Would a Macbook Pro 13" be a good primary computer?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by caNNondale, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. caNNondale macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2009
    Hi there, my first post. Sorry for my english, i hope you will understand what I want to know :eek:

    I'm a PC user for 15 years now and I'm tired of Microsoft. At the moment I have mid-range M$ desktop machine and I want to replace it with a laptop.

    So I was thinking of buying a new Macbook Pro 13" - 2.53Ghz, 250GB, 2x2GB RAM (I don't have money for 15 or 17" and also both are too big).

    I also have a 20" NEC Multisync 20WGX2 Pro, whitch would I use as external display while staying at home.

    So my primary question (because I have never had an apple computer) is, if this MBP 13" would be powerfull enought for my everyday use (for my one and only primary computer), I want to use it for (at least 2-3 years):

    - programming in Java, C (with Netbeans)
    - watching movies (DVD, HD, DivX) and music (192kbps mp3-s mainly)
    - browsing web OFC, messenger
    - office (would be beter mac office from M$ or iWork???) and PDF
    - p2p
    - no video games (however is GPU powerfull enought for normal/smooth work on 1680x1050?? on my 20" display)
    - some basic work with pictures (no photoshop, like Picasa)
    - in future learning how to/ and making web pages (like Dreamweaver)
    - probably i will have to use VirtualBox (because it's free) for XP or Server 2008 (if some specific program won't work on OS X)
    - some/little video editing for my family videos (basics like Windows movie maker on Windows)

    Would MBP 13" 2,53ghz could handle this for the next, lets say 3 years?

    Lep pozdrav.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You shouldn't have any problems with the 13" MBP
    It is a great machine and should meet your needs, esp. with an external monitor

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    I just got mine a week or two ago. Love it very very much.

    Take the time from the outset and do the upgrade from 2 to 4 gb of ram, but other than that, the computer just does everything you want it to.
  4. martynmc7 macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2008
    It might be worth mentioning that you may be better getting the 2.26GHz and then upgrading the RAM and HDD yourself as it'll save you money.

    And yes, everything you want to do will easily be handled by the 13", I should know, I'm using one now :)
  5. kemo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2008
    IMO: Even price of HDD and RAM is not so high today - you will not see any difference
    between 2.26Ghz or 2.53Ghz - if you would like to save some money, really get 2.26Ghz and get faster HDD and extra RAM. Your Mac gonna be fast even you get 2GHz laptop! That is power of Mac OS ..
  6. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Definitely it should be fine for your primary computer.

    I've used both the MacBook Air and the original unibody as my only computers for about ~6 months each. From my experience, the only problem they both shared is the screen real estate, which is too small to be a primary screen if you are going to do anything but surf the net and type papers (even for typing, I prefer to see large parts of my document).

    It sounds like this won't be a problem for you since you have a 20" monitor you'll be hooking up to.

    As far as power, the macbook pro has as much if not more power than iMacs just a couple of years ago. The original aluminum iMac debuted in 2007 (so not THAT long ago) at 2.0 Ghz, 1GB RAM, and 250GB HD, IIRC, and the basic MacBook Pro now has double the RAM, more speed, and you can easily upgrade the HD to 500GB for less than $100 (NewEgg) so with that double the space.

    It will be just fine as your primary computer including all the things you mentioned. While designing web pages is not ideal (I actually did paid client work on my MacBook aluminum before, so it is DOABLE) on a 1280x800 screen, it will be PERFECT on your 1680x1050 20" screen. And yes, the MBP is powerful enough to run that display JUST FINE.
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed, you shouldn't have any problems.
  8. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    The only deficiency is the size of the screen. But if you have an external to use when you need more screen space, you'll be fine.
  9. jointsmoking macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    yes, that computer will meet your needs nicely and you will enjoy a pleasurable computing experience. Buy.
  10. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    A 13" coupled with an external monitor is the sweet spot between portability and desktop computing for me.
  11. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    My 2Ghz Mac Mini is my primary computer and its fine for my needs.
  12. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    I have the old MacBook, and it's my primary computer, without an external monitor. 13" ftw :)

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