Updated Macbook vs MBP

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  1. hzamani macrumors member

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    Hey all,

    I was wondering if the upgraded ram in the mbp and firewire + sd slot, is worth the extra money than buying the recently updated macbook?

    Thanks,

    -Hamza
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    IMO, the MBP is worth it as 4GB RAM is already 100$
     
  3. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    MBP has a backlit keyboard, which believe it or not is freaking amazing.
     
  4. No ice please macrumors 6502

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    I don't see the point in a backlit keyboard. I never look at the keys day or night when I type.
     
  5. GidbinN macrumors member

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    comparing a 4GB MacBook ($1099) and the base model 13"MBP ($1199)

    the only difference are:
    aluminum body
    firewire and SD slot
    and backlit keyboard

    so, if you want the above features and the potential compatibility of 8GB ram for $100, you go for the MBP

    if you're happy with 4GB of ram and polycarbonate body, go for the MacBook
     
  6. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502

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    If MicroCenter offers the new MB for $799 too, it's hard to resist.
    I might have to get one. :D
     
  7. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

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    i wasn't trying to say the backlit keyboard is a necessity for everyone, but in my case i find it very helpful. i recently got the Mac so i'm still getting used to the somewhat different keyboard layout
     
  8. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a

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    Although the Apple store doesn't offer an 8GB RAM upgrade, the MacBook DOES support it. There are a few threads floating around on this topic.
     
  9. Penn Jennings macrumors 6502

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    Nope.

    And lets face it.. that would just plain stupid on their part LOL :)
     
  10. Penn Jennings macrumors 6502

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    To me MBP is the easy choice for the following reasons:

    If you open Safari and a few tabs, your 2 GB is pretty much gone. 4 GB is really the minimum that you did to do anything reasonable. That alone makes the price difference only $100.

    The case, lighted keyboard and reader are certainly worth another $100.
     
  11. iOzzie macrumors regular

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    MBP for sure, for the points outlined above..

    Trust me you will regret it down the track, the MBP is a fantastic machine!
     
  12. EasyJW macrumors member

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    mbp [​IMG] simply for the 8gb ram limit rather then 4
     
  13. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That's not true, MacBook can unofficially take 8GB
     
  14. itou macrumors regular

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    i've been looking for the thread to support that. care to point me in that direction?
     
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  16. skate71290 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey everyone what the hell are you talking about? Unibody MacBook Pro 13" Models support OFFICIALLY 8GB of RAM - http://store.apple.com/uk/configure/MC374B/A?mco=MTc0Njg2NDg - it's an extra £320, which personally i think is great, as one of these machines would probably last 5/6 years for the average user :)
     
  17. Hellhammer Moderator

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    We were talking about MacBook which officially supports only 4GB but 8GB works fine
     
  18. skate71290 macrumors 6502a

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    oops my bad, shows how good i am at reading stuff properly :rolleyes: i think that if you don't really need the SD or Firewire ports then the extra $ for the Unibody might seem excessive if you are not really that bothered about it, personally i would go for the Unibody because the Aluminium Chassis feels great (even on the MBA) and that 3/4 years down the line when it starts to feel old, the extra Non-Warranty Voiding Official RAM can greatly improve your computing speeds for another year or two
     
  19. Patrick J macrumors 65816

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    HOLY **** :eek:
    For real?
     
  20. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502

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    That shows what a terrible OS MacOS X is. ;)
    My X340 has only 2GB with Win7 and I can open couple of browser, iTunes, WinLive Mail and others and no problems at all. :D
     
  21. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    At night time its a God send to me to see the keys illuminated with the easy view.

    I remember on the old white macbook it was a pain in the ass to look at the keyboard everytime before typing.
     
  22. opera57 macrumors 6502

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    The MBP is probably worth it for the upgraded ram and the fact it has an aluminum chassis alone. Although it depends on your budget and you may actually prefer the plastic chassis to the aluminum. [​IMG]
     
  23. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, you keep thinking that.

    Guess what, that memory can be relocated. *GASP* Can you imagine that?! Guess not.

    OS X uses all the resources you throw at it, and if it runs out of room it trims it down as necessary.

    Jeez, I make it on 768mb of RAM with Leopard running Safari and Quicktime and iChat and Mail, NO problem with the Forum Spy and ten tabs open.

    Google is free.
     
  24. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502

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    I was being sarcastic, if you read the whole thread (especially Penn Jennings's post), I guess it gets more clear. I thought my smiles were enough.

    Sorry for any confusion.
     

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