Professor needs convincing

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  1. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    So I've got this professor at school that is 95% sure he's buying a Mac, but he's trying to decide if he should get the MacBook or MacBook Pro. He's one of my Computer Science professors, so he'll be doing development on it. He was comparing a 2.16 Ghz MacBook with 2 GB RAM and a 160 GB Hard Drive with the bottom end MBP, and there's $400 difference. He said that he just can't justify paying $400 extra for the MBP when it will run almost identical to the MB. He said he doesn't need the extra video for anything, and the extra screen real estate doesn't matter. What does the Mac Shack think? Should he get a MacBook Pro, or will the MacBook suite his needs?
     
  2. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    basically the only major difference is the dedicated video card...
    other wise it's just little things here and there
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    ok, so then he's better off with the MacBook. I was looking at the ADC pricing, and I wonder if he could get by with an ADC pricing being a teacher. It's one thing to consider
     
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    keyboard feels much better on the Pro. And if he'll be coding, he'll appreciate that.
     
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    word, if not he'll be plenty happy with the macbook.
     
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    Wow. I must be the only one that prefer keys on macbook over the MBP...although the backlight is awesome.
     
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    I also prefer the feel of the MacBook overall, including it's keyboard.

    I think the MacBook has a limit of 2 GB RAM while the MBP has a max of 4 GB.

    Also, ExpressCard slot (could maybe add an eSATA or EV-DO), FW 800, antiglare screen as an option, 7200 RPM HD option and yeah..
     
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    i always forget about the express card slot. mostly cause i've never seen anyone use it yet. and the FW800, again, because the only people i've ever seen use it are video people. :o
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    He said he doesn't need the Ex[ressCard slot, FW800 isn't necessary, The hard drive speed would be nice, but he can live with out it. I guess he's going to look into getting the MacBook
     
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    Yeah, but that would turn a $400 difference into a $625 difference. That's a pretty big price to pay for no upgrade in HD capacity and a few features you don't care about.
     
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    he's a professor though. shouldnt he be able to afford the MBP no problem?
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    Professors don't get paid that great. He could be making more money as a Developer at a company, but he decides to teach. And If he sees no reason to upgrade to a computer that the upgrades arent that important to him, then I guess it would make sense to save the money
     
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    make sure he's using the edu discount :hs:
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    dont worry, he definitely is
     
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    Maybe because I went to a pretty well known university or something but yea its kinda weird seeing a prof using macbook. :rofl:
     
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    lol
    i kept telling myself I would upgrade to 2GB RAM once i got my MacBook but have been too lazy to look for a good deal on RAM :hs:
    tbh i'm not quite sure if i even need the upgrade
     
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    If he runs presentation off of the lappy he'll want to go for a MBP.

    If he does this then he can have two screens running in class. My professors do this to have grades and whatnot up without showing the entire class personal info. Comes in very handy.
     

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