MBP v. iMac - Lightroom

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dhazeghi, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. dhazeghi macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2006

    I currently have a 15" MBP (2.0GHZ C2D, bought secondhand). It's a nice machine, but the battery life is quite poor at this point, it gets rather hot, and performance running Lightroom (I do a lot of RAW editing) is very slow. I'm looking at getting either a current 15" MBP (2.0GHZ i7) or 21" iMac (2.5GHZ i5). I figure that the newer Sandy Bridge architecture, plus the quad core processors should help a lot.

    I need a laptop for other daily tasks too (coding and VMWare), so if I get the iMac, I'd keep my current laptop. If I got a new MBP, I could sell my current laptop, so I think the net cost will be roughly equal. I'd prefer to have one system, not two as synchronization is a pain, but only if the performance of the laptop would be pretty close to the iMac.

    Any thoughts?


  2. Kyzelios macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2011
    I'd recommend getting a new MacBook Pro as it will give you the best of both worlds in terms of performance and portability.
  3. oLNutjob macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2011
    After importing 70-12mp raw shots into Lightroom, I selected all and pre-rendered 100% previews.

    On a 2011, 15"/2.2ghz, it took less than 50 seconds.
  4. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    Avoiding synchronization can be very important, so personally I'd take that into account and go with the Macbook Pro. However, wirelessly shared directories are very useful and could be what you're searching for.

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