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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?

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    Question which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?
    Money here isn't an issue. I just want to hear your opinions on the big difference between a fully loaded Macbook and the top-of-the-line Macbook Pro.

    Obviously the Pro is the better machine overall, but I like the smaller size of the Macbook. Also, I've had a Pro before, and the aluminum case was pretty flimsy. I've heard the Macbook's case was sturdier. I've also heard that the Macbook might get better wireless reception because it doesn't have to deal with the interference of an aluminum case, and I do use my computer all the time all over the place, so this is important.

    Then again, application load times are important to me. I like things to open immediately, and I hate it when my computer has to take forever bringing something up. Also, I'm a little interested in video editing, and although I haven't graduated from iMovie to Final Cut Pro, I've heard that the latter is infitely better on the Macbook Pro.

    I don't really play video games much, but I used to play them all the time, and I guess there's some slim chance that I might play one in the future.

    The backlit keyboard on the Macbook isn't an issue for me at all.

    Another thing: I don't like the hook latches on the Pro. On my old Pro, one of the hook springs dislodged itself. I like the simplicity of the Macbook's magnetic clasp.

    But the POWER of the Pro is so sexy.

    I do hope to run Vista on either machine.

    I use mainly email (Apple Mail), Firefox, and word processing (Word/Pages), but occasionally I use iMovie, and I live in iPhoto. Obviously, I'm in iTunes all the time, too.

    Any advice?

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?
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    What kind of video editing do you do? If you're doing home movies and the sort, a Macbook should suit you just fine. But if you're looking to expand and experiment with a program like Final Cut Studio, I highly recommend the MBP.
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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?

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    Yeah, right now, I'm only doing home movies. The question of whether or not I'll end up trying something more intense is what has me so confused on which computer to buy.

    I hate that the Pro isn't smaller.

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?
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    I would go with a fully loaded 15" pro. It has all the horse power of the 17" but in a smaller package. You will need that power if you want to game at all and if you decide to get into any serious video editing. Plus the pro will last much longer without needing to be upgraded.
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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?

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    What about wireless? Is it really that much better on the plastic Macbooks?

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phrozted View Post
    What about wireless? Is it really that much better on the plastic Macbooks?
    What would plastic have to do with wireless capabilities???

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?

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    Many people say that aluminum interferes with wireless signal.

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phrozted View Post
    Many people say that aluminum interferes with wireless signal.
    Well i can assure you, its a moot point in a MBP. Have you honestly seen any posts heere about people having wireless problems with their MBP's??

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?
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    If money is no issue for you then I'd suggest you get the high-end MBP with the new optional 2.6GHz processor. I own a 2.4GHz MBP and can highly recommend it.

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?

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    Are Macbook's more durable?

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?

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    MacBook Pro 17" 2.4 Ghz, 2.5 GB RAM, 160GB HD, 14th October 2007
    I have a 17" MBP 2.4 and I love it. I take it everywhere (train, college, plain) and there are no scratches. It runs the games I want, it even runs Crysis at 30 FPS.

    I recommend this any day of the week to anyone looking for power.

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?

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    You sound like a perfect candidate for the long-rumored 12" MacBook Pro.

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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?
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    If you like the performance of the MacBook Pro, but you like the portability of the MacBook, then it would seem that the 15.4" 2.6 GHz would be a great way to go. Especially since, as you say, money is not an issue. Of course, if you do go that route (high performance) you should get the biggest fast HD available and max out the RAM on your own. Having Apple do the upgrade for you wastes about $600.
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    which to buy: best Macbook or best Macbook Pro?
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    I just got the new Macbook with the upgraded processor which is now just as powerful as the base one in the macbook pro. The only difference between the two is the graphics card obviously the one in the macbook pro if better

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