MBP for LR and PS

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bob5820, Nov 11, 2009.


Which MBP for $2300 LR / PS powerhouse

Poll closed Dec 26, 2009.
  1. 2.53 15.4" MBP and Intel 160gb G2 SSD

    8 vote(s)
  2. 2.88 15.4" MBP with stock 500gb hd

    4 vote(s)
  3. Wait for Arrandale

    4 vote(s)
  1. bob5820 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2006
    35°0′36″N 80°40′45″W (35.0
    Assuming the photo library is stored on an external drive

    I'll most likely wait until Arrandale but I'm drunk and bored so anything could happen
  2. Morn macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2005
    If you're dealing with large raw images, SSD might be worthwhile. Otherwise, if you're using a lot of filters on jpg's, I think you get more benefit from the CPU.
    Might as well just wait for the i7 though.
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I'd go for the one with the SSD, as that'd most likely make a bigger difference than a slightly faster CPU.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd say wait for arrandale, with one provision. Do you really want to buy a revision A laptop, especially one that will probably have many new "untested" components? By untested, I mean a brand new chipset that does not have any track record.

    As the saying goes, if you need something now, get the computer now, if you can wait, then do so.

    I bought my MBP last year, and I'm good for the next two or three years minimum. My 2.53 unibody MBP is plenty fast for me now, getting an i7 makes little sense for me in that it I'm paying a premium on performance that I don't need.

    btw, I'm a LightRoom user as well, but I'd not consider myself a heavy user or anything.
  5. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2008
    I would wait. The improvements can be huge. The i5 iMacs are getting crazy good benchmarks.

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