Macbook for (general) application development

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by martyhimself, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. martyhimself macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    I am considering buying a Macbook but I am kind of torn because I am not sure I can justify the price. I am planning on using it to get started with Xcode development, and I would like to do Java development in Eclipse and have a Windows 7 partition to run Visual Studio as well. Do you think it would be able to handle these tasks reasonably well? Is it easy enough to upgrade the RAM to 4 GB after a while? I would really like to get the Macbook for portability reasons and connect it to a monitor when working at home.

    I know I would be able to get a slightly better specced PC for less money, but I am thinking of 'switching' to Mac development, and I thought the above setup may help me to do that without breaking the bank...

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

    Martijn
     
  2. Matty-p macrumors regular

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    go for it et the base model . if you're struggeling with justifying the costs then did you know you get a free $100 printer when you buy a mac ?
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/campaigns/printer_promo?mco=MTc5MTA1MDE

    if your still having a hard time justifying a $1000 even with a $1000 printer then get a referb macbook same spec 1 yr apple warranty just its only $850 http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC516LL/A?mco=MTg0NzA2MTU

    yes its really easy to upgrade to 4gb or 6gb ram in future heres the apple support page for it
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1651?viewlocale=en_US

    also what you've got to remember is its an investment with upgrades this machine could very well last you 5 or 6 years as a work machine the thing is with :apple: is you pay $$ initially but it is really good quality and can be upgraded easily* i mean a 10 hour plus battery on a single charge what outher laptops do you see that on!

    *unlike outher manufactures apple dosent void warranty if you do upgrades so in 3 years time when you feel it going slow with your more intensive work just spend $250 on upgrading it to 6gb ram and a 1tb 7200 rpm hd and it'll last you easily 6 years

    ps sorry about spelling its 1:30 am right now
     

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