by Steve Rhodes
Question by ARGH! (Usually a sunny person): This Macbook Pro for Film Editing or Design?
I just got the upgraded 13″ MBP. Next fall I’ll be going to college. I do not know what my major will be, but I might be going into some sort of film editing or design.
Here are the specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo
320GB hard drive
SD card slot
Built-in battery (10 hours)
NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
I know a 15″ would be more powerful, but I really want the portability of the 13″ for college and an Apple Genius agreed. Yet, I’m worried that the processor and graphics card isn’t up to snuff. I don’t know much about specs–will the computer suit my needs or should I take it back and wait for a 13″ update?
Answer by Dangeroo
If you are serious about film editing, either a 15 or 17 inch. Why? 3 things.
1. More processing power with i5 or i7 chips
2. Better video/GPU –
3. More screen real estate so you can see better details.
Having all these choices will reduce your project times. Video editing is VERY time intensive. The new 17″ MBPs are not the size monster that the pre-unibody ones were. Plus it is now the only one that includes an ExpressCard port.
If you need it for school in the fall, Apple always updates their laptops in late spring and then they have great pricing in their “back-to-school” promo that starts in May. I would wait.
For me, best bang for the buck is the 15″.
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