Is the rMBP config a viable desktop replacement?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by testudoaubreii, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. testudoaubreii macrumors member

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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!
     
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 6502

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    I just wish the MBP allowed for 32 GB of ram
     
  3. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    Hi,

    This sounds kind of overkill for what you're going to be doing.
     
  4. nStyle macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  5. khabboub macrumors member

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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.
     
  6. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  7. testudoaubreii thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
  8. ssls6 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought that exact model and a thunderbolt display to replace an iMac. It's doing a great job at it.
     
  9. jlc1978, Jun 27, 2015
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    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.
     
  10. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    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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