top-grade macbook vs lower-grade macbook pro. help

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by cavtma, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. cavtma macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2008
    I'm in the market to buy a mac and am torn between two computers - the macbook pro, and it's poor-man counterpart. perhaps I am a victim of marketing, but despite seemingly similar similar specs, and alarmingly different prices, I'm leaning towards the pro. Anyone want to talk me down or reinforce my decision?:confused:

    Option 1 - MacBook
    2.4 ghz
    2 GB memory
    250gb hard drive

    Option 2 - MacBook pro
    2.4 ghz
    2 gb memory
    250 hard drive @5400 rpm
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Rationalize the MBP by buying a refurb and saving hundreds of dollars off of new. :D
  3. BigPrince macrumors 68020

    Dec 27, 2006
    We need to know how and why you will be using the computer.
  4. cthomet macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2007
    oregon (pronunciation: ˈȯr-i-gən)
    obviously if you will be doing heavy video/image stuff like photoshop go with the pro.

    other things to consider, and partially why i will go with the pro (lots aesthetic and not necessarily super important but i want to like the computer i am using). it has backlit keyboard, a thinner bezel, multi touch, aluminum, better battery life (according to apple), better screen (LED, resolution), better speakers, firewire 800.

    and hey you get a free touch either way so that brings down the price right? :D
  5. Let's Sekuhara! macrumors 6502

    Let's Sekuhara!

    Jun 30, 2008
    Yes, it is a common dilemma.

    The black MacBook (or white customized with equivalent specs) now gives the lower-end MacBook Pros a run for their money.

    What more you get with a Pro is:
    - a larger screen
    - back-lit keyboard
    - express card slot
    - more USB & FireWire ports
    - option of matte screen
    - NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor
    - 0.5 hrs more battery life (15" only)
    - multi-touch

    Are these things important to you?

    If not, I would say go with a 2.4 GHz MacBook.
  6. Alx9876 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    Just remember that there's nothing portable about a MBP. Macbooks are more flexible for school or traveling purposes.

    For me Macbooks are the way to go because I move around alot but if you want some heavy ass computer to haul around then get the MBP.
  7. cthomet macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2007
    oregon (pronunciation: ˈȯr-i-gən)
    hmm not that much heavier. .4 pounds for the 15inch if i remember correctly. thats like the weight of an apple (the fruit). nothing portable? cmon now
  8. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Agreed. Very little difference between schlepping about with a MB or a 15" MBP.
  9. applgeek macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2008
    bakersfield, CA
    Consider a refurb macbook pro. obviously, you want a higher end computer, and the macbook has a small screen and crappy graphics card, and it cracks easily. Go for the refurb MBP.
  10. Chandler Adaway macrumors 6502a

    Chandler Adaway

    Jun 29, 2008
    Beaumont, TX
    Save $500 and get this MacBook Pro.

    It's in your budget, and you will be SUPER happy. :D

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