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Macbook PRO opinion

CrestwoodCrestwood Posts: 80Member
edited September 2012 in Miscellaneous
I have been using a mac mini stacked with 8gb of ram for the last few months and has been a good little box, but I want to be mobile. The mini handles GS, photoshop, illustrator and flash fairly well, but at times has some performance issues. It does handle my two monitors with ease I must say, but I need to be mobile.

I was looking at the new Macbook PRO's, but I don't see any 17" on apples site.

Any opinions on the Macbook Pros when running GS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, etc?

I am looking to get a used one with warranty, upping the ram and installing an SSD.


  • jonmulcahyjonmulcahy Posts: 10,384Member, Sous Chef, PRO
    I've got a retina MacBook Pro and is awesome. I run photoshop and a parallels virtual on it all the time.
  • RPRP Posts: 1,990Member
    The MacBook Pros share much in common (performance-wise) with the tech used in the iMac line-up.

    The Powerbook 17" was phased earlier this year. Weather or not a 17" will ever return in the future is questionable.

    You'll have a good solid mobile platform with Macbook, no issues with any of the software mentioned, If you have a good chunk of RAM all is good.
  • CrestwoodCrestwood Posts: 80Member
    Thanks for the advice. I think I will go with the 15" MBP. Looking at crucial, I can add an SSD and 16GB ram to that model for under 300$. Was looking at some used 17" MBP on ebay, but am a bit of a wuss without the warranty.

    Thanks for the advice!!! Knowing it runs photoshop without problems and is on par with an iMac makes me feel better.
  • AppFueledAppFueled Posts: 308Member
    edited September 2012
    You can still get a 17" Macbook Pro if you buy it from Apple in a refurbished condition. This is a great way to get what you want and save some money. My last Macbook Pro was refurbished and I had no problems with it.

    Currently I use a 13" Macbook Pro for smaller jobs and as a backup, I use a 15" Macbook Pro as my main computer and I use a 24" iMac when I need to do large scale graphics. If you plan on using your computer for design/art/illustration, personally, I wouldn't go with anything under a 15".
  • kolabokolabo Posts: 240Member
    Buy something just a little better than you need, and update every couple of years. At least, that's my opinion.

    My 2 year old, 13" MacBook Pro, still does the job for me. Photoshop, Illustrator, GameSalad etc. Performance is not what I would like when I use Windows on VMWare .

    On the upside it is very mobile, and that's more important than a lot of graphic real estate when I'm on the go. I use an external monitor when I'm in my office.

    Might update to the 13" MacBook Pro when it arrives.

    Good luck with your decisions. Any recent MacBook Pro is a great machine!

  • wayneh001wayneh001 Posts: 300Member
    To anyone with any configuration of Mac (or PC) with a standard Hard Disk, if you can upgrade to an SSD - DO IT NOW!

    The speed difference is phenomenal. I've now updated all of my kit to 512Gb SSD Kingston drives (some still have 1Tb HD's too for extra storage). Having Photoshop, Illustrator, etc open up in 2-3 seconds is a god-send. File transfers, copying and opening etc is so much quicker.

    My 2011 MPB 17" is like a new animal. My old 2009 17" MBP, is now so much quicker.

  • UtopianGamesUtopianGames Posts: 5,687Member
    edited February 2013
    I have seen it 1st hand it's amazingly fast :)

    I would be interested to see a pic of gs iPad creator running on a retina 15 macbook tbh so anyone got a pic?

    Do you still have to run it in low res mode with gs?

  • ChakkuChakku Posts: 1,513Member

    Here are the MacBook Pro 17" (the last model(s) made)

    These come with the same EXACT warranty as new machines.

    THe usual one year warranty, AND you can purchase APPLECARE and make it 3 years.

    Hope this helps
    Chakku :)
  • RPRP Posts: 1,990Member
    Wow, this was a random resurrection :P
  • ChakkuChakku Posts: 1,513Member
    edited February 2013

    :)) I did not notice!

    @Crestwood probably already bought his computer :p

  • imGuaimGua Posts: 1,089Member
    edited August 2013
    Upgraded my MacBook RAM from 4gb to 16gb because of GS. I've notice that with my current project it it easy to eat 4 gb of ram, and this leads to a bad experience.
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