Best College Laptop?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zackkmac, May 1, 2011.

  1. zackkmac macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Hi everyone, I'm looking to buy a MacBook Pro for college. I just sold my iMac for around $900 and I have about ~$550 in savings. On top of that, I will be sending out graduation announcements soon, so I'll be getting more.

    My intended major is video production, therefore I will need a pretty powerful notebook. Something that can nicely handle HD video editing and everything that comes with that. I am very familiar with Final Cut Pro, so I would definitely be purchasing that for my Mac.

    I have looked at getting a brand new 13" and upgrading the RAM to 8GB and the hard drive to 1TB, or a 500GB SSD hybrid, but I am not sure how I feel about the small size. Though the lighter weight and smaller size gives it more portability, I think it would be too small for what I need.

    Therefore, I am hoping to get a powerful 15.4" MBP. But I am not sure about the performance of the range of processors, whether I go with a used one or suck it up and spend all my money on a brand new one. So I'm wanting to know what you guys think. Does the performance of these new i5's and i7's justify buying a brand new one? If I go that route, I will be using the Education Store discount and waiting until the end of the month to get in on the Mac + iPod deal.

    But if not, and I go with a used or slightly outdated one, what configuration do you recommend?

  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    I would get the base 15" with the quad core. The difference between the 2.0-2.3 is marginal compared to the performance gain you would have if you replaced the HDD with an SSD. That's the route I would go. If your going to get 8GB of ram, I'd look at OWC or Newegg. Don't do it through Apple as it is incredibly overpriced.
  3. anonymouse99 macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2011

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