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Old 10-02-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Macbook Pro Help?

Hey Im studying music produktion in college and I'm finally getting a macbook and Im wondering If I should get the 15" 4gb ram 500gb hard drive version or the 13" 8gb ram 750 version? The 13" is a bit cheaper but I'm wondering if Im missing out by getting a smaller screen.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Way more details are needed about what you want to do with it, waht you'll be running on it, how future proof you want it, etc.

Also expect this to turn into a very angry fight between Microsoft and Apple fanboys about which OS is better.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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I have a have 13 inch one and don't have any problem with it. The screen is big enough for me

I would get the second one just because if you're running a bunch of programs and stuff on it you are gonna want more Ram and more storage.

Though you could probably upgrade the fifteen inch one to have 8 GBs of Ram


Edit: How much of a price difference is it?

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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You're paying less for twice the RAM and 150 percent of the hard drive space.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:31 PM   #5
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If it's to be your main computer, then you should get the 15". Screen real estate is very important for any kind of production work. Even with the 15", I'd recommend an external secondary monitor.

Memory and hard drive space isn't important; memory is cheap to upgrade and the bulk of hard drive data should be on external source.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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I will be recording mostly as well as using it as my "main computer", but I like to casualy play games so..
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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Apple products are shite, lest you want to be a FrAppleChino hipster zombie.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:37 PM   #8
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A lot of university programs require incoming freshman to have them.

My brother is taking Film and Video classes. And everyone in almost all of his classes have Macbooks.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:38 PM   #9
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DONT GET THE RETINA, IT CRAPS OVER LOGIC PRO AND DOESN'T WORK, sorry, had to say it.

Also, seems okay, but wont have quite the power of a desktop. 13'' 8gb is a safer option, need it for all those overloads you will undoubtedly have. You're only missing out on the smaller screen if you're short sighted or have a really bad attention span.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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Mixing, editing etc gets really tedious on a 13" screen after a while (by which I mean almost instantly)
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:45 PM   #11
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #12
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That's ****ed up, I bet Apple has done a deal to make that the case.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:49 PM   #13
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if you must get a macbook and the tiny screen won't bother you, then get the 13 inch. however i code on a 17 inch asus g73, and its still too small and hurts my eyes and i would easily downgrade and get a huge monitor or two smaller ones to hook up to a laptop.

i don't know how much ram music production requires, but you can basically never have enough RAM and i imagine harddrive space with the 500gig could be a problem since audio files and shit probably take up a lot of space.

so you should weigh the size vs the power to help you make your choice. however, i would say the 13 inch
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That's ****ed up, I bet Apple has done a deal to make that the case.

I assume it's just easier if everyone is working with the same system.

Plus, the schools entire video lab is iMacs and stuff.


Actually it's like that in almost every department now that I think of it....
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Why? It's just easier if everyone is working with the same system.

Don't bother with them. They just can't rest until everyone knows how enlightened they are for seeing the tyranny of Apple.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:54 PM   #17
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In my opinion there is no laptop screen big enough for real productivity beyond the simplest needs, so it doesn't really matter whether you go 13" or 15" because neither will be large enough. I'd go with the 13" if it's a better computer.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:56 PM   #18
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Do you a bigger monitor or TV you can hook it to.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:59 PM   #19
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Get the 13 inch. You'll want an external monitor anyway. 15 inches still isn't enough screen real estate, so might as well get the one with more RAM.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:00 PM   #20
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Im probably doing the same course as you.

I have a 13" Pro and it works fine. When I run logic I use a second monitor for my faders and EQ. Runs fine. You rarely need more than 4gb of ram unless your doing some absolutely ridiculous music processing.
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