What gives you better value, a Macbook or a Macbook Pro?

Arstechnica recently published an interesting analysis between the two popular Macbooks which might help solve your doubts about getting one or the other.

According to their data, the Macbook Pro is superior in all specifications, except for the battery life and height (the Pro is surprisingly thinner). But don’t go running to the stores just yet, as their conclusion might prove to be a little surprising:

Conclusion: both the MacBook and the MacBook Pro are very nice laptops. The MB is slightly more luggable and the MBP a bit faster; the MBP has a dedicated graphics processor but at the cost of lower battery life. The Expresscard slot, FireWire 800 and the ability to take 3 GB RAM on the MBP are nice, but actually using those is costly. I’d say that the MB is probably a slightly better choice for people who also have a non-portable Mac, but if you’re like me and you just use a laptop, the extra screen real estate and the better expansion options on the MBP are probably worth the extra money.

As a blogger who owns a desktop-replacement laptop, I have to admit that if I knew what I do today, I would have gone for a more portable model, instead of this one. But if what you really want is an all-in-one package, you’re better off saving for the slightly more expensive Macbook Pro.

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