MacBook vs MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ehabs, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. ehabs macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    I am getting ready to go to college and have never had a mac before, but really want to get one for college. I probably have like $3000 to spend on a computer over the next four years or so. I am wondering if it would be better to get a killer MacBook Pro now or if it would be better to get a decent MacBook now and another MacBook in a couple of years? Thanks a lot!
  2. crobbins macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2006
    You'd be spending the same amount of money if you get a couple of MacBooks. Why not just get the Pro. As usual, a forum search is probably in order here as this question has been asked on average of once a day it seems. My advice though, get the Pro.
  3. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    If you can afford it, go for the pro. I don't see why it won't last you either, just take care of it and don't spill anything on it or drop it!
  4. magiic macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2008
  5. Westsider 4 Mac macrumors regular

    Westsider 4 Mac

    Apr 12, 2007
    On the West Side
    Westsider4Mac Rule#1

    Always get the most power you can afford. GO MBP young man:apple:
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  7. ehabs thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    Thanks a lot guys. I was sort of thinking that a macbook in a couple of years will be better then a macbook pro is now. I guess I was wrong.:)
  8. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    Sorry to be the dissenting opinion but my MacBook is more than enough for me and I would worry about such a valuable machine getting stolen or broken. My $0.02
  9. thechidz macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2007
    New York City
    dude... AWESOME avatar:cool:
  10. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I have both. The Pro is worth the extra money as an all around desktop replacement type laptop. I like that the speakers are better, the graphics card is powerful, hooking up to a 30 inch screen, Firewire 800 is very fast and I depend on it for making FW800 to FW800 backups. I like the LED display and the keyboard is much better than any keyboard I have ever used. And you can pick your display if you didn't want to have glossy. (I don't mind glossy though.). Keyboard lights are cool and the standard 15 inch display is the perfect size to do real work and not weight much more than the Macbook.

    The Macbook is almost as fast and more portable and I like the latch better. It feels more durable to me. It makes a better portable for my needs and I use it for Handbrake tasks when I have it at home to free up my Macbook Pro for gaming. I think it is a much better value than the iBook in it's day because it doesn't feel crippled with a slow processor, memory, or hard drive. And it is very easy to upgrade the hard drive on your own. It is the Macbook Air to me. I don't even feel it in my backpack and it doesn't take a lot of room.

    If I had to be stuck with a single laptop, I would go with the Pro because it is seems to do everything in one package as a Mac with few tradeoffs. It cost more which is the biggest tradeoff. In 3 or 4 years, the Macbook will probably still not exceed the Pro on some of those features.

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