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

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I've decided to go with a Mac as my new laptop, but I haven't yet decided to go with either the MacBook or the MacBook Pro.

I use my computer on a daily basis for the standard internet related activities, such as web browsing and IM. However, I'm also a part-time web developer. This means applications such as Adobe Photoshop, multiple browser windows, Apache web server, and I guess Paralles (for testing on Windows) are open almost all the time. I'll also be attending my first year of university this year where I'll also be doing a lot of programming (mainly Java I think).

The thing is, I don't do any gaming on my computer, so I have the feeling the video card will be waste. Therefore I'm not sure if the activities I am doing are worth buying a MacBook Pro for.
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A Macbook with 2 gig of RAM will do everything you posted as well as a Macbook Pro, with the exception of the smaller screen on the Macbook. I have a very nice external screen which I use if I'm going to do any heavy duty Photoshop or audio work, but if it's not available it's not much of a detriment.

What a Pro model will give you is a larger internal screen. For some, this is important. For me, the very convenient portability of the Macbook makes it perfect. I can use the smaller screen (though I use Virtue Desktop to have four 'virtual' separate screens on which I put all my different apps and switch to on-demand) with no issue.
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Since you have no particular use for the video card, then all it really boils down to is personal preference. I would suggest you check out both models in person. I was in a similar position as you and seeing both models first hand really helped me choose one (I chose the Macbook because of the portability and, believe it or not, the keyboard)


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I decided on a MBP. I originally wanted a Black MP, but after some calculations the MBP was definitely worth the extra $300 (in the EDU store). The backlit keyboard, larger screen, speakers on the top, expansion port, and dedicated video card is worth more than $300. Plus, the MBP came with 2GB RAM already.
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Thanks for the replies! I guess I'll drop by an Apple Store this Saturday to check both models out.
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