Macbook vs Macbook pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by masterjedi73, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. masterjedi73 macrumors 6502

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    The specs are the same for the 13" MacBook and 13" MacBook Pro. What's the difference?
     
  2. redscull macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think that link leads to a valid discussion. It's considering the older MacBook, not the one you can get now that really is the same as the Pro, most things considered.

    To the thread starter: the non-pro lacks the illuminated keyboard, for one, and that's a feature I find I appreciate a lot. I also happen to like the aluminum look and feel, but some people actually prefer the white of the non-pro. The non-pro also has less connector things, but I know I've never cared about any of those. Not sure if they matter to you. And finally, the non-pro defaults to 2GB RAM instead of 4GB. I would, without question, upgrade to 4GB, making the price difference between the two only $100. Might as well get the illuminated keyboard, aluminum body, and fancy "pro" label for $100? That was my conclusion, anyway, when I bought one for my wife.
     
  3. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    I agree with redscull. Faster data transfer with firewire 800, backlit keys for easy low light use, 2x the RAM, better material and ability to use a remote. For $100 you can upgrade the RAM in a MB to get equal performance and then you are left with all those extra features for only $100 - including the resell value.

    I bought a new late 2009 MB about 3 months ago for a great price of $799. I missed the backlit keys, I spent $100 to get 4GB ram but also noticed how easily the MB gets scratched despite it living in a sleeve when not in use. Anyway, my local microcenter.com is having a sale on 2010 base MBP for only $999. So I sold my MB and picked up the MBP and can now relax. I put the extra RAM in my iMac to get 8GB. That $200 difference before adding RAM was hard to resist. If you have a microcenter.com near you the MBP is the same price as a MB so that makes the decision very easy
     
  4. masterjedi73 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahh yes. I forgot about the missing FireWire on the MacBook. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. I think I'll just keep watching the refurb store.
     
  5. 1rottenapple macrumors 65816

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    go to a store. I had a 13 mbp and the super glossy/glare screen gave me bad headaches. Very happy with my 10hr battery life macbook.
     
  6. js81 macrumors 65816

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    If firewire, backlit keys, IR sensor, aluminum case, and the "Pro" name are worth the money, then get the Pro. If not, like you've said yourself, hardware-wise the two are basically identical; the Pro just gets a few extra "bling" items. Even though I have a Pro, mine runs in clamshell 98% of the time so most of those extras are wasted.

    Shop around, though - I bought my 13" MBP for $1149 and got a $100 mail in rebate, plus free shipping from Macconection.com. Also check the refurb store... :)
     

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