This is what Paul Mison calls the “MacBook upgrade dilemma”. I’m in a position to buy myself a new portable Mac now, and I’m having a hard time deciding which one to get.
Currently I use a 15inch PowerBook G4 with just 768MB RAM, rather low-spec in today’s terms but a machine I would honestly describe as “steadfast”. It’s not failed me once. But I need an Intel machine for my work (people who review software really need to be in a position to run the latest versions of it), so an upgrade has to happen.
I’m pretty sure I could get by perfectly well with a MacBook. I’m a writer by trade, and the MacBook would appear to be an excellent writer’s tool.
If I buy a MacBook Pro, I can continue to enjoy the large screen and the better speakers I have on the PowerBook. And I get the benefit of a proper graphics card, of more ports and generally better specs all round. If I stick with a plain MacBook, I save myself something in the region of £650, and have a smaller, lighter machine that runs longer on its battery (and runs a little cooler too).
Why whine about this here? Because I have a feeling quite a few readers will have faced this dilemma in recent weeks and months, and I’m interested to hear how they reached a decision.