05-08-2007, 03:50 PM
I have one of each (am uni prof) and I actually like the MB for mobile stuff and leave the MBP at home. Both have 2GB ram and are quite zippy and both have XP installed using bootcamp - again extremely zippy.
The university discount is probably less than 10%, so the refurbished option would be the best deal.
A few salient facts were not mentioned above...
The MBP's get hot
. I'm talking Africa hot. The whole case is a heat sink and you do not
want to set it on your lap.
The battery life on the MB is much better than MBP. I did just install the "battery update" so that may end up helping, but right now battery life is less than 90 min. If I want to get any real work done with the MBP, I need to be plugged in.
I would recommend the black MB and an external monitor for home use since the price diff between the 2 is significant - you could buy a pretty nice display with $1k.
Or you can go with the pretty silver MBP, don't plan on setting it on your lap, and make sure there is a power outlet handy. This is what I do.
Also, don't even think about getting a Linksys wrt54gs router. It won't play well with the MB or MBP.