Is the rMBP config a viable desktop replacement?

testudoaubreii

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Hello,

I am in the market for a laptop, but as I was looking at various configurations and I am wondering if this is a viable config for a desktop:

i7 4870HQ 2.5 GHz
16GB 1600 MHz
512GB SSD
750m 2GB

I was going to get a desktop and a laptop, but I am trying to keep everything for work, i.e. files and such, together. I am a web developer/graphic designer and I dabble in light video editing. I will be using various Adobe CC apps, multiple browsers and tabs, creating billboard size projects at times and light video editing...most of the stuff running at the same time. I will also be using it for simple tasks, such as web browsing, email, shopping and streaming video from Netflix and from a local home network server.

I was thinking if this configuration is good as a desktop replacement, I am just going to go for it.

Thank you in advance for all of your responses, advice and help!
 

nStyle

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Video editing is the only thing you really need a beefy computer for these days, and for "light" video editing, I agree with Dark Void.

Of course most people use their MBP's as a desktop replacement. But I would also think most rely on an external display/peripherals as well so it's not always a cramped experience.
 
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khabboub

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I have a late 2013 model with the dgpu, and i use my rmbp as a desktop replacement at home.

its powerful enough, and fast enough. in the day time when I'm at school, i just unplug it and take it with me, and then when i get home, i have it connected to a 4k monitor at home in clam shell mode.

you'll want to get a wireless keyboard, speaker, and mouse.
 
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SDAVE

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Ugh i just hate plugging into the Thunderbolt port.

I ruined one of my MBPs ports due to plugging all the time. Wish Apple used MagSafe for the monitor too.
 

testudoaubreii

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Thank you for the replies! That is what I wanted to know. I will be using it in clamshell mode with 2 external monitors.

@SDAVE: That doesn't sound good. Now, I am a little worried because I will be taking it back and forth from school and work and then back home.
 

jlc1978

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Thank you for the replies! That is what I wanted to know. I will be using it in clamshell mode with 2 external monitors.

@SDAVE: That doesn't sound good. Now, I am a little worried because I will be taking it back and forth from school and work and then back home.
I've used a rMBP for 3 years and have no issue with the TB port and plug and plug monitors daily. Unless you are trying to replicate a Mac Pro, which it appears you aren't, the rMBP will be fine.
 
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cambookpro

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Thank you for the replies! That is what I wanted to know. I will be using it in clamshell mode with 2 external monitors.

@SDAVE: That doesn't sound good. Now, I am a little worried because I will be taking it back and forth from school and work and then back home.
I wouldn't worry. I plug and unplug my MBP from my TBD at least twice a day and have been doing so since 2011. Everything is fine.
 
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