You’re standing in the Apple store, looking up and down the row of MacBooks and MacBook Pros; one is silver and slightly bigger, and one is white or black…but when it comes down to your bank account, is silver really all that worth it?Â The answer is a thousand times yes, and here are 5 reasons why.
First, there’s more to the silver than meets the eye; sure, its shiny and pretty…but its also a metal case.Â Why is that so important?Â The MacBook’s white or black case is made of plastic, and is easily scratched, chipped, and stained (by your hands or whatever you spill on it).Â The MacBook Pro, however, suffers none of those problems; the metal case is resilient and will stand up to the beating of time much better than its sibling.Â If you are a professional, student, or really anyone who plans on using the machine for more than a short while, the MacBook Pro’s case is far superior.
Then there’s the display.Â Sure, its a couple inches bigger…but that’s really no reason to spend additional hundreds of dollars for a little more screen real estate.Â The real reason the MacBook Pro’s screen eclipses the MacBook’s is because it is both LED-based, comes in matte, and even auto-adjusts brightness.Â What this means for the every day Joe or Sally is that you get a much brighter display (great for using outside in direct sunlight, even), more vibrant colors on the matte displays, and when you turn off your lights in your bedroom, your screen does the work of dimming itself for you.Â Coming from a MacBook, there are two reasons why the MacBook Pro’s display is just hands down better: there are problems with the inverters in MacBooks causing the displays to flicker, and they just don’t get that bright.Â If you’re going to be staring at a computer for a long period of time, your eyes will thank you for the extra brightness and vibrance…even if you aren’t a graphic designer.
Third reason:Â sweet, beautiful silence.Â The MacBook Pro ventilates much better than the MacBook; MacBooks have a nasty habit of getting too hot due to the vent structure, and the fans will spool up.Â Generally that sounds like a little mini jet engine whirring to life.Â Let me tell you, it is a sound you would rather and can avoid in the MacBook Pro.Â Even with the fans spooling, the MacBook Pro is much quieter than the MacBook; if you take your computer anywhere silence is advocated, like a classroom, its nice to avoid the harsh looks of the people around you who no doubt wonder where you are hiding your jet engine.Â Not to mention, a noisy MacBook means a bad rap for Apple, and no one wants to leave a bad impression like that, do they?
What good is a laptop if it can’t serve as a personal media center, right?Â If you want good media, you need both the good display mentioned above and good audio.Â This gets overlooked a lot, but mark my words: the MacBook Pro’s speakers are far superior to the MacBook’s.Â Not just in volume (though the Macbook Pro puts out substantially higher levels than the MacBook), but in sound quality.Â When I owned a MacBook, I would almost rather listen through iPod headphones than have to deal with the low sound levels of the little white machine; with the MacBook Pro, listening to music and watching movies truly is a greater audio joy than with the regular MacBook.Â This isn’t just for the audiophiles; after a while, sound quality becomes an issue with the MacBook, but the MacBook Pro has it just right.
Backlit keyboards really are beautiful to behold.Â More beautiful still to watch your keyboard’s lights illuminate when you turn off your lights in your room and your display dims…but your keys are ready for duty.Â Additionally, I used to be a huge fan of the chiclet-style keyboard of the MacBook; however, I am of the opinion, as an owner ofÂ MacBook Pro, that the latter’s keyboard is much better suited for hard work.Â The MacBook’s keys were spaced far enough apart to let just about anything fall between the keys, which was quite troublesome to clean.Â The MacBook Pro doesn’t suffer from this, and the keys aren’t nearly as loud (if you’re an efficient typist) as its black or white companions.
There are a lot more reasons why the MacBook is better; however, these are some of the reasons why the everyday user should consider the MacBook Pro over the MacBook.Â I’ll keep the pros and cons coming as I find them, but I can tell you my life has changed for the better since buying a MacBook Pro; I just wish I’d saved myself some money by purchasing the silver beauty in the first place.