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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?
    Hi there, I'm from Malaysia and will be getting my first mac soon but I can't quite decide due to my budget. I'm thinking of either the macbook with 4gb ram or macbook pro with 2gb ram. The difference is about RM400(malaysia currency) so it's about $110.

    I'll be working a lot with Photoshop cs4, dreamweaver for html editing and maybe adobe premiere elements for video editing.

    What I would like to know is whether there will be a significant difference, performance wise?

    Do suggest if you have other opinions, because I have no computer hardware knowledge.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?
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    running graphic intensive programs like that would be better off with 4gb of ram. Have you thought about getting the pro and upgrading the ram yourself instead of having apple do it? You could also shop the classifieds here or try a refurbed from apples website which will lower your costs if you are looking to stay within a certain budget.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?
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    Go with a MacBook Pro with 2 GB... then upgrade the RAM later.
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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    Thank you very much for your replies guys. Why didn't I thought of upgrading later. Thanks for the opinion.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iLaw View Post
    Go with a MacBook Pro with 2 GB... then upgrade the RAM later.
    Definitely the best option here.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    Is this the upgrade RAM for Macbook Pro?

    4GB kit (2GBx2), 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-8500

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneakerlover View Post
    Is this the upgrade RAM for Macbook Pro?

    4GB kit (2GBx2), 204-pin SODIMM, DDR3 PC3-8500
    Aye but they are cheaper here.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    Thank you very much guys.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    Hiya I've recently had to make this decision myself, too.

    I went to the Apple store and took one look at the machines side by side and knew I had to have the Macbook Pro instead. It's the screen that does it for me. Everyone says it's very reflective/glossy, I don't find it a problem myself, but the reason the screen did it for me as it were is because the colours and the brightness on the MBP is just so much better, it made the price difference worth it.

    I'll admit, I notice the extra 2GB missing on this machine, compared to my iMac with 4GB. However, it would've been silly to miss out on the higher all round specs for the sake of some memory that'll cost me £50 to upgrade at a later date

    The manual that comes with the machine tells you how to upgrade the memory (and hard drive if you want, I'll probably do that too, at a later date).

    I have a problem with shopping. I'm a bit of an addict; I really like buying new things. So getting this base model now gives me a couple of things I can do to improve it later, still keeping my buying addiction satisfied to a tame level (rather than going out buying more computers, for example, ahem).

    So yes - in your shoes I would go for the MBP

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    This thread has got me thinking too. I was originally going to get the 13" Pro with 2.53Ghz and 4GB RAM until I realized that I didn't need all that power and probably won't for years. I always thought it'd be good to get high specs now because they'll last for years but I won't need that much power anytime soon and most things will run well on 2.26Ghz Core 2 Duo for quite some time. I wonder how much faster 1066Mhz front-side bus is than 667Mhz? If it's a lot faster then 2.26Ghz will do me good for a while. Wow, I'm saving at least $300 because of this decision. Thanks OP.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    I went with the 2.5ghz 13"
    2.5 seems to be becoming the standard for new laptops

    Article about the new series with comparisons
    MacBook Pros (13-inch, Mid 2009) Review | Laptop | Macworld

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    Well, the 2.5GHz certainly looks better. But it cost $300 more. I'm a little concerned whether the 21% faster performance is worth that $300.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?
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    I think you should upgrade later and get the MacBook Pro.

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    Macbook 4GB or Macbook Pro 2GB?

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    Yup, I think I'll do that. Thanks everyone.

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