New Mac Books vs. Expected MBP's

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sammyman, May 15, 2007.

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    Ok. We can assume you will be paying $1000 more for the MB Pro, so what do you think the new models will have that the current refresh of Mac Books doesn't have. Will it be worth the price difference? GO!

    By the way I am using logic pro and photoshop. I record music for fun, and my wife does wedding photography on the side.
  2. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    More like $700 more.

    The difference will be even more pronounced if they give the MBP a real upgrade, and not a Macbook-style non-upgrade.

    I'd expect an 800MHz FSB, possibly the ability to use 4GB of RAM, hopefully a decent mid-range GPU, and also they'll continue to have better keyboards. Possibly integrated flash memory, if Apple decides they're going to use that in 10.5.

    My big issue is still the need for user replaceable hard drive. I'm really hoping for that, as none of Apple's current notebooks fit my needs :(
  3. Rocketman macrumors 603


    The rumoired MBP should have LCD lit screens which is a pretty major battery saver. They will likely ship with Santa Rosa so will support more than the current 3gb memory. MB only can support 2. So memory capacity is your primary driver.

    On the downside to the MBP, the MB can stand uncareful handling much better and the plastic case is better for wireless reception, and they are far less money. They are an outstanding value IMHO.

    MBP on the other hand does have larger and nicer screens including a 17" option, can have FW 800 instead of mere 400, full DVI plug instead of cheater plug with a dongle to convert anything you really need. MBP have bigger batteries, and look cooler.

    So it has to do with your need for many or large programs, how you handle your portable (every day portability or occasional portability).

    On a feature per dollar basis the MB wins hands down. But it is always those special features, if you need them, like ExpressCard34 slot, or backlit keyboard, that can sway the switch to MBP and eliminate the option.

  4. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    At this point, everything is speculation regarding the MBPs. There are a lot of features that COULD be included, but no one knows what WILL be.

    SR, 2.2Ghz/2.4Ghz
    800Mhz FSB, 4GBs of RAM supported
    LED Backlit Screens
    160GB HDs standard
    1GB RAM in the low-end model (1 so-dimm), and 2GBs standard in the others
    Bump to 8x Superdrive on all models

    That's probably the most realistic, I'd say.

    IMO, it's worth it to wait until WWDC and then compare which laptop suits you best.
  5. coledog macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2006
    Roanoke, VA
    Does anyone have any idea if the NEW Macbooks have 24 bit audio line in?
    The current Macbook PROs have it, but the MBs didn't.

    Thanks in advance!!
  6. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    That is kind of my plan at the moment. Thanks for the input

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