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p.1 #1 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


I'm trying to compare if it is worth buying 2012 MBP over 2011 iMac ? I'm looking at this two particular model

MBP i5+4GB RAM+ 500GB HDD
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple%26%23174%3B+-+MacBook%26%23174%3B+Pro+-+13.3%22+Display+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive/5430505.p;jsessionid=68417C4B2B0A69C39ED06025A3A2B281.bbolsp-app06-23?id=1218646127726&skuId=5430505&st=5430505&cp=1&lp=1


iMac i5+4GB RAM+ 500GB HDD

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple%26%23174%3B+-+21.5%22+iMac%26%23174%3B+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive/2658077.p?id=1218343209949&skuId=2658077
I'm tired of waiting for 2012 edition of iMac. At present I do most of my digital image edition on 2010 MBP with 8GB RAM and Core2Duo 2.4GHz processor with 512MB nVidia GPU. I've upgraded it to 256GB of SSD + 750GB of 7200RPM HDD. How easy it would be to upgrade SSD on 2011 iMac if I want to ? I know RAM upgrade is considered easier job on both MBP and iMac. My primary use is photo editing using Adobe CS5 and LightRoom 4.



Jul 30, 2012 at 06:45 PM
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p.1 #2 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


Personally, I have no idea how anyone can do post processing on a laptop. It is one thing to use a laptop on photo shoots so that one can tether the camera and review work as it is being done. But when I'm processing images i want as much real estate as possible. I recently sold a Mac Pro with four internal drive bays and a 23" Apple Cinema Display because I wanted more space. I opted for the 27" iMac with the the 2.7 Ghz processor and immediately loaded it with 16 GB of RAM which cost a paltry $99. I know there is space in the iMac for a second drive and thought briefly about adding a solid state drive but decided to simply load all the drives I'd salvaged from my Mac Pro and put them in new firewire cases and have at it.

I did find things slowed down a bit when working on D800 files but since that was on loan and I normally shoot with a D700 this setup works just great. From what I've read, adding a SSD drive yourself is a very challenging enterprise and not for the feint of heart. It is possible that you'd void your warranty as well if you did so.

I was going to suggest you buy from B&H to save sales tax then noticed your from New York. But I imagine Best Buy does as well and their price is twenty bucks higher than B&H. I've bought my last two computers from them and have been very happy with price and service. Of course, the best deal if you're prepared to pay sales tax is to buy a refurb from Apple. This iMac goes for $999...

http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC309LL/A

I've bought refurbished computers in the past without a single problem. Good luck sorting it out.



Jul 31, 2012 at 06:04 AM
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p.1 #3 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


CGrindahl wrote:
Personally, I have no idea how anyone can do post processing on a laptop. It is one thing to use a laptop on photo shoots so that one can tether the camera and review work as it is being done. But when I'm processing images i want as much real estate as possible. I recently sold a Mac Pro with four internal drive bays and a 23" Apple Cinema Display because I wanted more space. I opted for the 27" iMac with the the 2.7 Ghz processor and immediately loaded it with 16 GB of RAM which cost a paltry
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Thanks for your comments, yes for post processing my MBP is hooked up to Dell 23" IPS panel. It is no possible to do it on MBP 13" monitor.



Jul 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM
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p.1 #4 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


Yep, nothing wrong with using a laptop. Hooked up to a decent monitor they are great. Guess if you are doing that the retina display is a bit pointless though


Jul 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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p.1 #5 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


My apologies if I didnot make it clear but I'm not talking about 2012 MBP with Retina display I dont want to spend that kind of money right now. I'm looking for non-Retina 2012 MBP v/s 2011 iMac 21.5"


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p.1 #6 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


I would seriously recommend saving up the three hundred dollars more to get the MBP pro 13 i7 8GB 750GB in stead.
AND I would recommend it over the iMac. The Dell is most probably a lot better screen than the one in the iMac for working at home anyway, and you get the portability of a 13" laptop.

Then rip out the (for most people) useless DVD-drive and plonk in a 120GB+ SSD drive to run the system on, just as you did with the old one. Then you'll be safe for a few years ahead. But I'd still have the 8GB memory version, if possible - but that's still easy to change yourself on the MBP2012

The step up in real working speed between the Core2Duo and the new Ivy Bridge architecture is remarkable, in any soft that can harness it (this includes almost all graphics softs).



Jul 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #7 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


theSuede wrote:
I would seriously recommend saving up the three hundred dollars more to get the MBP pro 13 i7 8GB 750GB in stead.
AND I would recommend it over the iMac. The Dell is most probably a lot better screen than the one in the iMac for working at home anyway, and you get the portability of a 13" laptop.

Then rip out the (for most people) useless DVD-drive and plonk in a 120GB+ SSD drive to run the system on, just as you did with the old one. Then you'll be safe for a few years ahead. But I'd still have the
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Thanks so going from 8GB to 16GB on MBP pro i7 would it be possible ? I've already done SSD thing so know exactly what I can do with new one. Just trying to make sure I get best performance at decent value.



Aug 01, 2012 at 02:09 PM
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p.1 #8 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


I am looking to upgrade my laptop which is currently 6 years old. Still going strong but it is slowing down. I priced both MacBook Pro's and after I did the upgrades on the older system then it was actually $100 more to go with the older system than the new Retina.

The option I chose were the upgraded screen and the faster hard drive. I am trying to hold off to see if they upgrade the sceen of the 13" MacBook Pro. I currently do most of my work on a Mac Pro but need a laptop for occasional shoots. I do not really want to spend the $2200 on the 15".



Aug 03, 2012 at 07:45 PM
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p.1 #9 · 2011 iMac or 2012 Macbook Pro (non-Retina version) ?


I prefer MBP, cause it saves space, easy to carry everywhere and looks cool. The most important is that it has everything like iMac.



Aug 04, 2012 at 01:50 AM





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