Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Mar 27, 2008
    Posts
    7
    MacBook or MacBook Pro: Newbie needs help ?
    hi guys,

    this is my first time i will be buying a mac book.
    I have owned i macs before and the mac years year back. Currently using Dell and Asus notebooks.
    I'm giving the Macs a chance again.
    I'm having a hard time deciding between a macbook and macbook pro.

    the macbook is a 2.4g, 2 gig ram, 160 HD
    the macbook pro is 2.4g, 2 gig ram, 160 HD

    I know the weight difference between the two is .4 lbs, the pro heavier.
    the pro has 15 inch vs 13 screen.

    Both of my current laptaps are 15".

    1. my 1st concern is, if i go with the macbook 13", will it be harder to get used to since i started off with a 15" on my current laptaps ?
    2. in terms of reliability, which of the two is more reliable ?
    3. will the macbook pro with the same specs as the macbook be in any way faster when doing excel, word, photoshop and internet browsing ?
    4. what other features does the pro have over the normal macbook ?

    any other things i should know about ?

    Thanks & regards

    Ferd

  2. #2

    sanity1082's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 17, 2007
    Posts
    882
    Specs:
    macbook/iphone/ipod nano/ipod shuffle
    i went from a 15.4" to the macbooks 13.3' there was a little bit of getting use to the screen size but with app spaces i find that it very easy to use the 13.3" screen.

    i think both are very reliable. you shouldnt have to worry about either of them.

    photoshop may be faster in the mbp due to the dedicated video card.

    the pro has a dedicated video card, express card bay, firewire 800, backlit keyboard, multi touch track pad, and a LED backlit display.

    (EDIT)

    I am guessing if you are looking at the mbp with the 160gb hard drive you are referring to the previous gen mbp. the previous gen doesn't have the multi touch track pad, and uses a different intel chip

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Jul 16, 2007
    Posts
    43
    Specs:
    2.33 MBP, 3gb ram, not enough disk space, iPod Classic, iPhone, techno-addiction
    Personally I prefer all the screen real estate I can get when using Photoshop. For most apps I think the 13" monitor isn't a problem, but for Photoshop I think I would become a little frustrated with the lack of screen real estate.

  4. #4


    Member Since
    Mar 27, 2008
    Posts
    7
    I am guessing if you are looking at the mbp with the 160gb hard drive you are referring to the previous gen mbp. the previous gen doesn't have the multi touch track pad, and uses a different intel chip

    "yes, you are right. Its the older one.-- with this in mind, would the newer Mac book regular 2.4gig, 2 gig ram, 160 HD be a better choice than the macbook pro of the same specs but older?

  5. #5

    OhioDude's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 28, 2008
    Location
    Gahanna Ohio
    Posts
    15
    Specs:
    MBP 2.4Ghz, BlackBook 2.0 Ghz, iBook G4, 8Gb iPhone, AppleTV, 80 Gb Video iPod 3 Nanos and 1 Shuffle
    I switched to Mac laptops about 4 years ago. My first one was a G4 iBook, then I moved onto the black MacBook and two weeks ago I bought a MBP.

    I use my mac mostly for web browsing, photo editing, media center, World of War Craft and web development.

    IMO, for the money the MacBook is a good choice. I never had any problems with Photoshop, DreamWeaver or email/web browsing when using the MacBook. WoW is playable on the MB with an average frame rate between 20 - 30 fps.

    Lately I've been doing more and more work with VMWare and running various virtual machines, Linux/Windows. And I found the extra real estate on the Pro to suit my needs just fine. WoW in the MBP averages 80 - 90 FPS. Which is a noticeable improvement.

  6. #6

    Jaygray's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 04, 2008
    Posts
    1,115
    Specs:
    Unibody MacBook Pro 2.26, 4gb RAM, 500gb HD
    The MBP has a dedicated video card which is necessary for gaming. However, if you're not playing games, you'd never know that the MB doesn't have it's own card. For the applications you mentioned, the video card in the MBP is completely unnecessary. For email, web surfing, word processing, the regular MB is lightning fast.

    So it comes down to screen size. And that's a personal decision. But here's a thought. Instead of the $1999 MBP, buy (2) MB at $999 each off the Apple for Education site. When one 13" screen gets cluttered with too many applications, you can just switch to your second MB and open whatever other applications you need on it.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist... But it kind of puts the price difference in perspective...

  7. #7


    Member Since
    Mar 28, 2008
    Posts
    3
    Can somebody tell me why the black MB costs much more then the white one?
    The only difference is the size of the HDD right?

    PS: by the white one I refer to the white one of 2 Gig RAM and 2,4 Ghz

  8. #8


    Member Since
    Feb 07, 2008
    Location
    MD
    Posts
    27
    Specs:
    iMac 20 in; 15" MBP 2.4 Ghz
    Do a search for "black tax". I"m going through the same dilemma. I was all set on a white MB until I read about the repeated cracking of the case. So now I"m waiting till fall to get a MBP. Student discount

  9. #9

    dr_doof's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 19, 2008
    Location
    sydney, australia
    Posts
    75
    Specs:
    2.4GHZ Macbook (black), OSX Leopard 10.5.5, 1GB Shuffle,4GB Nano,2GB nano 2nd generation
    i reckon the black one costs more because its unique, and looks good. the black one does have the look, and they know that if you're rich enough to buy a macbook, you would go for the one that looks the best
    Chat Potatoes

  10. #10


    Member Since
    Oct 20, 2013
    Posts
    5
    If money isn't an issue go for the PRO. you will miss the screen real estate. I went from a 17 MBP to 15 MBP retina and to be honest I couldn't adjust to the lesser real estate. I went with a a 27 iMac in the end. Spend the money and buy the best. Must add the retina display on the 15 is awesome.

  11. #11

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Keller, Texas
    Posts
    49,449
    Specs:
    Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Sierra
    You responded to a thread which is over 5 and half years old. It's OK as long as you realize that......

  12. #12


    Member Since
    Oct 20, 2013
    Posts
    5
    LOL....we'll I've just freshened it up again.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. macbook pro newbie
    By Botong9 in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-06-2011, 05:07 PM
  2. Advice for newbie on a MacBook Pro
    By Tshack in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-27-2011, 12:41 AM
  3. Macbook pro newbie questions
    By Elbomblasto in forum Music, Audio, and Podcasting
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-26-2010, 11:20 AM
  4. Macbook Pro Question (newbie)
    By whitetar in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-02-2008, 11:53 PM
  5. MacBook Pro Newbie Concerns
    By mo949252 in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 12-21-2007, 10:30 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •