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

    Feb 22, 2011
    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).

  2. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    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


    Nov 14, 2010
  4. room271 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2011
    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

    Mar 17, 2010
    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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