Macbook for (general) application development

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

  1. martyhimself macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    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!


  2. Matty-p macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2010
    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 ?

    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

    yes its really easy to upgrade to 4gb or 6gb ram in future heres the apple support page for it

    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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