Web Designer/Front-End Developer looking to buy a MacBook Pro :)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sambammi, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. sambammi macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone! I'm a student due to graduate in 2012. I'm currently using an old PC and I also use the iMacs at Uni but would like to buy something more portable for when I graduate as I'd like to eventually do some freelancing.

    I've been looking at purchasing a MacBook Pro, the cheapest one is preferable being a student with not much money. :p I mainly use my computer to browse the internet, check emails and make websites. To make websites I use code editors, FTP software and Photoshop, usually all running at the same time.

    I don't play games or do anything more intensive than using Photoshop really so would the £999 MacBook Pro be suitable for this?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. applesith macrumors 68020

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    You should be fine with either entry level 13 or 15 inch model. I do a good amount of webdesign as well. I upgraded my RAM to 8GB just so Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver have some extra space while running together along with multiple browsers open.
     
  3. sambammi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply. :) I forgot to mention I'm looking at 13" ones as I've got a display to plug it into.

    I'm assuming it's cheaper to put the RAM in yourself rather than upgrading with Apple?
     
  4. TheJing macrumors 6502a

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    A lot cheaper. It is ridiculously easy to do it too, so don't get it from Apple.
     
  5. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Much cheaper. It's about £37 for 8GB from Crucial last time I bought, maybe even less now.

    I do the same front-end stuff you've mentioned and coupled with an external monitor, the 13" is a great machine, you won't be disappointed.
     
  6. sambammi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, that's good to know. I'm capable of upgrading simple bits of hardware anyway so I will probably do that. :D

    Also, Apple Care, is it worth it? Could I possibly wait until just before my year warranty runs out before purchasing it?
     
  7. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    If you're still a student, and you buy it through your University's network on the Apple Online Store, you automatically receive 3 years hardware warranty coverage.

    You are generally enrolled on the warranty program approximately 9 weeks after purchase of your machine.

    There's no real need to buy AppleCare as a student in the UK (if you're buying online), unless you want or require 3 years of phone support.

    NB: The brick and mortar Apple Stores do not offer this warranty -- It is only available online.
     
  8. sambammi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that! I knew I'd get a discount, didn't know I'd get coverage too. Do you use Apple's cables to plug in your display? I've seen some on eBay for a fiver but not sure how good they are.
     
  9. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    I use Apple's mini displayport to DVI, then a standard DVI - DVI cable. Works fine for me.

    eBay ones generally look the part, but in my experience, they don't tend to last the course.
     
  10. applesith macrumors 68020

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    Upgraded my RAM from Crucial and saved $$$$. It's super easy to do and well worth it! Just make sure to keep the RAM shipped with your machine handy in the event you need to take/send the MBP to Apple for repair or anything.
     
  11. sambammi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice everyone, much appreciated. If there's anything else you think a Mac newbie should know please let me know. It's a lot of money for me to part with but hopefully I'm making the right decision. ^_^
     

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