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Mar 23, 2013 15:39 |  #1

Hey guys i need some help. Im thinking of getting a 13" macbook air for photo editing because weight is a big factor for me. Im planning on upgrading it with 8gb ram and i7. I'll be using it primarily for editing while im out in the field. I'll be using mostly lightroom 4 and photoshop (i have yet to get photoshop). I also have a windows desktop at home thats running 8gb ram and i5. My questions are:

-is it cost-effective to put in i7 instead of i5?
-will i have any compatibility problems transferring my files from the mba to the windows desktop?

I really dont want an mbp.

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Mar 23, 2013 15:58 |  #2

I use an i5 13" MBP for all that you say and I find its performance perfectly adequate. It has the stock 4gb of RAM, and I've never found I need more. I don't think you'll experience any serious compatibility problems, but do remember that NTFS isn't a file system that's used by Apple - the MBA will be able to read it but not write to it, unless you install the Paragon utility for $20 (in which case it's as if it's a native file format). I did that and would never be without it.

Remember that MacOS needs less memory than Windows. My MBP with 4gb seems to do everything my ASUS Windows machine does with 12gb.


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Mar 25, 2013 10:55 |  #3

We've got an Air here with i5/4gb in it, it runs CS5 and was what I used for travel and doing quick reviews/simple adjustments on the road.. I wouldn't bother with the i7 in it. Picked up one of the new 15 inch retina Macbook Pro machines with 16GB/I7 - it's what I take now when I travel, it runs CS6 quite well.




  
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Mar 25, 2013 11:29 |  #4

You may have a Photoshop issue with your current idea. Unlike Lightroom (that you can install and use on both Mac or Windows with your current license key) Adobe doesn't let you use Photoshop cross platform at the same time. The license you buy (Mac or Windows) is tied to that platform. So you may run into a problem if you want to run Photoshop on both your Mac and Windows machine.

Unless something has changed with photoshop the last time I researched this.. which is very possible.


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Mar 26, 2013 19:41 |  #5

I don't think for photo editing you'll such much of a difference with an i7. I still use my old 2009 15" Pro with a Core2Duo and 8 GB RAM. It runs the whole CS5 suite just fine so I imagine for just photo editing an i5 would handle things very well. Unless your looking to edit something like HD video I wouldn't worry about it.


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Mar 29, 2013 10:18 |  #6

Ok thanks guys!

@palmor: thanks for the info about photoshop. I didnt know about that.

@rick reno: i really dont want an MBP because of the weight. :)


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