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Hi guys,

I'm looking at buying a MacBook pro 13" next week and I'm just wondering if I should wait till the end of the year to see if there is a redesign. I am going to be using it for work (I'm a graphic designer) and also for home use.

What are your opinions?
 

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Hi guys,

I'm looking at buying a MacBook pro 13" next week and I'm just wondering if I should wait till the end of the year to see if there is a redesign. I am going to be using it for work (I'm a graphic designer) and also for home use.

What are your opinions?
My opinion is
Get the base model 15in with antiglare screen. You get a MUCH better resolution which you NEED for graphic design and the screen is going to be way more accurate color wise. What I mean by that is the colors on the screen will match what is printed much more accurately which is very important in graphic design. Also the bigger and better CPU/screen is going to be a major plus.
I'm a graphic designer and I wouldn't even look at a 13in mbp because of the colors as well as the screen size. If anything I would get the air over the 13 pro.
And to answer your question get the mbp now. They just had a big update a few months ago and IF another one happens in the fall it will be a spec bump not a redesign.
 

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Thanks for the reply. The reason behind getting the 13 is portability but at work it is going to be plugged into a 27 inch monitor. What do you think?
 

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a 15 is just as portable as a 13 IMHO
i have had nothing but 15 laptops and find them very portable...
im not big either, just 5'4 and petite.
the processor on the 13 is only a dual core i5 or i7
the processor on the 15 is quad core i7
and the graphics card are much better on the 15+ macs

also upgrade [by yourself...its cheaper] to 8gb memory :)
 

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If the 15" is just as portable as the 13" and two inches doesn't make any difference, why not just go with the 17" rather than the 15"? ;)

I prefer the 13".
 

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Hi guys,

I'm looking at buying a MacBook pro 13" next week and I'm just wondering if I should wait till the end of the year to see if there is a redesign. I am going to be using it for work (I'm a graphic designer) and also for home use.

What are your opinions?
there's a redesign each year, either be it the motherboard, processor, or graphics card, but if you're thinking of a redesign that where it transforms into a flying droid, that will only happen in 10 years. if it's for work, i think it's okay to buy now. you can either get a used one (core 2 duo) for a good price, but if you want a new one, that's also good, especially since there should be special deals going on right now. i wouldn't trust lion for work, especially if i was a graphic designer, so try to look for one that has snow leopard on it and if you are feeling up to it, upgrade to lion. $.02
 

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If the 15" is just as portable as the 13" and two inches doesn't make any difference, why not just go with the 17" rather than the 15"? ;)

I prefer the 13".
Yeah but the difference in specs between the 13-15 is much larger then the 15-17. He wants a smaller one so I said go with the 15. :)
If he was going JUST based on size I would say the new MBA but he's also going to be using this for design work and I have had both the dual core i5 and the quad core i7 (both base model 13-15) and can say that the quadcore was noticeably faster in doing adobe tasks and time = $$$
 

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Yeah but the difference in specs between the 13-15 is much larger then the 15-17. He wants a smaller one so I said go with the 15. :)
If he was going JUST based on size I would say the new MBA but he's also going to be using this for design work and I have had both the dual core i5 and the quad core i7 (both base model 13-15) and can say that the quadcore was noticeably faster in doing adobe tasks and time = $$$

when it comes to graphic design, how much processor power do you need? would an i5 be enough or is the i7 mandatory?
 

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Well I'm using a mac pro dual 2ghz power pc with 3.5gb of DDR ram. And I've used it for 6 years and it's not that slow so anything would be an improvement.

I've ordered 8gb of ram already so a 13' i5 should be fine I think?
 

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Well I'm using a mac pro dual 2ghz power pc with 3.5gb of DDR ram. And I've used it for 6 years and it's not that slow so anything would be an improvement.

I've ordered 8gb of ram already so a 13' i5 should be fine I think?
wow, good grief. at 6 years old, i think it's time for an upgrade lol, at least if it's your main machine and it's for work.
 

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Well I'm using a mac pro dual 2ghz power pc with 3.5gb of DDR ram. And I've used it for 6 years and it's not that slow so anything would be an improvement.

I've ordered 8gb of ram already so a 13' i5 should be fine I think?
It will work and be fine, I was just trying to say that the others would be better.
 

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Yeah but the difference in specs between the 13-15 is much larger then the 15-17. He wants a smaller one so I said go with the 15. :)
If he was going JUST based on size I would say the new MBA but he's also going to be using this for design work and I have had both the dual core i5 and the quad core i7 (both base model 13-15) and can say that the quadcore was noticeably faster in doing adobe tasks and time = $$$
I have CS4 on my 13" 2.4 GHz duo-core and my 2.7 quad-core i5 iMac and I don't notice too much difference between the two with photo editing/graphics. Video editing is another story, though.

Portability is huge thing for me with laptops, but I have a 27" to do most of that stuff on at home. If I didn't have a desktop and I was going to use a laptop exclusively, I probably would go with a 15" or 17".