Macbook Pro 13" 2.26 in general usage

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by superatombomb, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. superatombomb macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2009

    I just ordered a macbook pro 13" 2.26ghz for school, however this means i probably will not get an iMac until mid 2010. This means i will have to use my macbook pro as my main computer for a while. Does anyone else use the macbook pro 2.26 as their main machine and how good is it at managing general usage (word processing, watching vids, etc...)

    Thanks in advance, :p
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    u dont need much power to do those tasks you mentioned that even a 300 bucks netbook will do it.
  3. boston44 macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2009
    I use it as my main computer with a Dell Desktop as a backup.. Does what I need it to do, word, surfing the web, light video. Upgrade the ram to 4 GB and the HD to 320 and it's a solid machine.
  4. superatombomb thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2009
    well i might do some photoshop, but thats about it. Btw, does the macbook pro 2.26 come with one stick of 2GB RAM or will i have to buy 2 sticks of 2GB RAM?
  5. impulse462 macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    it comes with 2 1gb sticks so you'll have to buy 2 2gb sticks.

    As mentioned earlier, upgrade to 4gb ram and 320gb hdd and your good to go.
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    It will do fine:D

    I use an iMac intel 2007 at the moment but soon a MBP 15" will be my main :cool: (The medium model)
  7. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    And for this you need a 2nd computer?
  8. khunsanook macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    East Asia
    Seriously. My 2006 Core Duo MacBook is my primary computer and i work with Photoshop CS4 daily - never had a single hiccup. The OP will definitely not be needing an iMac - just buy an external monitor for 300 bucks if you want more screen space.
  9. superatombomb thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2009
    Well the thing is, i'm starting a graphic design course in high school, so i'll probably need to do more intensive work later on in the year. Also, my art class uses photoshop so i just needed to be sure that my macbook pro would not have any issues with photoshop.
  10. hrv888 macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2009
    How about facebook apps? Like the flash games. Is it sluggish? Accompanied with multiple sites opened and chatting in ym plus listening to iTunes? Can d mbp 13" 2.26 do all those without any sluggishness? Never tried a mac b4 but want to try it out soon. Thanks
  11. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    It will work just fine. I think people underestimate how powerful a common dual core computer is these days.
  12. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    I've been using a 2.2Ghz MBP with 4GB ram since mid 2007 and it's still a really fast computer. I've produced a lot of posters and the only limiting issue is screen size.
    Get a high quality screen and an external keyboard and your set.
  13. AAPLaday Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    that machine will be more than enough for you. My primary machine is a late 2007 iMac and its more than holding its own now 2 years on
  14. superatombomb thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2009
    thanks for the input everyone.

    First day of the new school tomorrow, wish me luck!
  15. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2009
    Good luck!:)
    And enjoy completely your MBP. It's a very capable and fast machine.
    You won't regret it.
    Unless you really need a second computer, you'd have plenty of it. Just buy an exteral HD for backups, an external monitor, and eventually an external kb.
    An upgrade that could be worth is an SSD intead of the HDD.
  16. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Doing that still works just fine on my G4 Powerbook. This Mac is 5 years old and my main machine and don't have any problems. Does take 10 hours to encode a DVD tho :p.

    So I think the MBP will be enough for you.
  17. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    Im using a 13" 2.26 Ghz MBP as my only computer and it is working fine. And since I started using Plex I can play full-HD(1080p) movies to my projector without any stuttering. I got an Intel X25-M 160 Gb SSD in it, so boy its fast to startup (15 sec) and launch apps.
  18. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
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    I kinda wish I had gone with the 2.26ghz and put the $300 towards an SSD drive. That's more of a bottleneck than the CPU, IMO.
  19. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    Yeah, I must agree that people should rather get an SSD then a CPU upgrade. My girlfriend got tired of my nagging on and on about if I should buy the SSD or not so she bought it for me as a gift, haha.
  20. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    A new Macbook Pro laptop is faster than 99% of the world's computers, including desktops. Even more so with memory upgraded to 8GB or with a SSD, both of which are easy future upgrades.

    It will competently handle 99% of your computing tasks. There are not many desktops that have the same power.

    Yes there's more powerful desktops in the shops but not many people have them. Note I said computing tasks, not game-playing amusements.
  21. Vulcan macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I use my 13" MBP as my main machine. No regrets, runs awesome. Handles all you're asking for and more.
  22. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    One thing I've learned since joining the mac community though... people here seem to have deep pockets and need it all. (Right away). :eek:
  23. mattroman246 macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I was using the 13" aluminum Macbook 2.0 ghz until i fried it with water. Worked like a charm for doing all the things above you mentioned, id even go as far as to say it was pretty good at gaming (halo, sims 3). I just replaced it with the pro 2.26 ghz with only 2 gb of ram and use it for college, alot of music and movies and it works amazing. I think it should work just perfect for you and if you have the money to upgrade the ram, all the better!
  24. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I agree, my dad would run photoshop on a dual 800mhz G4 until just a year ago, he did it for his own website. Then he switched over to his 1.25ghz G4 Powerbook and used that until it started acting up and now he has a new 15in MBP.

    This laptop is going to be leaps and bounds beyond what most kids are going to be using.
  25. hrv888 macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2009
    Another question regarding the 3.5mm hole in the mbp? do I need to use the headset that is like the one that came with the iPhone? So i can't use a headset with different 3.5 inputs (separate Audio and mic)?

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