Which MacBook Pro should I go for? Which will complete my needs?

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  1. Windows&Apple macrumors regular

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    I wanted to buy a MacBook Pro for school in September. I was just curious on which model I should go for.

    I need to do the following:

    - I need to be able to run accounting software (Simply Accounting).
    - I need to be able to Skype with friends/family.
    - I need to be able to run Adobe Suite CS5+.
    - I would like to create a home studio surrounded around this new computer.
    - I would like something portable and durable. I need to be able to carry this laptop everyday and it's going to be used in an environment that is more or less abusive.
    - I would also like a CD drive (I still find myself using CDs every once in a while).
    - And I would like to get a nice screen, the stock screen is fine on the 13 inch, but I would need the upgrade on the 15 inch.

    So, these are the options I have right now. My budget is up to $2500, but the lower, the better.

    Option 1: 15 inch MacBook Pro base (no extras)
    Option 2: 13 inch MacBook Pro with an Intel 520 240GB SSD + 8GB RAM
    Option 3: Wait until June/July for the next generation of MacBook Pro's.

    Which would you guy do?

    Thanks.
     
  2. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    The 15" had the better CPU and GPU which you cannot upgrade, you can always upgrade the RAM & SSD later on down the line.

    The 13" is lighter, I manage with no issues with my 15" MBP though and travel a fair bit with it.

    If it's likely to be in an environment is abusive, seems a risk for an expensive notebook. You'll need acc dam cover and a lot of companies will reject claims if there are a lot of previous ones that are similar, as it'll be classed as neglect.

    If you still need an optical drive then waiting till the next refresh may be a bad idea as it's legacy tech as far as Apple are concerned.
     
  3. leman macrumors 604

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    Any of the MacBook Pros will do what you want. The 13" doesn't have too much of a real screen estate because of the resolution.

    I would be careful with Option 3 as the next gen of MacBooks might have no optical drive whatsoever...
     
  4. bniaulin macrumors newbie

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    For CD/DVD I saw this add-on called superdrive I think... which connects via USB or thunderbolt I am not an expert hehe.
     
  5. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    I thought Apple would remove the CD drive, but if they do, that's even better! When they removed the 17 inch laptops, I went in to see how much they would go for since they were discontinued and they were almost $600 off with a free 4 year warranty! If the 17 inch wasn't so heavy I would've picked one up lol

    But I think I'm leaning towards a 15 inch MacBook Pro, just because of the added screen real-estate :)
     
  6. jeremypeters92 macrumors newbie

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    If you are getting the 15", you will have to choose between the Retina display and an optical drive...
     
  7. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure if the Retina is worth the premium you're asked to pay. I'd much rather opt for the optical drive/changeable HDDs and RAM :p
     
  8. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think it will be worth waiting till the Summer, the odds of Apple updating their cMBP is not very good. I would go for a cheapish refurbished 15"...2011 or wait until the refresh does come out and get the 2012 cheaper.
     

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