MBP 15" or 17": Music Production and 3D Animation

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kickFlip, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. kickFlip macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2010

    I've been reading several threads by the user-base here and thought that I might benefit from the knowledge of people on this forum. Thanks for reading.

    After doing some research, I've found that there are 3 main differences between the current MBP 15" vs. MBP 17":

    - screen size
    - Express Card slot on 17" (not on 15")
    - 8-hour battery on 17" (7-hour batt on 15")

    If there are other differences, please post them, too.

    My usage of the laptop will be for 3D Animation (Maya) and Music Production/Live Performance using Ableton Live and Serato. I am a beginner in music production, but I am serious about learning (been DJ'ing for over 12 years) and would like to "future-proof" my computer as much as I can.

    My main question is: for music production, is the Express Card slot very necessary? I'm not up-and-up on the hardware-side of music production, so I don't know if there is many Express Card gear available (and would I need to use them?). I can see myself using Ableton Live and Logic in the future... do I need Express Card?

    I'm leaning towards the 15" for its portability, but if it's really a good option, I could go with the 17" for its Express Card capability.

    Thanks very much for any input.
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Also note that the 17" has a very high resolution at 1920*1200 (the typical resolution of a 24 inch monitor).

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