MacBook Pro over Macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gleadr, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Gleadr macrumors member

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    I am going to be purchasing a mac very soon (been saving up for 2 years) and I am torn on whether or not to get a MacBook Pro with a 2.4 GHz processor or a MacBook with a 2.4 GHz processor. I do a lot of web design in my spare time, and I also have to do a lot of typing because of my accelerated english class. One of the main problems is the price of the MacBook Pro, and MacBook is the price. I would really like the 15.4" display over the 13.3" but i do not see the major differences other than the better screen and speakers. Quite honeslty the second graphics chip does not really matter to me, i rarely play video games (i usually play sims 2). What do you think i should get? If i got the macbook pro i would only have enough money left to buy the hurley backpack and Office 2008, but if i got the 13" MacBook i can get BOSE speakers, a griffin elevator stand, a 500 GB external hard drive, a 20" monitor, and a wireless mighty mouse and keyboard. Although i really like the MacBook Pro... Tell me what you think
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Tough choice as I see things. First let me ask you 3 more questions and after that I will be able to truly advice you (right now, as I perceive things a MacBook is fine)...

    I. Do you need or simply want 15"?

    II. Are you a sound enthusiast?

    III. Would you want a feature rich laptop or a basic with few things here and there?
     
  3. hexagon macrumors member

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    I say go with the Macbook. For web/text related stuff, I find the 13-inch screen works fine in my situation. Since you can also afford an extra monitor, it doesn't look like this will be much of an issue.
     
  4. Gleadr thread starter macrumors member

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    I. I kinda wat the 15" macbook pro it looks a lot nicer to me.

    II. Umm no not really, but I do a lot of web design.

    III. I would rather have the higher wuality display i do a lot of things with photoshop (love glossy) i don't care about firewire. I like the macbook pro speakers. The only thing that really gets to me is the price?

    Would getting the computer really be worth it i dont want it to have like a bazillion problems out of the box
     
  5. binh514 macrumors newbie

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    Macbook + monitor sounds better for your need ... and the macbook is lighter
     
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Get the MacBook.

    As you said, if you buy a MacBook you will have money ($$) left for a 20" panel and Bose speakers.

    Now, graphics wise, you never minded and the 9400M is enough for you. Screen quality is addressed with that extra 20" screen panel as well as the 15" factor you want.

    The speakers you love in the MBP are inferior to the Bose speakers you culd afford now.

    So there you have it....

    MacBook.

    Take into consideration this a endorsement based on what you described and best deal for your $$$.
     
  7. Gleadr thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok here is the thing I only have to pay half for the macbook. My parents told me that if i save half they will pay for the rest of the computer. Currently i have $1,734.27 i am aiming for $1,900 (i am buying everything else) I also have to get a desk and chair and im looking at iKea. I just dont know. I still have a couple months to go before i purchase the macbook whichever it may be. Oh and the 20" monitor am looking at is an Acer not the best resolution or contrast ratio
     
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Then it's up to you. If I were you, I'd save up a bit more and get me that 24" inch LCD from Apple. But that's me....
     
  9. shigzeo macrumors 6502a

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    my next macbook

    will be a macbook not pro. i have the 2007 mbp and it is lovely except the silly latch system which has given up the ghost.

    but i don't game, don't do video anything so the extra dosh on the gpu is wasted.

    what i will miss is the firewire. i use it all the time and have for years for sound stuff and hard disk interfaces as well as camera card captures.

    but, the price and the size and weight is so much better. i don't drive, don't have a car and likely will never. i ride a marinoni cyclocross and tour around taking photos and editing them later for small published articles for my work. the mbp is just not worthwhile at all: cannot fit anywhere except a desk and if only for firewire, it is too much to ask.

    the macbook screen however is... underwhelming. i don't want to dish out thousands to get a 24 one but... i may have to. frustrated frustrated that there are not more bto options in either laptop.
     
