Advice for a art school student

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  1. Nick23 macrumors newbie

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    Hey so i just got my macbook pro 13 inch 2 days ago and so far its great! I have a friend who is going to Savannah college of art and design this fall and is looking for a apple computer to use. i am an IT guy so the whole art thing on pcs/macs is not my expertise and was wondering which mac you guys would recommend.

    she is looking at the 27 Imacs right now but i personally believe a good laptop will be her best bet for college. She wants to do graphic art/ design so i am sure that will def change what kind of laptop she will need.

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    IMO, the current model MacBook Pro's should be fine for your friends needs. You get speed, power, and the portability that an iMac can't really offer so well.

    The core i3/5/7 processors will suit you well for art design. Although a RAM upgrade may be necessary if it's going to be super-intense graphics work.
     
  3. highres macrumors 6502a

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    15" or 17" MacBook Pro should meet all laptop requirements. The big decision is whether she needs a desktop workstation or a laptop and it sounds like she is undecided? For college use a laptop being portable is a huge plus.
     
  4. Nick23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ya she seems really focused on the 27 incher, but i think its because the idea of having a 27 inch screen just seems so cool. but for a dorm room and overall use i think the laptop is best as well. i just graduated from college so i know how important having a laptop is lol. I just wasnt sure if the current laptops are really that good for graphic design work since i have never done any before, so before i recommended one i wanted to see what u guys had to say.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Adding a screen, keyboard, and a graphics tablet to the MacBook Pro 15-17 might work.

    Otherwise, she'd need a cheap refurb MacBook or something for classes in addition to the iMac.
     
  6. highres macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with Sun Baked, she can purchase a display, keyboard and graphics tablet (a must) and have the best of all worlds.
     
  7. Nick23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ya shes limited to one computer so either a nice desktop or laptop, i thought maybe a nice cheap external monitor and the laptop would work
     
  8. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    A friend of mine (who's going to SCAD too!) got the 13 inch MBP and an external display.
     
  9. Nick23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the advice everyone, i will relay the info to her
     

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