Why did you go pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by raymondu999, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    Hey all. Just out of curiosity, I made this thread. It seems to me that a lot of people out there got a Pro over a Macbook for many things, the minority of which sometimes seems the upgraded spec:eek:.

    Now, just out of curiosity, please state the reason for you going pro(it doesn't matter, unibody or classic, but it wouldn't hurt to say which one you have, to help clarify;)) , as opposed to just getting a normal MacBook (eg. bigger screen, matte screen, better graphics, you do Photoshop, you do FCP, etc.)

    For me personally, I work a lot with Quartz, slideshows, and Keynote. I find that using MacBooks, some of my more advanced transitions, which I personally compose in Quartz, and then import to my Keynotes, don't actually play well. I just tried one of my presentations yesterday on my friend's Penryn BlackBook. THe thing went at like 0.2 FPS :eek: Hence, I have no option but to go pro should I want it to play smoothly. Heck, even my last-gen 2.6 Penryn couldn't take my last Quartz slides. Why? I don't know. When Apple introduced the MacBooks with nVidia 9400 graphics, I rejoiced, as that meant I no longer needed a pro. Or so I thought. Until I saw that even the new MacBook couldn't handle my slides. So, I went pro.

    Now, what's your reason?
     
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Final Cut Pro
    Backlit Keyboard
    13" (1280 x 800) is too small
    Games
    I like to toast my scrotum... :p
     
  3. SoybeanStasher macrumors regular

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    I wanted the higher resolution screen (even though 1440x900 is still too low) and the graphics chip. Gaming isn't too shabby on this thing!
     
  4. Mx356 macrumors member

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  6. WHM macrumors regular

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    More For The $

    I like all the extras and feel I can get more.. therefore loose less when I sell this one to get another. In my opinion the price difference for what you get along with the performance is not that big of a deal breaker..... ???
     
  7. bntz313 macrumors 6502

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    I went Pro for the screen size(I have the 17in) and for the extra power, I have the 2.33ghz model and it still rocks out everything, Like I'm working on a magazine layout for school and the file is 364mb and I'll have itunes, safari, Ai, PS, Indesign, fontexploreX, and a couple other stuff open and it works with out lag.

    I went with a refurbished MBP also.
     
  8. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

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    fire wire, express card slot, larger screen, and the ability to play crysis :cool:
     
  9. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Firewire, ExpressCard, discrete graphics, bigger screen, better screen......there might be more I forgot.
     
  10. Batt macrumors 65816

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  11. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    what apple notebook doesn't have back lighting?
     
  12. darwinian macrumors 6502a

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    Processor speed and betting on GPGPU/OpenCL. It's all about performance, though admittedly the gap has narrowed significantly.
     
  13. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    LED backlighting?
     
  14. Batt macrumors 65816

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    Every MacBook until now. And by "backlighting" I mean "Backlit keyboard".
     
  15. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    oh, ok ... usually that term refers to the screen ..
     
  16. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    My UniBody only cost me 1500, I really couldn't resist at that price.
     
  17. Shawn Parr macrumors regular

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    I just ordered a new MBP. I wanted a larger screen size from my Macbook, but realistically I had to get the MBP as I have quite a few firewire devices hanging around.

    I could easily still work with a 13" otherwise.
     
  18. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    FireWire... and that second GPU, though if the MacBook had FireWire it would be a tough call, but I'm not "upgrading" to a USB video camera.
     
  19. daneoni macrumors G4

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    I could (and did) get a 2.6GHz 15" refurb pro for less than a new stock 2.4 GlassBook. Better bang for buck

    ...and this

    ....was also turning me off the GlassBook anyway.
     
  20. 02AltimaSE macrumors newbie

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    screen size (15"), 13" was too small
    I also liked the aluminum design better than the black or white (I bought mine in January)
     
  21. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Returned a MB for a MBP because of poor quality display. So, guess it would be display quality for me.
     
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  23. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    +1
     
  24. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Ditto.
     
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