Macbook or Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CharlieKirk, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. CharlieKirk macrumors 6502

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    OK. I know this sounds so typical, but I need help.

    I'll use it for:
    • Some CS3 Applications (No Photoshop)
    • IM/Chat
    • MS Office
    • Emails/Surfing the interwho
    • iTunes

    At any one time I'll usually have open:

    • Mail
    • Firefox
    • TextMate
    • Dw/Ai/Fl/Fw/Id
    • Terminal
    • iTunes
    • Adium
    • Word/Excel/Powerpoint

    I'm leaning towards a baseline MBP. But I don't know. Btw, with the economy being what it is, I am in a budget-conscious mindset.

    Thanks, :apple::apple::apple:.

    PS: If you didn't know, :apple::apple::apple: is the new love and kisses.
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    If screen quality isn't a huge concern (for photo editing and such, not that you should be doing pro photo editing on a laptop) then go with the Macbook. It will be plenty fast for all the apps listed.
     
  3. svndmvn Guest

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    people actually say a base 2.0 Ghz Macbook would do, some tests kinda demonstrated the difference between 2.0 and 2.4 is minimal, something like 4 seconds on a heavy processor using app
    the thing you'd need for a lot of apps would be RAM, so just buy one with 4GB straight from Apple or check yourself if 2 is enough and update it yourself later on..as the above poster pointed out, the only problem with macbooks is the screen, but I doubt a nice calibration won't do the job
     
  4. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    a nice calibration WON'T do the job. The screen's blacks are horrible and no amount of calibration can fix that.
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Go for the MBP. While it is a more powerful machine than the MB, the real reason to choose a MBP is the excellent screen, bigger in size and considerably better in qualitythan that of the MB.

    Cheers
     
  6. CharlieKirk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok. So I think I've decided to go with the Macbook Pro. When is the best time to buy (sale-wise) and where from (preferably Apple, duh)?
     
  7. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    Now is as good as time as any to buy since Apple just updated the line. You've already answered the question of where to buy.
     
  8. AstrosFan macrumors 6502

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    There's an article about Black Friday sales so if you're not in a huge hurry, you could wait to see what comes out.

    Sounds like you've decided but for me, the other difference was portability. I have a 15" PB G4 which I love, but I felt that the MBs were significantly more portable & easier to tote around, so I went with the 2.4 MB. I know people say the screens are bad, but I have no complaints about it.

    Good luck!
     
  9. AstrosFan macrumors 6502

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    I personally would NOT buy RAM from Apple b/c it is so overpriced, and easy to install yourself.
    There are numerous threads (and I believe a sticky thread) here at MR which discuss RAM.

    Good luck!
     
  10. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

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    Does the Apple Store have Black Friday Sales on MB & MBP?

    Last year the one item I bought from the Apple Store the day after Thanksgiving wasn't on sale. (iPod Touch)
     
  11. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    Apple RAM is very well priced right now. Four gigs of DDR3 will run you about $140 online, Apple is charging $150 to install it. It's a very good deal.

    Now, in six months when DDR3 prices fall and Apple is still charging $150, it won't be a good deal. But right now, there's no reason not to buy from Apple. :)
     

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