  10. Gleadr thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah but the thing is i think its wrong that a display should cost $899 dollars even if it is beautiful. Then again that was the next thing i would be saving up for after i got the macbook pro if i get it
     
  11. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    Then don't get the Acer! Go w/ the Dell SP2309W. Can't recommend that thing enough... just got mine a couple months ago and LOVE it. The resolution on that thing is amazing.
     
  12. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    get a prev gen. MBP, sounds like its exactly what you would need. Its still better than a uni-MB its cheaper than a new mbp so youll have much more money left to get other stuff. Oh, and the keyboard is much better on the previous gen MBP. Ive done a lot of typing on mine since i got it due to an analytical writing class and its very nice.
     
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  14. Gleadr thread starter macrumors member

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    I actually think the unibod amcbook pro looks nicer it is thinner, and the keyboard is easier to type on for me, I hate when keys are jammed so close together i usually press 2 at a time like right now i am using a mac pro and it has an older apple keyboard hooked up to it! and i keep having to go back and fix things...
     
  15. hessdesigns macrumors member

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    How about this Macbook Pro? It's NOT the unibody, but still a great computer, and a great price. Also, as far as office furniture, Ikea has some good prices, but you can't beat Craigslist for a great deal! Don't know how much is on there for your area, but I have found incredible deals on great stuff. You may just have to spend some extra time to find that "perfect" deal.

    Good luck in your search!
     
  16. Gleadr thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow i was just on macmall and i found a new unibody macbook pro 15" for $1799!!! what i might do though is get a refurb one...
     
  17. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Getting a refurbish unit is also a good idea. You can either get last gen MBP or a refurb unibody MBP.

    You have more $$ left to buy more things. Lol, I see you also thought about the Apple 24" LCD. However, seeing as you need portabilty and lightness, I can't stress enough how much better a MB would really be in the end.
     
  18. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I fully expect to get flamed for this, but I spent this last weekend turning a little lenovo s10 netbook into a hackintosh, and it is AWESOME, especially for the price.

    I call it my $400 macbook air....:D

    But to answer the question, the macbook air would be sufficient, especially if tethered to a nice monitor while at the desk.

    Accelerated English? Are they teaching you to talk really fast?
     
  19. Gleadr thread starter macrumors member

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    Accelerated English is higher than honors English, I did look at MacBook air and it doesn't do my needs to slow to small amount of ram and no optical drive
     
  20. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

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    Obviously u are torn becuz u do want the Pro and are finding reasons not to purchase it. I say get the MBP.

     
  21. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    So the Accelerated English class is on the second floor of the building?



    Okay, okay, I'm going to stop now...
     
  22. l84toff macrumors newbie

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    Maybe its accelerated ESL;), just kidding.:D

    I say go with the refurbished version of whatever you decide on. It'll save you a lot of money and you get the same 1yr of Applecare. What more could you ask for.

    I just got my refurbished Unibody Macbook 13". It's quite nice. Love everything except the wireless issues it seems to be having:mad:. Oh and the wireless range really sucks in the new Unibody MB's. AEBS in the basement doesn't even register on the 2nd floor on the Unibody. My white Macbook gets full signal.

    The Unibody MBP was only $350 CDN more that the top end 13" in the refurbished section, that's pretty close if you really want the extras in the Pro version.

    Happy shopping!
     
  23. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    Now I feel like a n00b for taking honor's college writing, assuming we're talking college level x.x
     
  24. brendanm14 macrumors newbie

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    Apple.com/store has REFURB unibody Macbook for 1,099 and 1,399 for the 2.0 and 2.4ghz models and a REFURB Macbook Pro 2.4 for 1,699. I am in the same boat as you....I like the MBP for the screen size but I like the price of the 1,399 MB. This will be replacing my family Dell desktop. I saw a prev. gen MBP 2.4ghz on the site this morning but it was quickly snapped up at 1,349....I think I might do that one if it ever pops up again because I am afraid the 13.3" screen will be too small.
     
  25. l84toff macrumors newbie

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    @brendan

    Keep checking back at the refurbished site, even throughout the day. They add and take stuff off the site a couple of times a day sometimes, from what I have noticed. But the Unibody Macbook Pro is $1699 there right now.
     

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