Macbook advice:

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Shoot, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Shoot macrumors regular

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    Right, I need some advice. I want a new computer and it is going to be a Mac.
    It needs to be powerful enough to do digital painting with my wacom and also will be used as an audio workstation (recording music and mixing it). I also need it to be portable. Macbook Pro it is! However, issue is here:

    I have two options, get a low end 2.26GHz 13" MBP with a cinema display or a high end 15" but no money left for display.

    Ideally I'd get the low end macbook pro 13" and buy a cinema display aswell for desktop use..
    Is this wise? is the 2.26GHz powerful enough or do I need the 2.6 or whatever it is. I will have 4gb ram regardless.
    I don't want any stalls or slowness doing my day to day things and preferably not at all in photoshop either. bearing in mind I will soup it up. Graphics cards don't bother me, I do not game at all.

    So in summary it seems to be either slower processor but with screen for desktop use OR fast processor but limited to a 15" screen.

    help me please!

    Thanks,
    Shoot.

    edit: I will be purchasing in january so lets assume there might be minor bumps in spec.
     
  2. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

    jackiecanev2

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    You could get the pro, and spring for a non-apple monitor of the same size and relative quality.
     
  3. waynechriss macrumors regular

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    Dell often have deals on their large widescreen monitors.
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...ail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=eep&cs=6099&sku=320-7345

    According to slickdeals.net:
    With this you get the monitor for $185. Just a heads up if you are curious.
     
  4. js81 macrumors 65816

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    Bing cashback works at a lot of places, too. I.e., 8% on BUY-IT-NOW items on eBay.
     
  5. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    what about a refurb 15 and then a cheap samsung or dell monitor... the best of both worlds [​IMG]
     
  6. Shoot thread starter macrumors regular

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    Don't really want a refurb but am looking into other monitor brands.
    how about the power of the 13 vs the 15? suitable for my needs?
     
  7. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    the 13 should be powerful enough, but if you are worried, go with the 15 for the security and better gpu
     

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