11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2013 3:35 AM by Jon P D
Nekminit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi guys. I'm looking at buying a MacBook Pro 13" and wondering what the best option is. I do a fair amount of batch photo processing in Photoshop and I want to do a small amount of video editing too.

I have not a huge budget, so my options are these:

 

- Base-model (non-retina) 2.5GHz i5 upgraded to 8GB and 128GB SSD for $2108 (Singapore dollars).

- Non-retina, 2.9GHz i7 8GB model upgraded with a 128GB SSD for $2288

- Base-model retina version, which has the 2.5GHz i5, 8GB and 128GB SSD for $2388. I’m not too fussed about having a higher-res screen though.

- Macbook Air 13" with 1.8GHz i5, 8GB and 128GB SSD for $1828

 

Now, I know it’s only a few hundred dollars, but I don’t really want to spend more money if I don’t need the extra power or nicer screen.

Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!


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  • 1. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    dominic23 Level 7 Level 7 (20,940 points)

    - Base-model (non-retina) 2.5GHz i5 upgraded to 8GB and 128GB SSD for $2108 (Singapore dollars).

     

     

    Best.

  • 2. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,485 points)

    Consider: the non-Retina and non-Air models allow you to upgrade the memory yourself so you can buy the base memory at this time and then add ram yourself for significantly less money than Apple charges...about half the cost.  Sources like OWC and Crucial sell guaranteed compatible memory with lifetime warranty and on-line videos on how to install.  I would go for the faster processor since that is something you cannot upgrade later.

  • 3. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,775 points)

    If the budget is tight, look in the refurbished section of the Apple store website.  The MBPs are like new with the same Apple warranty and telephone support.  I have done so three times.  You can save several hundred dollars.  You may even be able to afford a 15" MBP!

     

    Ciao.

  • 4. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    Nekminit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks all for the replies, ery helpful. I might look at getting a refurbished MBP. Would a base model have enough grunt to do batch photo processing and a small amount of video editing, do you reckon?

     

    Cheers,

  • 5. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,675 points)

    I would get a base 13" with the minimum RAM and HD and upgrade to 16GB of RAM and an SSD yourself. It will handle light-to-medium batch photo processing (in Lightroom or Photoshop) and light-to-medium range video editing. Everything will speed up with a SSD - and I recommend getting at least a 256GB these days since they've come down in price - and you'd be surprised at how much you can do with 16GB of RAM.

     

    Because the 13" only has a buillt-in integrated GPU, you won't get the same performance as you would from a 15" - but staying away from the Retina model will allow you to 'roll your own' when it comes to RAM and storage devices.

     

    My 2¢...

     

    Clinton

  • 6. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,775 points)

    You may use this as a VERY ROUGH guide in determining the relative performances of MBPs (and other Macs) in you selection process. 

     

    browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks

     

    In answer to your query. "Would a base model have enough grunt to do batch photo  processing and a small amount of video editing,". Yes.  Additional RAM and faster storage will just improve the efficiency and lessen the time in some instances.

     

    Ciao

  • 7. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,775 points)

    clintoncrombirmingham, greetings;  You said "My 2¢...".  Don't you think that it is time that you made an adjustment for inflation?  Perhaps a dime?

     

    Ciao.

  • 8. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,675 points)

    Just the other day on CNN they were talking about how it actually costs 2¢ to mint a penny. And 10¢ to mint a nickel.

     

    So maybe I should make at least some sort of COLA/inflation adjustment!

     

    Clinton

  • 9. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    Nekminit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again guys! I see apple has cut prices significantly. The 13" retina base model has come down $400 to $1988. That may sway my decision.

     

    As for installing RAM and SSD myself, it definitely is a lot cheaper, and I know there must be plenty of excellent "how-to" videos online, but is it very difficult to do? I'm sure I could manage but it's a bit scary tinkering with a $2K machine. Also, does installing yourself void any warranty?

     

    Cheers,

     

    Kieran

  • 10. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,675 points)

    I still wouldn't buy a computer - unless fully 'loaded' - that I couldn't upgrade... my 960GB Crucial SSD is going to look paltry from the Apple 768GB flash storage (to me, anyway).

     

    I live in fear for the day when all Apple notebooks are non-user upgradeable... when that time comes, I'll be looking at Windows machines...

     

    Clinton

  • 11. Re: Which MBP 13" to buy?
    Jon P D Level 4 Level 4 (1,495 points)

    inb4 non upgradeable mac pro