Need help on deciding,MB or MBP.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Flyers1718, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. Flyers1718 macrumors member

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    Well I am going to be buying a new computer this summer probably near the end. I am still undecided. I am not sure if I want a desktop or laptop. I defintley need to get a monitor 24 dell or the 37 inch westinghouse because I use my computer for tv. Would the MB or MBP be able to power the 37 inch 1080p westinghouse? I am going to be using this for browsing,im,some ps and maybe video a little. Mainly I need to be able to multitask a lot with zero lag. Like Firefox,slingbox and an im client with zero delay because my 256 ram now isnt cutting it. BTW whens the new os update come out.

    Thanks in advaned,Dan.
     
  2. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

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    The MBP can, and I'm pretty sure the MB will be able to. My MB is a little choppy when moving windows around a 20" display at 1600x1050, though.
     
  3. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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  4. matthewinnj macrumors newbie

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    I'm quite certain

    there are people on here who can give a far more insightful reply, but if I was faced with your quandry, I'd try to go to the nearest Apple Store, try the MB and MBP, along with different iMacs and desktops. While there, you can pose questions to one of the Apple Geniuses who can demonstrate the differences between machines. Of course, there are rumors regarding new iMacs after the WWDC this month, so may want to wait until that happens.

    I just received a MacBook Pro from Amazon.com yesterday, and couldn't be happier with my purchase, but I may not have the same needs and requirements as you.

    Whatever you ultimately decide, don't forget to compare prices between online vendors such as Amazon and MacMall, and any educational discount (or other) you might get from Apple.

    Good luck in deciding, Dan!
     
  5. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks I am trying to see if the price between the MBP and MB is worth it for me. I mean being able to upgrade to 4 gigs ram in the future is really nice on the MBP. I think theres only one apple store near me here in NJ I don't think there are many. Maybe ill try to go check them out. Did you get the new MBP btw?
     
  6. Applenewb macrumors member

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    I'm not even going to read your post and just say Macbook Pro
     
  7. matthewinnj macrumors newbie

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    Apple Stores in NJ

    Yes, I did get the brand new MBP. It's simply fantastic. There are several Apple Stores in NJ. The closest one to me is in Bridgewater Mall.

    Go here: http://www.apple.com/buy/
    and in the middle of the screen, you'll see a pulldown menu where you can find Apple Stores, just scroll down until you hit NJ. Chances are you aren't too far from one of them.
     
  8. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I went to one before that was around 20 minutes away. How many programs can you run on yours before you get the wheel of death?
     
  9. mikelong622 macrumors 6502

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    Mac.
    Book.
    Pro.

    I have a 15 incher and sometimes I'll go over to my friends house and use his Macbook and although it's novel to have it colored and small and pretty...the Macbook Pro just packs so much more. Plus the 2 inches of screen do a LOT of difference...then again you are planning to use an external monitor.

    Still. Go Pro!
     
  10. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah Im gonna get the 15 inch and probably use it about 60 to 40 for regular:external. I also heard keeping it plugged in too long can ruin the battery is this true?
     
  11. matthewinnj macrumors newbie

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    Have yet to experience it while running several programs at once (Photoshop Elements with several large TIFF images open, Canon Digital SLR software, a great chat program called Adium, and numerous Firefox tabs). Took me a little while to retrain myself to close applications if I want to shut them off, not just close the window.

    Despite having many things running, the MBP has not gotten super hot, and I barely hear the fans. I doubt I'll be bogging it down anytime soon.

    If I truly needed bleeding edge, no compromise performance above all other considerations, I'd probably get the 8 core Mac Pro and load it up with RAM and fast hard drives...or come as close as I can to doing so within my budget.
     
  12. Flyers1718 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright seems like the MBP is perfect for me then. Thanks for the help guys. DO you think I should wait till leopard or no?
     
  13. Atomic-Ed macrumors regular

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    I think the MBP is a great choice and from your post you said you were probably buying late summer. If that was your plan then you are most likely better to wait and see what else you might get for your money. I always say only buy a machine when your ready to use it. That way you will get the most for your money in most cases.
     
  14. matthewinnj macrumors newbie

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    Agreed

    While it's not likely there will be any significant changes made to the MBP by late summer, you still may get more for your money, i.e. larger hard drive, perhaps new iLife or other software.

    If you can wait, and don't need it now, no reason to rush. I'm glad I waited until after the June 5th update, but wouldn't have wanted to wait much longer because my 4+ year old Dell Inspiron was not exactly inspiring confidence.

    On the other hand, if you need it now, or will need to be rather versed in it's use come fall, you may want to get it now.

    Either way, you really can't go wrong, it's a great machine.
     
  15. Atomic-Ed macrumors regular

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    LOL!! That was funny about the inspiron.

    Your right aboutnot to expect too much from waiting, except he mentioned his planned target to buy was late summer and I was thinking maybe updated software or leopard coupon might be possible. I now have so much anticipation for receiving my first mac machine this coming wednesday that I can't sleep now. Thanks alot apple:)
     

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