MacBook or MacBook Pro?

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  1. Kinie

    Kinie MY DRILL IS A DRILL TO CREATE THE HEAVENS!

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    I'm debating whether to buy a MacBook or a MBP when I begin school this fall. I've been a PC-user for a long time, but I used an iMac for my Computer Graphics class last year and have been interested in buying one ever since.

    I plan on using the Mac for mainly Photoshop stuff. And I already know about www.macrumors.com and their Buyer's Guide page. I just wanted to hear user opinions on how the two look/run. My main concern is over the price. As it stands right now, I'm looking at either the $1300 MacBook (the one with the 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor) or the $2,000 MBP. There's no way I can afford the $2,500 or $2,700 MBP on my budget. I will be using the student discount with it, and hopefully this will save me some cash. As it stands right now, I'm looking at the $1300 MacBook. But if I do fall in love with the Mac and decide to load it up with my other programs, will I regret not getting the MBP?

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    I checked out the pricing for what it would cost with the education discount. The MacBook would cost me $1200, the MBP would cost me $1800. Again I'd still need to buy Photoshop for it, so that's going to cost another $500 or so. Taking into account the education discount, would th MBP be a wiser purchase now?
     
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  2. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    mbp if you can afford it

    for me, the macbook+applecare+tax fit perfectly in my pricerange. i don't regret it at all
     
  3. Secret Agent Man

    Secret Agent Man New Member

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    If you can afford the MacBook Pro, definitely get it... But it's $600 more and you have to get Photoshop too, so I guess it's up to you. I just ordered my MBP and I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival. :x:
     
  4. Yardsale

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    I've heard some unscrupulous people on the interwebs getting photoshop and all those other fancy abode products for free by downloading, but I think it's just a rumor :coolugh:
     
  5. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

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    go pro if you can, girls will give it up to touch your backlit keyboard :cool:
     
  6. LifeBurnsFaster

    LifeBurnsFaster New Member

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    i :love: my mbp

    Listen to yardsale :hsugh:
     
  7. Kinie

    Kinie MY DRILL IS A DRILL TO CREATE THE HEAVENS!

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    I have heard such rumors as well, but I would much prefer to buy one if I can afford it. If not, I will investigate these rumors deeper :coolugh:

    Though, as I think about it now, if these "rumors" are true, it would be cheaper to get the MBP (take the money from the MacBook, add it to the money spent on Photoshop and you get a MBP with a little extra left over) in the long run. Plus, if I did decide to get Boot Camp for it (as unlikely as that may be) I could probably run Vista on it too (though why I would want to is anyone's guess).

    Hmm... Now I'm split between saving money on the MacBook and spending the extra for the MBP. I figure I'll wait until Leopard comes out then visit the Apple Store, see if I can't get lucky and get it during a promo sale :x:
     
  8. Pitt

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    definitely pro if you're going to be doing intensive graphics work
     
  9. Yardsale

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    damn i'm gonna be getting 4 gigs in my mbp LOL!
     
  10. Yardsale

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    final cut pro/color/motion is gonna get :Owned:
     
  11. Kinie

    Kinie MY DRILL IS A DRILL TO CREATE THE HEAVENS!

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    True, but most of the cash I'm making between now and October is going to be spent on car insurance (a payment in August then setting aside a payment for February of next year). If I got the MacBook I could probably afford it, but if I get the MBP there's a good chance I won't be able to afford it (barring some sort of random influx of cash).

    There's no way in hell I'm doing monthly payments for the thing; if I'm going to use it then it's gonna be a full purchase. Hmm... perhaps another student loan will be in order for October...
     
  12. Yardsale

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    can it even use all 4 gigs of RAM currently?
     
  13. ady

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    Adobe have education pricing if you don't want to be pirating software, might even be able to get it cheaper through your school, so look in to that.

    http://www.adobe.com/education/purchasing/education_pricing.html

    If this is going to be your only machine away from home, as great as the MBPs are you may be better investing in a MB and a monitor.
     
  14. Kinie

    Kinie MY DRILL IS A DRILL TO CREATE THE HEAVENS!

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    My "machine" at home is over 7 years old. It was a POS then, and it's an even worse POS now. About the only reason I still have it is because my family uses it while I'm away at school. Right now my main machine is a Dell Inspiron 1200 laptop. And, while it gets the job done most of the time, it is starting to show it's age (plus Photoshop runs like a snail on this). I figure if I get a good MB or a MBP I won't have to make another computer purchase for at least 3 more years.

    I have looked into it, and while the price drop is significant (from like $600 to a little over $350) it would still be out of my price range if I got a MBP and barely in range if I got a MP. I'm more than willing to get an unofficial copy of Photoshop (most of the software I have I got through unofficial channels) if it's going to save me that much money.
     
  15. TomBrady

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    rofl
    i had photoshop5 6 7 and now cs 2 by theoretically and rumorsouly getting it..
     
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    but I'm doing the same thing when I get mine. :o
     
  17. Kinie

    Kinie MY DRILL IS A DRILL TO CREATE THE HEAVENS!

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    So it seems most people here really like the MBP. Any particular reason you like it (besides the usual things about better hardware than MB's)? Or is it just because MBP sounds cooler? :o
     
  18. mobbarley

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    larger screen, thinner, nicer case, backlit keyboard, dvi port & fw800, better video card, faster bus & cpu.. anything i missed?
     
  19. CyberBullets

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    I have a MB and now wish i bought the MBP for the video card. I maxed out my MB and for a few extra bones could of gotten a base model MBP. Oh well, live and learn. I'm probably gonna flip this one soon... or so I hope :x:
     
  20. bitchno3

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    if you plan to be doing a lot of intensive graphics work or video games, get a pro, if not, get a macbook.

    even if you are, a macbook will work fine for all your needs.

    a good friend of mine is the president of www.superalright.com he spends 60-70 hours a week doing graphics and video editing, and has a macbook with 2 gigs ram.

    the only real big advantage of the pro is the video card imo.

    and if you are trying to pick up girls with your laptop, the pro also works better.
     
  21. Kinie

    Kinie MY DRILL IS A DRILL TO CREATE THE HEAVENS!

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    Picking up girls is always a good thing.

    So it sounds like the MBP is a much better product than the MB (not dissing the MB, but the MBP does look and sound a lot cooler now). I'll look into see how much it'll cost me for the MBP and then figure out if I can afford it.

    Worst comes to worst, I have to wait until after Christmas to get one, or ask the parents for some extra cash to help cover the cost of the MBP.
     
  22. Casino

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    I'm getting a laptop for college. I'll just use it for typing up papers, surfing the web, aim, music, watching dvds, etc. I won't be playing any games or any kind of video edititing. I plan on getting a Macbook 2.16ghz, 1gb, and 120gb hdd. I'm gonna buy another gig of ram off crucial for $50. I also want to upgrade to Leopard when it comes out. I think that the regular macbook fits my needs perfectly and I don't need the MBP. What do you think?

    I read the video and sound card arn't that great in the Macbook. I'm gonna watch a lot of movies and listen to a lot of music. Do you think the cards will be good enough?
     
  23. mobbarley

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    the video and sound in the macbook are perfect for what you want. you would really only see the advantage of the MBP if you play games, or have an optical-capable receiver powering your speakers (i dont think the mb has digital audio out, could be wrong.)
     
  24. Jay

    Jay My shit don't stink

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    I'm biased, so MBP :o
    but a macbook is perfect for your needs
     
  25. jatyrx

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    MBP, bigger screen estate!. well i'm a graphic designer, so i need more space. a 17" with 1920x1200 would be good if you don't mind the cost.
     

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