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Posted 11/27/11 , edited 11/27/11
I own a 15" MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz Quad Core i7, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD. Pretty solid performance (especially after I got the 8GB upgrade), and it works superbly as a workstation for my graphics designing needs. For example, it doesn't choke a bit with Adobe In Design, Illustrator, and Photoshop CS5 running all at once, and archiving is fast with programs like Bridge and Aperture. It heats up like a bitch, though, so I use SMC control to alter the fan speeds.

I don't really play video games on it, but I heard that the 2.4 core i7 might be the better option, given it has a better graphics card. This is the sweet spot for me though (at $1800), so I think it's a good deal.


To be honest, I was quite the PPC fan back in the day. My first mac was actually the original Bondi Blue iMac 233MHz running on OS 8.6. Eventually, I moved on to a 12" iBook 1.3GHz PPC. I really loved that iBook. Lasted me 6 years before its LCD conked out and eventually its keyboard failed. Still, it was very functional - the size was nice and small and easily portable, and the screen was actually very accurate in terms of color reproduction and WYSIWYG accuracy. Sad to see it sitting around unused now.


As for recommendations... from the portable line-up, the 15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i7 is perhaps the best choice IMO. Everything you need within a reasonable price. For the ultraportables, I like the 13" 1.7GHz MacBook Air 128GB SSD for its price. For extra memory, I'd just go for an external, given it's for portable use. For desktop, I'm really digging the 2.5GHz Core i5 Mac Mini. Awesome price value, and I'd prefer spending the extra money you'd spend on the iMac for a good monitor. I've also heard good feed back from this tiny monster, and now that it's user-upgradable, I see more reasons why I'd like to own one.
Posted 11/27/11

edsamac wrote:

I own a 15" MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz Quad Core i7, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD. Pretty solid performance (especially after I got the 8GB upgrade), and it works superbly as a workstation for my graphics designing needs. For example, it doesn't choke a bit with Adobe In Design, Illustrator, and Photoshop CS5 running all at once, and archiving is fast with programs like Bridge and Aperture. It heats up like a bitch, though, so I use SMC control to alter the fan speeds.

I don't really play video games on it, but I heard that the 2.4 core i7 might be the better option, given it has a better graphics card. This is the sweet spot for me though (at $1800), so I think it's a good deal.


To be honest, I was quite the PPC fan back in the day. My first mac was actually the original Bondi Blue iMac 233MHz running on OS 8.6. Eventually, I moved on to a 12" iBook 1.3GHz PPC. I really loved that iBook. Lasted me 6 years before its LCD conked out and eventually its keyboard failed. Still, it was very functional - the size was nice and small and easily portable, and the screen was actually very accurate in terms of color reproduction and WYSIWYG accuracy. Sad to see it sitting around unused now.


As for recommendations... from the portable line-up, the 15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i7 is perhaps the best choice IMO. Everything you need within a reasonable price. For the ultraportables, I like the 13" 1.7GHz MacBook Air 128GB SSD for its price. For extra memory, I'd just go for an external, given it's for portable use. For desktop, I'm really digging the 2.5GHz Core i5 Mac Mini. Awesome price value, and I'd prefer spending the extra money you'd spend on the iMac for a good monitor. I've also heard good feed back from this tiny monster, and now that it's user-upgradable, I see more reasons why I'd like to own one.


I thought only the Mac Pro was upgradeable, the Mac Mini is looking quite attractive from what I see about it.

I wish they'd stuff an i7 in it, but I'm sure it'll handle most of what I throw at it,
Posted 12/22/11
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