Macbook or Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macgeek77, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. macgeek77 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2006
    I know I have posted a thread or two concerning choosing an apple notebook, but I have become more specific what what I think I will need:

    1) Engineering- Computer and Electricial
    2) Final Cut Express HD (maybe from time to time)
    3) Be able to run Windows
    4) On Windows, be able to play games one would find on PS2 and XBox 360.
    5) Store massive amounts of media

    My choices are:

    1) Black Macbook
    2) Macbook Pro 15" baseline
    3) Macbook Pro 15" best

    Thanks for any help.:apple:
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
  3. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    The reason for the MB is that it's cheaper and smaller. Since you have not listed either as a requirement, the MBP it is.
  4. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    What's your budget? If money isn't a problem, then i would just get the top end 15 inch mbp. If you can afford it, why not? However a baseline mbp would do just fine too.
  5. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2007
    the entry level 15" it blows the top mb out of the water, plus you get 1 gb memory and a better graphiics card.
  6. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    If money is a concern, then base mbp. If it isn't, then the top 15" mbp. Forget the macbook. It's not the value that it used to be since mbps have LED screens, a newer chipset, better graphics card, twice the RAM(included and maximum supported), and the numerous other small features like a back-lit keyboard.
  7. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    The MacBook Pro baseline was my pick. And it should be yours, as well.

    Unless money isn't an issue, then go wild and get the top-end MacBook Pro. For me, it's not worth the $500 just for 128 more MB of RAM on the video card. It's not all THAT much of a performance boost.
  8. mikehokie macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2007
    Fairfax, Virginia
    Low end 15" MBP then get 2X2 GB RAM from OWC for $200 and your engineering programs should work great plus the games will run smooth with Windows.
  9. pdra05 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    Melbourne City, VIC, Australia
    Definitely go for the base model MBP. Otherwise if you can afford to spend another few hundred bucks go for the high-end 15-inch MBP.
  10. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816


    Sep 8, 2005
    London , UK
    MBP is a lot better in terms of spec compared to the MB and you get the larger screen as well.

    Ether one of the MBPs

    the base model would be fine but if your rich no reason not to go for the top end.
  11. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007

    1) No idea on this one – if you’re using specialist apps during your studies, which are GPU-intensive, go for the MBP.
    2) This runs well on either machine; until the recent update to the MBPs, the performance when editing using FC on MBs and MBPs was basically the same.
    3) Either machine.
    4) Although it kind of depends what type of games, but it’s easier to say just go with a MBP. If it’s specifically console games you’re interested in, I would look into getting a console
    5) You should be thinking about getting an external drive for back-ups; but if you were just concerned about internal storage, the MB has it over the MBP as it’s a doddle to install new drives yourself.

    Presumably, you want the Black MB because you don’t like the white enclosure, but I’ll mention that the white models represent more value for money (if not coolness) anyway.

    If you have no interest in using an external monitor, I would be inclined going with a MBP.

    In terms of CPU power, although the MBPs do beat MBs, the latter are decent machines and it’s nothing like the difference in apps that are GPU intensive (e.g. see

    In your situation, unless I was flushed with cash, I would get the lower MBP.

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