What do the Pro's really expect from a MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bammac, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. bammac macrumors member

    May 20, 2005
    A lot of my colleagues in graphic design and publishing use a PowerMac G5 at home/office and have a Powerbook/MacBook Pro to use when on the road/ making on the fly changes at client locations etc.

    The biggest issue for them is not simply the CPU performance difference, but more to the fact that they believe that the components used are sometimes lacking compared to other high end non-mac laptops available.

    The issue I have surmised is that many feel that if things such as better displays and other technology are available, then why are they not available as BTO options for those wanting to pay for the additional cost?

    They are more than happy with OS X and Apple (As they generally have expensive desktops as well), but would like the option to get the best of what’s available in the industry such as:

    - Higher RES displays (i.e. 15.4" SVGA+ 1680x1050 offered by Dell)
    - Video Card options (replace Mobility Xxxx with FireGL etc as on the HP Compaq nw8240)

    Now before people get critical for an apparent slight on Apple, it's not the case. I love what they produce, but I think more can be added to make a further compelling gap between the MacBook & MacBook Pro. In a sense, making it the undisputed PRO machine within the industry.

    What I'm interested in is what, if any, technology currently available on other competitors machines would professionals like Apple to either add or exceed on the PRO range?
  2. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    I have a personal belief that 1680x1050 is a bit too dense for a 15.4 inch display personally, they'd probably find that it was uncomfortable to work with long term. Though it might be nice to have the option there I suppose.

    As for the video card I daren't comment as I never really understood the differences :p
  3. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2002
    I've never understood what difference video cards make in professional capacities either. If we discount the OS (expose etc) gaming and video editing (which I assume happens faster with a faster card?), what difference does a faster card with more dedicated ram make?

    Will something render in photoshop faster on one of today's cards than another, or are they all about 3d performance nowadays?
  4. Dorkmonger macrumors newbie


    Nov 3, 2005
    Tomshardware just did a review on OpenGL cards http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/06/16/opengl_workstation_graphics/

    One of the comments they make upfront is that the actual graphics cards are no different than the gaming cards. The main thing is the customer service aspects. Although I didn't read the entire article, but it seems to me that the differences are neglible so why have those cards available if it raises the prices for no reason?
  5. wonga1127 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2006
    Wishing for a magic bus.
    I think once Apple get Leopard out and resolution idependence, they'll put higher res screens on their stuff, just so we're not squinting.

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