pay the difference and get a MBP instead of getting a MB replacement?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jul 30, 2006
hi forum,

after multiple repairs + damages after repairs + nothing was ratified after another 7-day repair, the apple store is finally willing to give me a replacement MB.

i'm not sure about another MB after going through months of trouble. at the same time i'm not sure paying $800+ (i haven't really looked in to the price difference yet) for a laptop that is too powerful and a bit too bulky for me (i'm a life science student)... if you were me, would you pay the difference and get a 2.0ghz 15" MBP instead?

i currently have a black MB if it makes any difference. your insight is greatly appreciated.


macrumors regular
Aug 8, 2006
what do you plan to do with the macbook? if you're just doing typical student stuff, the macbook seems a better option and will be lighter to carry around.

sounds like you just got a bum machine. give the black macbook another go. a friend of mine got a black macbook last month and raves about it. i use a mbp myself which i bought in august. its flawless...very silent and doesn't overheat or any of that, but it's not a light machine, and as you know, quite a bit more expensive than the macbook.

if you're only gonna get a basic macbook pro anyway, then i'd just stick to the macbook.


macrumors 68040
May 30, 2006
kevinliu4 said:
but it's not a light machine,
The weight difference between the MacBook and MacBook Pro amounts to an underwhelming 140 gram.

If you have no use for the extra features the MacBook Pro provides, I would stay with the Black MacBook which i a really fine machine.


macrumors 68000
May 31, 2006
i wouldn't consider my 15" MBP heavy or cumbersome to take to class. i travel with mine all the time and never have i thought it was too big.

that said, it doesn't sound you (the OP) need a MBP. students are generally fine with a MB because it is less expensive and has everything you need for student life. unless there's something about the MBP that you really like and gotta have, i'd stick with the MB. they really are nice machines - it's a shame you got a dud. give it another go.

the price difference is $500 ($1999 for the low-end MBP, $1499 for the black MB)


macrumors 6502
Sep 20, 2006
if you're only using it for web browsing & term papers then save the extra $ and add more RAM to a MacBook... it's not that much smaller or lighter than a MBP but it's a lot cheaper for any budget... just hope you get a good machine this time around


macrumors Core
Jul 24, 2006
The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
I think you will be fine with a Macbook, although I don't find the Pro a challenge to cart around at all. If you were doing some processor heavy application like Mathematica or Matlab I might recommend the Pro, but a Macbook with some RAM will probably be only slightly slower, and not enough to notice. Plus, you don't use those types of things in the life sciences anyways :)


macrumors regular
May 23, 2006
You can't "pay the difference" to Apple for something else when they authorize a replacement; they only replace with the same products. Unless you get it refunded, you're not going to be able to get a MBP.

Ask for a refund, but I don't know if they'll do it without a replacement first.


macrumors regular
Aug 27, 2006
I would stick with a MB. It's lighter, smaller, more managable for traveling and far less susceptable to damages from bumps and jolts. And it doesn't get as hot.


macrumors regular
Jan 31, 2006
I just had my MBP in the shop due to a fellow student dumping coffee on it and while I was at the shop I noticed a literal stack of macbooks awaiting repair. I asked the tech what was up with all the macbook's in for repair and he told me that he has had nothing but trouble with the macbook's and to compound the problems, he can't get the parts in. He warned me to never buy a macbook. He also said that my macbook pro was the first macbook pro he had seen in weeks and that the last macbook pro he had seen was in for the same reason, someone had spilled coffee on their MBP. He said other than accident repairs he never sees MBP's in his shop. So I would say it's much safer to go with a MBP than a MB.

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macrumors 68020
Mar 21, 2006
bossass said:
I would stick with a MB. It's lighter, smaller, more managable for traveling and far less susceptable to damages from bumps and jolts. And it doesn't get as hot.

having owned both i can say the heat is the about the same in both, till you get the x1600 burning up at full speed, then defidently yes, but still not all that much. the durability? the 13 days i owned the mb, i scratched the poor thing up so bad, the month i have owned my mbp, i have only a small ding on the back from the powercable hitting it pretty fast.


macrumors 6502
Dec 24, 2005
I have a white 2.0 ghz with 1gigram and 120gig hdd and I absolutly love it it runs 50c on the average and ive seen it to 62 but its not uncomfortble on my lap at all. My friend used to have a tiny Dell it was like a 12in and it got so hot it would burn you badly i love this computer so much the only complant is that it is sort of hard to keep clean but it just wipes down just needs it alot