Which MacBook?
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    Which MacBook?

    by dm_td5 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:54 pm

    Hi all, haven't posted in a while. I'm off on holidays in a few weeks an I've decided it will be too painful to travel for 3 months without my Mac so I'm going to bite the bullet and replace the Sony laptop with a MacBook. But which one:confused:

    Main use will be for photo storage a bit of editing on the road and a lot of backing up to external drives and the web when I can. I run Aperture, Photoshop, Capture NX.

    The 13" MacBook does most of what I want but has 256MB of shared SDRAM for the video, but I can have 4GB of RAM so that shouldn't be a problem.

    The MacBook Air is a fantastically slim machine but is very similar spec otherwise to the 13", needs an external DVD drive and can only have the 2GB of RAM it comes with. It's also a much slower processor.

    The 15" MacBook can be had with 512MB of dedicated video RAM, better resolution display, 4GB of RAM and a 7200rpm HDD. But all this comes at a size and weight trade off.

    They all offer solid state drive options. But at a cost.

    Anyone using any of these? What would you recommend?

    At this stage I'm thinking the 13" MacBook 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM is probably good.
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    by Dug » Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:09 pm

    We have an older 15" macbook for travel and storage with the DVD superdrive. No problems I just burn everything to DVD and store them in a separate bag incase something happens on the trip.
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    by Big Pix » Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:35 am

    I am using a White Macbook with no problems..... use for checking images when travelling and storing pix's to exterinal hard drives...... firewire is an advantage with this model and 4 gig of Ram. You will find that this model will do more than you need

    ...... using PSCS3 & NX2 on this machine just fine
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    by dm_td5 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:59 am

    Thanks, that makes me move towards the 13" even more as you're pretty much doing what I do.

    Checking on MacRumors.com and it looks like there will possibly be new hardware announced next week with the WWDC starting on the 8th June - of course it could just be the new iPhone - but best to wait and see in a few days. New MacBook would also mean a reduced price on the old one.
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    by Big Pix » Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:45 pm

    The White Macbook has been improved just a little while back, 4-6 weeks, with a processor improvement from 2GHZ to 2.13 2GHZ and a price reduction to $1599.00........ the only down side to the Polycarbonate Shell would be with rough treatment the shell may crack

    ......... these people are good to deal with, as I have had a few purchases with them with not a worry, and good prices

    https://store.mactofront.com.au/categor ... ry=MacBook
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    by dm_td5 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:02 pm

    Well it was worth the wait MacBook air has come down in price and has a faster processor and the specs on all the others has improved to. Will spend some time tonight deciding.
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    by Dunnart » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:06 pm

    Watch out for the Macbook Air. it only has one USB port. A firewire 800 port would allow for faster downloads to your external hard drive. You would have step up for a Macbook Pro to to get FW 800. Macbooks only have a FW 400 and USB ports - so not much speed difference there.

    I just checked the price and spec and I'd skip the Macbook Air - too expensive, under featured and the weight and size factor possibly over rated. To me it would be between a Macbook or Macbook Pro depending on how much ram and how many ports you want. $$ are also a factor as well.

    Whichever way you go - you'll be getting a terrific laptop :)

    Have a great trip !
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    by Underload » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:13 pm

    Doesn't the Air miss out on a DVD burner? Personally, I would find that very useful while on a trip, to back up my images to a (fairly) non volatile media.

    As noted, the laptop range has been through a mega shake-up as a result of WWDC.
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    by dm_td5 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:18 pm

    Thanks Steve, but I've just order one... and NO, not the Air, rather a 13" MB Pro with 4GB RAM and the 2.53GHz.

    The MB Air has some advantages but they far outweighed by the disadvantages. Let's face it by the time you carry an external DVD drive you may as well not spend the extra for a slim line laptop. Also I use a FW800 CF reader and as the new 13" has a FW800 port :D

    If Apple lives up to their usually prompt delivery, I'll have it by next Tuesday.
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    by Dunnart » Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:52 pm

    Looks like you made a good choice Derek. I would find the screen a little small and have a 17" MB Pro, but I wouldn't want to carry it on a three month trip if I was using public transport.
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    by dm_td5 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:57 pm

    Arrived today. WOW!

    It's spending tonight synchronizing with the iMac - talk about an easy way to configure things :D
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    by Slider » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:01 pm

    dm_td5 wrote:Arrived today. WOW!

    It's spending tonight synchronizing with the iMac - talk about an easy way to configure things :D


    I'm considering the same machine. I'll be keen to hear how it runs something like CS4 :D
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    by dm_td5 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:13 pm

    I'm still using CS3 but I'll let you know how that goes on it.
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    by Slider » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:19 pm

    dm_td5 wrote:I'm still using CS3 but I'll let you know how that goes on it.


    Thanks Derek, much appreciated.
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    by Big Pix » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:59 pm

    Slider wrote:
    dm_td5 wrote:Arrived today. WOW!

    It's spending tonight synchronizing with the iMac - talk about an easy way to configure things :D


    I'm considering the same machine. I'll be keen to hear how it runs something like CS4 :D


    ....... I am running CS4 on a 5 year old 12 inch PowerBook...... works fine although a tad slow.....
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