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eluve59 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I've recently decided I am going to save up for a MacBook. I am also going to buy iWork along with it, so it will be good for school. My question is, is the unibody 13" MBP a big step from or superior to the polycarbonate white MacBook? Because I've heard things like the new MBP heating up and what not aswell as the cd drive being unusually loud. Could anyone with expeirence with the new MBP please reply. Thanks.

eluve59

Windows XP
  • 1. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Yes, the unibody MBP is a noticeable improvement over the polycarbonate MB. As for the 'issues' you're hearing about, keep in mind that this and other discussion forums are analogous to an Emergency Room - there's a lot higher proportion of problems than out in the 'real world'.
  • 2. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Ps. Don't forget that Apple offers educational discounts.

    http://canadaedu.apple.com/routing/index.php?lang=eng
  • 3. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
    On 6/10/09 I purchased the 13.3" 2.53 MBP installed a 500Gb HD myself and am 100% satisfied with my purchase. I have not had one problem (nock on wood) with it.

    Buy with confidence that your getting a very high quality computer. Some are calling it the near perfect computer...

    I would agree that it's almost there. Here's my wish list in order of importance.

    1) Screen that fills the whole top case (13.9" maybe)
    1a)Option for other than Glossy screen (Matte)
    2) Built-in 3G, 4G firmware upgrade option (for all major carriers)
    3) 1 - 1.5 pounds lighter
    4) water resistant (don't laugh)
    5) Express card slot (although have never used one)
  • 4. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    NickDixon Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Which 500GB hard drive did you install?

    Thanks,

    Nick
  • 5. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)
    Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/sWD
  • 6. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    Thrifty One Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
    I have had mine for 2 weeks -- no problems at all.

    Heat issue: if used for typical tasks (internet, e:mail, Word/Excel, iTunes) there are no heat issues. If I run a processor intensive app (X-Plane or Flight Simulator X) it heats up -- any laptop would.

    Optical Drive: I do not find it to be unusually loud (but I have not really paid attention to it either). Take a CD with you to a store and pop it in to try it.

    The screen is very bright/vibrant. I was hoping to use it outside on my patio as the screen is so much brighter than my old Powerbook G4. However, the glossy screen & sun turn the screen into a mirror. I may look for some sort of a matte overlay to use outside.

    I loaded the Windows 7 Beta / Bootcamp on it this week in order to run Flight Simulator X and some stock trading software. It works great with one exception -- the screen brightness keys don't work. Not a big deal and to be expected with a beta version.

    It is a very well-built laptop. Feels much firmer/sturdier than my Powerbook G4.

    Randy
  • 7. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    NickDixon Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I've held off buying a new HD because of all this chat about 1.5/3GB etc. I don't even know what it means! I just don't want to buy something that isn't going to work...

    Any help?
  • 8. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    DanO-67 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Apple released a patch for the 1.5 gb SATA issue. After the patch install on the new MBP line, you'll be fine with installing an SSD or 7200 rpm HDD.
  • 9. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    NickDixon Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I'm not doubting you at all but there seems to be many people in this forum who have bought new HD's (Western, Seagate etc) only to have serious problems after the firmware update...

    I'm confused!
  • 10. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    AwakenedLands.com Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've had a White Macbook, an Aluminum Macbook (bought 31 days before the new line came out) and the new 13" Macbook Pro.

    When I got the White Macbook, it was the best laptop I ever owned. I didn't want to get an aluminum, so I held off until I found someone to purchase the White Macbook for a good price (craigslist is awesome, and macs hold their value)

    When I got the Aluminum Macbook, it seriously made me feel the White Macbook was a cheap plastic toy. It has nothing to do with the speed of the machine though. Both are fine machines. However, the aluminum body is very solid and light-weight. The White Macbook didn't last long before I had to return it for minor cracks, and the seams along the case never lined up perfectly (even when new).

    I only had the Aluminum Macbook for a month before selling it for the new Aluminum Macbook Pro 13". They are pretty much the same thing, except the battery lasts a couple hours longer with the Pro. I do like the latch on the bottom of the Aluminum Macbook more than the one-piece on the Pro, but after upgrading things on it it's a non-issue.

    So I'm for the Aluminum Macbook Pro. It's just a solid machine and feels more sturdy than the White Macbook. Both machines are great, but the Aluminum seems more durable.
  • 11. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    Furi0us.Bee Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    With the education discount, try looking at the base 15" model. I settled for that one and I'd do it again. Great machine.

    Bryan
  • 12. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    eluve59 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for all your feed back everyone! I feel more confident and I'm really looking foreward for when I have enough. We have macs at my school and I am super excited to have one for my own! Thanks again!
  • 13. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    lyon09 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Just to keep in mind, maybe you should consider getting Office for Mac 2008. I currently have iWorks 09, but there are certain features that appeal to me about Office for Mac 2008 and I will probably purchase it before school starts.

    Being a recent mac switcher, you will not regret it! I hope you are able to purchase it soon!
  • 14. Re: New 13" MacBook Pro worth it?
    Furi0us.Bee Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    I have Office 2008 for Mac. Although I really like what Apple has done with iWork 09, Office is still far superior in what it can do, especially Excel. Word and Pages, that's a different story. Pages does some things much better, like doing page layout. However, in 2008, Word is much better at working with images/graphics and it's much easier to manipulate them. I have the student edition and I think I paid $179.00 for it. Office is standard, so if you want complete compatibility with just about everyone, I would get Office.

    Numbers gives you some nice ways to present your data, but Excel lets you work with it much easier IMO, plus you can do much, much more. Numbers is more eye candy in terms of making your spreadsheets look "beautiful." I don't know about you, but I don't care what my spreadsheets look like, I just want to be able to use that data in as many ways as possible, and Excel lets you do that.

    Bryan
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