Which MBP should i Get

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whistler222, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. whistler222 macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    I've decided on a MBP for photography work, as well as some part time EMBA courses..

    I have a mac pro at home so majority of serious editing is done on that.

    1. 15 or 17 - 17 high res has an AMAZING screen.. but it's bigger/heavier, and not as 'portable' as 15.

    the criteria is obvious.. size/portability vs. screen resolution / real estate

    2. 15 low vs 15 high
    50 more HDD which is not a factor b/c i'm replacing it with my own HDD
    So $500 more for 256 vs 512 graphics card. and 3MB vs 6MB L2 cache..
    oh and 2.4 vs 2.5 ghz

    Is the high trim 15 worthwhile?
  2. Pees330 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    Since you have a Mac Pro for your main usage I think the low end MBP would suite your needs fine. If the $500 isn't an issue for you then go for the best you can get. If you're editing a lot the 17 hi-res is a very nice machine. Like you said it whether not you want more portability or not.

    I've had mine since it was released and it works great.
  3. lordthistle macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2008
    Nowadays: NONE.

    I bought a MBP also for photography and I can't use it. And notice that I am not unlucky. Lenovos' or Vaios' screens are much better suited even if they use the prehistoric lamps instead of leds.

    I am not saying "buy one of them", but just that, if you can wait, wait till they realize how to produce displays that are not yellowish, don't have stripes, and so on.

    If you like gambling and go for MBP in the current line, there would not be any sensible difference for 2D image processing between the low end and the high end.

    -- thistle
  4. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    Get the 15 with an apple cinema display, BT keyboard and mouse.
  5. ManWithhat macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    Bumping because of #2:
    Is the graphics card bump from 256MB to 512MB going to make a huge difference from the low 15" to the high 15"?
  6. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
  7. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2006
    Tyler, Texas
    Not unless you are running a very huge external display.
  8. buyusfear macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2007
    How huge is huge?

    Like what will the 2.4 256mb be able to run? a 30''? two 30'' two 23''? just one 23"?

    I have a 24'' iMac with a 19'' external display (my old pc LCD) and a 2.4 penryn MBP. However, I would like to spoil myself eventually and get a nice cinema for the MBP, as it would be nice to have, not gunna lie. Sometimes having a couple big screens is just bad a$$...
  9. whistler222 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2007
    ok. i picked up the low end 15inch today.. it's very nice.

    I don't need it to drive a large display as I have a mac pro with a 30 inch monitor as my desktop.
    i needed portability, and for 500 bucks, I really didn't see the justification for just the video card, 3mb more L2 cache, and 0.1 ghz.. (i'm replacing the HD anyways, so I had no problem with that difference).
  10. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    The Macbook Pro is intended to drive its own display and/or one external display*. All Macbook Pro models can drive any display up through a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels. That means an Apple 30" display.

    *There are workarounds.
  11. buyusfear macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2007
    Thank you. I thought that was the case.

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