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I'm going to college in like 2 weeks, and haven't gotten a laptop yet. I don't know if I should get the MB or MBP... I know the MB will be fine for my uses (nothing graphics intensive, just normal user stuff) but I'm afraid the very small screen size (most PC notebooks I see are at least 15.4") and the glossy screen will cause a lot of inconvenience... (My eyesight is really poor) However, the MBP is so much more expensive...
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Why don't you get a macbook for when your in class, and when in residence or whatever use a monitor? You can get one pretty cheap now.
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To the OP:

An external monitor for use while at home or in the dorm is an excellent suggestion. I use my MacBook at home with an external wired Apple keyboard and wired mouse plus a Samsung 22" SyncMaster monitor. Works great.

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yeah, for what you are using it for, the mbp is way overkill. its a great computer, but not necessary. also, you can order the macbook without the glossy screen, if that makes a difference.
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also, you can order the macbook without the glossy screen, if that makes a difference.
uh, I don't think so... can anyone confirm?
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uh, I don't think so... can anyone confirm?
No option to do so on the Apple Website that I see. And only glossy is listed under the system specs.

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I had a choice with my MBP but not sure for just MB
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The option for matte/glossy is only available for the Pro.

Oistrakh, I have a MacBook and have used it for 12 hours straight when writing papers for my University classes and have no problem with the screen size.

I would definitely take into account the weight and size of both the MacBook and MacBook Pro when making your decision. Remember, you'll also be carrying around textbooks which can add a lot of weight.

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13.3 is the perfect size for my mobile needs. It is light and the screen isnt small as you would think. im coming from a huge 17inch HP to the macbook.
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Hey Guys,
I find myself in the same boat. In a month or so I'm heading off to Uni and am not sure what kind of laptop I'll need. Any help would be appreciated.

The first thing to consider is I have never used a Mac before (aside from 2 weeks work experience a few years back) and I dont really want to be messing around trying to get used to the thing when I'm trying to get used to my new surroundings. Basically, would a Macbook be easy to pick up as a Mac "noob"?

Next is the type of software I need. I am aware that a Macbook usually comes with 'iWork' although Office is available. Having done some research I have heard rather a few undesireable reviews of Office on the mac, but I am worried about iWork's Mac to PC compatibility.

Finally is the question of other software. This is taken from my Uni's website:
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"Two edit suites are available .. and will run FCP studio, with Soundtrack Pro, Motion, Shake and Logix plug-ins."
Will this software be 'runable' (for want of a better word) and if not is there any other reccomendations.

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Hey Guys,
I find myself in the same boat. In a month or so I'm heading off to Uni and am not sure what kind of laptop I'll need. Any help would be appreciated.

The first thing to consider is I have never used a Mac before (aside from 2 weeks work experience a few years back) and I dont really want to be messing around trying to get used to the thing when I'm trying to get used to my new surroundings. Basically, would a Macbook be easy to pick up as a Mac "noob"?

Next is the type of software I need. I am aware that a Macbook usually comes with 'iWork' although Office is available. Having done some research I have heard rather a few undesireable reviews of Office on the mac, but I am worried about iWork's Mac to PC compatibility.

Finally is the question of other software. This is taken from my Uni's website:

Will this software be 'runable' (for want of a better word) and if not is there any other reccomendations.

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It looks like you are going to be doing sound and motion graphic stuff? I'm not really familiar with those software but I know they are pretty CPU and GPU intensive.

I would opt for the MacBook Pro in your case.

As for your other question about word processing >_>" I dunno cause I use Office in Windows. >_<""
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It looks like you are going to be doing sound and motion graphic stuff?
I'm doing a journalism course which includes print, radio and television. That's why I was asking about word processing and final cut.

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I have a mbp for my college work. Love it, I wanted the graphics power. But a macbook would suit your needs. As said earlier an external monitor for outside of the classroom use.
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Next is the type of software I need. I am aware that a Macbook usually comes with 'iWork' although Office is available. Having done some research I have heard rather a few undesireable reviews of Office on the mac, but I am worried about iWork's Mac to PC compatibility.
You can have your computer pre-loaded with iWork, but you have to pay for it as it is not a free program. When I got my MacBook it came with a trial of iWork.

I am still trying to decide between Office/iWork and I have had my MacBook since November. Up until now I have been using NeoOffice, a free alternative.

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ok, I'm getting a laptop tomorrow and dunno which one... I'm just afraid the tiny macbook glossy screen is going to irritate me forever, considering I haven't used one for hours on end... If I get an external monitor for a macbook, I don't think I would use it much becuase I mostly study in the library not the dorm
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