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MacBook v. Macbook Pro

LawJedi

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MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« on: July 10, 2007, 08:23:28 AM »
So I can't decide. Do I want the screen space or the portability? They're not that different but every little bit helps. The money isn't a huge issue but hey, who wouldn't want to save money.

The other option is to wait until October/November and buy a new Macbook or Pro when they release Leopard and hopefully another Hardware update... I currently have a 12" Powerbook that has always served me well -- I just can't take tests on it in LS.

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007, 08:36:15 AM »
If I remember right, the weight difference isn't too severe - 5 pounds for the MacBook and 5.5 pounds for the MacBook Pro. Unless you really need the larger screen size, I think it's hard to justify the price of the MBP though, especially since we're law students (and not, say, graphic designers). You already use a laptop with a small screen - does that work for you? If a smaller screen would be a significant issue when using it, then definitely get the MBP, but I think a 13 inch screen would be sufficient for most.

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007, 09:00:17 AM »
Since you already have a Powerbook, I would wait until the release of Leopard to buy either.  (But that's just me.  I think that if you purchase now, you can get a free upgrade when Leopard's released; I just wouldn't want the hassle.)

As for which to go with, most of my Apple-using classmates went with the Macbook.  The portability is nice - not so much the weight difference as the size.  I sometimes miss my cute little 12-inch Powerbook that I could toss into any bag.  I have the MBP and I love it, but I purchased mine before the MB was released.

And now a shameless plug (not that I get anything for it): whichever you go with, all Apple students should check out the Omni Group's software.  I use OmniOutliner Pro for all of my notes and outlines, OmniGraffle for diagramming, OmniDazzle when I'm bored in class...and OmniFocus (which is still in limited-release testing-mode) is AMAZING!

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2007, 09:54:22 AM »
Is the 15" MBP too much to put in a bookbag?

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007, 09:57:32 AM »
No, that's what I do.  It just, well, takes up more room in the bag.

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2007, 10:00:32 AM »
I am used to the small size of the powerbook but everything I hear about Law School says to go with the biggest screen possible to have different notes open, less eye strain etc.

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2007, 10:01:38 AM »
I currently have a 12" Powerbook that has always served me well -- I just can't take tests on it in LS.

Why not?   ???

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2007, 10:03:06 AM »
I am used to the small size of the powerbook but everything I hear about Law School says to go with the biggest screen possible to have different notes open, less eye strain etc.

OOOOOH. :P  I get it now!  I should have read further.  I have a 12", too.   :-\  I really didn't want to have to buy a new laptop for awhile.  (sigh)

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2007, 10:04:41 AM »
My law school's software supposively requires the intel chip and i'm still powerpc

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Re: MacBook v. Macbook Pro
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2007, 10:07:42 AM »
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