5 Replies Latest reply: May 18, 2006 6:27 PM by Peter K. Grether
djshadow Level 1 (5 points)
Hi there. Just a quick question...

I looked at the MacBook for the first time today (rather than the MacBook Pro) and saw I could get the same spec for less. The only difference I could see was the screen size. I'm sure there's more to it. Can someone explain? Thanks
  • scootermafia Level 1 (5 points)
    Lurk moar noob!

    Ok I'll help you. Here is what the Pro adds/makes available:

    1. Backlit Keyboard
    2. Faster standard processor
    3. Larger, higher resolution screen
    4. Dual-link DVI to support 30" screen; real DVI port that requires no adapter
    5. Expresscard slot
    6. Ati X1600 video card vs. Intel integrated graphics on the non-pro
    7. 7200rpm, and 120GB hard drive option
    8. Aluminum casing
    9. Better speakers

    The aluminum casing affords the pro the ability to run hotter, compared to the plastic case of the Macbook. The apple tech informed me that despite similar spec, the Pro is MORE AGGRESSIVELY TUNED and will have higher performance in all areas. The Macbook will scale itself down in order to keep at a fair temperature.
  • David Ceddia Level 2 (155 points)
    Other than the obvious screen size difference, the other major difference is the video chipset. The MacBook uses an "integrated" Intel GMA 950 with 64MB of shared videom memory, while the MacBook Pro uses an ATI Radeon x1600 Mobility with 128MB or 256MB of dedicated video memory. This translates to much better performance in games and thing that make heavy use of the graphics card.

    To me, this is the only real difference, and if it weren't for that, I would own one right now. As it stands, though, I need to do a little more thinking about whether I'm ok with essentially giving up the option of playing graphic-intensive games in XP. I'm not a huge gamer now, so it might not bother me much, but the idea (for me) was to get a MB/P as a desktop replacement, and in case I want to play games in the future I'll need to go back to the desktop...
  • Paul Sparaco1 Level 1 (80 points)
    I have both a MacBook pro and MacBook. I am not a gamer so the only difference for me is the size of the screen. Lighted keyboard is nice but really a non-factor for me. I feel after working on both for a few days now that for what i use it for the MacBook would be fine,. but then.....the larger screen is nice
  • Alan Somers Level 6 (9,345 points)
    You forgot about the matte screen on the Pro vs. the glossy screen on the non-Pro. I'll take the glare-free screen on the Pro any day.
  • Peter K. Grether Level 4 (2,870 points)
    The Macbook has a poor ram confirguration, 2x256MB, which means you will have to ditch both modules to replace with 1GB or 2GB ram. Add this to the base price.