Is this a good situation to buy 2 MacBooks? Air/pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Airforcekid, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    I will be doing a major in Political Science and mainly typing but another class with intense graphics and video editing and even some game creation. Someone who took it told me there mid range dell XPS couldn't handle some of the software.:confused: Would it be good to have a Air for class and a pro to do the more intense work? I know I will need the 17 inch and I really don't think carrying it all day will work.:apple:
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Of course, everybody has different needs, but for my money, owning two laptops doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

    When you say you'll need the 17 inch, do you mean for screen size? If so, you might consider getting a 15 inch Pro (assuming you need the computing horsepower for your work) and an external monitor to leave on your desk at home.

    Like I said, just my two cents - I use a laptop when I travel and have an iMac at home, and I can't imagine having or wanting two portables. YMMV.
     
  3. Airforcekid thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The reason I want laptops is I don't want to leave a computer in my dorm room if I have to leave for the weekend or a vacation. 17 inch is strongly recommended by the teacher. :apple:
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i agree with tomorrow.

    buy a 15' top end MBP, and with the money u save get a large external monitor and a few hd's for backups.

    lol what would the teacher know?? it wouldnt make much difference.
     
  5. scottkifnw macrumors regular

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    Doesn't make sense to me

    I have a MacBook Air v1, and like it fine. I agree with the other posters about laptops (I prefer them). You state that you don't want to leave the book in the room alone- with your plan you will have to carry two laptops to keep an eye on?

    The MBA will not handle the heavy lifting, and the 17" is a bit much to lug around. Why not the 15"MBP loaded? The option of a desktop with a MacBook also makes sense.

    sek
     
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Ah yes, I might have also suggested a MBA/iMac combo, but like you said - if you don't want to leave one in your dorm room, the iMac wouldn't be a good option...maybe a monitor wouldn't, either.

    I actually use a wheeled briefcase for lugging my work laptop (a Dell) around, it might make it easier to lug around a big 17 incher.
     
  7. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    You must be rich if you can buy both.

    That being said, I agree with what other people said--I don't know if you can justify having two notebooks. Just get the 15" MBP loaded and an external monitor. I have the 15" MBP and I travel with it all the time. It's light enough that it's not annoying.
     
  8. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ditto! perfect option. saves so much money too
     
  9. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    I don't care how many you can afford or not. I have 2 notebooks and they're a pain to keep up with. I have to update both, sync movies and music. manage the same mail on 2 units. When podcasts download (I usually feel like I'm waiting & watching the download to finish) I then have to mark as not new on one unit. Manage 2 batteries. Using one MBP sure sounds like a good idea.
     
  10. DarthTreydor macrumors 6502

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    graphic design on a laptop won't be ideal no matter whether its a 15" or a 17". but if you really need the portability, just get a 15" MBP and use the money for the air on a kick-ass monitor. you'll get the best of both worlds that way.
     
  11. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I have used multiple Notebooks for awhile now, and it is the biggest pain in the @5x$#!

    I would strongly urge you do what the others said and get either MacBook or Pro and use a nice new 24-inch LED Apple Cinema Display while at desk.

    I am moving to this setup right now. Only, I went from having an Air, a MBP, and a BlackBook. I sold all three, the MBP today. And I got the new aluminum MacBook. I am looking forward to all of my docs and files being in one place available for me no matter where I happen to be.

    In addition, I ordered the new 24" Apple Cinema LED Display, today. I cannot wait for it. Should be an amazing setup when finished. I also am buying a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse. The idea is to have a nice clean desktop that makes working there enjoyable...

    Best wishes with whichever way you go. It's your money, and life is too short, so spend it however you think provides most utility to you!

    cheers!
     
  12. six.four macrumors 6502

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    I agree with what has been said here. It would be most ideal to only have one laptop versus two - especially if you're planning on carrying both of them with you all the time. A single 15" MBP would be a fine option.

    On a side note, I'm curious to know what your friend considered a mid-range XPS.

    In my eyes, a midrange XPS would be an M1530 with a 8600gt 256mb, which is the same GPU found in the Classic MBP - and it should handle your tasks just fine and can normally be found for alot less than a classic MBP
     
  13. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    These are mutually exclusive ideas. If you don't want to lug the 17" around, it's going to sit in your dorm room. But you also say you don't want to leave a system sitting in your dorm room...

    Buy a 15" Pro, the new LCD cinema display, and lock your door. :rolleyes:
     
  14. suburbia macrumors 6502

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    Geezwillikers-- owning a MBA AND a MBP just seems so unnecessary and excessive. Be practical and save your money as everyone here has recommended and go with the 17" MBP. It's not even that heavy really, just get a sturdy bag to carry it in.
     
  15. Airforcekid thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Went with 17 inch pro and Air love them both.:apple:
     
  16. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    So how did you avoid leaving your computer in the dorm while you're gone? :confused: :p
     
  17. SteveMobs macrumors 6502

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    Then you take the laptop with you.

    I would think that carrying around 1 big laptop is easier than carrying around 2 laptops. I would just get the 17", done.
     
  18. brax.j macrumors regular

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    He is fine with leaving his MBP in his dorm for the day so he won't have to lug the notebook around. He isn't fine with leaving it for an extended period of time.
     
  19. Airforcekid thread starter macrumors 65816

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    if I'm gone for more than 24 hours I will take it I can't risk losing it.
     
  20. Pika macrumors 68000

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    Apple MacBook Pro 15" (Unibody) 2.53GHz + Apple 24" LED Cinema Display = Perfect
     
  21. longball11 macrumors 6502a

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    Useless

    Hhahahahaha, what a useless thread. None of the people gave you good answers and you didn't even take a thought about them. HAHAHAHAHA. newbs.
     

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