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Is New White Macbook A Better Buy Than Old MacBook Pro?

Apple has just released its new white Macbook and we were underwhelmed by the fact that the company had decided to push up the price of the laptop to £849, which is a mere £150 less than the MacBook Pro.

This however poses a nice conundrum for Apple customers who are looking to buy a laptop. The Macbook Pro is available from £999 while a Macbook with a similar configured Macbook will cost £69 less.

Both models will come with an Intel Core 2 Duo clocked at 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, a 250GB hard disk drive and a Superdrive; as for the differences, apart from the aesthetics (white vs glossy), the Macbook doesn't have a SD card slot and that's it.

But things are not as simple as they seem; for a start, there are online etailers whose charge even less for the Macbook pro. Dabs' asking price (opens in new tab) for the Macbook Pro is only £938.82, which is actually less than Apple's selling price for the Macbook.

To make things even better, there is plenty of stock with other well known resellers, like Laksys/Comet selling it for roughly (opens in new tab) the same price.

Therefore, our tentative conclusion is, unless you are happy with 2GB system memory, we'd heartily suggest that you buy the Macbook Pro from a number of online retailers for £89 extra.

The MBP is supremely gorgeous, comes with a SD card, 4GB ram, is lighter and slightly smaller as well.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.