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Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« on: October 24, 2013, 11:09:39 PM »
I am looking to get either the 13" new haswell macbook pro or the 15".

13"
I5 2.6ghz
8gb ram
512gb ssd
Intel iris 5100 graphics
$1,699

15"
I7 2.0ghz
8gb ram
256gb ssd
Intel iris pro 5200 graphics
$1,899

I want to do pp work at home when its not convenient to use my workstation in the basement. I have the 15" early 2013 but want less heat, better battery life, better wireless, would like more storage but not sure if the 13" will be a huge downgrade for the additional storage. Any suggestions would be helpful. Finally there is the loaded on but costs $600 more and not sure thats the way to go since I generally upgrade yearly.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2013, 08:06:59 AM »
I am looking to get either the 13" new haswell macbook pro or the 15".

13"
I5 2.6ghz
8gb ram
512gb ssd
Intel iris 5100 graphics
$1,699

15"
I7 2.0ghz
8gb ram
256gb ssd
Intel iris pro 5200 graphics
$1,899

I want to do pp work at home when its not convenient to use my workstation in the basement. I have the 15" early 2013 but want less heat, better battery life, better wireless, would like more storage but not sure if the 13" will be a huge downgrade for the additional storage. Any suggestions would be helpful. Finally there is the loaded on but costs $600 more and not sure thats the way to go since I generally upgrade yearly.

Really no suggestions?
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2013, 08:19:20 AM »
I have a 13" MacBook Air, and the display is not large enough for me to feel comfortable editing photos on it.  But then, I'm not convinced a 15" display would be enough, either.  I have a 17" MacBook Pro (which I find acceptable for editing photos, although I do often connect it to a 27" Thunderbolt display), and I'm really hoping Apple brings the big boy back to the notebook lineup sometime soon!  Regarding storage space, I was running low in space on the internal 500 GB HDD, so a couple of months ago, I swapped in a 960 GB SSD in the 17".

I suspect you're not getting any advice, because these are questions you can really only answer for yourself.  How big a display do you need?  How much onboard storage is sufficient for your needs?  Both builds are more than sufficient from a computing power standpoint.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2013, 08:32:05 AM »
I have a 13" MacBook Air, and the display is not large enough for me to feel comfortable editing photos on it.  But then, I'm not convinced a 15" display would be enough, either.  I have a 17" MacBook Pro (which I find acceptable for editing photos, although I do often connect it to a 27" Thunderbolt display), and I'm really hoping Apple brings the big boy back to the notebook lineup sometime soon!  Regarding storage space, I was running low in space on the internal 500 GB HDD, so a couple of months ago, I swapped in a 960 GB SSD in the 17".

I suspect you're not getting any advice, because these are questions you can really only answer for yourself.  How big a display do you need?  How much onboard storage is sufficient for your needs?  Both builds are more than sufficient from a computing power standpoint.

Thanks I suspected the 13" would be tough to edit on. I get by with my 15" mbpr now but want more storage so was looking to see if other photographers were using 13" in lr or 15's as a general consensus. I do minor edits like picking the best of a burst and so on. I have a 24" workstation but find myself never going to it since its in the basement and the mb is in the family room. Guess i need to rethink my work flow. I get by with 256gb since i make a habit of working on a batch then moving the final product to my server. I brought up the 13 since the 512gb is attractive and more portable.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2013, 09:00:29 AM »
I'm facing a similar dilemma. I'm running a 2009 Core i7 27" iMac and a 2011 15" MacBook Pro that has a Crucial 512gb SSD. I want to replace both with either a 13" or 15" Retina MacBook Pro plus a 27" display.

 The way I see it, to gain the extra portability of the 13", I would  be stuck with dual-core rather than quad core, and Iris 5100 vs Iris 5200 for graphics. I am waiting to see benchmarks for these new systems to get an idea of performance. Also, I did some research last night on how to limit Lightroom or PS to two cores, so I could get an idea of how it runs on my current MacBookPro on two cores and integrated graphics (using gfxCardStatus).
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2013, 09:03:31 AM »
I can tell you that I took my 13" MBA on a trip and it worked fine for minor edits with regard to speed, but its screen was way too small for LR to be comfortable for me.  Get as much memory and as large a HD as you can.  Next time out, I'm going to try my 15" MBP.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2013, 09:05:15 AM »
I'm facing a similar dilemma. I'm running a 2009 Core i7 27" iMac and a 2011 15" MacBook Pro that has a Crucial 512gb SSD. I want to replace both with either a 13" or 15" Retina MacBook Pro plus a 27" display.

