Own early 2009 Macboko pro (15", dual video card, 2.66GHz) -- should I go to 17"?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thermodynamic, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. thermodynamic Suspended

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    The new late-09 model?

    Apart from screen size (17 vs 15") and having a 2.83GHz CPU (170MHz faster) and a 500GB HD (as opposed to 300GB) and 512MB video RAM instead of 256MB, and the 7 hour battery, is the upgrade justified?

    I do a LOT of website design and photography...

    I'm thinking 'no' to this, even though I could likely sell my current MBP for $1200 or so (has protective case and 3 year extended warranty), but having glanced at the 17" screen, the menu bar up top is very small when you consider 1920x1200 is nice on a 24" display...
     
  2. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    You don't need a new computer, you need a quality display to hook up to it. I have a 23 inch Samsung, but most will tell you to look at a Dell UltraSharp.

    By the way, your 15 outclasses my '08 17.

    Dale
     
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    :apple:;)
     
  4. Mexbearpig macrumors 65816

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    Well the 15" has a SD Card slot while the 17" replaces it with an Expresscard slot. If you do a lot of photography it will be a pain without it.
     
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    Thx for the info and you're right... all notebooks made, Apple or otherwise, use TN as the better-grade panels aren't made in small sizes. :(

    Which model Samsung?

    I know the UltraSharp models typically use IPS panels, but anything IPS or PVA will do. (my current monitors hooked to my Mac Pro are M-PVA, and one is starting to die. :( )

    Thx!
     
  6. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    My Samsung is the SyncMaster P2370. It is a PVA panel. The contrast range is 50,000:1 and the response time is 2ms. Pixel dimensions are 1920X1080.

    Overkill, but then I'm a Mac...

    Dale
     
  7. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    I loooooooove having 23/24" screen resolution on my lap. Chilling on the couch and editing in a 1920x1200 space is awesome.
     
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    Thx for the info. :)
     

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