The MacBook is all nice and fine, and can handle all the productivity tasks that most people need from a computer. But the MacBook Pro holds the real power of the Mac system. Even some of the more basic MacBook Pro configurations can handle the media editing tasks for which this line has become famous; the more decked-out versions are the machines that pros use for nimble photo, video, and music editing. What’s more, people love them for their designs and user friendliness -- most folks who switch to Mac never go back, and those who do usually don’t have a choice. There are PCs that can handle the same tasks, but MacBook Pros are the industry standard for a reason.