Is a Macbook Pro worth the extra $150?
July 10, 2010 6:52 AM Subscribe
What's the advantage of a Macbook Pro over a Macbook? Does it justify the extra $150?
posted by synecdoche to computers & internet (30 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm replacing a four-year-old, ailing Macbook with a new model. While I was poking around the Apple Store, I noticed that the Macbook Pro is an extra $150, for (as far as I can tell) an aluminum body, a firewire port, a back-lit keyboard, and some extra hard drive space.
Am I missing something else? Are these extras worth the extra money? What makes them worth the extra money, if they are? (I.E. what do they add to your usage?) I'm pretty set on the Macbook, but I want to make sure I am doing my due diligence and that I am not going to regret something a year or two down the road on what is definitely a major purchase for me.
In terms of usage, I'm hardly a power-user. I'm a graduate student in the humanities and my computer's used mainly for writing and research of a decidedly non-graphic-intensive sort, Internet browsing, listening to music, and watching online videos. The hard drive space isn't a big attraction—I upgraded my old Macbook's drive to 160 GB some time ago and haven't even filled half of it.
So, would the $150 be money well-spent for somebody like me? Was it for you? Why or why not?