Macbook Pro 13 vs Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by OldSocls, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. OldSocls macrumors newbie

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    After the hardware refresh in April, is the Macbook pro 13 really worth getting? Assuming you just stick with the base model.

    The only advantage the pro has is the extra ram and a few more card slots.

    I'm going to buy one of these next week and not sure which one to get.
     
  2. OldSocls thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That thread doesn't cover the Macbook after the April update. The two are almost identical besides the amount of ram, and the pro having backlit keyboard and whatnot.
     
  3. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    Dont forget about Firewire 800 , Much stronger aluminum construction , Backlit keyboard.
     
  4. dopey220 macrumors 6502

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    It depends on the individual user, but I've had my 15" MacBook Pro (non-Unibody) for 3 years and I've never used the FW port. I rarely use the backlighting on the keyboard. And I've always felt that the 13" plastic MacBook I had before this felt more solid. But like I said, this isn't the Unibody MBP.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    thats the main difference really - the looks. depends what each individual user is after.
     
  6. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    well the unibody pro is much stronger,

    i have repaired countless macbook's (new unibody ones alot too) with several cracks in the hinges , by nic ports , arm rests , lcd housing plastics, thats the difference.....aluminum is stronger and does not crack, the downside is it dents, but still holds is construction strength with the dents where as plastic once cracked just falls apart and gets weaker.
     
  7. HLdan macrumors 603

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    And the capacity for the pro model to have more ram, up to 8GB, the whitebook can only do 4GB and the Pro's screen is better. The screen alone is usually enough for me since that's what I'll be staring at all day.
     
  8. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    difference between the macbook and macbook pro include the SD card reader, Firewire 800 port, better screen, backlit keyboard, aluminum body, 4GB ram vs 2GB, and the macbook is slightly heavier
     
  9. van2010rulz macrumors regular

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    You and I are in the same boat because i will be getting one in a couple months. Just like you i was debating on the Macbook Pro vs the Macbook. The Macbook Pro is well worth it. The extra Ram alone is the price difference between the two. Plus you can upgrade to 8 later you get a backlit keyboard, and Firewire 800 with a Sd card reader. Best bang for you buck.

    -Van2010rulz
     
  10. JAVK macrumors newbie

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    I was in the same boat. But the extra 2GB of ram, and the SD card slot were what pushed me over to the MBP.

    Plus put side-by-side, the MBP is better looking and more durable. My friends Macbook, has already got scratch marks on the plastic just from everyday use.

    One more thing, the MBP will have better resale value over the Macbook in the future.

    If you want to know anything about the MBP just give me a holla.
     
  11. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816

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    I don't think the screen is the pro is necessarily 'better.'
    I think that's a preference.
    I actually like the screen on the macbook more i think.

    I was in this boat like two weeks ago,
    and I went with the pro just because I could get a blue case for it.

    I personally really like the Macbook, I like the white plastic, I like everything about it.

    Backlit keyboard, not that important.
    Firewire, might be important to you, but I've never once used it.
    (and I've owned a Macbook Pro for 15 months, this 13" is a downgrade from a 17")
    and uh, what was the other plus.
    the aluminum?
    I don't know too much about that, I've never had a plastic one.
    But either way, I'm sure Apple would cover anything if it happens with the plastic. I realize it's more prone to cracking, but I doubt it just cracks on itself. Just be careful with it.

    Oh yeah, and the ram. 8gb or 4gb. do you plan to upgrade it?
    I like knowing I have the room to advance with my Pro, I guess. But I doubt I will, or at least any time soon. All I use my Pro to do is record music. Which is more than most people do anyway, usually they just browse the web and la la la la.

    This could come down to a cosmetic thing to tell you the truth.
    Do you like the color of the White Macbook?
    Or do you like the look of the Pro more?
     
  12. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816

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    p.s: if you do decide to to for the macbook, and would be willing to flex down to the 2.26 model (which would probably be just as good)
    you should really consider looking at craigslist.

    I've gotten people down to 600 for a brand new one on Craigslist for one of those, and that's not much different than the 2.4, aside the .16 extra MHz. (so what?)
    and that would be more than half the price of a macbook pro with sales tax.

    just bring up the whole 800 dollar microcenter deal and stuff.
     
  13. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Sorry to sound a bit mean, but this post sounds nothing more than a "feel better" post to make one feel better for what they bought by downplaying useful features on the better model. :p
     
  14. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    the ram is upgradable in the macbook white unibodys to 8gb....i have confirmed this myself.
     
  15. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    it does crack by itself....its called stress cracks, they happen from everyday use of the laptop....so unless you plan on leaving it in the box...its going to eventually crack, whether apple replaces it is up the the provider or apple store your dealing with.
     
  16. jolawson macrumors member

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    I was in your shoes, and ended up going with the 13" MBP. The aluminum case, SD card slot, and more upgradeablility was what won me over. I'm very satisfied with my choice.

    Good luck!
     
  17. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    I also think the list of improvement/extras you get with the MacBook Pro are well worth the extra change.
     
  18. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Agreed, I went with the 13" MBP mainly for FW and the SD slot and with Microcenter dropping the price to $999 I couldn't pass it up. Too bad they won't ship (in-store pickup only) or they'd be sold out by now.

    Cheers,
     
  19. HLdan macrumors 603

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    It's unsupported though. Some things are unsupported for a reason even though it's possible to overcome the restriction.
     
  20. Stokes macrumors regular

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    I'm not real tech savy, but what does 'unsupported' mean? At the least, what are the practical ramifications of 'unsupported'?
     
  21. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    MBPs are a better value, better case construction, FW, SD card slot, backlight, etc.
     
  22. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    unsupported means that apple doesnt support it - apple will only upgrade the RAM to 4GB because thats what they tested the device with, where as technically the chipset itself will support 8GB of RAM.

    there are no real side effects from what i can see - apart from costs haha.
     
  23. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    unsupported means they dont want to advertise it so they can sell more macbook pro's.

    the ram works 100% fine , i have done 4 upgrades without any issues.
     
  24. EthanXC1 macrumors member

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    Assuming you upgrade to 4GB on the MacBook, you pay an extra $100 for some nice luxury features. I thought these features were worth it, especially since the Pro is only 50 more if you include education discounts.
     

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