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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

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I have a chance to purchase one of the following, at the following pricepoints, and was wondering which would be a better choice for me.

Option 1: $750
Macbook Pro (1st Generation) 15.4''
80 GB HD
1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo
1 GB Ram (Free Slot)
SuperDrive

Option 2: $600
Macbook (1st Generation) 13.3''
200 GB HD (Hitachi 7200rpm)
2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo
2 GB Ram

Please help! The main difference, I guess is the Pro vs. not Pro, but Option 2 seems the better choice considering I would have to upgrade the Ram and HD of option 1.
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normal macbooks never came with a 15" screen, are you sure the second isn't a macbook pro as well?

consider that hard drives and memory are really the only thing you can upgrade on a macbook or macbook pro, so don't factor those in too heavily. go by screen, graphics and chipset according to your needs.

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Whoops! Typo on my part. It is 13.3''.

I don't plan to game on the Mac, just watch movies and download music for the most part. Might dabble in making videos, but nothing too serious.
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well, if you don't need the screen, the macbook should be fine, but only a $150 dollar difference, i might go for the pro, you can always add memory and HD.

the other consideration would be the condition. are they both in tip top shape? do they both come with original restore media and/or a new copy of leopard?

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for only $150 a MBP is the way to go imho...

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Take the Macbook Pro anyday just because of the graphics card which is only on the pro the CPU difference is miniscule. The ram and the hard drive can be upgraded later and when Snow Leopard comes out you will really notice the difference on the Pro because of OpenCL which will let the GPU do calculations as well as the CPU while the Macbook has to stick with the Integrated Graphics (Excluding the Unibody MB's of Course)

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...The ram and the hard drive can be upgraded later and when Snow Leopard comes out you will really notice the difference on the Pro because of OpenCL which will let the GPU do calculations as well as the CPU while the Macbook has to stick with the Integrated Graphics (Excluding the Unibody MB's of Course)
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