Photographer debating on either a 13or 15 in mbp or matte screen

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Gerry R, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Gerry R macrumors newbie

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    Hey readers. I have a couple questions for you. I'm sure you've heard these so many times, but here goes..

    I've been using macs for about a year or so now, and as of lately I've been needing a lot more internal space. I have the flash drives, I have the external drives, but as far as I know, replacing my 120 GB hard drive will void the warranty on my mbp, and I really need something bigger.

    Is it worth it to get a computer with a 320 gb hd or 500? how likely are they able to fail? Obviously I'd back up regularly. But is it worth it to spend 300$ more on something faster with more HD space? Is more internal space even something that I'd need? I don't want to store all the photos on my internal, but all the apps I have that I use to edit everything with takes up so much space. I also need to be able to store a lot of photos at one time on my computer, because there are times when I need to make slideshows, or dvd's etc.

    https://www.springboardstore.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=1698#details
    https://www.springboardstore.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=1699

    these are the two that I've been looking at, but perhaps there's something better listed on this site as to what would work best. Also, my current mbp has a matte screen.. what is it like editing hundreds of photos at a time on a glossy screen? I heard it isn't ideal, but I guess I could invest in an external monitor?

    what do you fellow photographers use that works best? what combination of storing photos, editing and viewing photos work best?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Changing your hard drive doesn't void your warranty!

    I would just store everything in external HD because even 500GB will fill up very rapidly. Just get a USB or FW hub so you can plug all your external at the same time. If your current MBP does its job well, I wouldn't buy a new one.

    Change your HD to 320 or 500GB and get big external as well
     
  3. Gerry R thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the help. would a terabyte be overkill?
     
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    Absolutely not. 1TB gives you the best price per 1GB. Get big one so you don't have to change your internal HD
     
  5. Gerry R thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well then that's settled. do you also think my computer without apple care would be worth keeping around? i hear people say glossy screens aren't anything to brag about when editing photos.. so it does sound like i'm better off with my matte screen.
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Are you still under warranty? If you are, buy AppleCare. Of course it's worth it without AppleCare, if it fails, you can buy new one. I have glossy iMac and glossy haven't bothered me and I do photoshopping quite much. Stick with your matte MBP as long as you can and then think about buying new one
     
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  8. stranger danger macrumors member

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    If you're a serious photographer, I would recommend investing in an external monitor with a high resolution. If the glare bugs you on the new MBPs, buy an anti-glare screen (Moshi has the iVisor AG for about $30-35)
     

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