Which new MBP for graphic designer?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by plasmaj, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. plasmaj macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2008
    I am brand new to Macs. I am buying a MBP largely for my wife who is a graphic designer. She will be doing some work, mostly freelance, on this but will continue to do most of her work at her employer's offices. Her primary applications are Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Otherwise, it will mostly be used for the basics, email, web, iphoto, and ms office products (I can't get entirely away from microsoft) etc.

    My question is, is the mid-range MBP worth the extra $500 over the base model for these applications ? My understanding is that for the most part the extra 256MB of graphics card memory will not be able to be fully utilized anyway. Is that true for the layout applications ? Also, where will smaller L2 cache be noticeable ?

    I will be getting a 30" monitor for using it at home (probably the 3007WFP) and will upgrade to 4gig memory on my own.

    Thank you in advance for any help choosing
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Nope. ;)

    Enjoy your new base model MBP.
  3. bbeers macrumors regular


    Dec 14, 2007
    Like previously stated. The base model will be fine. In fact I do the same thing as a graphic designer, and I just bought the base macbook pro. It should be coming in on wed. so I will keep it posted.
  4. plasmaj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2008
    Thank you both for the help. It looks like I am going to go ahead and get the base.

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