Macbook or Macbook Pro for my small business...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mddharma, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. mddharma macrumors regular

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    I have read the forums extensively but I am still a tad confused. I need a laptop that I can take with me when I leave work. I run ACT database for my business and it runs in Windows XP on parrellels currently on my imac. It would be nice if I could leave work and have this database with me. The laptop will be my primary machine. Also I will network this laptop in OSX and windows while at work. Now I do not game, most of my work is light, I do design work for my business in InDesign and some light illustrator, photoshop and web design in Freeway Pro. I was leaning towards a Macbook Pro, but cost is a factor, and I am not sure I want a 15". Now I do want to hook up this laptop to an external monitor (20") when I work. I am wondering how well a macbook will handle the monitor. Will the fans come on all the time like my 12" powerbook use to do if I go with a macbook. Right now I think my main concern is using the laptop quietly with the monitors. Anyone have any advice?:confused:
     
  2. MattJessop macrumors regular

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    Personally, it sounds like you might need a Macbook over a Macbook Pro.
    I based this on what you said -

    • You said you wern't too keen on having a 15'
    • Gaming isn't a factor
    • You wanted it quiet
    • You want to use an external monitor (Macbooks will work fine with this)
    • Macbooks are also fine with Parallels

    Hope this has helped :) Feel free to ask any more questions if you need.
     
  3. bigiffo macrumors member

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    The external monitor of 20" should be fine, however it will find larger sizes difficult. It can't manage more than 23".
     
  4. mddharma thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the feedback so far. Will the fan run if I am using a the 20" monitor while I am netwoking in parrells? I guess I am wondering if this will overtax it.
     
  5. MattJessop macrumors regular

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    Nah - that shouldn't be a problem at all. I think the fans are a rarity with Macbooks these days. Using the monitor would not cause them to come on, and I highly doubt that Parallels will do it either. Anybody with more experience in this area could possibly tell you more about it :)

    Still, I can just imagine the set up you're getting :p Windows one screen OS X the other :D (the kind of set up I'm getting for Uni)

    Good luck with it :)
     
  6. dswoodley macrumors 6502a

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    I agree that a MB woud meet your needs best. My fans only come on when I am crunching huge Photoshop or Video files. I plug my machine into a 19" dell monitor and it gets slightly warmer on the left side of the keyboard but doesn't trigger any fan action. My MB does all I request of it for video and photo work (and I actually do some fairly heavy work).

    Oh yes, I run parallels too with no problem.
     
  7. SBik2 macrumors 6502a

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    hmmph thts kinda weird.. my fans come on whenever i watch a youtube or google video or even cnet tv... almost any video on the internet brings up my fans.. thats just my personal experience..
    sry to hijack your thread( i dnt want to)
    but in all seriousness to your topic... i think the mid range macbook with 2gb ram would suit you well(unles you want the black one)
     
  8. starlabs macrumors member

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    A MacBook should do you just fine - just make sure you get 2GB of RAM.
     

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