Macbook or Macbook Pro?

Which laptop is Scrivener better run on?

Macbook
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18%
Macbook Pro
19
29%
Either - it doesn't matter that much
34
52%
 
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Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:10 pm Post

I'm thinking of getting a laptop soon (when Leopard comes out), and I was wondering which model Scrivener users prefer.

I'll probably be using it for the standard things: writing, photos, some simple audio and video editing (not pro) -- nothing which would require the Macbook Pro.

My main concern is screen real estate. Is Scrivener easier to use with the slightly larger screen of the Macbook Pro or is the Macbook's screen size perfectly acceptable?

Any advice you may have would be welcome. Thanks.

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Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:17 pm Post

Scrivener will run happily on either, and was originally designed on an iBook 12", so screen real estate isn't a big deal (although more space is always nice, of course).

That said, I am a little biased towards the Pro model, simply because I bought a MacBook when they first came out last year and had no end of problems with it. My MBPro - which I've bought to replace the MacBook, which I really must get around to eBaying - on the other hand, is lovely and sleek and makes me happy just to look at it. Of course, my MBPro is second-gen, whereas my MacBook was first-gen, so the MacBooks are probably absolutely fine now. I was just unlucky enough to suffer the discolouration issue (even after three repairs) and the random shutdown issue (and a dodgy hard drive that had to be replaced, too). Well, I've moaned plenty about that on my blog... But basically, Scrivener doesn't consume large amounts of processing power or anything, so either will be fine. :)

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Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:07 pm Post

I have a first-gen MacBook and love its portability factor, to me its the perfect size for that. However, there are times when I wish it had a bit more screen real estate - as in the MBP.

To me though the extra price of the MBP doesn't reflect the added benefits - bigger screen, dedicated graphics card (I've been surprisingly happy with the integrated graphics in the MB), backlit keyboard (I have a USB LED light that works fine) and an express card slot.

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Wed Mar 21, 2007 10:03 pm Post

I think dagaz has put the choice very well.

I recently bought a MacBook. Whilst I wouldn't want to live in it for all computing purposes all the time, it's a great writing machine and Scrivener box. Unless you're someone who needs to keep multiple windows open at once, or will have to sit in front of it for many hours a day, the extra cost of an MBP would be hard to justify, in my view.

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Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:43 pm Post

I've had a MacBook for 9 months, after using a 15' PowerBook for three years. I can't say I've missed the extra screen real estate, and the MacBook is blindingly fast, even though mine's the original CoreDuo. You can't go wrong. I plan to hand my MacBook off soon to one of my college-student sons, but I'm waiting for the next generation of laptops. I suspect that the next MacBook is going to be much more capable in its video capacity.
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Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:24 pm Post

KB wrote:which I've bought to replace the MacBook, which I really must get around to eBaying


Hey, if you do eBay it, let me know when you put it up! Being a has-been Apple technician, I often enjoy buying old trouble computers and trying to see how much worse I can make them while trying to fix them.

Of course, it would all depend on how much you ask for it... :)

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Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:19 pm Post

I'll hold on to my trusty iBook G4 until Apple actually releases the kind of subnotebook that some rumors report ...

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Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:50 pm Post

I am currently running Scr. (and everything else!) on an iBook, 12", 1.25 mhz. I will upgrade eventually, but since I love my iBook, I'm in no rush. I never feel cramped in Scr. When I plug in my 17" external monitor it feels like I am running around on a football field! But when I'm back on my little 12" monitor I really don't notice any difficulties. I wrote the last third of my dissertation that way and many other Scr. projects without any issue at all.

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Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:50 pm Post

Having used both a 12" PB and now a 15" MBP for some time, I strongly suggest going for the larger screen real estate if you'll be spending much time writing.

Either machine will be a blast to use.

Good luck.

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Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:46 am Post

For about 5 years I used a Rev 1 Titanium PowerBook 400Mhz, which I replaced with a 17" MacBook Pro last autumn ... sadly I bought it shortly before the CoreDuo 2 version came out, but that's life.

Although I never used Scrivener on the PowerBook, I bought the MBP because I was finding that newer apps needed much more screen space than it had ... 1152 x 768. I really love the space this MBP gives me, and feel the extra money was worth it though I don't need it all for Scrivener itself. I think I would find the MacBook screen a bit cramped after using this one, but I have a friend who is trying out Scrivener on a MacBook and who is perfectly happy with it.

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Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:40 pm Post

I run everything on a 12" PowerBook G4 - bought a week after the 1st gen MacBooks were announced. The reason I didn't go with a macbook is that they were only available in the 15" size, and I'd gotten to like the small, light form factor from using a 12" iBook. The screen space has never been an issue, and I don't even feel the need to plug in my 17" monitor most of the time.

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Sun Mar 25, 2007 6:15 am Post

Thanks for the advice, all. I'll be facing this dilemma after Leopard and iLife 07 come out, because a friend wants to buy my 15" 2005 PowerBook, which I happily use for all my work -- so much so that I sold my external monitor.

I really don't need any of the MacBook Pro-only features, so I'm hoping a MacBook will be sufficient for me. I sure wouldn't mind slightly less bulk (and a bit more sturdiness) when I'm on the road. But I worry about staring at a slightly smaller screen all day, and I don't want to go back to an external display. Mostly I need to be able to read two docs side by side on the screen without eyestrain. Thus far using big font sizes has proved sufficient with my PB; I hope it'll work with the MacBook. Or maybe that 15" MacBook rumor (which sounds dubious to me) will prove out after all....

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Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:05 pm Post

Hi Brett,

What is the 15" Macbook rumor? I may be looking at one myself.

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Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:10 pm Post

Personally, I don't believe it -- why would Apple undermine its MBP sales with a same-size MacBook? I don't have time to look up the exact cite, but a month or two ago, a couple of Mac news sites wrote that one of Apple's manufacturers said they'd gotten a contract to build a 15" MacBook. But those kinds of rumors have been wrong as often as they're right. So I wouldn't plan around it. Even if one did come out, I'd have to, er, weigh the issue of portability vs. screen size. If 13" will work for extended daily use, I'd prefer the lower cost and easier carryability.

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Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:51 pm Post

Thanks, Brett. I agree about the 13" MB. That is likely what I'll go for. I'm going to try them all out first. After my 12" screen, 13.3" will probably seem huge! :)
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