One question often asked is whether the MacBook Pro is worth the additional price premium over the MacBook. The MacBook, priced at Php51,990, is Apple's entry level laptop (now a distinction shared with the 11.6" MacBook Air). The 13.3" MacBook Pro is priced at Php61,990. The MacBook has the following specifications:
- 13.3" LED backlit 1280 x 800 screen
- 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 2GB DDR3 memory
- NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
- 250GB hard drive
- Slot loading 8x double-layer SuperDrive
- Built-in 10-hour battery
- Polycarbonate unibody enclosure
What does your additional Php10K buy you if you get a MacBook Pro? The most obvious is the change in the case. The MacBook has a classic white Apple plastic case, although in a unibody design. The MacBook Pro comes in an aluminum unibody case which is smaller and lighter than the MacBook case.
MacBook dimensions and weight:
- 13 x 9.2 x 1.08 inches
- 4.7 pounds
- 12.78 x 8.94 x 0.95 inches
- 4.5 pounds
Another physical change is that MacBook Pro's screen is covered edge to edge by a glass cover. The MacBook Pro also comes with a still not too common feature, an illuminated keyboard with an ambient light sensor.
Effectively, the aluminum case and back-lit keyboard make up the half of the 10K additional cost. The MacBook is a slightly better value for money proposition if you ask me, and it also has the classic "Mac look." But MacBook is the sleeker looking one of the two, and we can imagine many would easily pony up the 10K price premium just for the look alone.