Macbook question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Epstein, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Epstein macrumors newbie

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    So I already own a macbook pro 15" but eed a small computer for school (g4 i have i use for music only). Is the Macbook 13" worth it? Should I wait for a Macbook Pro 13"?
     
  2. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

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    Well seeing as there is no certainty as to Apple releasing a smaller MPB, I say the Macbook is definitely worth it.
     
  3. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    A macbook would be good for school unless you are using 3D programs. It is almost just as capable as the pro version, but there is no discrete graphics controller on the macbook. If you need that, then you can use the macbook pro sometimes.
     
  4. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

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    and even if you are using "graphics" intensive programs, go to barefeats and look at the benchmars for the different programs. you'll be surprised to see what programs actually heavily use the GPU.

    case in point - video encoding (converting avi files to dvd)... seems like gpu job, right? nope, it is dependent on CPU. that really surprised me.
     
  5. tennismanclay macrumors regular

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    I would get it now, i just pulled the trigger on my new top of the line blackbook and love it, if only it had better graphics :cool:

    As long as your not doing much 3d work it will be just as good as your macbook pro, or almost as good.

    Clay
     
  6. Epstein thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no im not running graphic programs, but i am doing a lot of music recording, but I have a macbook pro already i got in dec of 2006. I just need a smaller laptop for school. The G4 I also use for recording
     
  7. tennismanclay macrumors regular

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    The macbook will be perfect in your case, Good luck!
     
  8. geoffy macrumors regular

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    Buy it now! These things are really affordable with the student discount and they now come with 1 GB of memory standard, although I upgrade to 2GB.
     
  9. Epstein thread starter macrumors newbie

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    does the 2gb ram really make a big difference?

    im running (right now) my macbook pro with 2 gigs of ram, seems fast, but I thought it would be A LOT faster!
     
  10. ElCambo macrumors regular

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    Buy it! I just got my blackbook a few weeks ago with 2gig. Its just beautiful. The 2gig is worth it, I noticed that everything is just much smoother, and it can handle so many apps at once with 2gig. Yesturday I was playing Frozen Throne (Battlenet) Burning a dvd, downloading using Transmission, Browsing the web, on MSN, sending files from my xbox to my mac with Fetch (FTP program), and also making a movie on iMovie. All these apps were running and there was no slowdown! Simply Amazing!
     
  11. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

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    you're going to spend another $1500 for a MacBook that's only a couple inches smaller than your perfectly good MBP? Someone's a prodigal
     
  12. geoffy macrumors regular

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    I don't know if it is any faster, but it will certainly give you some serious flexibility and it won't be obsolete as soon. My last laptop was a G3 Blueberry ibook with 320MB of RAM and a 300 MHz, although I wouldn't put my macbook on my lap.
     

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