If you are interested in getting a MacBook or a MacBook Pro, which are laptop models made by Apple, you have a variety of options to consider before making your purchase. Besides looking at performance variables and different features, you'll want to evaluate the MacBook versus the MacBook Pro in terms of weight.
All Apple laptops come with the OS X 10.6 operating system, also known as "Snow Leopard," as of the date of publication. Apple also installs a variety of free applications, including the Safari Web browser, Mail, the TextEdit word processor and iTunes for playing media files, so you can use your laptop as soon as you power it on for the first time.
The MacBook has a 13.3-inch LED backlit display, and it has two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port for connecting to a computer network or the Internet, a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo central processor, and 2GB of RAM, which can be upgraded to 4GB. It comes with a 250GB or 500GB hard drive, depending on the configuration. The MacBook weighs 4.7 lbs., making it slightly heavier than the smallest MacBook Pro, but lighter than the medium and large MacBook Pro.
Apple provides three models of the MacBook Pro. Each MacBook Pro can be configured with a variety of hard drives or solid-state drives, as well as various central processors, with speeds ranging from 2.0 to 2.3GHz, and two or four cores. The largest model has three USB 2.0 ports, compared with two USB ports on the medium and small models. The smallest model has a 13.3-inch screen and it weighs 4.5 lbs., making it lighter than the MacBook. The medium size model has a 15.4-inch screen and weighs 5.6 lbs. The largest model has a 17-inch screen and weighs 6.6 lbs.
If you plan to keep your MacBook or MacBook Pro at your desk much of the time, its weight might be less of a concern to you than if you expect to be constantly carrying it from place to place, such as walking between classes or from one business meeting to another. The difference in weight between the MacBook and the heaviest MacBook Pro is 1.9 lbs., which may seem insignificant unless you have to lug the laptop for hours each day.
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