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View Poll Results: Which 13" Apple Laptop Would You Buy?
13" 2.4 GHz MacBook 2 10.53%
13" 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro 13 68.42%
13" 2.66 GHz MacBook Pro 4 21.05%
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Old May 18th, 2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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new MacBook vs 13" MacBook Pro

With today's update of the MacBook, it is almost identical to the 2.4 GHz 13" MacBook Pro. If you were considering buying a 13" Apple laptop, which one would you get?

1) 13" 2.4 GHz MacBook
2) 13" 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro
3) 13" 2.66 GHz MacBook Pro
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Old May 18th, 2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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The 2.4GHz MacBook Pro in adding 250 GB to the original HD.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 09:17 AM   #3
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better sound, graphic and I/O in MBP
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Old May 18th, 2010, 09:46 AM   #4
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Well, I always max my specs but regardless I would never by this new MacBook. for 150 extra you get aluminum, firewire, SD slot and backlit keyboard. Who in there right mind wouldn't spend the 150 on an already expensive laptop for those features. I'm just sad that my Aluminum Macbook (not pro) is now outclassed by this plastic thing. Also the features I really want on my MacBook Alu are the SD and Firewire. Oh and the Aluminum is also 100grams lighter.

To actually answer the question, I would buy a 2.66GHz, 8GB Ram, 500GB HD MacBook Pro.

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Old May 18th, 2010, 09:54 AM   #5
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It's not super obvious to me at this point. I'd have to see the displays on both to decide. If SD is important to you, the you probably want the MBP, but all my cameras are CF, so SD isn't really useful, and there aren't that many typical users that use FireWire (I only use it for a card reader, USB would do the job also).

Most people buying a 13" laptop are not pro users (pros typically want more display real estate from my experience), and for the typical home/office user, I don't see a compelling reason to go with the Pro, unless you work in low light environment a lot and the backlit keyboard might be worth the extra cost.

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Old May 18th, 2010, 10:09 AM   #6
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I see your point and I think that the base 999 model with 2GB of ram is okay if one just wants the base model. It is a nice base model and runs OSX which is really the point of overpaying for the hardware with Apple.
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I see your point and I think that the base 999 model with 2GB of ram is okay if one just wants the base model. It is a nice base model and runs OSX which is really the point of overpaying for the hardware with Apple.
The base $1049..
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Old May 18th, 2010, 10:51 AM   #8
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There's also the weight issue - the Aluminum is 4.5 vs 4.7 for the Plastic - maybe not as big of an issue as in the past, but something to consider when you're carting this thing around day-in, day-out.

I would still lean to the MBP - when you match the RAM - the price difference is less than $100 - for the backlit keyboard, SD Card Slot and FireWire, it's a no-brainer to me.

I'd go for the 2.4Ghz model. The 2.66Ghz is too much $$ for not enough performance update IMHO.

EDIT: Just saw - the Older 2.26Ghz MB is now $849 in the refurb store - so that might be an okay idea if you want to save the $$$. That's $400 cheaper than the Base MBP.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 11:11 AM   #9
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I bought the MBP about a week ago. Given the new MacBook specs, I would still spend the extra money for the MBP.

It feels nicer to use than the plastic MacBook, looks sleeker, and has Firewire, SD Slot, backlit keyboard. If you're going to be happy with the plastic case or want a white laptop, go with the MacBook.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #10
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the displays on the 13" are markedly better than the ones on the macbooks. more accurate colours, smoother stepping between shades, what i perceived to be darker blacks and better shadow detail on the pro as well.

if you look in the coloursync utility under displays they are using different part numbers.

for $150 you'd be foolish to not get the aluminum construction, backlit keyboard and the nicer display. FW and SD etc are nice, but the other 3 features should be dealbreakers for *anyone*
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