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

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Hi I'm going to be a sophomore in college and wanted to buy a new macbook for school. I usually use my laptop for basic programs like surfing the web, itunes, and microsoft office programs like word and powerpoint for school, and for storing my pictures.
I want to get a 13" macbook pro but i'm not sure about what features to get/add or if i need a lot of the upgrades.

what do you suggest/ what are the pros and cons of the following for the 13" mbp?

2.4 GHz vs 2.66 GHz
4 GB vs 8 GB
240 GB hard drive vs 320 GB hard drive vs 500 GB hard drive

I'm new to macs in general so any advice will be much appreciated!
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If you are just doing basic stuff then there is no need for 8GB of RAM. Just get the base model and you can always upgrade the RAM and HDD whenever you feel like it. Plus it cost less money. >_>"

Two things you can't upgrade though...one being the CPU speed and the other the Video Card. However since you are just using to do basic stuff you don't need the fastest processing speed.

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Adding to Crimson's wise words, if money's not an issue, and you were willing to spend the extra on the 13" with all the upgrades, I would go out on a limb, even though exceeding your needs, and get the bottom of the line 15" with the high res display.
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If you are handy in working on a laptop, replacing the hard drive is not all that difficult of a task. 7200rpm 500GB disks are available for very reasonable prices.

As for the 15" model, the base model is not much more expensive than a loaded 2.66 13". You would get the superior i5 CPU and the discrete GPU, plus an easier to read screen.

I suppose it is a matter of budget and taste.
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