Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2011 12:18 AM (in response to davidhunternyc1)
How much money do you have?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2011 4:22 AM (in response to davidhunternyc1)
If you want the best of all worlds you are looking at a Mac Pro complimented with a 17" MBP. Any serious photographer, especially who do it for a living, will have a Mac Pro (and Adobe Photoshop).
As Sig asks, 'How much money do you have?.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2011 8:59 AM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
Yes, of course I am using Adobe Photoshop. At the moment it is very tedious editing photos with Photoshop on my 13" MacBook Pro. Not only that but when I have my album design program open "within" Photoshop, the work space screen size is way too small. That is why I am looking to upgrade. So far, I have a few thousand dollars saved up but I can save more. With that said, I want to reiterate that I'm looking at the high resolution matte 17" MacBook Pro and a Thunderbolt display. If there is something better, let me know. I am also interested in solid-state hard-drives.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2011 9:05 AM (in response to davidhunternyc1)
There is nothing better that's portable. You're on the right track. If you need to save a bit of money, skip the small, overpriced SSD and get a big 7200RPM hard drive instead. The prices of SSDs are still falling, and the devices themselves are getting better. Add a bigger one yourself a year from now, and it may cost half as much per GB as the small ones you can get today.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2011 10:24 AM (in response to davidhunternyc1)
Ditto to everything eww has to say.
I took to heart in your post, your statement "I just want the ultimate set-up for editing photos and making photobooks.". On that basis I brought up the Mac Pro. You can configure one that will out perform and have greater flexibility than any laptop by a wide margin. There are significant costs associated with this route, both in terms of dollars and productivity. I have a photographer friend who who could not run his business effectively with out his Mac Pro. Obviously its down side is lack of portability.
I sense that your finances are not infinite, therefore you are probably limited to a MBP at this time. I can vouch for the 17" MBP (i have two of them) and do get the anti-glare screen. All photographers prefer them over the glossy. The rational is that the colors displayed are more accurate. This probably is a good compromise for your current situation, but I'm will to wager that if your endeavor proves to be financially successful, you will be looking at a Mac Pro in the future.
PS - You only have one resolution choice with the 17" MBP.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2011 11:16 AM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
Thank you all for your help. I feel more at ease now purchasing the 17" anti-glare screen MacBook Pro. I have a couple more questions that you alerted me too. Is the 7200RPM hard-drive an option and what are its advantages? Also, I am open to the idea of getting a MacPro. The only issue I have with it is, when it breaks (because they all do eventually) I just don't want to pack it up and send it out to get repaired. If my MacBook Pro breaks its easy to get on the subway and bring it to the Apple store. With that said, what are the advantages to getting a MacPro over the 17" MacBook Pro/Thunderbolt display combination? Also, how did you "configure" your MacPro to maximize your photo business?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2011 12:03 PM (in response to davidhunternyc1)
A 7200 RPM HDD will retrieve data faster than a 5400 RPM HDD, but not as fast a SSD. As eww indicated, it represents a more cost effective solution for enhanced performance as opposed to a SSD.
As to the Mac Pro, do two things: 1. Log onto the Apple web site and familiarize you self with the product and the various possible configurations (and costs!). 2. Any questions you may have about Mac Pros, post them on the Mac Pro forum. You should find persons there who can give you good and detailed advice. I don't have a Mac Pro so I don't feel qualified to give any definitive answers other than what I have related to you.
I under stand your concern with portability. Mac Pros are big and they are heavy and expensive. Start with the MBP.