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13" Macbook Air or 13" Macbook Pro Retina

 
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Mar 30, 2014 00:16 |  #1

Any suggestions on whether to go with the Air or the Pro?

The laptop will be used while traveling and when out shooting to accomplish the following tasks.
Edit Photos - Primarily Timelapse which would eventually get sent to AE.
Learn Adobe CC (I want to learn Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects)
Tethering (With CamRanger)

My concern with the Air is screen resolution and running AE. I will primarily just be learning AE on the laptop and then doing the bulk of the work on my home computer.

My home computer is a 2011 iMac which still works well, but I am looking for something to compliment it for the road.

I am leaning towards the 13" Macbook Pro with 256GB Memory and upgrading to 16 GB Ram because it is not clear if the Air would work well with Adobe CC.

Any thoughts/suggestions (Mac only)?


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Mar 30, 2014 00:55 |  #2

It may be stretching your budget, but I would suggest the 15 MBPr, since the quad core processor will really be brought to full use using the apps you want to run. Thinking in the long term, I would rather invest in quad core over dual core. Adobe apps really like to take advantage of RAM, but also multiple cores helps churn through projects and will make life easier.


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Mar 30, 2014 08:21 |  #3

There are a few reasons that I was staying away from the 15". Price, Size, Battery Life.

Based on what you said, I am wondering if I should get the cheaper Mackbook Air, and then plan on upgrading in a year. As opposed to getting the 13" rMBP and not upgrading for two years.


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Mar 30, 2014 22:03 |  #4

I have the 13" rMBP with the 256GB SSD and love it. I have the 2.6 i5 and 8GB of RAM, and it does everything I need (LR, basic processing, web browsing, video work). I have never tried photoshop, but based on the other demands I have put on mine, I don't think it would have a problem handling it. Now, of course, a quad core is better than dual, but I think you would be fine with the 13" that you mentioned. I never use all of my processor's speed anyway.
I haven't used an Air for photo editing, but just in everyday use, I am sooo glad i got the pro. Granted, I paid $1100 for mine basically brand new almost a year ago, but I plan to keep it for several more years.
Also, a buddy of mine has a 15". The screen is amazing on that thing, but I think it's a little too big to travel with. Also, I get more battery life than he does :). And he paid $2500! Crazy.
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Apr 01, 2014 13:49 |  #5

Update: I went with the 13" rMBP.

The store that I went to had two options that fit my needs, both the same price, one 13" and one 15". I really liked the idea of the quad core, but the 15" was too big for the bags I wanted to carry it around in.

The 13" I wound up getting had a higher spec than I wanted, but so far it has been working out really well for me.

A big shock was how easy it was to set everything up. Now that a lot of things are in the cloud, all I had to do was download some programs and login, and then everything was transferred to the computer. Much easier than the last time I did this 3 years ago.


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