MacBook vs. MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NeverhadaPC, May 27, 2010.

  1. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502

    NeverhadaPC

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    A friend of mine is wondering which Mac to get:

    He is looking at the 13" 2.4 GHz MacBook vs. 13" 2.4 GHz MBP.
    He would like to have 4 GB RAM in either case. The price difference is therefore around 60 dollars ($1040 vs. $1100).

    It will be used for general work (little bit simulation/research, browsing, writing, videos, etc)

    Any advice on which to get?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    MBP has FW800, SD slot, backlit KB etc, so I think it's worth the 60$
     
  3. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    Also has the Alum casing...:)
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I thought that was too obvious to mention ;)
     
  5. vant macrumors 65816

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    Look around threads. Many threads. Consensus is mbp.
     
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I own both a 2009 MacBook and MacBook Pro. I prefer the MBP because:

    •Alu casing instead of plastic is more robust and looks better.

    •You can buy it with better specs.

    •Backlit keyboard.

    •The right to boast you have a MBP:D

    •Firewire.

    •SD Slot.
     
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    well I will give you some food for though in how to also add up that cost.

    I bought a dell studio i7 and choose to add $25 add on for the backlit keyboard. Hell I honestly would be willing to pay $50 for a backlit keyboard. They are really nice.

    So for 60 just to get the backlit keyboard would almost be worth it. The aluminum case t and extra ports would be enough to put it over the top.

    I would recommend he put the 500gig hard drive in it. The extra space on a laptop is great.
     
  8. AndrewCjDuong macrumors member

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    MacBook only has upgradable to 4Gb. MacBook Pro can go up to 8Gb.
     
  9. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a

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  10. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    No, Apple only sells upgrades up to 4 GB. If you take the MBP RAM prices and calculate what a MB with 2 GB and one with 8 GB would cost, you can see that the 8 GB price would look quite unreasonable; that's why Apple doesn't offer it. But no doubt the 8 GB would work.
     
  11. NeverhadaPC thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! You pretty much convinced him to get a MBP... :)
     
  12. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    MacBook Pro also has an external battery indicator gauge and an infrared port that aren't available on the MacBook.
     
  13. Opstech macrumors 6502a

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    Hey OP I'll be cool with you. The Macbook is a smarter purchase. Yes the MBP has an SD reader, but you can use a USB wire to transfer your pics from a camera. Firewire: It's used by a lot of people, but are they really using it everyday? USB is a little slower, but manageable. Keyboard light????well I have no answer for that one. It's awesome. Aluminum Case- Nice looking, but don't need it. It comes down to what you're going to use it for or just having the wants. My first mac was the black Macbook and I loved it. I still use it to this day when traveling. I have the uMBP because of Final Cut's need for ram and power. I edit videos for our local Harley Club. I hope this helped?
     
  14. AndrewCjDuong macrumors member

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    I use the SD card reader almost everyday. Also the infrared is great for when your watching movies and you got the remote. I never use firewire tho...
     
  15. JCCash macrumors regular

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    Buy a refurbished 15" MBP for about the same price as a new 13".
     
  16. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    can't beat the battery life & portability :p
     

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