Macbook vs Macbook Pro (noob questions)

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  1. LIQUID

    LIQUID #HarambeBless

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    I'm in the market for a new notebook and was checking out the macs

    so my question is what's the big difference between the macbook & the macbook pro?

    i see they have a 13" model in both

    i could get the macbook with 4GB ram for less than a 2GB 13" macbook pro

    I'm also looking at the 15" Pros - it's a little more but it has better specs - the 13" doesnt really seem like a big jump from the regular macbook

    please school me :hs:

    if you have any sites that you can throw my way that can help me make my decision I'd appreciate it :hs: i've been googling but sometimes the first hits arent the best
     
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    it's gotten harder...

    previously the difference between the two was dedicated graphics card vs integrated and express card slot... now that they've bumped the 13inch to macbookpro status it's a little harder...

    basically they're the "same" system now...
    13" has no option of a dedicated graphics card
    lowest end 15" also has integrated graphics chip
    mid range 15" gives you an option of dedicated graphics chip
    17" has the express card slot still and no SD card reader...

    have all integrated 7-8 hour battery, 13"s and 15"s have SD card reader, and FW800

    the "white" macbook still has swappable battery which comes at 5 hours rating, no sd card reader, no firewire, no backlit keys, and it's not a unibody it's still the old plastic...
     
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    incorrect, the polycarbonate (white plastic) MacBook still has Firewire 400.

    I'm getting the 13" MacBook Pro. I've never had a machine with dedicated graphics, so I don't think I will miss it. I do some light home video editing, and occasionally use Photoshop. I don't think I do anything that would benefit from a dedicated graphics card.
     
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    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    i stand corrected... you're right...
    wonder how i mixed that one up :o
     
  6. CyberBullets

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    Display resolution as well as display options.

    All have glossy except the MBP 17" which has the option for matte.

    13" - 1200x800
    15" - 1440x900
    17" - 1920x1200
     
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    I wish the 15" came in 1920x1200
     
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    thanks for the info

    i'm heavily leaning toward the 13" macbook pro with 4GB of RAM
     
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    I have the 15" and my GF has the 13" pro (while it was called just the unibody Macbook when she bought it). I love the 15" just because of the larger screen. They are both great machines, however I think the 13" screen is too small.
     
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    your gf does not have a 13" MacBook Pro. She has a 13" MacBook (unibody).
     
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    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    no, she has a unibody macbook...
    just because apple released a new computer and added the "pro" tag to it, doesn't automatically make your's the same...
     
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    I have the 13" MacBook unibody. It is pretty awesome... is the screen small? Yeah, kinda, but I hook it up to an external display when I'm at home, and when I'm out, it really has all the display space I need.

    The displays for the 13" MB are not as high-quality as the MBP's, but with this new update, since the 13" is now a MBP, it now has the same high-quality screen. This would've been my only problem with someone buying the 13" unibody MB right now... you get a meh screen with meh colours/blacks.

    If you need a bigger laptop, get the 15". If not, get the 13".
     
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    Christ man its practically the same fucking computer with some updates chill the fuck out.
     
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    MP != MBP
     
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    you know how they are..
     
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    Explain to me what the difference between the older unibody MB and the new 13" MBP, other then some updates which could have been made and they still could have called it a macbook. They just added the tag so people would feel special, oh I have a macbook pro. I mean the lower end 15" MBP is basically a 15" macbook.
     
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    It's not the fucking same thing, jesus christ :ugh: As someone who owns the 13" MB unibody and has seen the new 13" MBPs, they aren't the same. MBP has the better-quality display, FireWire, SD card reader, the 7-hour built-in battery... now comes with 4GB of RAM and 250GBHD instead of 2GB and 160GBHD.

    :ugh2:
     
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    They could have still called it the macbook. Its the same fucking price as the previous. Apple upgraded the 15" MBP and they are still fucking called MBP but they are better than the previous unibody 15" MBP. They gave it an upgrade like they do with many of their other lines, this time they just changed the name, but as far as I'm concerned its still a fucking macbook.
     
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    it's okay, he's got an older unibody and is trying to feel better about himself...
    i mean better display, backlit keys, higher ram limit, sd card slot, firewire 800, longer battery life, it's practically the same thing...

    it's like a 3 series owner, i mean an m3 is the same car with a little better engine and suspension, but it's basically the same thing right?
     
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    Actually if you read my post you would realize that I actually have the high end 15" MBP that is one week old.
     

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