 The way I see it, to gain the extra portability of the 13", I would  be stuck with dual-core rather than quad core, and Iris 5100 vs Iris 5200 for graphics. I am waiting to see benchmarks for these new systems to get an idea of performance. Also, I did some research last night on how to limit Lightroom or PS to two cores, so I could get an idea of how it runs on my current MacBookPro on two cores and integrated graphics (using gfxCardStatus).

How did the test run on 2 cores?
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2013, 09:07:54 AM »
I'm facing a similar dilemma. I'm running a 2009 Core i7 27" iMac and a 2011 15" MacBook Pro that has a Crucial 512gb SSD. I want to replace both with either a 13" or 15" Retina MacBook Pro plus a 27" display.

 The way I see it, to gain the extra portability of the 13", I would  be stuck with dual-core rather than quad core, and Iris 5100 vs Iris 5200 for graphics. I am waiting to see benchmarks for these new systems to get an idea of performance. Also, I did some research last night on how to limit Lightroom or PS to two cores, so I could get an idea of how it runs on my current MacBookPro on two cores and integrated graphics (using gfxCardStatus).

How did the test run on 2 cores?

Oh, sorry. I just found the solution late at night and didn't run any tests yet. Here's how to do it:

http://jesperrasmussen.com/blog/2013/03/07/limiting-cpu-cores-on-the-fly-in-os-x-mountain-lion/
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2013, 09:10:53 AM »
I can tell you that I took my 13" MBA on a trip and it worked fine for minor edits with regard to speed, but its screen was way too small for LR to be comfortable for me.  Get as much memory and as large a HD as you can.  Next time out, I'm going to try my 15" MBP.

I was just asking since everyone keeps talking about 11 and 13" airs if they have regrets not getting a 15" or bigger. The 13" allows for more storage but the frustrating part is the jump from 256gb hd to 512gb on the 15" is $600 and yeah you get dedicated graphics but I have that now with my early 2013 retina. I wanted less heat  and more battery since I run windows exclusively. Unfortunately there is not much with windows and accurate displays in the 4.5lb category. Maybe the new dell m3800 will surprise us but who knows.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2013, 09:29:53 AM »
I have the 15" MBP with retina screen. The 15" standard screen is a bit too small for editing, in my view, but the incredible resolution on the retina screen saves it. I would have bought the 17" if I could. I use a 27" monitor at home.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2013, 09:40:23 AM »
I was just asking since everyone keeps talking about 11 and 13" airs if they have regrets not getting a 15" or bigger. The 13" allows for more storage but the frustrating part is the jump from 256gb hd to 512gb on the 15" is $600 and yeah you get dedicated graphics but I have that now with my early 2013 retina. I wanted less heat  and more battery since I run windows exclusively. Unfortunately there is not much with windows and accurate displays in the 4.5lb category. Maybe the new dell m3800 will surprise us but who knows.

For what it's worth, I'm less worried about the amount of storage. Even 256gb is enough space to keep the last several months worth of images on board. That 512gb SSD I'm using now will go into a USB3 external enclosure and will provide fast, portable storage when needed. It's very easy to relocate folders in Lightroom to an external drive, so any folders in LR greater than 6 months in age can get moved to the external drive.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2013, 12:16:59 AM »
Thanks Everyone.

I did end up with the 15" model. I just could not justify going down to the 13". The display is much brighter and it definitely feels snappier than my 2013 early 15" basically I get better battery, lower heat, and faster ssd storage. Installed windows 8.1 in a few hours and works great. Hope to calibrate tom and see if the panel has finally hit or exceeded 100% rgb and what contrast ratio I have.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2013, 10:22:15 AM »
Ok i calibrated the new 15" macbook pro haswell and it moved up to 100% rgb from 99% on my 2013 model. The contrast was 871:1 which is a slight improvement. Definitely a much brighter panel.
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2013, 10:53:34 AM »
I ask this in all seriousness...not try to start a flamewar...

Why would you install Windows? Is there a video game you play that isn't available on OS X? Follow on question...why Windows 8.1?
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Re: Looking for suggestions on which macbook pro.
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2013, 11:20:47 AM »
I ask this in all seriousness...not try to start a flamewar...

Why would you install Windows? Is there a video game you play that isn't available on OS X? Follow on question...why Windows 8.1?

No games. I hate osx but there just is not any quality 100% rgb ips laptops out right now that i can find. Any suggestions and i would be glad to return it. 8.1 because it works great for me and is the best version of windows to handle the hi dpi scaling not as good as mavericks but good enough.
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