Macworld's buying advice: People love the MacBook because it's affordable and performs well for general purpose tasks. If you need FireWire or perform processor-intensive tasks on a regular basis, you might want to consider a MacBook Pro.
For a more personal account from a MacBook user, read Blair Hanley Frank's explanation as to why the MacBook is the ideal computer. It's an affordable Mac laptop that does everything you need without sacrificing quality.
The aluminum unibody design of the MacBook Pro hasn't changed since it was introduced in 2008. Like the MacBook, the major changes are to internal components.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro models upgraded from Core 2 Duo processors to Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The 17-inch MacBook Pro upgraded from a Core 2 Duo processor to a Core i5 processor. And both the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros feature both an integrated and a discreet graphics processor with new automatic graphics switching technology that decides when to seamlessly switch from the energy-saving integrated graphics to the more powerful discrete graphics processor.
This year's 13-inch MacBook Pros, like last year's models, use Core 2 Duo processors, though the processors in this year's models are faster than those of its predecessors. The 13-inch MacBook Pros still use an integrated graphics processor, but the Nvidia GeForce 320M replaces the GeForce 9400M found in the older model.
Configurations: There are a total of six MacBook Pro standard configurations.
The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 250GB hard drive costs $1199. (Get best current price.) There's also a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive that costs $1499. (Get best current price.)