MacBook vs MacBook pro.... whats the difference???

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by msjones, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. msjones macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2007
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    I am running a MacBook3,1

    4GB DDR II
    120GB HDD
    OSX 10.5.2

    My friend has a MacBook pro with the same spec as above plus the better display and GPU.

    I wanted to see what the performance diff between mine and his was. We both encoded a video file in visual hub at max settings, both ran at the same speeds... same with other tasks like audio, idvd etc.. the only thing he beat me on was better FPS in WoW.

    So aside from the GPU and the few extra ports whats the major difference?
  2. chilipie macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2006
    The price ;)

    Higher screen resolution (plus choice of matte), multi-touch trackpad, backlit keyboard... and I suppose it may just be a "few extra ports" if you'd never use them, but for a lot of people the inclusion of FW800 and dual-link DVI are deal breakers.
  3. msjones thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2007
    Nottinghamshire, UK
    so basic cpu/memory performance wise there is no real difference? I prefer my MacBook over his MBP.... much sexier!
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    if we consider the middle end model of the MacBook Pro and the MacBook the differences are

    - MacBook Pro is 2.5GHz while MacBook is 2.4GHz
    - MacBook Pro has 250GB of HDD space while the MacBook only has 160Gb
    - MacBook Pro has a 15.4" display, dedicated graphics card, FireWire 800, ExpressCard/34 slot, backlit keyboard & multi touch trackpad while the MacBook does not.
    - MacBook Pro has 5 hrs battery life (apparently) while the MacBook has 4.5 hrs
    - MacBook Pro has dual link DVI and includes DVI to VGA adapter
    - MacBook Pro is 1" thin while MacBook is 1.08"

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    i dont think the extra features and better specs are worth the extra 1200 but its definitely a pro machine that users look for if the MacBook is not enough… and hey it sells well!

    im thinking about buying a desktop PC for gaming and then selling my MacBook Pro Core Duo and buying a MacBook as its about the price of a new MacBook right now and i get a machine with 512MB more RAM and a Penryn CPU without having to worry about the graphics card. i like the extra features of the MacBook Pro but i would really like a smaller notebook for uni... and no im not gonna buy a MacBook Air... too expensive and i want my CPU power and optical drive! :D
  5. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    I think that the people who want/need a MBP are going to know they need an MBP and a realization of their need is not going to happen through a question. So, basically, if you have to ask what is the difference, you might as well get an MB, or keep yours.

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