Macbook pro vs Macbook ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Lewb, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. Lewb macrumors member

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    Hey guys thinking of getting a mac notebook but not to sure weather to go for Low end Macbook pro or High end Macbook which would you recomend?

    MacBook Pro.
    13-inch: 2.26GHz
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB Memory
    160GB hard drive1
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery2
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    £899.00

    MacBook.
    2.26GHz : 250GB
    2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB DDR3 memory
    250GB hard drive1
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    Built-in 7-hour battery2
    Polycarbonate unibody enclosure
    £799.00
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Well, how important is Firewire and the case? And, are you planning on upgrading the hard drive or will the default 160GB/250GB suffice?
     
  3. Lewb thread starter macrumors member

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    not to bothered about firewire or the case and 160GB/250GB is fine
     
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  6. Lewb thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies budget is around £900
     
  7. scottness macrumors 65816

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    I would go with the MBPro for the firewire alone.
     
  8. lilskaterpunk macrumors regular

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    Same here. MBP 13.3'' :apple:
     
  9. Corrode macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. MBP all the way.

    While you might save yourself a few bucks in the short run, I think you'll be happier with a MBP in the long run.
     
  10. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

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    Well, what are you going to be using the computer for? It entirely depends on that. If you're doing standard web surfing, email, itunes, etc, the standard MacBook is more than fine.... you could probably even save a couple hundred pounds and buy a netbook and install OS X on that.

    If you're thinking about doing any editing (film/music/photo), playing a bunch of games, and other processor intensive tasks then you definitely want to go with the Macbook Pro.

    Tell us what you're going to use the comp for and you'll get better advice.

    EDIT: didn't realize that the price difference was only 100 pounds. It's worth the extra money for the MBP if these are your only two options.
     
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  12. skubish macrumors 68030

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    The small difference in price makes the MBP a no contest decision.
     
  13. erratikmind macrumors 6502a

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    For the money, I would definitely opt for the MBP. Enjoy!
     
  14. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    :rolleyes: The MB and MBP have the exact same processor. The Pro will not handle "processor intensive tasks" any better than the MB.
     
  15. Lewb thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your input guys you think its worth spending an extra £250 to get
    2.53GHz rather than 2.26GHz,
    4GB Memory rather than 2GB Memory and
    250GB hard drive rather than 160GB hard drive

    Would prolly just be using it for the basic stuff and maybe a few games liek wow ect if it worked okay.
     
  16. MrBrekke macrumors 6502

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    not really worth it if you don't need the extra average 14% cpu power increase.
    ram can be changed cheep so if you dont need the 2.53 CPU..

    But think of the future... how long do you plan to have it?

    I would have gotten the low end model if i did not get a 17% of the hi end.

    Rather use the 250 to get a ram upgrade if you need it and save up for a SSD :)

    In the end up to you :) and good luck anyway. but also consider waiting until after the update. around january if we are lucky. if you can wait it will be worth it. if you need it now. happy shopping you will be happy with it anyway.
     
  17. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Don't bother. Upgrade the RAM to 4 GBs yourself if you find it to be necessary and the hard drive can always be changed yourself at a later date for significantly less.
     
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  20. Lewb thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the links you think if a update does come in january it would make the same model of the 13" cheaper?
     
  21. MrBrekke macrumors 6502

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    i would not guess cheaper. but hopefully a decent upgrade for the same price.
     
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    To the OP re the original question, the MBP you mention is a better computer for the money than the MB (which is still a fine computer).

    Re waiting for updates, well, the answer is if you need a computer, buy one now, and if you merely want one, wait until you see what the updates offer, (whenever that may be), and, if money is an issue in these recessionary times, buy either a refurb, or one of the soon-to-be-superseded models which invariably come at a very good discount once there has been an upgrade.

    Cheers and good luck
     

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