more durable ...macbook or pro?

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2006
    does anyone here know which is more duable, a macbook or a macbook pro

    i'm going into college next year and it's going to live in my backpack

    i can afford both (i will go for the lowest macbook pro or the middle macbook)

    has anyone here used both? or know which one would be more durable :confused:

  2. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    The MacBook is VERY a little black tank.* My brother's PB (like the MBP) seems to take its share of dents and bruises.  Not a very big sample, but these are the two machines I know well.
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    My MBP had a fight with a washing machine today, and my MBP won...

    MBP any day. Anodised aluminium is VEEERRRRYYYY strong....

    I'd go for the MBP. The performance of a low end MBP will probably be better than that of a mediocre MacBook. The specs apple show you aren't the end of it, the MBP has larger memory bandwidth, bigger buffers etc...
  4. ironic23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2006
    I have a MBP and had a PB. I'll say that the aluminum is more susceptible to dings and i think (not sure) that the MBs should be more resistent. However, if you're going to college and do need the extra power from the graphics card, go for the MBP.
  5. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    I'm going to college too - the MacBook Pro is probably about as durable as my 12" iBook - although it's more susceptible to 'dings' and things that don't really make a difference (although it's in perfect condition right now).

    I got the Pro for the graphics card and better screen - the 13" widescreen is too small to work in MS Office, in my opinion.
  6. taybone macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    I completely agree.

    I have used both the MB and MBP, and after returning the MB for cosmetic issues (plastic not glued properly, warping, uneven lcd, and the list goes on), I can tell you that the MBP is built with a much higher quality. The aluminum is beautiful and durable, and is sure to last a long time. Go for the MBP... I promise you won't be dissappointed!
  7. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    just a heads up, i had a PB before this MB and from having been in my backpack, the screen was damaged (even with having been in its own padded compartment) - the apple guy said the foam in the screen had been damaged because of the pressure from the books (but they replaced it for me). i don't think this is a MB vs PB/MBP problem, as i'm sure both screens would be susceptible, just a warning to get a good sleeve and a good backpack if your future lappy is going to be spending lots of time in it!
  8. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

    Mac Rules

    Jul 15, 2006
    Even though I don't personally own a MBP, I would presume from what I used, that they should be quite solid, they should be as well, I will be using mine the same as you!

  9. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2004
    Huber Heights, OH

    id say just get a sleeve for ur mbp and u should be fine.
  10. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I think plastic is more foregiving in terms of daily abuse than metal as far as the computer's casing is concerned. If I am going to put in PB or MBP in the bag, I would make sure the compartment I am going to put it in is securely shielded from other parts of the bag (so that the pressure from other contents in the bag does not reach the computer.
  11. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    What the heck was your MBP doing in a washing machine?! :eek: :eek:
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Drop a MacBook and it'll probably walk away with a scuff/scratch, do the same with the MacBook Pro and you'll likely be shelling out $250-500 for casing parts.

    Anodized aluminum resists scratches quite well, but it isn't very strong and it will bend, dent, ding quite easily.

    So it all depends on what you mean by durable, resisting scratches and looking new or looking scuffed/worn/old -- but taking extreme abuse.
  13. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    just purchased a MBP 3 weeks ago for college:) the larger screen and dedicated graphics are what did it for me... I'm sure both the macbook and MBP are both capable of handling the endeavors of college life
  14. steamboat26 macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    Arlington VA
    I think you quoted the wrong person, i think you meant to quote Killyp
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    Three to four years ago, this is the advice many of us used to give here at MacRumours: "The iBooks were more resilient than the PowerBooks. Throw it into a sleeve, throw that into a backpack, and away you go. Perfect for student life.

    Guess what?

    Today, I'm gonna tell you that the MacBooks are more durable than the MBPs, because the MacBooks are still made with white polycarbonate plastic, while the MBPs are still made from anodized aluminium. I'm sure aluminium is strong, but dents like a Coke can and can damage whatever is contained inside.

    I had a 12" Alu Powerbook, but it wasn't because it was more durable. The darned thing just looked better. ;)

    I have a MacBook now, and because of the new widescreen proportions, looks better than my 12" PowerBook did.
  16. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    I got a Powerbook instead of an iBook when I started uni because it looked better, and outperformed it.

    One of my best mates got an iBook at the same time.

    For durability, I'd have chosen the iBook any day. My PowerBook got scractched and dented to hell and back - several times.

    yes, the aluminuim is strong, but it's just not great at Uni, cause it takes a bashing, no matter how careful you want to be with it.
  17. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    Yeah, I got the 12" PB instead of the 12" iBook because it outperformed the iBook. That was like 3 years ago. But 2 years ago and onwards, I would have gone for the iBook because lets face it, the performance was around the same, or extremely similar.

    But if the question was which one would you get for durability, I'd have gotten the iBook every time.

    And a high-end MacBook with 2 GB of RAM, or a low end MB with 2 GB of RAM and a 7200 rpm harddrive will be almost as good as the MBP in every way except in resolution and heavy intensive gaming. On the other hand, I'd rather have a 13.3" laptop because its smaller, and I wouldn't want the MBPs resolution on a 13.3" screen, so to me the resolution isn't an issue. Also, the large majority of applications won't tax the MBP's graphics card anyway, not even apps like Photoshop or Final Cut.

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