One more MacBook vs. MacBook Pro thread...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cheezebob, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. cheezebob macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    Okay, so this is my first post, but I've been reading stuff here a lot lately trying to decide between the 2.16 GHz white MacBook and the cheapest MBP. My parents are letting me choose one as a graduation present from high school and I will use it in college. I want to play games once in a while (probably like once a week max) and don't want them to work horribly. I want to do iMovie editing and will probably use an eyeTV hybrid to watch and record tv. I want to take it around campus and home, so portability is important I guess. My main concern about the MacBook is the small screen. Right now I have a 15 inch Dell LCD monitor with a resolution of 1024x768 attached to my Mac mini. Using the inspector in Pages, iWeb, Word and other apps is VERY annoying because it covers up the content I'm working on. I know the MacBook is widescreen and probably has a better resolution, but it's a lot smaller than the one I have now. So would the MacBook's screen be better or worse? Should I go for the MBP for speed, graphics, SR screen size and LED? Also, how do the speakers compare? And does the MacBook have the new iSight camera people say the new MBPs do? I am very torn, but I know I'll be happy with either one. I just need to know if the MBP is worth it for me.

  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    MacBook Pro. That's coming from a MacBook owner.
  3. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    Trust me, you want the MBP, I'm getting one because of the one flaw with my MB, G-M-A-9-5-0. The MBP isn't really that much bigger than the MB, about a diagonal inch. You want a MBP, and as far as I'm concerned, my iPod's ear buds can go louder than my MB's speakers.
  4. cheezebob thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    But will screen size be an issue?
    And do MacBooks have the older iSight camera?
  5. mokal macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2007
    Does this problem affect anything other than gaming?
    And are there any other problems with the MB?

  6. blackstone macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2005
    Washington, DC
    MB will do perfectly fine for this.

    I find the screen nicely usable on the go, especially in Word, because of its widescreen-ness. And at your desk, remember that you can always attach an external monitor and have the desktop span across the two screens.

    Probably not, but what would you need the extra iSight resolution for, anyway? Remember that the iSight doesn't swivel or anything, so it's pretty much only useful for video chatting anyway.

    The only other thing it affects is Aperture performance, because Aperture relies heavily on the GPU. But otherwise, no, the integrated graphics don't affect much outside of gaming.

    Also, the keyboard on the MB is a matter of taste. I found it a little weird at first, but grown to like it much better than my old PB's keyboard -- but tastes may differ. I'd try it out at an Apple Store to see if you hate it or if it'll grow on you.
  7. Adamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2006
    Games and recording from TV? I'd suggest a Windows laptop, personally. Replace iMovie editing with Premiere or a similar program.
  8. noway macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2007
    HAHAHA ok Macbook Pro. Macbook pro 2.2ghz w/160hd speaking. Best thing i've ever bought !!!
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Oddly enough, the MacBook Pro is one of the better Windows gaming laptops considering its only 1" thick.
  10. introspectrum macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2007
    new york
    best advice is to go to a macstore (if available).

    I was about sold on the MB, but decided to upgrade to a MBP for the slightly better viewing angle in photo editing.

    I'm not a gamer, so i can't say much about that, but evertyhing else you want it for should be hitch free on a MB.

    for screen size... we'll unless you decide to go 17" i don't see a solution to your screen concerns...

    either way, i'm sure you'll love it!
  11. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
  12. NtotheIzoo macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2005
    So, your parents are going to buy either?? If so, get the MBP, no brainer.

    Sounds like the difference in weight, like half pound between the two, wont kill ya.

    Well...another point for MBP...

    Honestly sounds like you have made up your mind to me...and i personally feel it's a no brainer especially if your parents will buy either...
  13. cheezebob thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    Well, I don't want them to spend the $600 if I don't really need it..
  14. DavoMrMac macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2005
    You lucky guy, nice gift.

    I own a MacBook which I use on a daily basis for writing to my website ( - it does everything I need.

    No problems with; email, surfing, Quark, Photoshop, accounting, and all those little utilities. It is a bit slow when exporting from iMovie, but as for recording from Elgato products, works just fine.

    The only problem is games, the integrated graphics are OK, but not going to allow you to run things that have a need for some real GPU tasks and memory. So if funds allow, the MBPro would be a wiser choice.
  15. cheezebob thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
  16. pdra05 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    Melbourne City, VIC, Australia
    Gaming? Then go for the MacBook Pro.. It will most definitely last longer. :)
  17. polevault139 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2006
    No doubt you should get the Macbook, the Pro is overkill for what you said you do. The GMA950 can handle most games, not at the highest setting, but playable.
  18. aube macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2007
    In the same vein... I am also deciding between these two computers. I do plan to do a lot of photo editing on photoshop; are there significant advantages w. the macbook pro for this?

  19. alex.vm macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2007
    Well I took a similar decision a few weeks ago. black MB vs MBP. I work with Aperture and CS3 quite a bit. The LED screen and resolution made the decision for me. The graphics card is a bonus. And don't forget the cool and rather useful illuminated keyboard. I personally went for the 2.4 glossy configuration but the 2.2 is more than enough for your uses as someone already said.

    If you weren't gaming or using photoshop then it would come down to size and looks.
  20. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    If you're using Aperture a lot, the MBP's graphics card is a huge plus and you made the right move IMO.

    However, Photoshop is a largely CPU-intensive app, as such although the MBP will be faster it's nothing like the difference that GPU intensive app like Motion would have. If you didn't mean that the MBP's graphics card would boost PS performance massively, then apologies - but by saying "gaming or using photoshop", it's easy to infer that you did.
  21. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Have at look at:

    Thanks to the faster FSB and processor, MBPs are quicker in PS - plus they can access 4GB RAM as opposed opposed to the 3.3GB max that the MB can take (BTW that's what the MB had in the above test). You can see that with the old 2.33GHz model wasn't much quicker than a 2.16GHz MB.

    As I say, it is quicker but nothing like the difference there would be if PS was a GPU intensive app. If you were using Aperture, I would recommend the MBP; if it's just PS, I would lean towards the MBP but the MB is pretty nifty at running PS according to users - and isn't that far away from the performance that the previous MBPs offered.
  22. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    You can install 'Desktop Manager' so you can have several virtual destops; very similar to what 'spaces' is going to be in Leopard. No more cluttering...

    I use now three virtual desktops, the left one is mail + iTunes, the middle is FireFox and the right one is for other stuff going on (full screen terminal and such). You can switch between them quite quickly with a simple key combination: command - alt - right / left

    Give it a shot... and as far a gaming in concerned; get the MBP...
  23. Jht macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Manchesterish, England
    I've got a macbook and I love it, but I would take the MBP over it any day because its a better computer. And for people talking about aperture on MB, I run aperture on my macbook and work with large RAW files all the time, it works fine.
  24. Taylor C macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2007
  25. Edandlindz28 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2007
    I had the same problem on choosing which one. I do the basics, so the MB was right up my alley. If you want to be able to run any program and not have to worry about whats under the hood have a larger screen, just go with the MBP. But I am a very, very happy MB owner.:)

    Good luck with whatever you choose.

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