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Getting a New MacBook / MacBook Pro Laptop

Written By: Gary on March 8, 2008 2 Comments

So after the MacBook Air not being what I had hoped for, I had been hoping for a 13.3 inch MacBook Pro and while the Air is small, I wanted something not so stripped down. Since then, I’d been trying to decide between a 13.3 MacBook and a 15 inch MacBook Pro (size vs. power, I’m used to the tiny 12 inch PowerBook), I thought I’d let fate decide for me and get the next one that they upgraded. Unfortunately, last week they did an upgrade on them both on the same, letting fate avoid making the choice for me.

This week I was at a conference and was at the Apple Booth and was playing with the 17 inch MacBook Pro and asked if they had a 15 inch to look at and then I realized I was using the 15 inch model. It just seemed so large and bulky to me. I think I’m going to have to go with the 13.3 MacBook, I think it’s only about a half pound less in weight, but it’s a bit smaller. I’m not even sure how I’d fit the 15 inch on the back of an airplane or train seat tray.

Of course, the day after I order it, they’ll release a 13.3 inch MacBook Pro

Later: I went with the 2.4 GHz White MacBook (I couldn’t possibly justify the Black one for $110 more, that doesn’t even make sense!), with the 250 GB HD and lots o’ RAM. The biggest downside to not getting the Pro is that the glossy screen was the only option (and the non-backlit keyboard).

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2 Responses to “Getting a New MacBook / MacBook Pro Laptop”

  1. gavi says on: 9 March 2008 at 11:35 am

    It depends on what you’re going to use the mac for. If you’re just going to be doing basic productivity, music, movies, web surfing, the Macbook will be more than adequate

    In all honosty the difference between the Macbook Pro and the Macbook are the the physical difference (size, aluminum vs plastic) and the slightly better CPU in the Pro, and the graphics card in the Pro.
    That’s pretty much it. So unless you’re going to be using something that’s heavily graphics oriented (IE 3-d animation) you’ll be fine with the Macbook.

    The only thing to think about would be the phyiscal difference. I happen to have a Pro, but I need it. If I didn’t do the trype of work I do, I would be just fine with the macbook

  2. Angela says on: 10 March 2008 at 11:06 am

    We just procured a 13″ 2 Ghz MacBook (Used, of course, off of ebay for $275. We NEVER buy new.) and I must say, it’s snappy. I’m still on the fence about the shiny display (fingerprints!) but the processor and OS 10.5.2 really do zip. I think the reason they look SO BIG is due to the wider screen. The 13″ feels like a 15″ to me. The 15s seem HUGE. You’ll love your MacBook! :-)

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