Which model Macbook Pro would you buy?

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
So I am trying to decide between:



Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display

4GB memory

320GB hard drive

8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

Built-in iSight camera

Illuminated keyboard



$2299.00 from Apple



or



NEW 15.4" MacBook Pro - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz 2GB, 250GB, 9600M SuperDrive MB470LL/A



from Clubmac for $1682.32



I am a Graphic designer, so I will be using CS3 mainly.



Thanks guys!!

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    Well since I work at a mac specialist store and work with all the models I would suggest the 17" but seeing as thats not one of your listed options, go for the more expensive 15.4". Beautiful machines, dual video-cards a big plus for graphic design, plus the more memory in your ram obviously the faster your cs3 will run. I also suggest upgrading to the highest amount of ram possible not just what they come with.
  • Reply 2 of 4
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CBPerry View Post


    Beautiful machines, dual video-cards a big plus for graphic design,





    To my knowledge, CS3 doesn't take advantage of the graphics card at all, so having the 9600 won't make much of a difference. CS4 uses the graphics card, and it's the only "graphic design" suite I can think of that would benefit from a faster graphics card.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    messiahmessiah Posts: 1,689member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by infinitespecter View Post


    To my knowledge, CS3 doesn't take advantage of the graphics card at all, so having the 9600 won't make much of a difference.



    That's my understanding as well.



    I had a couple of interesting chats with the staff at the local Apple Store.



    The guys on the sales floor simply equated "graphic designer" with "MacBook Pro". I got the distinct impression that they had been instructed to sell MacBook Pros to creative professionals, without any real explanation as to the technicalities. When I explained that CS3 didn't really take advantage of the discreet graphics card, they had a look on their faces like they were dogs that had just been shown a card trick.



    The Genius that I spoke to on the other hand, recommended the MacBook. He understood where I was coming from, and reckoned that the MacBook Pro was a waste of money.



    I actually went with the MacBook Pro that day, because I wanted to be able to evaluate the machines performance when switching back and forth between the 9400 & 9600. As it turns out, the 9600 offers no benefit at all.



    So I returned the MacBook Pro and went with the unibody MacBook. It's essentially the same machine – same 2.4GHz processor, 1066MHz RAM and SATA hard disk technology. The only things you lose are the 9600M which is ineffectual, the FireWire port (not a deal breaker for me) and off course the 15.4" screen.



    I personally found that the increased pixel count of the 15.4" screen didn't make up for the physical size of the screen itself. The 17" yes, but the 15.4" screen is a bit of a waste of time as far as I'm concerned. The 15.4" screen simply isn't big enough to work on for any length of time (in my opinion at least), so I went for an external Cinema Display.



    Now I have what I consider to be the best mobile solution – the best of both worlds – a small laptop that I take everywhere with me and a big external screen for when I have to get some serious work done. With a 4GB RAM upgrade and a 7200rpm hard disk drive, CS3 runs like a dream. It even made short work of some .psb files the other day, which was rather impressive!



    So my recommendation would be:



    17" MacBook Pro



    or



    13.3" MacBook

    4GB RAM upgrade

    320GB/7200rpm WD Scorpio Black HDD

    Cinema Display
  • Reply 4 of 4
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,673member
    I would buy what Lauren bought!
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