macbook or macbook pro 13" for school?

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  1. superatombomb macrumors member

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    I need a laptop for school (i'm in 10th grade) and i need advice whether to buy the macbook, macbook pro 2.26 or macbook pro 2.53. I want the cheapest one to suit my needs. I will mainly be doing word processing, internet browsing and watching videos, etc. I wont be doing video editing or photoshop or anything like that. Also, weight is an issue, because i will be carrying it to school everyday. Which one is best for me?

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The Macbook will suit all of your needs very well.
     
  3. blairh macrumors 68030

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    macbook will suit all your needs and is still relatively light at 5 lbs.

    2.26 mbp has a fantastic track pad and is a half pound lighter. you'll also enjoy the nicer aluminum build. whether that is worth your extra $ is up to you.

    do not get the 2.53. it's a waste of $ for your needs.
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Since you are only in high school, the white Macbook suits your needs perfectly.

    Also, I recommend getting a refurbished white Macbook 2.0GHz with the 9400M if you really want to save money, it is only $749, but lately, I haven't seen them in stock.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB881LL/A
     
  5. Mew2468 macrumors regular

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    I would recommend you get the White MacBook. If you really want to get the MBP, go for the 2.26 GHz; 2.53 GHz is overkill for what you'll be using it for.
     
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I don't want to sound like an old fart, but can you use a laptop in high school?
     
  7. miki66 macrumors 6502

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    macbook will suit all your need, but i think the 13.3in looks nicer to the eye:p
     
  8. superatombomb thread starter macrumors member

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    lol, i'm going to a new school where you MUST have a laptop for school :p

    anyways, im going with the 2.26 macbook pro. I'll be using it regularly anyway. Thanks for the feedback!
     
  9. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd watch out, If you are carrying it everyday in a school environment with other kids, it may get dented easily.
     
  10. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...save yourself some $$ and get the 2.0 refurb whitebook when they come back in stock as other posters have said...

    The other models aren't enough of a spec increase to spend the extra $$ on vis internal upgrades (see my sig)... also the less you spend on it, the less it will hurt if it has to be replaced for any reason (accidental damage, theft, stupidity, etc...).
     
  11. pranavss11 macrumors 6502

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    Don't get the White plastic Macbook, not unless you want to suffer through the cracks in the casing like I've had to..It's really crappy build quality.
     
  12. chill. macrumors 6502

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    if your school requires a laptop, then you might want to check if their network/programs are mac compatible. if they require windows, you should prepare for bootcamp or seriously consider buying a pc imo, which would be much cheaper and fit your needs better

    also.. a pc might just be flat out better for what you want

    word processing - word 2007 (windows) is miles ahead of word 2008 (mac) and every other mac word processor out there

    internet browsing/videos - flash works way better on windows, vlc is way better on windows

    blasphemy, i know :p
     
  13. superatombomb thread starter macrumors member

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    The whole school system is mac. Everybody uses mac at this school. Even the teachers. lol. anyway, i cant get a refurb because i'm not living in the US.
     
  14. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    :apple: covers repairs to the casings... if you "dent" your alum uMB/MBP, they claim accidental damage and that voids your apple care = I'd rather deal with the plastic issues as I've had my Nvidia whitebook for 4 months now and its showing NO signs of the cracking issues (and hopefully it will stay that way for a long time:))...
     
  15. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm also in 10th grade, but in the US. My school does not require that you have a laptop, but it is recommended, especially if you stay late after school as many people do. I have a 2.53 13" MBP (standard spec) and have had it for about 3 months (1 at school). This thing is AWESOME. I don't think the 2.53ghz was necessary, but I really wanted the 4gb RAM and needed the larger HDD. I have this Incase case, and so far so good on the denting. (knock on wood) The computer is much sturdier than the white Macbooks (my school has a cart of them, and honestly they feel like toys compared to my Pro, but they don't perform like toys). My favorite part of the entire computer though is probably the trackpad. I find myself getting annoyed with the white Macbook trackpads when they don't do the multi-finger gestures. (I even get frustrated with my mom's Dell trackpad because it is so small and doesn't even have two finger scrolling!)

    The white Macbook would definitely perform well enough for you and me both, but the build on the Pros feel a lot better. I would be afraid to break the whitebook. If you do get the 2.26ghz or the whitebook, try to get 4gb of RAM. With just 3 Safari tabs, iTunes, Pages, and a math program open, I use about 1.6GB of RAM (active and wired).
     
  16. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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    Whoa, where do you live? I want my kids to grow up there ;p
     
  17. pranavss11 macrumors 6502

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    Lol.. I've had my casing replaced 4 TIMES.. 4!!! and you know what's even worse about that fact? It's was sitting on my desk 24/7 connected to a monitor,keyboard and mouse AND I never dropped it!. I took it out maybe like once every few days or so (sometimes weeks).

    I am glad I finally got the new 13" MBP (It dosen't feel like cheap plastic).

    If you are okay with 1-3 days downtime everytime it cracks, then good for you; but I cannot afford that downtime since I am a Software engineering student and the laptop is my life in college.
     
  18. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    I would choose the MBA if you can afford it. It's portability is unmatched by any other machine and it seems like you don't use a lot of processing power. It's a great little machine.
     
  19. superatombomb thread starter macrumors member

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    just moved to shanghai. I'm going to the Dulwich College shanghai. I wouldnt recommend your kids move here though, because the internet is horrible. i get 2 megabits/second download speed here, plus many sites are blocked, but you can get around it with a VPN service.

    Anyway, i've ordered the 2.26 pro version and i will get it in around a week. thanks for the many replies :)
     

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