MacBook Pro for my Office with Display?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jenjo43545, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. jenjo43545 macrumors newbie

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    In my professional office, I currently have a Mac G5 and cinema display with Adobe CS2 software. I do layout, some graphics, some photo manipulation. We're hiring someone else in the department, and I really would like to purchase a laptop for myself and give him my current Mac. I need the flexibility of taking my work home and on trips. I've compared the specifications of a mac pro and a MacBook Pro, but I'm still afraid I'm missing something big...that I'll buy the laptop and it won't fit my workflow. I'd buy a cinema display to hook up to the macbook when I'm in the office.

    Also, I read that CS2 is a bit slow on the Mac Pros, and there's a CS3 expected soon. But I need to make this purchasing decision in the next couple of weeks.

    Any advice?
    Thanks!
     
  2. smueboy macrumors 6502a

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    MacPro has considerably more grunt that a MBP. So for serious graphics/design etc it is the best choice. Plus you can customise it much more than a MBP (up to 16GB RAM!). That said, i use my MBP for plenty of PS CS2 work, and it handles it quite well. It is true that CS2 is not intel native, so is a bit slow. But CS3 is expected to be out in the next couple of months, and will be much faster on these macs.

    8 core macs are also on their way, but your purchasing decision should be made on whether you need portability (MBP) or whether high-performance workstation graphics is more important.

    hope this helps.
     
  3. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe compare the specs from your old computer with that of the MBP and MacPro.
    Compare the kind of performance you want, with the performance you already have.
     

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