heavier than old Macbook Pro!).

    Maybe I'll switch to a new MB since its almost the same as my MBP.
  14. TheFinale macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2008
    think Apple wants the pro users to move, to protect MBP market share and leave the consumers to consider MB and MBA. So if u need FW, simple... MBP is for u .
  15. martinmartin macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    I'm surprised the laptops (especially the Pros) have only 2 USB inputs...

    And they're so close together that you will need a hub if you use anything like an SD card reader.
  16. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    Those MacBooks are definitely aimed more at the PB12" crowd. Effectively the one remaining "true" MacBook remains for the education market, and will probably disappear from consumer stores eventually.

    Saying that, Apple have effectively just cast the entire professional graphics market adrift from their portable line by not offering matte screens. Not a good move and one I believe will see more graphics shops go over to Windows.
  17. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    Very possible.
  18. markrivers macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California
    if i am to buy an MBP right now ( which isn't the case since i bought one last Feb)
    i'd be thinking twice..or 5 times..
    i would probalby end up buying the new MB..

    the reason i got the macbook pro before were:

    1. Matte Screen
    2. Old Fashioned Keyboard
    3. larger screen

    now, i can no longer justify going for the PRO..
    i'll just compromise and do my work on the Mac PRO and ACD

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