Mac buying advice needed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Rhodan, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Rhodan macrumors member

    May 9, 2007
    Hi all,

    This advise is actually for a friend, who will be buying her first Mac. She is not very techincal and does not know all that much about PC's.

    She wants a portable Mac that will allow her to edit her vacation video's. My only worry is whether a portable Mac would be up to the job? Would she need to rather invest in an iMac for more power?

    Any advise would be appreciated.
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    A portable Mac would be fine for casual video editing. I recommend a 15" MacBook Pro. If the price is a bit much then the 13" would still be a fine choice.
  3. ClassicII macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Any new mac today should be able to handle family video editing.

    Is she looking for a portable so she can take the computer on the go? If so that would take the imac out of the running.

    But if you are looking for some more processing power go with the macbook pro and she will be very happy.
  4. Rhodan thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2007
    Thanks for the replies.

    She probably wants a portable, so yeah the iMac wouldn't do, unless there is a big difference in the power and capability between the iMac and Macbook Pro?

    Would a 5400rpm drive be OK, or should she get a 7200rpm drive? What about an external firewire drive, would that help editing performance at all?
  5. Rhodan thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2007
    Also, should she be looking at the Macbook Pro, or would a Macbook suffice? The only difference I can see is the screen size and CPU speed?
  6. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    If she wants to save money then an MB. You can even have her check the refurb section(they've been as low as $699). For casual vacation videos, it's just fine.
  7. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Either one will be fine for what she wants to do.
  8. knewsom macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
  9. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Just buy the laptop that fits her budget. The MB is very nice for the money.
  10. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    I edit all of my movies in iMovie and it's painless. My 5400rpm drive is the ONLY bottleneck, so opting for a 7200rpm may patch that up.

    Really, the lowest-end MacBook Pro will suffice for iMovie, I don't know what software she wants to use but I'm ALWAYS confident that my MacBook Pro has the power necessary for all my needs.
  11. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    if she wants to save money she can buy a refurbished macbook/ macbook pro...they are as good as new and cheaper too
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I would imagine that she could suffice with any machine from recent memory, I agree with MrCheeto that upgrading the hard drive to the 7200 RPM afterwards will be a cheap and simple upgrade that will make a difference.

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