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  1. zachlegomaniac

    Resolved 2019 MBA Base Enough for Me?

    My base 2013 rMBP is almost unusable at 4GB RAM (where the bottleneck is occurring). I’ve been very happy with it for the past 6 years. After waiting for months to hear more about the 16” MBP I’ve decided I can’t wait any longer as it’s impacting my work productivity. At the store the other...
  2. M

    Best place to buy a refurbished macbook air?

    Hello! So I'm in the market for a new computer for doing recording work (voiceover, singing, etc.) and was recommended the macbook air because it's quiet and can be kept right in the booth with the microphone. I think I need one of the older models because my equipment uses the regular usb...
  3. G

    iMac vs MacBook Pro

    Ok... I know this probably seems stupid but here goes. It's time to start shopping the a replacement but i find myself vacillating between sticking with iMac and moving to a MacBook Pro. Wondering if anyone can share their wisdom and experience. I currently have a Late 2013 iMac 27 inch (the...
  4. Sunshower

    Which MBP to upgrade to for music production/photo editing

    Hello! I'm looking for some buying advice from you lovely people. A bit about me and my use: I'm a music producer (Ableton) and amateur photographer (UK based) and use my laptop as my personal and occasional work computer (I am a researcher and writer so use a lot of pdfs, browser tabs). I also...
  5. B

    MacBook Air i7 2014 vs MacBook Air i5 2015

    I can find a used 13” MacBook Air i7 2014 with 8GB RAM and MacBook Air i5 2015 with 4GB RAM for about the same price. Which is the better option? Here are the specs: 2014 13" Apple MacBook Air 1.7GHz Core i7 256GB SSD 8GB RAM A1466 2015 13" Apple MacBook Air 1.6 - 2.7GHz Core i5 256GB SSD 4GB RAM
  6. C

    Considering Replacing 2012 iMac with Mac Mini

    Hi all, first-time poster but longtime forum lurker. Nice to meet you. I purchased a 2012 iMac, a 27-inch model with a 3 TB Fusion drive and maxed-out processor (I believe i7 3.4 GHz?), shortly after it launched. It's served us faithfully over these 7 years as our main computer but that drive...
  7. Tonelli

    27' 2011 or 21.5 2013 iMac ?

    Please help ! down to these two , I prefer a bigger screen , but if it's generally a better computer. I will sacrifice the size of the screen ! Here are the specs of the two iMacs Late 2013 iMac 21.5 , 1.12 tab fusion drive, 8gb ram 3.1 ghz i7 850$ Canadian or 640$ US Or Mid 2011 iMac...
  8. Tonelli

    Help Picking between 2 iMacs 2013 !

    hey ! Looking for advice I'm between two iMacs 2013 Late 2013 iMac 27' 24gb ram , 1tb hdd , 3.5ghz i7 800$ Canadian or 602$ US OR Late 2013 iMac 21.5 , 1.12 tab fusion drive, 8gb ram 3.1 ghz i7 850$ Canadian or 640$ US Advice on selection and price would be very helpful !
  9. Tonelli

    Is this a good deal for 2011 iMac ?

    Here are the specs he wants 550$ Mid 2011 iMac 27' 512gb ssd Samsung 16 gb ram 2.7ghz i5 with a 6mb on chip shared L3 cache Radeon hd graphics 6770m graphics processor with 512mb gddr5 memory He said has upgraded like new , very fast , I'm going to look at it in two days Seems like a...
  10. Tonelli

    Is this a good deal for iMac ?

    Wanted 750$ / I've got him down to 650$ with negotiations Here are specs 21.5 mid 2011 2.5 ghz i5 20gb ram 500gb Sata hd New wireless mouse and keyboard Apple (never used) Said was in box for last two years iMac was used as point of sale device , and now he uses an iPad to do same job...
  11. J

    About to purchase MBP, advice plz

    This refurb looks good at Apple online store: 2018, 2.9GHz, 15", 32gb, 4TB, Vega 20: $4379. Or new, at B&H: 2019, 2.4GHz, 15", 32gb, 2TB, Vega 20: $4149. I'll be doing video editing, Photoshop/Lightroom, and 360°/VR stuff. Seems like 4TB would be really nice. Otherwise a bit of a tossup...
  12. O

    MacBook Pro 2012 vs MacBook Pro Late 2013 vs MacBook Air 2015

    I can find the mid-2012 13” MacBook Pro with upgraded RAM and SSD for about $300-400. I can find both the 13” MacBook Pro late-2013 and MacBook Air 13” 2015 for about $100 more. Which is the best option?
  13. miles8888

    MacBook Air specs for High School Student?

    We are about to buy new MacBook Airs for our nieces. One is about to enter 10th grade and the other 9th. Wondering to go with 8GB or 16GB of RAM? 128GB or 256GB Storage? As a professional photographer, when I buy a MacBookPro for myself, I always max out the RAM (currently have 32GB and wish...
  14. rymack

    Help with deciding on a 15" MacBook Pro?

    Hi everyone, I'm sorry about another "which one should I buy" thread, but I am in need of some advice. I am trying to decide between: a base 15" MacBook Pro with upgraded RAM (32gb) and upgraded SSD (1tb) the higher-end 15" MacBook Pro with upgraded RAM (32gb) and the base 512gb SSD I need...
  15. G

    USED iMac 21.5 4K 2017 or 27" 5K 2015?

    Hi, as the title suggest I am looking for an iMac and found two eligible options both priced almost the same (21,5 is 80 € cheaper). What are the main differences I should look for when deciding? 27" has a Fusion drive and bigger display (click for full specs, it's the second config), the 21,5"...
  16. prieuredesion

    Macbook Pro 2019 13" vs 15" buying suggestions: portability, performance and "future-proofing"

    I am looking to buy a MBP for grad school and have been super confused by the vast plethora of options and what really matters. I'm sure people have been in this fix before: can someone share their buying decision and aspects to consider? Here are some quick remarks about intended usage etc...
  17. T

    15" 2015 Macbook Pro Graphics Card Reliability

    For the past 8 years I have owned a 15" 2011 macbook pro, and have been extremely happy with it. In fact, with a nice SSD, upgraded RAM, and a twice-replaced discrete AMD GPU, it's still really snappy. Unfortunately, I have started getting the dreaded signs of GPU failure again -- at the moment...
  18. W

    Best macbook for my workflow

    Hi, I'm currently using a base early 2015 13" MBP (dual core 2,7 GHz, 8gb ram, Intel iris 6100) and sometimes it struggles with my workflow, so I'm looking into upgrading. Basically the problem is that on many occasions I have to open excel files with hundreds of thousands of words in it, with...
  19. R

    Macbook pro + engineering

    Hi, so I'm going to college to become an automation engineer this fall, and have some questions about which mac to use. Currently I have a 13" retina pro early 2015 512 GB 2,9GHz, 8GB RAM. I have been thinking of getting a new 13" pro, but I'm unsure if I need 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD...
  20. J

    iPhone 7(+) Opinions needed for 7plus switch

    Hi guys, I‘m using a 7plus since 08/2017. I think it‘s great regarding battery life and camera, but the size is bothering me since day one. Therefore I consider switching to a newer model with smaller form factor like X or XS. I don‘t like the haptic of the XR to be honest, it looks cheap in...