Macbook Late 2009, is it worth it buy it or is it better a MBP?

Stinkytick

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I've been checking the market for a while, and was almost sure of buying a Macbook Pro, but was quite troubled with the price. However this unibody WhiteBook gave me second thoughts of buying it. It has everything I need! (I don't need IR as I have an Iphone that can work as a remote, or either FW or SD input)
However those pictures in Engadget, well I'm not the most carefull person when it comes to laptops, but I sure don't use them like a chimp.

So I want to know if it those dents and scratches are major and common problem in all macbooks or if it was them who didn't take care of it as they should? And if it is a good option to a user that only uses it for normal activities or some photo editing (Photoshop) or gaming (games like Spore, Guild Wars, WoW).

And I need to clear my mind quickly, as a friend of mine is coming from USA next week and I want him to buy it, there as they are 270€ cheaper than in Portugal. (almost 350$)

Hope you can help me!
 

Scarlet Fever

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I'm not sure about the denting, but glossy plastic is going to scratch. The remaining glossy white parts on my 2006 MacBook are covered in thin and shallow scratches.

If it really concerns you, get the base 13" MBP. It's a thinner, lighter and more robust machine, with a better screen and more ports.
 

waynechriss

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Correct me if i'm wrong but aren't the specs on the unibody macbook just as good as the macbook pro 13 with the exception of a bigger hard drive? And yes the glossy plastic will scratch very easily and it definitely doesn't feel as durable as the pro. i'd pay more for the pro for the aluminum unibody (for me, it does make a huge difference when thinking of buying that or the other) and the glass screen.
 

navyls

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Oct 28, 2009
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I am in the same situation...i have to decide between MB and MBP...I think I'll go for the MB as it should have better wireless reception...The aluminum case reportedly acts as a faraday cage and limits the wifi on the MBP...(this is what I've read)
 

MacKiddyWiddy

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you'll be happier with the macbook i say, so long as your not an ape and look after it, you shouldnt get that much damage, nothing noticeable, the macbook also is much better to upgrade compared to the pro, as you can change hdd and ram and most other stuff
 

Stinkytick

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Oct 27, 2009
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Thanks a lot for the help.

Another question are the scratches like those on the back of an Iphone after some months of use, or are they more "ugly" and deep?

BTW is Apple's Warranty coverage International? It means, can I left the laptop in a AppleStore in Portugal if there is any problem and it is still covered, or do I need to send it back to a store in USA so that they can solve the problem?
 

Stinkytick

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Oct 27, 2009
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Thanks a lot for the help.

Another question are the scratches like those on the back of an Iphone after some months of use, or are they more "ugly" and deep?

BTW is Apple's Warranty coverage International? It means, can I left the laptop in a AppleStore in Portugal if there is any problem and it is still covered, or do I need to send it back to a store in USA so that they can solve the problem?


Sorry for the bump, but seriously need help with these...:(
 

tempusfugit

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the new macbook is basically a non-aluminum unibody 13" macbook pro.

hardware-wise, the case is the only difference.


The rounded polycarbonate unibody looks much nicer than the previous generation's body, and who doesn't love the new trackpad? Also, the screen has been upgraded, it has same processor and ram as low end 13" MBP, same graphics, really same everything.

Its a 13" macbook pro without the aluminum. A much better deal than the previous white macbook.
 

cjmillsnun

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Thanks a lot for the help.

Another question are the scratches like those on the back of an Iphone after some months of use, or are they more "ugly" and deep?

BTW is Apple's Warranty coverage International? It means, can I left the laptop in a AppleStore in Portugal if there is any problem and it is still covered, or do I need to send it back to a store in USA so that they can solve the problem?
They scratch about the same as an iPhone, and the warranty is international.
 

cjmillsnun

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the new macbook is basically a non-aluminum unibody 13" macbook pro.

hardware-wise, the case is the only difference.


The rounded polycarbonate unibody looks much nicer than the previous generation's body, and who doesn't love the new trackpad? Also, the screen has been upgraded, it has same processor and ram as low end 13" MBP, same graphics, really same everything.

Its a 13" macbook pro without the aluminum. A much better deal than the previous white macbook.
No, it's not the same, the previous whitebook was IMO a better deal. Aside from the battery life, there was more built in.
 

mnobre

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Oct 28, 2009
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Great to see another portuguese member in this forums on my first day.
Greetings mate!

As for your question international Warranty is 1 year, tho portuguese consumer law gives you 2 years warranty, tho you can buy apple care and get International Warranty for 3 years + phone assistance in case you need some extra help :).

As you have protection for iphones you can also buy for your macbook. I know these if you want the sugestion:

http://www.speckproducts.com/

Problem is...
New mac is sooo new that there are none avaliable atm :p

Still you can get it later and reduce damage on your case.

Greetings,

Mário
 

waynechriss

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Sep 7, 2009
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New macbook is much more durable than the June 2009 macbook. Just buy a skin for the top to make it nice and not scratch ($30) and you'll be fine.
 

brendu

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Backlit keyboard is my favourite feature of my MBP
as i sit here in a dark room i couldnt agree more, although to the OP i cant say its worth the extra cost... the macbook is a great computer if you dont need firewire or sd card slot... they are really the only reasons to justify actually spending the extra money... and its a lot to spend for those cheap additions.
 

Scepticalscribe

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I'd recommend the MBP (better screen) and, while the back-lighting perhaps, does not justify the extra cost, it is a feature that I especially love and find very useful (in common with some of the previous posters). Actually, I miss it, in my current work environment, which is explicitly Windows, unfortunately. And yes, Apple's warranty is international.

Cheers and good luck
 

Gish

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Nov 11, 2009
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I'd recommend the MBP (better screen) and, while the back-lighting perhaps, does not justify the extra cost, it is a feature that I especially love and find very useful (in common with some of the previous posters). Actually, I miss it, in my current work environment, which is explicitly Windows, unfortunately. And yes, Apple's warranty is international.

Cheers and good luck
Hey, I thought that the new MB and MBP both had the same screens now, in what ways are they different??
Tks
Gish
 

Primejimbo

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my in laws have the new Macbook and had it for about 2 weeks now. There are no scratches at all and I think it's a sharp Macbook, I really like it. If it fits your needs, go for it.
 
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