Buying a new macbook for web development

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by oaattia, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. oaattia macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    Hello guys,

    This the first time for me to buy a macbook and i was looking to buy a macbook for my daily works as web developer

    the option i have right now is the following :

    -Macbook 2.4 13" 250 HD / 4 GB ram
    -Macbook 2.6 13" 250 HD / 4 GB ram
    -Macbook 2.5 15" 250 HD / 4 GB ram
    -Macbook 2.5 core i5 13" 500 HD / 4gb ram

    Notice that : i use the following application in my daily work ( CS6, Eclipse, netbeans, sublime text ), also i want to buy a laptop and live with it for a while without any lags or problems
  2. kelon111 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2013
    Do all of them use SSDs (or can you upgrade them)? A regular HDD will make your computer feel "laggy" at times.
  3. oaattia, Jan 22, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2014

    oaattia thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2014
    I think the last i5 is SSD but others are not ... is web development in screen with 13" inch would be difficult ?
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Go in to an Apple store and play with the various MacBook models to see how you like the screens.
  5. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    You may even want to consider an external screen to go with it. I have a 13" MBP and a 27" iMac. I do graphic & web design and would never consider doing it anywhere else but on my iMac. Just not enough screen on my MBP to work with. Just a extra suggestion thrown your way.
  6. TheArcher macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2014
    I think these are the 13" systems you are referring to,
    listed here,

    What 15" are you referring to, a 2012 model? None of the late 2013 models have a 2.5 GHz Core i7 nor 4 GB, base is 8 GB.

    All of the late 2013 rMBP's have SSDs, not standard HDDs. IMO, if you go with the previous gen MBP 2.5 core i5 13" 500 HD / 4gb ram, you are handicapping yourself.

    I have friends who are web developers like yourself and work on MB Airs. If a 13" is the way to go for you, I'd go with the middle of the line 13" rMBA, 2.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. Going with anything else than 8 GB these days will limit you.

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