MBP performance...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by xheathen, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. xheathen macrumors 6502

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    Hey all... I think this year is the year I'll finally get my PC replaced. The rest of the house is on Mac, but I'm still chugging away with my office Windows box.

    I'm really trying to make sense of what the best setup is going to be.

    I do web development and graphic design. Right now it's a side business but this is the year (I hope) to convert it to my actual full time gig and get out of the soul vampire that is my corporate job :)

    So I'm kind of trying to figure out what setup to go with because it might be the last setup I'll be able to afford for at least a while. The programs I use won't be super heavy - Adobe Creative Suite CS5, Coda, Music, graphics tablet and that kind of thing.

    I'm kind of leaning toward the MBP, but I'm just not sure of the performance. My wife has a 2.4ghz 2010 Mini with 4 gigs of ram, and I really felt that CS5 just kind of acted a little slow for my taste. Can anyone with a MBP attest to it's performance with those programs? I always thought the mini's were pretty similar in specs, but maybe I'm wrong.

    So it kinda comes down to a few choices on what to get. Right now I have my own mouse, keyboard and 24" monitor. The main reason I was considering the MBP is to get the extra screen real estate along with the portability. I'll be much more mobile and I've had issues trying to use the iPad with clients - at times it's just a little TOO limited for some applications.

    The setups that I've considered is:

    Mac Mini + MBA - On this option I'd really have to wait for the Mini refresh and see if the performance is high enough give it a little jump from what I experienced with my wife's. I'd want to just get a refurb Air for the portability.

    MBP + Keep all my existing stuff - sort of the all-in-one approach. I'd still have my iPad for ultra mobile needs (go show clients proofs, get contracts signed, etc) Just not sure the lower end MBP's can handle the software.

    iMac - If I went this route I think I'd really need to get the 27". Kind of kills any chance of getting a laptop for the full mobile experience on what budget I want to spend. But it does pretty much guarantee I can run everything I want.

    Ugh so many options...
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    MBPs should definitely be able to handle the software. You may want 8GB of memory with the CS5 stuff, but they definitely have the power. Plus they are supposed to be updated within the week or so, so they should be even more powerful soon.
     
  3. c1phr macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2010 base model 15" MBP (in my sig) and I can attest that CS5 apps (namely, Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop and Dreamweaver) all run perfectly fine on 4gb of ram. 8 might be helpful, but the machine definitely runs them just fine, though I would wait and see what the refresh has to offer.
     
  4. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a

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    The MBP will do just fine but as stated above, I would wait for the refresh. They'll most likely have faster processors/video card which would help greatly for what you are doing. And just fyi, the MBP blows the Mac Mini away in terms of specs.
     
  5. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I'm seeing the stuff around the refresh which should boost these up a bit. But I'm not seeing how the MBP's blow away the mini's in general - the 15" seem to but not any of the baseline 13". Am I interpreting that right?
     

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