Macbook Pro (2011/2012) or Mac Mini (2011)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pbmagnet4, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. pbmagnet4 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    My white Macbook is on it's last limb it seems. Not only does it need another battery (would be the third), but also another charger. The fact that ML wont be supported isn't that great either. Which leaves me with the notion that it is time to upgrade. With the Mac Pro, the Air, and the iMac not being any of my options I am left with this.

    Im really on the fence between getting a Macbook Pro or Mac Mini. Im looking for something that will run Final Cut X well, Photoshop, and Diablo 3, but gaming is not a top priority. What will give me the best bang for my buck?

    The 15" 2011 Macbook Pro seems to be an interesting option with the Intel HD graphics along with the AMD. It also seems to be the cheapest mobile quadcore option at 1,399 or so as a refurb.

    The 13" 2012 Macbook Pro could be ideal since it has USB3.0 and the new Ivy Bridge processor, but it only has Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics I believe, and I don't know if that will be suffecent for what I want to do... Or it may be more than enough, that is why I am here. At 1,099 with my student discount, I cant help but think that is not too bad of a deal. Although, when comparing it to the Mac Mini the only thing that I can see it has over it is Ivy Bridge and USB3.0, so is it worth 200$ more for that and a screen?

    Finally, there is the 2011 Mac Mini with the dualcore i7 2.7ghz priced around 900. It also had a dedicated AMD graphics card which I understand is better than the Intel HD 4000 being that it is a dedicated card. I already have the Magic Trackpad or whatever they call it, so all i'd need is a monitor (im NOT fond of the glossy Apple screens), and a keyboard. When that is said and done ill be right around the same price as the new 13" Macbook Pro, but with a better (non-mobile) screen and graphics.

    I know all this is alot to ask, but any input is appreciated.
  2. andrezx macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2012
    I will get the 15" Macbook Pro with anti-glare screen :)

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