Odd One - MBPro vs MBook White

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DarkVinda, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. DarkVinda macrumors regular

    DarkVinda

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    Right now i have a 13" mbpro and when i was deciding i was shown both models...

    13" Macbook Pro and the 13" White plasticy macbook

    now the white plastic was £870ish...and the macbookpro was £1020 i took the pro cos i was going from a 15 mbpro

    but thinking about it - what makes it worth £150 more its the same spec...

    if i had to part with the actual £ for it im not sure i could justify the extra money...

    can anyone shed any light on this???

    Vinda
     
  2. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Same exact specs? In every way?

    Aluminum costs more than plastic?
     
  3. maerz001 macrumors 6502

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    when u look in the specs u'll find the differences:

    - 2gb ram
    - firewire
    - backlite keyboard
    - superior design
     
  4. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a

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  5. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    to sum up,
    If you get the white with 4gb of ram, what you get for 100more euros in the MBP are:
    Firewire, backlit keyboard, SD card slot, DIFFERENT (not superior) design.
    What you lose : Wi-fi signal (the white has better signal)
    and the aluminium bents, while the plastic doesn't.
     
  6. adnoh macrumors 6502a

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    I didnt want the aluminium bents

    thats why i satisfied the far right urges in me and bought the white book

    on a serious note...i went for the uMB vs MBP because i couldnt justify the extra bux
     
  7. DarkVinda thread starter macrumors regular

    DarkVinda

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    yeah mine was an insurance claim so the extra £££ never really came into it...

    and i wasnt waiting for a refresh as i'm against the intel hd video cards...one in my dell desktop and i hate it (soon to be hitting ebay)

    never even thought of the side slots...never really use any besides the power port :D

    got a nas 1tb so thats all my storage and maybe every once in a while i'd use a usb port!


    <-- feels like a right t!t now lol...
     
  8. NZed macrumors 65816

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    really? the White MacBook has better wifi??? why?
     
  9. dreilly1982, Feb 7, 2011
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    Aluminum, being a conductive metal, has more effect on distorting a radio signal than plastic, a non-conductive material.
     
  10. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

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    It's the final showdown
     
  11. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    It depends what is blocking the wifi antenna if anything, and where the antenna is located. Thick plastic can block a signal too, and even more so depending on the the thickness of aluminum. And the plastic macbook is aluminum on the bottom too.
     
  12. kutsushita macrumors regular

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    BATTERY
    INDICATOR
    LIGHTS

    [​IMG]

    On a serious note; there very little difference between them spec wise it's more or less a question of what you like to look at better and FireWire/SD slot/key lights. I have both and like them both the same and my girl prefers the plastic over metal but sees no difference in performance. To a normal user you won't miss much if you want to save some money.
     
  13. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    For me, the backlit KB and alu body alone make it worthwhile but that`s just me...
    Oh and my Alu 15" MBP get`s a much better wi-fi signal than my plastic Dell 15".
    Go figure?
     
  14. DarkVinda thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah the pro just oooses class!

    forgot about the side panel lol - hardly use it :D

    this picture is such a POSTER picture for the macbook pro - very lush! :D



     
  15. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    obviously, it's a mac.
    i compared the plastic macbook to the aluminium macbook, not a plastic winlaptop with a mac, that's unfair :p
    Even my friend's pre-unibody white macbook (2008 13" model) had a better signal than my 2009 15" macbook pro aluminium.
     
  16. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    I was simply comparing a plastic bodied laptop with an Alu body as I own a Dell Inspiron too.
    If you want a Mac based Wi-fi comparison then my friends 2010 whitebook is no different in terms of wi-fi strength, at least on my network.
    My Alu MBP gets a better signal than any previous laptop I`ve owned plastic or otherwise.
    That`s my experience anyway but plenty of people have said the Alu Macs don`t get as good a wi-fi signal so I dunno...
     
  17. undeadsole macrumors newbie

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    If you flip your Macbook over you should see that it has a similar set of button and green lights combo. Its a cool feature and its actually on the battery on the Macbooks.
     
  18. matthemercyless macrumors member

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    How about the fact that the MBP is upgradable to 8gb RAM and the White MacBook maxes out at 4gb. Given that the RAM is shared for video memory use, you've only got 3.75 RAM max.
     
  19. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    The MacBook will accept 8GB, its just a sales limitation on 4GB. However if you are actually paying Apple for our RAM then you have other things to worry about.
     
  20. kutsushita macrumors regular

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    Late 2009 unibody doesn't have it :mad:
     
  21. molala macrumors 6502a

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    On our work wireless network, 2008 MacBook gets as much signal strength as the newer MBPs. But the MacBook picks up more wireless networks (from adjacent buildings).
     
  22. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

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    ahahahhahahahha epic!!! ! ! !
     

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