macbook vs macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AppleFreak89, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. AppleFreak89 macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    Tampa, fl
    I know I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but I'm not as tech-savvy as you guys are. I have been researching the differences between the 13" macbook pro and the unibody white macbook. So far the only differences I see are the hardrive (which is bigger on the macbook), and the pro has a unibody keyboard, sd card slot and firwire..

    I just want to know if I'm missing anything significant because that doesn't seem like such an upgrade..

    Thanks! :apple:
  2. mottdog macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2009
    Aluminum body verses a plastic body. It's a no brainer bro, go with the Pro.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The 13" MacBook Pro also have a glass trackpad where the whole trackpad is the button. And the fact that the enclosure is all aluminium oppose to the full plastic used on the MacBook. Basically if depends on how much value you put on the aluminium body, bigger trackpad, and backlit keyboard on the MacBook Pro.

    The HDD and RAM can both be upgraded yourself (instructions on for a much lower price.

    I would say the MacBook and the base-model 13" MacBook Pro are the comparison items. You probably do not need the faster processor upgrades.
  5. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    I concur with this, backlit keyboard and arguably a better screen :p
    but this truly depends on the amount you're willing to spend :D
    I vote MBP :D
  6. Relznuk macrumors 6502


    Sep 27, 2009
    UT, USA
  7. iamKamil macrumors member


    Feb 13, 2010
    go to the apple store and feel both...the macbook feels cheap to me as opposed to the MBP.
  8. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    MacBook pro has a better display, wider color gamut, and brighter backlight as well as what was said above. Aluminum case, backlit keyboard, FireWire, sd card slot, and weights 1/2 lb less.
    MacBook has 90 gb more.
  9. Nuck81 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2009
    Western Kentucky
    This may sound silly, but after getting used to one and then having to spend a night using my Girlfriends laptop the new #1 most important and favorite feature is the backlit keyboard. You have no idea how much that thing means until you do without it.
  10. w4rmk macrumors regular


    Feb 13, 2006
    The Pro's have much better resale value down the road.
  11. Pax macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2003
    I'd suggest you go and have a good look at both side-by-side. IMHO the difference between the models is very small. I'm not sure the extra $$$$ for the MBP is worthwhile. I don't think anyone can tell you objectively which is better value, it's a personal preference.

    I was very close to buying a MB, but I found the MBP on a special offer which made MBP = MB + UKPounds 40. That difference felt worthwhile to me, but I'm not sure that UKPounds 100 difference would have been.

    Re the MBP:-
    + it's slightly lighter
    + more bling
    + backlight keyboard
    + firewire
    +SD card
    + possibly brighter screen (not sure MB color gamut is really worse, they look like the same LCD panel)
    - sharp edges
    - more reflections from screen
    - smaller HDD
    all IMHO of course!

    I wonder if after the update (rumoured to be very soon) there will be a CPU difference, eg will the MB stay with Core2Duo or go i3 while the MBP gets i5? That would be IMHO be a more significant value difference than currently.

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