MacBook or MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pavelbure, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. pavelbure macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2007
    around thanksgiving i am looking to purchase a mac book or macbookpro. this machine will mostly be used for editing pictures in iphoto, recording voice and music in garageband.

    can the macbook handle doing this ok ?
    also, do the laptops come with 1 or 2 sticks of memory ?
  2. 119576 Guest


    Aug 6, 2007
    the macbook is what you want.

    it comes with 2x512MB sticks of RAM installed.
  3. rychencop macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2007
    I would either get a MBP or wait for the new MB's. They are certainly due to be replaced very soon and it would not make much sense to buy a current MB unless you just have to have one. Question is; can you wait or not?
  4. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    IMO unless you are a "gamer", the MacBook will do your job perfectly .. :)
    To wait or not? That's the question .. ;)
  6. webteeth macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you'll be working with a lot of music and pictures, I would personally recommend the additional screen real estate the Macbook Pros offer, if you would like to see a larger version of your pictures, and have the additional speed and real estate of editing the music in garageband. I personally prefer the greater real estate, as it is easier to multi-task with the greater space, but if you do not mind a smaller screen, certainly a Macbook will do just fine. The current Macbooks are great, and will certainly be fast enough for what you need. Waiting for the next revision of the Macbook line will be a good idea if you can wait a couple of months. It's been 129 days since the last revision.
  7. tilman macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2006
    The main differences between the two lines are screen size, price, and 3D graphics performance. There is little difference in CPU, memory, and hard disk performance between the two products. Graphics performance is not critical for the kind of things you will be doing, and either product will work well for you. So your decision should be mostly driven by screen size and price.

    They all come with 2 sticks of memory. The MacBook Pro comes with 2 GB standard, so that'll be just fine. The MacBook comes with 1 GB, so to upgrade to 2 GB, you will have to buy two 1 GB sticks and toss the ones that come with it.
  8. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I'd say that you should wait until an update happens. Now, chances are, by Thanksgiving, an update will have shown itself, and you'll be fine.

    The RAM comes in two sticks; except for a few exceptions, Apple usually gives you two sticks of RAM (which means that if you want to upgrade, you have to spend more money, though it's not too much).
  9. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    why does everyone seem to expect a major laptop overhaul of some type this fall? All of the laptops were updated this summer. They're mid-cycle right now. I'd not be surprised to see updates in January, but to expect them now seems a bit out-of-touch.

    Now new Mac Pros, XServes, and Cinema Displays...that's a different matter entirely.

    and as for whether to buy a macbook or a macbook pro, I'd recommend the bottom-end macbook. Definitely best bag for the buck in the mac world right now. The MBPs are good, but unless you need the graphics (which some people, especially those who don't have another computer, would legitimately need), the MB are a much better deal and have basically anything you could need. RAM goes to 3GB, hard drive can be easily replaced with a very big, very fast one, or even a SSD if you have the cash. The C2D processor is really not the slow point of any current mac system. Lack of RAM, slow graphics processing, and slow hard drives are the main culprits. A C2D at any available speed is really very fast in comparison to what we've been used to in the past. Very fast. The difference between a 1.83 ghz and a 2.2 ghz, however, is not really very noticeable in almost all situations. A 1.83 MB with a SSD replacement drive would be faster than the fastest MBP with everything except 3d graphics.

    I do lots and lots of heavy lifting with photoshop, indesign, illustrator, lightroom, etc, and I can tell you that properly equipped (full RAM, hard drive upgraded), the 1.83 macbook is at least as fast as my dual 1.8 G5 tower was with most things, and that machine has a 10,000rpm SATA RAID 0 array and 6GB of RAM. The MB boots faster and processes things faster. The G5 reads and writes giant PSD files to disk faster, though. But then again, it had better, right?

    Unless it's going to be your main machine, and you're a heavy lifter, so to speak, I'd go with the Macbook.
  10. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    The macbook will be at the end of its cycle by November, so an update at the end of October is perfectly reasonable.

    The reason I think we'll see a small bump in mbp specs (maybe new HDs or something) is because Apple usually updates both notebook lines before Christmas. Over the past several (yes, several) years, only Christmas 2004 didn't see an update to the Powerbook line before Christmas. So, in a sense, I'm basing my guess on historical precedent and good old fashion marketing sense.

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