MacBook Pro or MacBook???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by GregE, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. GregE macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2007
    Hi all,

    I went Mac with a desktop awhile back and love it. We still use a PC at times but are working towards eliminating it.

    I'd like to get a laptop for my wife to use. She is a teacher and does her plans on the computer. She will probably want to use Office for Mac since she is familar with Office. She also likes to scrapbook and would like to move to doing it on a computer instead of cutting papers to put behind pictures and sticking them all down on pages. Those who do it probably understand what I am talking about. We would also use it to do some Final Cut Express.

    That being said, should I look at the MacBook Pro or the MacBook?


  2. naid macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2008
    Sounds like a MB will be sufficient for your wife's needs.
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    Is money an issue? If not, go with the 15" Macbook Pro, although, I think a Macbook would be enough for what you want to use it for.
  4. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    I would like to echo what everyone else is saying here by saying that it sounds like a MB will do the job. Just one thing though, if you ever decide to move to final cut pro, the MB won't run it. You will need the MB Pro.
  5. nope7308 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    You should also factor in size/weight/portability. Personally, I think the MBP would be overkill for your needs. With respect to final cut, the MB will do just fine if you bump up the memory a little.

    Keep in mind that there is no real performance gain between the 2.4Ghz MB and the 2.4Ghz MBP (in fact, some tests show the MB outperforming the MBP). If you want to see performance improvements, you would have to upgrade to the 2.53Ghz MBP and that is substantially more expensive (and not in line with you needs, it seems).

    Good luck with the decision!
  6. liquidh2o macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2004
    sounds like a MB would fit her needs. She won't be stressing it by using Office or any scrapbooking software. From having done scrapbooking though, I would recommend a second monitor, at least 19", it'll help out a lot.
  7. GregE thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2007
    What software do you use for your scrapbooking? A friend of my wife's is using Photoshop Elements on her PC but I'd rather go Mac. I know it's available for the Mac but thought I would ask what you use.

    I was leaning towards the MBP just because I could get a 15" display (I'd love to get the 17" display but that is way more than I want to spend) on it but maybe the external monitor would make more sense.
  8. bentmywookie macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2002
    Palo Alto
    I would also consider screen-size. I have the previous generation Macbook and performance-wise it is perfectly fine, but sometimes I do wish I had a larger screen. My sister has a 17" and while it is about 2 lbs. heavier than mine, it just looks beautiful and the screen real-estate is fantastic.

    I'm not an expert on graphics cards but it would probably be good to find out if the Macbook's graphics card would hold up reasonably well for Final Cut Pro if you ever decided to move up. I have no issue with my Macbook's integrated graphics but I don't play any games and don't do any video/graphics work (only audio stuff for me).

    The Macbooks are very capable, and definitely bump up the RAM on whatever you get. Happy Holidays!
  9. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    You are wrong. My MacBook runs FCP fine.. :confused: 2.0 with 2GB of ram...
  10. GregE thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2007
    Thanks for all of the input. I ended up going with the MBP because I could get the 15" display. I would have loved the 17" display but decided to save the money.
  11. tcphoto macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    Madison, GA
    I saw this morning that macmall has lowered their prices farther. I can't believe that they are selling the new MBP 2.4 for under $1700. It's a great time to buy.
  12. nicfargo macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Odly enough, FCP doesn't even use the graphics card in the way you are thinking. It's all done on the Processor and RAM. So an increase in RAM would help...also having your scratch disc separate from your application (separate HDD) would help. FW800 or faster is what I'd recommend personally.
  13. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I think you've made the right decision. I have a MBP and love it, and - power and performance apart, - the real joy of the MBP is the superb screen.

    Cheers and good luck
  14. linsam macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2007
    Irvine, CA
    Good choice! I just bought the new MBP because of screen size. The MB would have been perfect, but the larger screen on the MBP is easier on my tired eyes. ;)
  15. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
    You may want to see if a local university happens to have the previous generation macbook pro as they can be substantially discounted.

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