mav496 wrote in post #16893203
I've been given the chance to purchase the below MacBook, and would like to know your opinion on the specs and whether or not it would be worth buying...
My main use will be for tethered capture running Lightroom 3 or DPP and possibly installing PS CS5 if its good enough....
I am happy to update RAM etc to make it faster if possible, and do the odd bit of editing in LR3 or CS5 as and when. It will NOT be my workhorse as I use an iMac...
Help would be appreciated ASAP as going to look at it tomorrow morning!
I have THIS EXACT COMPUTER, but I have it with the 256gig solid state drive.
Its an OLD computer, I would strongly advise against it.
Now, I still keep mine around because it can power my digital back(the H25 is screenless, and buttonless...)
But again, its a super old computer. Id really recommend that you look at the refurbished options that apple has, particularly the 13 inch mac book airs as they are HAND OVER FIST better machines than a 5 year old macbook pro. MUCH faster hard drive(if they have the solid state...), much better graphics chips, better processors.
Again, I strongly urge you to look at something more modern unless you have a particularly good reason(and I'm NOT convinced that budged is a good enough reason because of how old the computer is...) to get the older macbook pro.
8 gigs of ram and that computer are NOT going to make your life easier, nor will adding a solid state drive to THAT computer.
Remember..., I have THAT computer, WITH a solid state drive. while it was my only option to do editing for a while, a new macbook air, or even a refurb(highly recommended that you find a refurb...) is a much much better option.
Anyone who says that a modern macbook air does NOT have enough processing power is out of touch(being polite). If the computer you are looking at(the one I have) can handle files from my phase one.... it can handle what you are going to throw at it, but its gonna be slow.
Something else to consider: Survival time(or the remaining survival time) is distributed in a particular fashion(exponential), and if you have one object that is significantly older, its going to be much more likely to fail FIRST.
Similarly, something that is newer is inherently a better buy as its going to have a LONGER useful service life(the performance that applications DEMAND is only going UP, while the computer you buy operates with a fixed performance capacity...), therefore, you should do all that you can to maximize the dollar you spend...
I rarely leave things with a definitive answer, as the socratic process is beautiful, but, look for a newer macbook air, obviously something with 4-8 gigs of ram, a solid state drive and preferable the intel 5000 graphics chip.