Macbook or 13" Macbook Pro?

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  1. modelbehaviour macrumors 6502

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    What are the main differences between these two computers, apart from the looks obviously? They're fairly similar in price and I'm unsure which to buy. I thought it'd be the graphics card but I looked and they're the same - I generally only use my laptop for the internet, doing work and watching tv but I'd like to be able to play some 3D games (like Sims 3, sad I know!). Can anyone help me out? :confused:
     
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  3. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    The main difference is that the macbook has a plastic case, a rubber-like bottom, and a better power adaptor, a bigger hard drive, and no double layer of glass on the display.

    The macbook pro has a metal enclosure, a firewire port, sd card, infrared receiver, a backlit keyboard, and smaller hard drive. The pro also has an extra layer of glass covering the screen. Some people like this. I personally don't like it, but it's not a huge problem.
     
  4. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Having used a backlit keyboard for the last sixteen months, there's no way I could ever go back to a laptop without that feature. Also, my sister has the older, white MacBook, while I have the first generation aluminium, unibody MacBook and I can tell you that the aluminium is just so much nicer. Well, for me at least. It's much more professional looking.
     
  5. macgeek18 macrumors 68000

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    If you have a choice,get the MBP,as the MBP as firewire 800,a SD card reader,and a backlit keyboard,and it's made of aluminum which is a lot nicer and more durable,I'm selling my unibody MB and using graduation money and getting the high end 13" MBP.
     
  6. halisray macrumors regular

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    the MBP only comes with 160gb HDD unless you want to get the $1599 MBP for 250gb HDD... the white unibody comes with a 250gb HDD already.. its only missing an SD and firewire slot.. i personally dont need those slots that why I bought the unibody and I love it.
     
  7. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Ah, but what about the beautiful aluminium enclosure and the backlit keyboard, then? Those things, like the FireWire port and SD-card slot, can't be added or upgraded later. The hard drive can. I'd much rather get the MacBook Pro.
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Don't forget the better display and the infrared port on the MBP.
     
  9. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

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    Good points! Unless you're really short on cash, I see no reason to go for the MacBook. But then again, if you're really short on cash, I don't see how you could go for a Mac anyway. :eek:
     
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  11. modelbehaviour thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks everyone! I already have a white macbook which is almost 2 1/2 years old, so theres no way I could go back to not having a mac anymore! Whichever one I get I'd customise it to have a 4GB ram and 250GB hard drive and with the educational discount there's just over £120 difference between the two (the MBP being £894.18). The main feature attracting me to the MBP is the backlit keyboard, but I think I prefer the look of the white one, though maybe it's because it's what I'm used to. I am however worried about the edges cracking on the MB like they have on the one I've got now!
     
  12. Skippy440 macrumors member

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    There have been several forums for the "cracking issue" you mention.
    From feedback from others, as well as my own experience, I won't worry about cracking of the plastic unless your rough or drop the laptop. The new Unibody MB seems to be less prone to cracking.
     
  13. nefan65 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, the cracking issue was with the older model MB's. I have an 07 model, and it cracked along the edge. Apple replaced it at no charge. Took about 20 minutes.

    If I had the choice now, I'd go with the MBP. I just like the looks better. I'd go with the larger drive, and put in my own RAM. Plus the backlit KB is nice. Looks wise, I just like the Aluminum. It's clean looking, and sleek [to me]. Plus it's a little more rugged.
     

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