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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro
    I'm looking into getting a new macbook of some sort. I have a old ibook that I am finally replacing. I will play with photo-shop semi-often and I guarantee that I will never do any video editing in the near future. What would be the laptop of choice? I want a 13 inch screen and want to keep the budget down if I can. I don't need the latest gadgets like the new 1-button pad but I would like it at the same time. Thanks for any help.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro
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    MBP, 13.3" || iMac 20" 2.16 GHz C2D, 250 GB HD, 2 GB RAM, || 32GB i-Phone 4 || 32GB AT&T 3G iPad
    Go for the 13" Macbook Pro. You get your Firewire 800 port, SD card reader, and better build. Go with the Pro if you can afford it. Just my opinion though.

    Quote Originally Posted by jtcannonball View Post
    I'm looking into getting a new macbook of some sort. I have a old ibook that I am finally replacing. I will play with photo-shop semi-often and I guarantee that I will never do any video editing in the near future. What would be the laptop of choice? I want a 13 inch screen and want to keep the budget down if I can. I don't need the latest gadgets like the new 1-button pad but I would like it at the same time. Thanks for any help.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro
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    I'm going to second the 13" Macbook Pro. I lived with a white Macbook for a couple of years, and while it was a brilliant notebook, the Macbook Pro 13" is even more brilliant. I just upgraded mine to 4GB of RAM and that went quite smoothly. The screen on the Macbook Pro 13" is outstanding, and having firewire for my external drive is a boon as well. Also believe it or not the backlit keyboard is awesome even if I only look at it and not use it in my dimly lit office (external keyboard I don't usually look at when typing in said room.)

    Also the internal keyboard is a little better and the aluminum casing is just that much better. The trackpad is such that I use it often in lieu of a mouse. It is totally worth the extra centi-bucks to go with the Macbook Pro in that size. You get all the portability, the fantastic screen, and the extra perks that are over the plastic Macbook white. Not to say that the Macbook in plastic guise isn't a great notebook, it is. It's just that the Macbook Pro in the same form factor is a much greater one for the money.

    Get the basic Macbook Pro 13" with 160GB HDD for $1200, then later upgrade the RAM to 4GB. This only cost me $77 from Crucial and was easy to do. Makes a world of difference and makes it the perfect small factor Macbook (that does Windows too) for minimum outlay of cash. Also the Macbook Pro is way sexy. Nothing wrong with that.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro
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    I would say mbp 13" too. For all of what the others said, plus it uses DDR3 Ram rather than DDR2. Leaving unnecessary explanation at this point aside, sufficient to say that in the future DDR2 might just be left behind for DDR3.the mbp has a faster ram speed too(eventually all of it leading to better performance)

    You can get more batt. out of your mbp than the white(apple says 7 hrs vs white's 5). then the other difference- 2.16 ghz for white and 2.26/2.5 ghz for mbp 13".
    I've had the aluminum body for 3 odd months now, its super easy to clean as well, white can get dirty, if it does... it will be noticed easily.
    If you are going to spend... might as well spend on a product you'd not need to change for longer.
    I hope it helps your decision.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro
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    I had to make the same choice a while ago and I decided to go with the mbp, it has a lot of little upgrades that add up and make it much more rewarding than the mb,

    Although if you don't like glossy screens then you may want to go with the white macbook because the mbp has a glossy screen which reflects light easily
    Asus g50vt a1 - 2.7 ghz - 2x 250gb hdd - 4 gb ram
    - getting teh macbook pro soon -
    Macbook Pro 13" - 2.26 ghz - 256 gb ssd - 4 gb ram




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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro
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    The white MacBook has a glossy screen as well, and always has.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro

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    2009 Macbook White 2Ghz 2Gig RAM 120Gig HDD
    I have the Macbook White and am extremely happy with it.

    Depends on your budget and what you want to do with it really.
    We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro

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    I have used 2 Macbooks since a year and I can recommend to you the white Macbook late October 2008. I am using it now and I do a lot of logic pro stuff on it. It runs very nicely and I love it.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro

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    Will DDR2 really not be supported? I think that is what you were saying at least. And will DDR2 be noticeably slower? What if I put 4 gigs in it? I was wondering what benefit performance wise I will gain in realistic applications? Thanks for the help I really appreciate it.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro

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    About half of the current White Nvidia Macbooks are shipping with a serious screen defect of horizontal lines running across the screen. It is as of yet unacknowledged and unfixed by Apple:

    New white nVidia Macbook owners: check here to see if you have a defective LCD! - Mac Forums

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtcannonball View Post
    Will DDR2 really not be supported? I think that is what you were saying at least. And will DDR2 be noticeably slower? What if I put 4 gigs in it? I was wondering what benefit performance wise I will gain in realistic applications? Thanks for the help I really appreciate it.
    If you get the MBP 13" then you won't be able to use the DDR2 RAM because it won't fit in the slots.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro

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    I'm going to return the whitebook when it gets here monday or tuesday and drive to Knoxville to the apple store and pick up my 13" macbook pro with my student discount instead. I guess it makes more sense to spend a little more now than to make it a better machine further down the road. Thanks for all the help. Now off to work to buy my messenger bag and mighty mouse for it.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro

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    13" White MacBook, 2.13 GHz, 2gb, 160gb HDD
    For me it was just a matter of not being able to afford the MBP. I used some financial aid money and my mom helped pay for the rest. We could barely afford it, haha. But I've been pretty happy with my white MacBook so far. Beats that broken down HP I had. It does everything I need it to and more .

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtcannonball View Post
    I'm going to return the whitebook when it gets here monday or tuesday and drive to Knoxville to the apple store and pick up my 13" macbook pro with my student discount instead. I guess it makes more sense to spend a little more now than to make it a better machine further down the road. Thanks for all the help. Now off to work to buy my messenger bag and mighty mouse for it.

    That is exactly what I did.

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    Whitebook vs. Macbook Pro

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    I want a pro but I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the main difference advantage of ddr3 ram over the ddr2 in the whitebook? I'm trying to figure out if spending the extra money can be justified with a product that will be significantly better? I'm just gun-shy spending large amounts of money when I may not need to.

    Thanks

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