Should I trade two computers for one?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by spuality, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. spuality macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2007
    Right now I have a 24" white iMac with a 2.33 Ghz C2D and a 15" MacBook Pro with a 2.53 Ghz C2D. Both computers are great and work perfectly for what I do. The only problem is having two computers is overkill for me. Transferring files and apps is just too much of a hassle. What I'd like to do is get one of the new 13" MacBook Pros and get an external display to hook up when I'm using it at my desk. I just have a few questions. But first, let me tell you what I use my computer for: I do some web design and development, using CSSEdit, Espresso, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Illustrator, Photoshop. I do some RAW photo editing using Aperture and Photoshop. I do a lot of casual web surfing, emailing, etc. I watch videos on Hulu. I'll be going to school in the fall for computer science, so I'll be doing some (or a lot) of...whatever it is they have me doing. I do absolutely no gaming. So, here are my questions:

    1. Should I get the i5 or i7? Both are going to be faster than what I have, right?
    2. Will the lack of a dedicated graphics card in the 13" MBP be very noticeable compared to what I have? I rarely turn on the dedicated graphics in my 15" MBP, the 9400 always gets the job done. If I do turn it on, it's just to make me feel "fancy."
    3. Any suggestions on a monitor I should look at? I'd really like to stick in the 23"/24" range with a resolution of 1920x1200.
    4. Are Apple's Cinema Displays good? I mean, I know they're good, but are they worth the price?
    5. Are there any other companies using the MiniDisplay Port?
    6. Any other suggestions?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    1. i5 should be plenty for you. The extra money is better spent on 8GB of RAM and/or SSD from aftermarket.

    2. Intel HD 3000 is about twice as fast as the 9400M so if 9400M was enough for you, then you shouldn't have any issues with the Intel IGP.

    3. Dell U2410 and HP ZR24w for instance. Both use IPS panels and have resolution of 1920x1200.

    4. IMO, no.

    5. DisplayPort is more common in monitors but it just requires a cheap adapter to work with mDP.

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