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    Apple TV vs. Macbook
    Call me a noob. Ok, now that that is out of the way...

    What does an Apple TV do exactly? Well better question, what does an Apple TV do that you can't do by just hooking up your macbook into the tv?

    The geek in me wants to buy this product, but the rational side tells me to just plug in my laptop. Any advice on which side of me I should listen to?

    Thanks!

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    The MacBook will do everything the Apple TV will do and then some. If you are OK with the hassle of hooking it up to the TV, by all means just use the MacBook. I have one because I am lazy. I have a Mini hooked up to my big TV and an Apple TV hooked up to the bedroom TV. The MacBook Pro stays in the office.

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    The Macbook will do what the ATV does, without the slick user interface, for about $775 more....

    It's nice to have all of my media easily and readily accessible at the tough of a button whenever I want it. No messing with cables, no plugging or unplugging. It just works.


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    The interface is cool and slick, but I can do much better on the Mac with a front end like Boxee, Plex, and a few others.

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    Thanks for the advice. I already have the MBP and have been hooking it up to the TV for some time now. I just was looking for a new toy. Lately I have been leaning towards acquiring a Mac Mini to hook up to TV permanently. This seems like the best option for what I want to do. I already have the bluetooth keyboard and mouse that i use when the MBP is hooked up. And this gives me more flexibility and control...and Im afraid that trumps sleek interface.

    Thanks for replies!

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