macbook or macbook pro

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  1. tjespo22 macrumors 6502a

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    right now i have a ibook g4 and i need to upgrade desperately. i was originally going to get the mbp since it had a video card but now since the new macbooks also do idk what one to get. my friend picked up a macbook the 2.4 ghz one (1599) and i like it a lot . i have a 12 inch ibook so im used to the smaller laptop. I went to the store today and im not sure if i want the pro it seems a bit big and bulky. i bring my laptop everywhere literally. To friends house, vacations, local starbucks.. what do you guys think i should do?
    i use my computer for a lot of photography work with lightroom and photoshop btw.
    thanks
    espo
     
  2. nebarik macrumors member

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    macbook sounds like the winner to me. if your already used to a smaller laptop and do carry it around everywhere. go macbook.

    you'll be saving a fair bit of money too.

    by the best of my knowledge, photoshop should run fine
     
  3. tjespo22 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    is there a difference between the two machines between the screen size? i know both have 2gb of ram 2.4 ghz and 250gb hard drive..
     
  4. 007bond macrumors 6502a

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    the diffrence...

    the diffrence is the graphics. the macbook has a 9400m integrated and the Macbook pro has a 9400m and a 9600gt dedicated card
     
  5. j5045096 Guest

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    if you need firewire get the pro. i had the macbook but returned it and got the pro because i have a very high end video camera (canon xl1) and i wanted to be able to actually use it. Yes i liked the smaller profile of the macbook but since making the switch i am definitely used to the size - it's not that much bigger and i'll tell you this: the speakers on the pro blow the doors off the macbook. is it worth $300 or 400 more? again, i needed firewire so i had to bite the bullet.
     
  6. tjespo22 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    im sure both will blow away my ibook g4 1.33 ghz single core processor power pc lol i guess i have to sit at the apple store and see if i want a big laptop or a small one..
     
  7. PC2MAC16 macrumors newbie

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    I've been contemplating with the same decision before finally pulled the trigger on the smaller footprint Macbook. While I like to have the ability to edit video once in a while, I've decided to go with more portability. It's only one pound difference between the two models; however, for the amount of travel I felt I should not give my shoulder the extra workout on a daily basis :)

    Should definitely try it out at the store. You might want to go to Best Buy (if you have access in your area) as you can stack one machine on top of another for comparison. At Apple store, they usually have a different counter for these two models.
     
  8. j5045096 Guest

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    Again, to each his own -- and I played around with both at the Apple store and yeah it would have been a no brainer if the MacBook had a firewire port -- even 400 would have been fine by me, but now that I did get the MBPro, it really doesn't seem that big and with a Brenthaven Eclipse II case which is a pretty small profile it seems very portable to me.
     
  9. tjespo22 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i dont use firewire since i dont use video cameras only slr photo camera's however i think i might just get the pro and if i find it too big and bulky i can always take it back within 30 days i believe and get the macbook.
    thanks guys
    espo
     
  10. j5045096 Guest

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    yes but careful because they will hit you with a 10% restocking fee. Sometimes they'll be nice and waive it (they did for me because I am in my local Apple store a lot and buy a decent amount -- and the guy who sold me the MacBook said he was almost positive there was a USB to firewire adapter you could get--yeah, there is...for Windows only right now--so I played that card too and they worked with me. But just be careful because that would otherwise be $200 wasted should you choose to return it.
     
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    Hi there I am in this situation right now want to return the MBP for the MP. BUT i dont get your rationale of almost positive there was a USB to firewire adapter you could get--yeah, there is...for Windows only right now-. It sounds good but if you are going from a MBP to a MB why would you need the USB to firewire adapter? Let me know thanks!
     
  13. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    If you need firewire and portability, why not get the new/old white mb and save $1K?
     
  14. j5045096 Guest

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    because the aluminum MacBook doesn't have a Firewire port. But nevertheless, I am still not aware of an USB to Firewire cable that works with Mac so if you need Firewire get the white MacBook or keep your MB Pro.
     
  15. Vanilla macrumors 6502a

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    Well I just bought a stock Macbook aluminum 2.4ghz and could not be happier. Its an awesome machine. Excellent build quality, quiet, fast, great keyboard, great screen, light(ish) etc. Its a brilliant package.
    The MB Pro is also superb of course, but I already have an iMac at home so for me the MB was best solution .. maybe in a years time the MBA will become the ultimate 2nd machine choice but right now the MB is the perfect solution for my needs.
    Vanilla
     
  16. marbles macrumors 68000

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    I'm ordering the NVidia whitebook , it'll do everything the base aluminum macbook will do ...just costs less :)
     
  17. kp98072 macrumors member

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    did you get one yet? if so what? im in the same situation! thanks
    KP
     

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