4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2010 12:56 PM by BackToMac2
BackToMac2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am trying to decide on a MB or MBP for my boyfriend's Christmas Gift. He is an airline pilot and uses his laptop as his primary home and travel computer. Given that space comes at a premium in the "Carry on lifestyle," he is very concerned about weight and size. The MBAir is not an option since he also uses this as his primary computer. I just purchased the MB and I love it, but the MBP 13" is slightly smaller and lighter. However, I am concerned that the MB is more durable. I am also concerned that the MBP may cause him trouble when trying to connect wirelessly through hotel Wi-Fi systems. Question 1: Is the MBP durable enough for constant travel inside of a computer bag, Question 2: Is wireless connection going to be a problem with the aluminum casing?

MacBook vs MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • WhittleTT Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi,

    I have just bought a 15 inch mac book pro and have a 13 inch at work and i must say they are both very durable. Regarding the wi-fi i can't see you having any problems at all.

    The new one i have just bought seems better that my imac, i'm not sure if that is the case but it's certainly a lot more responsive,

    I hope this helps!.

    Andy
  • Soilworkgmbh Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    From personal experience, I'm a student who uses my laptop every day in class. I carry it around in my backpack and it gets jostled around quite a bit, especially when I set my bag down etc. I will say that I have experienced little issue connecting to wireless networks with the aluminum casing, and I use wireless internet every day in multiple locations that have from full signal to very little and experience fast connections either way. That being said, I have a 15" and I know that I do wish I had purchased the MBP 13" just because it would be smaller and more durable. I think the MBP is the way to go - spend the extra money and you won't regret it!

    Note: My backback containing my laptop was also dropped from about a 3 foot distance and dented the side of my laptop and it survived that - so in the sense of durability, perhaps I was just lucky, but the unibody design is pretty durable A plastic case likely would have cracked and needed repair!
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,810 points)
    Question 1: Is the MBP durable enough for constant travel inside of a computer bag,

    Absolutely. A former colleague of mine was riding his bicycle with his MBP in his backpack and was hit by a car. The colleague was out of commission for a while but the MBP was fine. As always nothing is invulnerable, but barring extreme circumstances or very bad luck (dropping the system in the bag in exactly the wrong way), the chances if a problem due to physical damage are not high.

    Question 2: Is wireless connection going to be a problem with the aluminum casing?

    It should be no problem. While wireless can be a bit touchy, the MBP was designed with the aluminum casing in mind, so in and of itself that will not be an issue. We have several people with MBPs and have had no unusual problems with wireless access.

    Regards.
  • BackToMac2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you everyone for the feedback! You've just helped make my shopping decision much easier. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!