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

Macbook Pro, Which one?


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Hey all, looking to replace my macbook. (the old white plastic one).

So, I've settled on a Macbook Pro. Now I've around 1000 cash, so you might say - why not the 999 13" model? Which is what I originally settled for, but a friend has said she will get it using her student discount.

That... gives me options. Either the 1399 13" model, or the 1550 15". (using finance, unless declined otherwise it's just the basic 13" model)

The only real difference besides the obvious is the dedicated gfx card. Which is where I'm stuck. I only play simcity 4. Will I notice that much difference? Does any one play it to speak from experience, or is it better spec = better performance end off?

Hope this isn't to a vague a question, nor a silly time waste.

Thanks, Chris.
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Chris, this is not a silly question. As I don't play much video games on my G4 PowerBook (1st version of Minecraft and some odd and ends games) so I can't really give a good answer to how well SimCity 4 will play with the 13" ATI integrated GPU. Graphic performance will be much better on the 15 and 17" MBP due to the logic board's support of adding DDR3 VRAM to the graphics chip. Another thing I might want to mention is the screen resolutions. The MacBook had a maximum screen res. of 1280 X 800 PPI. The 13" MBP has the same number of pixels as your current MacBook, while the 15" supports up to 1440 X 900 PPI. But, the 13" is a good choice if your not willing to spend another $600 for the 15". The 13" will play all games really well.

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Hmmm... food for thought. Thanks.

Just now found out about the roughly 300 pound price different between the U.S and U.K market though
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