13" MBP for Graphic Design

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Titanium81, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    Does anyone use a 13" MBP for Graphic Design? How well does the resolution work for you? Does it feel cramped or usable? How well does it work for Pixelmator, GIMP, Final Cut Pro?
  2. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    new joisey
    i use it for gimp and it is more than enough, consider an external disply
  3. Titanium81 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    I think it might be worth it to save up a little more and get the base 15" with High-Res Screen.
  4. gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2010
    I use a 13" MBP as my second computer. In terms of hardware it is great, although the screen is a bit small for hardcore work. I don't think an extra two inches would help much there.

    This is what you want:
  5. Titanium81 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2011
    You don't think the 15" is worth the extra $700+ with the High-Res?
  6. yauzers619 macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    I use a 27" iMac at work, a Mac Pro with a 27" apple display at home and have a 13" MacBook Unibody for a portable.

    After using widescreen resolution of 2560-by-1440 for a while the 1280-by-800 4:3 is a complete pain to work with while trying to us the Adobe Creative Suite. The main window and palettes are very cramped.

    If you have the cash at least go with the 15" and if you have more cash go with the hi-res.
  7. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    I know a few people that use 13in MBP's and they do photography/graphic design. They just hook up a display and bluetooth keyboard/mouse when they are home.


    Your a designer and don't know 1280x800 isn't 4:3 ? It's 16:10
  8. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    I use the 13-inch '11 for graphic design, Adobe Creative Suite apps. You may feel a little cramped at times, but less screen real estate forces you to become more resourceful. Not to mention, easier to plug away on a project in the interstitial, waiting-around moments of your life. For what it's worth, My sister designed an entire book on her aging Core Duo White MacBook, same size screen but it feels like less.

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