new MB + BIG monitor or new MB Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macrabbit, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. macrabbit macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I don't game, I do most of the basic thing. Most intense things I do is stream lossless audio, and rip and stream high def H.264 videos. I would go with a 24" iMac, but I want to be able to have some portability and I enjoy sitting around the house with a laptop in my lap. Two things that I am unsure about: 1) the 13.3 macbook screen being to small and 2) the screens not extending past 90 degree angle (I am tall)

    Budget has left me with the choice of either the $1299 base MB + 22"+ LCD external monitor for my desk, or spending the cash and simply getting the $1999 MBPro and living with that.

    Any thoughts to this?
  2. gyumilly macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2007
    I was in the same position and I did go with 13.3" with 20" LCD. If I were to do it again, I'd go with MBP. LCD gets cheaper and cheaper every day. If you do H.264 especially, I recommend power of MBP.
  3. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    The MacBook screen can certainly be too small for some people, but for others it's fine. Considering the fact that you like to bring your laptop around your house the MacBook may be a better way to go... You'll save some money and can buy yourself a screen that will be comparable to the iMac. However, if you don't want to have to deal with docking your MacBook every time you want to see it on the bigger monitor you should definitely go with the MacBook Pro... I was in the exact same dilemma as you, and I went for the MacBook. I told myself that I'd buy a monitor for it, but I haven't. I do plan to get a monitor soon though, because the 13" screen can sometimes fall short. But the extra portability is a plus. Make sure that you look at the notebooks in person before you decide to buy. Also, look into refurbished MacBook Pros...
  4. Muncher macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2007
    While normally I'd say get a MBP because they're more powerful, the new Macbooks have really closed the gap. The macbook pros are probably better in the long run; what kind of tv do you have?
  5. macrabbit thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    muncher - I am in the market for new TV actually...just sold my old one

    Thanks for the input thus far. I initallly had wanted to stick to < $1500, but I will 'splurge' if it is worth the cost for my wants.

    My first choice had indeed been the refurb'd MB Pro for $1349, which are tempting, but it's cache, FSB, memory specs are all worse than the new MacBook. It has a problematic graphics card, and I dont want discrete graphics (battery). The newer lines are built better as well.

    $1299 MB + $300 24" LCD (e.g.) = $1599


    $1999 MP Pro

    gyumilly - are you speaking of the new computers? If so, why do you regret not buying the Pro?

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