Performance of new 13" MBPs for CS5, Eclipse, and FF multitasking

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by room271, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. room271 macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I was planning to wait for the new iMacs to come out and get one of those. But changes in circumstance have made it much more likely I will need the portability of a laptop.

    Anyone have experience of running either of the new MBP 13" with CS5 (esp Fireworks), Eclipse (or some other programme which has similar demands), and FF/a browser open, plus a local server? Also Spotify playing in the background :)

    (Basically, web-developers.)

    I'm just concerned that the 13" MBPs will not do so well multitasking (although - they will definitely be miles faster than my current laptop, but that doesn't say too much).

    Thanks.
     
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    The 13" with its i5 processor is quite a good multitasker. I used it heavily and was satisfied with the performance. If you are a light user of Photoshop I think you'll be fine. If you are working with large images and processing a lot of filters on a daily basis you might wish you had the quad core. If you are like most web developers I know and work with web quality images just a few times a day than you'll be fine.
     
  3. adnoh macrumors 6502a

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  4. room271 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok thanks - yeah, I don't tend to work with large/complex images with lots of filters etc. I think I will get the 13" i7 as the price is not massively more from places like Dixons etc. (in the UK) as opposed to the Apple store (where the difference is a massive £300!).
     
  5. boylerman macrumors member

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    I use Photoshop and Illustrator extensively on my 13" i7, and have been geneally pleased with the performance.

    I upgraded from the 2010 2.4ghz 13", and the difference is pretty significant.
     

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