Switching To Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Ahmer50, May 5, 2011.

  1. Ahmer50 macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    Hey Guys,

    I'm buying a macbook pro for my son, and have some questions, as it is our first mac. I'm not very tech savvy, but he is.

    His Needs:

    15+ inch screen
    i7 Processor
    Discrete graphics


    Below 2500 with applecare AFTER a f&f 15% off.


    HD Video Editing
    Photo Editing
    Word Documents
    Media Hub

    I'm currently looking at the higher end $2199 mbp. Any advice on upgrades to get or services, software, etc? Also, iWork or Office?


  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Higher MBP is great for HD video editing.

    Does he need high resolution screen in glossy or Antiglare?

    Get 8GB of RAM yourself.
  3. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
  4. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    +1 on this.

    He should know what he does and doesn't want more than anyone here. Tell him the budget and let him figure it out.
  5. bagoborealis, May 6, 2011
    Last edited: May 6, 2011

    bagoborealis macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    West Sussex
    Maybe it is going to be a surprise :eek:

    I think the high end 15" would be ideal if it needs to be portable, otherwise the 17" for that extra screen when editing HD movies.
  6. Maddix macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Get a MacBook Pro 15" with the Hi-Res Antiglare Display. Even though I prefer a glossy screen for causal use, my wife's 15" anti-glare MBP has more accurate color rendition than my glossy 13" MBP.
  7. trip1ex, May 6, 2011
    Last edited: May 6, 2011

    trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    I considered that, but it didn't sound like it. He already had some pretty specific requirements from his son.

    Anyway just giving a $2200 MBP with Apple care is more than enough in my world. I don't think you'd get any complaints.

    Extra software depends on the user's preference. As do many of the upgrades.

    I guess if you wanted to bump up against the $2500 budget after 15% discount then put a SSD in the thing for an extra $500. But you can do that after market too.

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