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Old Oct 22nd, 2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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What differentiates the Macbook and 13" MacBook Pro

My better half's old thinkpad is becoming annoyingly slow, and I'd really like to transition her to OSX, so the new MacBook looks rather interesting to me. In fast, looking at it in detail, it seems to me that it will steal many sales for the base 13" Macbook Pro.

-Macbook is 200$ less expensive
-Macbook has a larger hard drive
-Same graphics chip, LED display and CPU
-Same battery life
-Macbook does not have FireWire or SD card.

To me it looks like they re-designed the shell of the Macbook to be able to re-use the 13" MBP internals, with the SD and firewire removed. Aside from the debate of whether aluminium is more durable than polycarbonate, would most buyers pay an extra 200$ and get a smaller HDD for FW and SD. I think probably not.

It'll be interesting to see if Apple ends up removing the base 13"MBP after a while dur to this.

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Old Oct 22nd, 2009, 11:28 AM   #2
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MacBook has no backlit keyboard, or a more durable aluminum housing. Nor looks as good.
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would this buyer pay an extra 200$ and get FW
Yes.

Audio production = FireWire
Video production = FireWire
Acceptable speed access to TB of data on multiple hard drives = FireWire
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Old Oct 22nd, 2009, 12:44 PM   #4
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It'll be interesting to see if Apple ends up removing the base 13"MBP after a while dur to this.
Rumours point to faster processors in the next gen 13" MBP, rather than killing it.

It's just a matter of timing which is why the MB and MBP's share the same processors.
When the new chips are ready, there will be greater differentiation.
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I guess that I've never considered the 13" to be a pro model despite the name, but I may have been wrong.

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Old Oct 22nd, 2009, 03:09 PM   #6
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Polycarbonate will probably still get super dirty

Hopefully it doesn't crack...
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Aluminum will scuff like crazy.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2009, 03:32 PM   #8
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The 13" Macbook definitely does not have the same display as the 13" Macbook Pro.
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Aluminum will scuff like crazy.
Wrong.

I am on my fifth MBP and not one of them has ever scuffed. And I carry it out with me every single day. (I have no protective skin either, just a Targus padded bag.) In fact quite the opposite is true compared to plastic/graphite case Powerbooks and iBooks and MacBooks I have had before. They scratch and scuff like crazy.

Only severe misuse could cause scuffing on an aluminum case, especially the new unibody models.
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Aluminum will scuff like crazy.
Apparently you have not experienced the aluminum Macs. They do not skuff - unless you go after them with sandpaper.... I have had 4 of them now and with a modicum of care they remain pristine... I just drop mine in my CPGear laptop bag (check out the video - this is one of the toughest bags I've seen) and go... no sleeve or any such fal-dah-rall. Where does your "information" come from?
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