About to buy a MBP but...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tinyterrapin, May 28, 2008.

  1. tinyterrapin macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2008
    Hello there,
    I'd be grateful for your advice please.

    I'm a web designer / wed editor and I'm trying to start doing portrait photography as a freelancer.

    I've got an old G4 mirror door tower which is now very slow and I'd like to upgrade asap. I use a PC at work with XP pro operating system so I've been out of the Mac loop for a bit.

    I think I'd like a laptop (mbp 2.4gb 15") so I have the option of carrying it with me but I'm likely to buy a separate screen for home use (not an apple one as I can't afford them).

    I know the macs can use apple os and pc os and wondered if you had any views on getting a laptop (plus a screen) or saving cash and getting the new imac that's out that's faster but obviously I can't carry it around.

    Any web designers out there that would still recommend using a separate pc?

    Any recommendations for me would be really helpful. I maybe buying it tonight with a friends discount.

    Many thanks

  2. SamoanDude macrumors regular

    May 22, 2008
    United States Now
    I don't think the new iMacs are that much faster. I just bought a new one and it's a 2.4 GHz, same as my Macbook Pro and they both scream
  3. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    If portability is important, buy a laptop. If not, you'll get more for your money with a desktop. That's really all there is to it.

    I got a laptop so I can use it around the house (office and living room) and travel with it on vacation. This was a high priority for me so I paid the laptop premium. I'd planned to buy a separate monitor, but I've found the 15" MBP generally sufficient. For some Keynote work, I connected a 17" CRT for the extra space, but I don't normally use it.

    My wife doesn't need or care about portability (and she's a graphic designer), and she has a desktop system.
  4. tinyterrapin thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2008
    Many thanks for your input. I ended up buying the mbp and can't wait to have a proper play about with it tonight !

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