What would be the perfect Macbook workstation

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Muscle Master, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Muscle Master macrumors 6502a

    Muscle Master

    Oct 15, 2010
    Discuss... What would the perfect size, screen, gpu etc

    Price points also
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Apple keyboard, mouse, and a thunderbolt display :)
  3. yauzers619, Sep 11, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012

    yauzers619 macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    13" Macbook Pro Retina, thin as Macbook 15". No optical bay, discrete graphics card, two TB ports, two USB. I'm a happy camper.

    Thanks for the reminder iisforiphone: But I'll like to see $1699 - $1599 for .edu pricing.
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    $1899 ;)
  5. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    15" MacBook Pro, NVIDIA GTX 770M w/3GB of vRAM, Intel i7-4860M @2.8GHz, 16GB RAM, 1920x1200 IPS display. One can always hope :rolleyes:
  6. Rileyx2 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2012
    I'd be happy with a 13" (say 1440x900) with a quad core (2.1+Ghz) and/or dedicated GPU (nVidia 650m, maybe). I don't really need the Retina display for what I do. (Although, that is asking a lot out of such a small machine.)

    Heck, I'd even be happy with a new 15" MacBook Pro sans Retina display (i.e. put the Hi-Res screen in the Retina and drop $200 off the price). I don't understand all the hype with Retina when the performance isn't as nice as it should be on simple things like scrolling.
  7. Afbar1114 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2012
    13" Retina with 512 SSD, 16 GB ram, USB 3.0, TB, and HDMI with optional 2nd HDD or SSD instead of optical bay. thunderbolt display, an external apple Bluray writeable drive. Time capsule.
  8. Muscle Master thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Muscle Master

    Oct 15, 2010
    For those that want a 13 inch as a workstation type laptop.. is that even viable if you are using Cad, engineering programs, etc.
  9. zipur macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas

    The screen it 90% of a laptop use. We all want the very best screen you can possibly get. Thats the first point on most reviews. Then there is the size thats a big part too and the size is wonderful! Now if you are just going to dock it and maybe use it one a month on the go, then the cMBP is the way to go.
  10. Elijen macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2012
    For me the ideal workstation would be 13" Macbook with 1080p or higher resolution, Quad core i7, 8Gb RAM, SSD and dedicated graphic card + 2GB TimeCapsule.

    I think the new 13" rMBP will meet all these these requirements, but the price will be very high and components non-upgradable so I will just buy 13" MBA or MBP and will be happy with what I got.

    I don't think so. Maybe on the MBA 13" resolution. But I think majority of the people don't use engineering programs ;)
  11. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Yes. Especially with retina since you would be able to increase the usable space by switching the resolution (like you can on the 15").
  12. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    The perfect Macbook workstation is obviously the current retina MBP ;)
  13. macuser2134 macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2012
    The Current Retina 15" is frigging nearly there. Just give it 2x mSATA connecter instead of the proprietary one. Some SODIMM slots and an anti-glare screen.
  14. w00t951 macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    And 16GB of RAM standard with a much more capable GPU. Workstation graphics should be CUDA and QUADRO compatible cards, not just GeForce hardware.
  15. lsh macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
    14"! 15" is feeling big, but 13" looks so small. 14" would be JUST right.
  16. Mr MM macrumors 65816

    Mr MM

    Jun 29, 2011
    take a look at the dell m6700 or the elitebook W, make it a little bit lighter and put a higher gamut retina display.


    GPU: quadro or firepros (MXM slot)
    RAM: 4 slots
    CPU: there are the xm series for a reason
    HDD: at least 2 bays

    It would be at least 3kg and would be at least 1.5'' thick, so no, apple wont release a workstation
  17. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2012
    I'm getting the above dell soon... With that being said, I would definitely walk into a store and buy a rMBP if it had a quadro card within it. It would seal the dell for me, so to speak... Apple already have a workstation(Mac Pro), but that hasn't been updated in a while so... Dell and HP generally are the top in terms of mobile and desktop workstations, I believe. It would be nice if they released a rMBP with a quadro card...

    15" screen size is fine for me, and a supposed workstation, macbook should have at least a 1680x1050 display. A retina display would be beautiful as said, that extra space is very helpful in 3d modelling applications.. Quadro or a FirePro should be a must. Then I'll gladly spend the money on one...
  18. afinch1992 macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2012
    Dallas, Tx
    second. cheaper wouldnt hurt though ;)
  19. nitromac macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2012
    setup in my signature. Paired with a 24" IPS, Apple keyboard, and a logitech mouse.

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