Just went from a 2.2 Quad to a base 13" MBP

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

  1. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    Yes, you read that correctly. I WILL miss the Matte HI-RES screen no doubt, as well as the size, but I am impressed with this lil' machine. In all honesty, it was way too much machine for me. I use my machine for mostly regular everyday sh&t, but do use Aperture 3 and CS4 and the Nik software.

    I sold my 15" for one reason - to be able to upgrade my 1Ds to a 1Ds2. I was thinking I was downgrading machines, but thus far I am really impressed. I have converted some FLAC files to AIFF and then AIFF to MP3 and it is a little slower, but I have 4GB of RAM and a stock 5400 rpm drive.

    In any case, I thought I would write this. In my opinion the 13" is a SUPERB alternative that I really hadn't paid much attention to. I did look at the MBA as well, but the pricing is a bit high and the options are small. You can only upgrade processors on the high-end 13", and after the RAM upgrade, I was at like $1500 or something. For $500 difference (sold my 15" for $1950 locally), wasn't worth the trade-off. I may stick an SSD in here, but I will have to check prices. Probably just stick with a conventional HDD.

    So in closing, if you don't do any type of heavy audio or motion graphics and can live with the smaller screen and glossy, 13" is more than sufficient. I paid $1099 for this machine in store (no tax either:) ) and another $100 for a printer, which I get back as a rebate! $850 in my pocket as well to help get a 1Ds2!
     
  2. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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    Couldn't live with a 1280x1024 screen. In fact i can't even live with a 1680x1050, i need two screens to do any "real" work. Anything smaller just hinders my productivity.
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Wow. Your fussy!
     
  4. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    The 13" is a great value. I paid double for my 15" . A real premium.
     
  5. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Yeah i'll join you on this. I like the higher resolutions
     
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  7. HBOC thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No sales tax here in Portland (Oregon has no sales tax).

    I will be adding an external screen at some point, so no worries there
     
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    Don't be too jealous, they have high income and property taxes.

    I surprised the environmentalists there have not made Mac's the only computer allowed to be sold due to it's recycling attributes.
     
  9. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds like your decision was a monetary issue and not based off productivity. :D Am I wrong? Also, how are you adjusting to the 13" screen?
     
  10. ///M5 macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering, did you go for glossy or matte?
     
  11. HBOC thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well duh:). But seriously, I needed to make some sacrifices to be able to get the 1Ds2 before my upcoming trips. I had it in my mind that I was going to downgrade computer to upgrade a camera.

    The reason for my thread is that for what I do, it really isn't as much of a downgrade as I thought it would be. Granted i only had the new one a few months, I had my 2.5GHZ Penryn for over 2 years, and this 13" seems to be as quick as that one (should be quicker I would think:) ).

    Again, the 13" screen size and glossy are about the only annoying things I think I will encounter. This computer is just quite a bit smaller than I am used to. I have 14 days or so to return if I don't get used to the 13" form factor, but so far so good.
     

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