MacBook vs MacBook Pro: What is the point?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I have 2 macbooks, and i want to get a 3rd laptop, for my sister actually.

I was wondering, should i go the new MacBook, or the entry level Pro?

The pro doesn't makes sense to me:


2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

2GB DDR3 memory

250GB hard drive

8x double-layer SuperDrive

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

Built-in 7-hour battery

Polycarbonate unibody enclosure


2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

2GB Memory DDR3

160GB hard drive

SD card slot

Built-in 7-hour battery

NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

Aluminium Unibody Enclosure

So, by paying 100 dollars more, i LOOSE 90GB of the HDD, and gain aluminium an an SD reader? Is that so?

Is it worth it the aluminium enclosure?



  • Reply 1 of 4
    EDIT: reading some other post, it looks like i loose:

    - Backlit Keyboard

    - SD Card Slot

    - Firewire Port

    - IR receiver

    - Battery indicator

    - Aluminium Body

    - 8GB Max on memory (I suspect the Macbook has a max of 4GB RAM)

    Is that right? The only important things here for me could be the 8GB of mem, and the backlit kb.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    I've been wondering the same for several months. Now with the loss of Firewire in the new MacBook, the Pro seems a little better.

    If I find a great deal on a leftover MacBook with Firewire, I might get one before it's too late. Otherwise I might go for the Pro, which I think looks a little nicer than the new all-gloss MacBook. Resale value in a couple of years might be much better for the MBP.
  • Reply 3 of 4

    Go look at engadget's review of the new MB, and notice how easily it's soft plastic gets scratched and dinged up (after like a day of use), that along with the SD reader make the MBP worth the extra $200.

    That's terrible plastics used for the exterior, it might be built like a tank, but it can't seem to handle any sort of gentle movement.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    Yeah, seen that also .... mmm
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