Latest opinion on MBP for my use?

bams50

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Hello all.

I have never owned a Mac before, but absolutely love my iPhones. Always had great service from Apple.

Now it's time for a new laptop, and I think I'm ready to tackle the transition from Windows. And, obviously, Macs are better quality.

I've done tons of searches, here and elsewhere. I notice that this forum doesn't get a lot of responses; but here goes: I'm asking for opinions on what MBP is best for my use.

It will be primarily for:
Internet surfing
Downloading, editing, and posting online videos from a GoPro camera
Business bookkeeping use

I also want tthe capability of watching DVDs and burning GoPro videos to DVD. I sell classic cars, so I want to create short videos of the cars to use online, primarily eBay.

I'm looking at the 13" non-retina that the local Apple store shows at a base price of $1199.

Is this equipped enough to make amateur videos that look semi-professional; and play hi-def SD card video properly?

Thanks in advance for your help. If the $1199 model is enough, I'm in. If I have to go for a more expensive one, I'll have to think a bit. What say you?
 

raqball

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The 13" will probably be fine for your needs..

If you anticipate doing heavy video or photo editing though you might consider a Macbook with an i7 and 8GB RAM..

An SSD drive will also help make the Macbook fly and it has MUCH faster read and write speeds when compared to a spinning (old school) drive..
 

bams50

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Thank you for your response.

How do you define 'heavy' editing? I want to take videos from my GoPro camera, edit the dead time out, and upload to YouTube and/or FB. Might like to add a title and a few effects, but that's it. Would that be 'heavy'?
 

raqball

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I'd define heavy as an hour plus of video per day and or hundreds of photos.

What you described your usage as, I would not consider that heavy.

Buy from the Apple store and see if it fits your needs. You have 2 weeks to return or exchange it so give the 13" a spin and see.