24'' iMac or Hi-Def screen 17'' MacBook Pro?

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  1. DDar macrumors 6502

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    Which do you think would be better for digital painting and day to day use?
    I like that the MBP has a matte screen, but I'm pretty sure the iMac's display is better color-wise. Also, I can't afford an external monitor or calibration device along with one of these, so that's out. =/
     
  2. SDLSteve macrumors 6502

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    For day to day use, I'd recommend the imac unless you are mobile a lot.
     
  3. DDar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, mobility would be an added bonus since I'm off to college next year... However, right now what I'm most worried about is the creation of my AP Art Portfolio.

    Which do you think would be the best for digital painting work?
    I've heard the 24" iMac has had certain screen issues... However, I'm somewhat certain that it has a wider range of colors... Could be wrong though... =(

    Also, I'd end up calibrating by eye, if at all... Sooo... yeah...
     
  4. jaduffy108 macrumors 6502a

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    As an animator/artist and owner of a 17" MBP... *I* would get a refurb iMac and a Cintiq 12WX for the same price (less actually) as a 17" MBP.

    In the fall of 09, get the new nehalem based, quad core MBP :)
     
  5. SDLSteve macrumors 6502

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    Go for the macbook pro. You'll never regret either decision but with the ability to be portable, it will help throughout college. I've got a few Graphic Artist friends that use the 17 inch and love it.

    And although you said you can't afford an external, you could always get on used on craigslist later on (college) if you would see the need.
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    HD MBP screen is also glossy, but it has LED backlight.
     
  7. DDar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's only if I choose it to be though. I can have it be matte, which I would. =/
     
  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    If you want the HiRes screen, your only option is glossy.
     
  9. DDar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah, sorry. I mean if u want LED screen u can only get glossy.
     
  11. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    I don't believe that is correct. I think you get to choose Glossy or Matte for all flavors of the MBP. But, I could be wrong.
     
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    Why don't you buy a 15" MBP and get a cheap ($300) external monitor? I think 17" is way too big for a laptop. You can't afford calibration software anyway even if you get the 17", so I don't see how it would make a difference if you get a 15" and an external monitor.
     
  13. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    If I was going to school, I would get the imac. It is much less likely to walk away. MBP is just too easy to steal. Calibrators aren't that much money. For 1 to $300 you can get damn good calibrators. The calibration is only really important at the printing stage. If you have to you can always use curves to correct paintings done with incorrect colors. Paintings not my thing, but I also suspect you could just buy a printed pantone pallet and choose colors off of it instead of the screen. Then no matter what it looked like on screen, it would come out pretty close to what you wanted. You can always try to borrow a calibrator too. Monitors do drift over time, but the first calibration gets you pretty close. If you are this serious about your art and correct colors and can afford a 17" HiRes MBP, you should get a real monitor and calibrator and cheaper computer. Just my .02
     
  14. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    You can get what ever you want.
     

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  15. DDar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Because after looking, most $300 monitors in the states = $5000 peso monitors down here. :p
    Also, none of 'em have the same resolution as the Hi-Def 17''. :p
    Workspace is important too, right?

    Well, I can't really afford it. It's sort of a joint effort between my whole family. <.<''
    And I do have $100 set aside... But I can't find a calibrator here. =(
    I dunno why... Do you think it'd be costly to hire someone to calibrate it? Does it matter where it's calibrated?
     
  16. eXan macrumors 601

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    The only way to get LED on a 17" MBP is to equip it with hi-res glossy display. And the screenshot you have given doesn't say otherwise.
     
  17. DDar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How 'bout this then? :
    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html

    Go to right under the standard 17'' resolutions and you'll see that the optional screen is LED. Period. =)
     
  18. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    I'm reading this thread on a high res LED matte 17" MBP.
     
  19. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    That's because all the screens are LED, Please research before posting!
     

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  20. eXan macrumors 601

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    Maybe I'm living in the past then....... probably confusing Penryn MBPs with Santarosa MBPs :(
     
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    Maybe you were partying too much with the Olypians? ;) It's tough to remember some things after a rough hangover.
     
  22. eXan macrumors 601

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    lol, no, no partying after Olympics at all :) Just tired after 10 hour work day.
     
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