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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by rianm7 View Post
    One big thing is the dedicated video card. This offers much better performance for applications like Final Cut or Photoshop. The screen is also much brighter, and I say this from experience -- the last time I went to an Apple Store (one week ago) the Macbook screens looked inferior to the MBP in my opinion.
    If I am not mistaken, the dedicated video card does not make any (significant) difference in Photoshop and Final Cut as their main resource is the CPU.

  2. #32
    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro

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    If the real meaning behind this thread is to find out which MacBook you should buy, you can really find a happy medium with settling for the black MacBook, the highest of the MacBooks.

    Don't get me wrong, even the lowest end of the pro's are unreal, but the black macbook definitely gives it a run for it's money and has almost the same specs as it for 500$ cheaper.

  3. #33
    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro

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    The Black macbook is not the best option
    Because the White 2.4 macbook has exactly the same specs expect of 90GB smaller Harddisk and its 200 Euro cheaper
    So the black macbook costs 200 Euro more for only a 90GB HDD
    Unless you want a black macbook, the white 2.4ghz macbook is a better option

    If you consider the white 2.1ghz macbook or 2.4Ghz white macbook the 2.4Ghz is definitely a better option for 200 Euro more you get:
    0.3Ghz Extra CPU Speed
    1GB more RAM
    40GB More space
    A Super Drive

  4. #34
    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oistrakh View Post
    I've also read on here that you can't use the MBP on your lap because it gets too hot. Could you use MB on your lap though? It would really suck if I'm in like an Airport or waiting area and can't use an Apple notebook
    Most major computer manufacturers have stopped using the term "laptop" to refer to portable computers. The reason for this is that most of them are not designed to be comfortably used on that kind of a surface. With that said, I have no problem using my MBP on my laptop - and I'd imagine the standard MB is even cooler. Even older versions of the MBP (I had an original Core Duo 2GHz model) ran fairly cool if their thermal paste was applied properly at the factory.

    Also, when I was comparing MB and MBP at a special Mac store in a hotel, the MB screen seemed brighter than the MBP Matte Screen. This particular store didn't have MBP Glossy Screen. Is the MBP Matte screen supposed to be a lot dimmer than the MB screen?
    The MBP screens in the latest models should be significantly brighter than the MB screen when turned up all the way. At lower brightness levels, the two are comparable. What really makes the LED backlit models shine is the fact that the backlight comes on instantaneously at full brightness. Screens that use CCFL backlighting tend to take a few seconds to "warm up" before they're at their full potential.

    Having owned both a matte and glossy MBP, I do feel like the contrast levels are much better on the glossy model (or at least they seem to be). Everything on the matte version looked washed out to me, and blacks were gray.
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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro
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    Here is one if you buy a MacBook Pro people will think you are a nerd cause you could have just got a MacBook and it wouldn't have been more expensive
    The Power of the Mac is far superior than others

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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur_the_Mac View Post
    Here is one if you buy a MacBook Pro people will think you are a nerd cause you could have just got a MacBook and it wouldn't have been more expensive
    C'mon now, there are plenty of valid reasons to buy a MacBook Pro over a standard MacBook. It might not make sense for you personally, but that's no reason to insult those that do.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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  7. #37
    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro

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    I went through this dilemma 2 months ago, and opted for the MBP. I am a computer science student, so I do some light programming and thought the graphics card was worth the extra money. As a brand new Mac user, I almost went with the MB instead because of the keyboard, but I ended up buying a wireless keyboard/mouse with the money I saved from the ADC discount.

    As for the heat, it isn't so bad until summer hits, and lately, I've had to put a fan next to me blowing directly onto the laptop (and on me; it's 30 degrees outside!) to keep it reasonably cool.

    As a side note, I would take the larger HD over the faster HD (I bought the 7200 200gb drive), mostly because I don't do any HD intensive tasks, and who couldn't use an extra 100gb of storage?

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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    As a side note, I would take the larger HD over the faster HD (I bought the 7200 200gb drive), mostly because I don't do any HD intensive tasks, and who couldn't use an extra 100gb of storage?
    why not go for both and get the 7200 320GB onsale.com
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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by macwannabe View Post
    why not go for both and get the 7200 320GB onsale.com
    I've heard some people say that 7200rpm uses more battery power, but I don't know if it would be noticible. Have you compared the WD to a 5400rpm equivalent for power usage?

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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro

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    erggg, still trying to decide to buy Macbook or Macbook Pro and still don't know WHEN to buy either of them, considering there are imminent updates... I just hope the Apple Stores don't run out of these notebooks

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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oistrakh View Post
    ... considering there are imminent updates...
    There are no imminent updates. It's all rumor and speculation until you hear it from Apple. Buy the machine you need, when you need it and it will continue to serve those needs regardless of whether an updated model is released.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    There are no imminent updates. It's all rumor and speculation until you hear it from Apple. Buy the machine you need, when you need it and it will continue to serve those needs regardless of whether an updated model is released.
    Come on cwa, now you know that as soon as a newer model is released that the older model immediately becomes obsolete and can no longer be used. Jeez I thought you knew better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by darrenscerri View Post
    If I am not mistaken, the dedicated video card does not make any (significant) difference in Photoshop and Final Cut as their main resource is the CPU.
    My local Mac dealer told me that the Macbook won't run Final Cut Pro at all because of the lack of dedicated video card, and I would have to settle for Final Cut Express. Is this true? And are there other programs that will run on a MBP but not on an MB? I don't mind if programs run slower on the MB than on the MBP, but I'd prefer not to lose access to these programs altogether if I opt for the MB over the MBP.

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    Advantages of MacBook over MacBook Pro

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    i'm not really sure what all the discussion about brighter screens is. you can dim them or make them brighter (f1 and f2 on my macbook). i dont really see how thats such a big deal mine as bright as it can go hurts my eyes after a few minutes, i keep it like 3 blocks down, much more comfortable. compared at best buy or apple store theyre about the same as 'brightness' goes. matte of the mbp displays truer colors for graphic design, whereas the glossy screen makes colors more vivid for movies, photos, browsing.

    and ive watched 2 hour movies with my macbook on my lap, yes it does get warm but by no means uncomfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    I've heard some people say that 7200rpm uses more battery power, but I don't know if it would be noticible. Have you compared the WD to a 5400rpm equivalent for power usage?
    yes it is stated on the westerndigital site

    Low power consumption - With technologies like IntelliSeek™, which calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption and SecurePark™, which reduces power by parking the heads during low power idle mode, this drive delivers 5400 RPM-equivalent power consumption in a 7200 RPM drive.

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