View Full Version : Macbook vs Macbook Pro
11-26-2007, 06:21 PM
So, Im looking to pick up a laptop.
Ive been a PC user forever and think I am going to make the jump to a Mac.
I ll be using it for basic stuff. Watching videos, editing photos(Photoshop), some light music editing (ProTools LE)
browsing, etc... and I dont play video games, except for maybe Bejeweled or Kitty Catapult....sometimes.
11-26-2007, 06:25 PM
Don't do it, man.
11-26-2007, 06:26 PM
11-26-2007, 06:29 PM
I dunno. I've been using this old G4. Its maybe 7 years old or something but was given to me when my Vaio just died. I had that thing for about a year. It was great until spyware and popups n shit started slowing it down.
The only real issues with this one are memory issues. It runs a bit slow from time to time only because I havent upgraded its memory.
I think i just like the OS X operating system better than Windows. Less problems. Less crap.
11-26-2007, 06:30 PM
I should also include that cost is a big factor in this decision. Its the main reason I really havent just gone out and bought a Pro. I m wondering if the MacBook can really do all the same stuff as the Pro.
11-26-2007, 06:32 PM
the only thing that bumped me to a macbookpro was the real-time sound and video stuff I've been working on. Light video and audio editing/processing will be fine on a macbook.
11-26-2007, 06:34 PM
Macbook Pro is only a good investment if you're really going to be using it heavily.
11-26-2007, 06:35 PM
Yeah. The sound editing I am doing are simple demo tracks..guitar/bass/drums/ 2 tracks at a time. Not much production. Not much effects being added in or anything.
11-26-2007, 06:55 PM
I just picked up a MacBook on black friday (they marked them down $100 at the Apple Store). And I have been more then satisfied. If I had more money I would have upgraded my HD but I'm cool with my 120GB for now. The only upgrade I made was I got myself an additional gig of RAM
Also, if you choose to, you don't have to buy the apple protection plan right away , you can purchase it at any time during your 1 year warranty. But you might already know that...
but I think the MacBook should handle what you need
11-26-2007, 06:57 PM
You very likely won't need the MacBook Pro for what you're doing- nothing you described is intensive enough to need the extra juice/upgradability. In terms of raw speed, the MacBook and MacBook Pro are a lot closer to parity than their prices would indicate.
11-26-2007, 07:08 PM
and if you buy it from Best Buy, Comp USA, or any other retail location that sells Apple products. Make sure getting the newest processor available. I was checking out the Best Buy ads the other day, and they are still showing the old 2.16GHz processor for the MacBook's.
11-26-2007, 07:11 PM
Guitar Center is an Apple dealer and can sell older models for a few hundred off. Just an idea.
11-26-2007, 07:15 PM
Ebay would be even cheaper, but might have a little more risk...
11-26-2007, 07:26 PM
I bought a powerbook for my sister 2 years ago just before they were out of stock in apple. It was $150 cheaper, and it included guarantee from smalldog and apple. Same with refurbished products, they come with both guarantees. Then, a couple of months later, I bought for myself a new powerbook from them, and I haven't had any kind of problems so far. You also can purchase applecare if you want.
11-26-2007, 07:59 PM
Might want to consider a refurbished system if you're trying to save money. Everyone I know with a refurb says they're indistinguishable from a brand new one.
11-27-2007, 09:13 AM
go with the macbook and upgrade the memory if you need to. i was in the same position last february and i went with a wndows laptop. i should have just made the jump to mac. not too may pros with vista, but i have no patience and i hate waiting.
11-27-2007, 10:16 AM
I have a macbook and so far it has never let me down. Although I dont have a pro, I have heard that there isnt much difference between the two, and the regular is just fine. I make movies, sound clips, record songs, edit photos... and its all awesome. I havnt had any regret or need for more, as of yet. Although, if you get one, for photos, I do recommend (if not getting adobe) to download a program called 'Seashore'... its a free, mac photo editor thats like a tiny version of adobe... but its really good for some stuff (because iphoto is horrid)
C DUB YA
11-27-2007, 10:26 PM
max out the memory no matter what you get
11-28-2007, 08:26 AM
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11-28-2007, 06:29 PM
I have a MacBook too, and I looovvvve it. I have the hard drive split to run both OS X and Windows XP. I use OS X for 95% of everything I do. I only have Windows XP to run Auto CAD. I don't ever use Windows for the internet. That way I don't have to worry about spyware and all the other crap that can eff up your computer :) And Seashore is pretty cool, kinda frustrating at times. But hey, it's free and I can dig that!
11-28-2007, 06:30 PM