Which Mac is better

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jflair1980, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. jflair1980 macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2009
    Good evening everyone, this will be my first Mac and we are excited. I am looking for as much detail as possible. First of all, what is the biggest difference performance wise between the Macbook and Macbook Pro?

    Basically what would be the difference between these two labtops

    Macbook Pro

    MacBook 15 Inch Aluminum
    2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4 GB 1066MHz DDr3 SDRAM 2X2gb
    320GB Serial ATA @ 7200
    Super Drive 8X
    Backlit Keyboard

    Or Macbook

    MacBook, 13-inch, Aluminum
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    Super Drive 8X
    Backlit Keyboard

    besides the size of the screen the only difference I see is 320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 instead of 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm .

    Does the 320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 instead make a big difference? The Macbook Pro is about $400 more. Is this worth the 400 dollars? I am big into music I want to store a lot of MP3's my wife wants to do some editing and we were wondering if these are decent gaming labtops? Any info would help.
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    If you really can't see any difference then you don't need the Macbook Pro.

    *cough* GPU */cough*
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    And FW800 ...

    Though with the new plastic Nvidia-based MacBook, this difference was cured with FW400 and added less expensive DDR2 memory.
  4. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007

    What specs don't highlight, though, is the difference in quality of the two displays. Visit here, half way down, to see what I mean;

  5. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    +1 ^^^ definitely the screen matters; whether it's the screen size or the screen quality I would go with the MBP every time...:cool:
  6. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    The difference is the Drive/GPU/Screen and FW/Express card Ports
  7. jargonblimp macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008
  8. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2008
    Firewire 800, screen size, and the fact that the Macbook Pro has both the 9400M and the 9600M GT...You can get max graphics on Valve games and pretty good graphics on games like Assassin's Creed.

    Of course 3D modeling (not the rendering part) is a lot smoother if you have millions of polygons.

    But if you don't play intensive games as much (9400 can still get you almost max graphics on Valve and a little lower end graphics on Assassin's creed) or 3D Model and whatnot, then you should get the Macbook and maybe the LED display (that covers screen size :p)

    Note that there are firewire expresscards out, so that's covered.

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