MacBook Pro 13" - best spec for VMWare Fusion 3?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RoyalBeega, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. RoyalBeega macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    Oxford, UK
    Hello all, first time poster here.

    Am keen to get a 13" MacBook Pro, but not sure which spec to get. There is quite a price jump (250 GBP) between the basic spec and the high spec, and the only difference is the processor speed (2.66Hz vs 2.4GHz) and a larger HDD. Is the difference in performance really worth the price jump?

    I want to run Windows XP via VMWare Fusion 3, specifically to run software for academic work, namely Windows MS Office 2007, Endnote, SPSS and GraphPad Prism. I will use Mac OS X for everything else, namely internet, email, iTunes, iPhoto and iMovie.

    Will the basic spec 13" MBP be quick enough for all of the above? Would the 2.66GHz offer any noticebale increase in performance?

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. tomdelay macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    I don't really think it is worth getting the 2.66 - benchmark results have not shown a huge difference between the 2.4/2.66.

    Its a huge rip off. The only 2 differences between the two are the processor and hard drive. Apple charge £40 to upgrade hard drive from 250 to 320Gb so they are charging £210 for the faster processor. Yet the difference in market value between the 2.4 and 2.66 is closer to £30-40!
  3. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    For the £250 I'd rather get a 1 TB external drive for backup, and if you use the MacBook at a fixed desk location a lot I'd invest in a 2048 x 1152 monitor. VMWare likes a good amount of RAM, but you get 4 GB and that should be plenty.

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