Which portable mac should I buy? Macbook, or 13" MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Macgirl12345, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Macgirl12345 macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I'm a design student and I use the adobe creative suite for school work(illustrator, photoshop, Dreamweaver, indesign). i currently have a toshiba laptop that cant handle the projects I work on, and freezes and is very slow. I decided that Im going to buy a new mac laptop but stuck on which model to buy.

    I need a laptop that is really portable and am able to put in my bag, so Im looking at the 13" models.

    I'm deciding between 3 different models: 1) macbook with upgrade to 4 GB of Ramm 2) Macbook Pro 13" 2.26GHz, and upgrade to 4 GB and 250 Ramm or 3) Macbook Pro 13" 2.53GHz.

    I was looking for a budget friendly external monitor that I can use at home, since the 13" screen is so small... any suggestions?

    does the high proccesor speeds make a noticeable difference in running the design programs?

    Also I went into future shop, any they told me their warranty is better than apple care because if you bring in your laptop 3 times to get fixed they would replace your laptop with a new one... does any one how experience with this?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I would wait until January, especially if you are in a position to wait. There is likely to be a spec update coming in late January. If you must buy now, I'd get the highest machine that your budget allows.

    As for the warranty: AppleCare has the same lemon law type policy, you get one-year free, by the way.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    AppleCare also follows the same policy although its not written in stone. Stay away from the FS extended warranty as its expensive and not as flexible as AppleCare.

    I doubt you would notice a 10% difference in CPU speed.
     
  4. Macgirl12345 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for your advice...
    Future shop said they would price match everything including the warranty to the student discount pricing ( so the future shop warranty is also $218). is the apple care warranty better service than future shop?
     
  5. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I have no clue about Future Shop's service. In general Apple has a maximum of a five-day turn around. Look into the location of Apple Store/Future shop from you, etc. This might produce a thread with information for you...
     
  6. TheQuestion macrumors regular

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    wow...never seen this topic before. Just kidding friend, but try doing some research in the forums. This topic has been covered umpteen times. I think in either case, a 13 inch laptop will be a bit limiting with your pro Apps. I can't do much serious work without plugging in my 19in display -- too much moving pallets around and re-sizing things
     

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