MacBook Pro for graphic & website design?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 9, 2007
Hi- I'm replacing my (5 year old) G4 tower, and was thinking of getting the 17" Macbook Pro 2.44/ 2 GB/160 GB/ hi res. I'm a graphic/ website designer and mostly run Adobe CS2 (Illustrator, GoLive and Photoshop). I noticed on the Apple site that they're offering killer deals on CS3 with any computer purchase through 9/16. The price difference is good enough that it's worth doing even if I have to pay for Leopard in October (I think). Does anyone have any advice about timing? Also, is this laptop going to be powerful enough- especially if I use it for video editing, or should I be buying a tower again? I'm sort of nervous about making the move to a laptop for my primary work computer, but it would be sooooooo convenient. Any advice for a laptop newbie would be welcome. Thanks!


macrumors 68000
Nov 10, 2004
I'm using a MBP 15" for design and graphics. I have it plugged into an external display and it runs effortlessly. Adobe CS3 is smooth and you'll enjoy using it. You'll have no issues using a MBP for your kind of work.


macrumors regular
Jun 19, 2007
I'm using my srmbp for graphics/web stuff.(adobe, dreamweaver, flash, etc) I used to use a dual 867 G4. I've only turned my G4 on twice in one month since I received the laptop. Don't know what I'm going to do with the G4 now. Seems like a waste of 1 tb hdd space. I guess I could use it as a server or backup of some sort.


macrumors regular
Feb 6, 2007
I use my MBP for flash, illustrator, photoshop, dreamweaver, maya, final cut studio (not all at the same time of course) and it works perfectly


macrumors member
Aug 10, 2007
I use my MBP for flash, illustrator, photoshop, dreamweaver, maya, final cut studio (not all at the same time of course) and it works perfectly
what graphic card shall I get with MBP if I purchase for these purposes?
shall I go for the 128? 256?
Any suggestions?:)


macrumors 6502a
Jan 23, 2006
I run photoshop, illustrator, indesign and the other programs in the CS3 package. It works fine on my SR 15" MBP 2.2ghz 128mb on the graphic card and 2gb memory.


macrumors 6502a
May 1, 2007
The only difference is going to be the obvious screen size, but if you have a monitor at home (from your old tower) you can easily hook that up. I used a friend's MBP for a weekend on a design project when my tower was in the shop for an upgrade and I found going from a 22" to a 17" size monitor a little hard to get used to at first.

I am still planning on investing in a MBP, they are fantastic.


macrumors regular
Aug 10, 2007
Greensboro, NC
Yeah, I'd say a MBP will be great; just max out the stuff that can't be upgraged, like processor, screen size and video card. I'd go for the video card that has the most RAM.