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Macbook Pro Retina as my only editing machine?

 
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Dec 15, 2014 14:14 |  #1

I currently edit on a PC desktop that I built myself (Intel Core i7 2600k, 12gb ram, SSD etc). I use a 20 inch monitor and have no complaints. I use lightroom 5 and photoshop CS6. Also photography is my hobby.

My wife wants to free up the space where my desk and PC is. She said I can get a macbook pro retina (15 inch, 16gb, 500gb SSD version) if I wanted, but obviously the desktop would have to go. Ive always wanted a macbook as I love the styling of apple products (there, I said it) but ive never owned a mac computer (got an ipad). This isnt intended to be a mac Vs PC thread.

Im hesitant as im worried that I would end up getting frustrated with the fact that all my editing had to be done on a 15.4 inch screen. Any thoughts on this that can help me make the decision. Do any of you do all your editing on your macbook? and if so do you sometimes which you had a bigger screen?


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Dec 15, 2014 15:13 |  #2

I do most of my importing, sorting and editing on a 13 inch MBP retina and I find it quite efficient. There are times when I use my older 27 inch iMac as an external display for more important edits or bigger jobs. Not because I find I get better results but I just appreciate the extra real estate. On the smaller display editing involves the on/off cycling of Lightroom panels and going full screen often which is something I don't usually have to contend with on the larger display. I think a 15 inch would be OK.


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Dec 15, 2014 15:16 |  #3

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I currently edit on a PC desktop that I built myself (Intel Core i7 2600k, 12gb ram, SSD etc). I use a 20 inch monitor and have no complaints. I use lightroom 5 and photoshop CS6. Also photography is my hobby.

My wife wants to free up the space where my desk and PC is. She said I can get a macbook pro retina (15 inch, 16gb, 500gb SSD version) if I wanted, but obviously the desktop would have to go. Ive always wanted a macbook as I love the styling of apple products (there, I said it) but ive never owned a mac computer (got an ipad). This isnt intended to be a mac Vs PC thread.

Im hesitant as im worried that I would end up getting frustrated with the fact that all my editing had to be done on a 15.4 inch screen. Any thoughts on this that can help me make the decision. Do any of you do all your editing on your macbook? and if so do you sometimes which you had a bigger screen?

I currently do all of my work on a macbook pro 15.4. Have done so for 3 years now. Here is where i stand.

I love the machine. I do everything on it however i will be changing my setup in the next year or two. 27 inch imac and 13 inch macbook pro. Why? I purchased the 15 to be a desktop replacement and my travel laptop. Well i got tired of lugging it around and it just sits on my desk. Where i wish i had a larger screen. My fiancee has a 13 inch macbook and its perfect for taking around.

So those are my opinions in terms of how i see the 15 inch line. Its great if you want a larger screen and if you want to be able to move it around from time to time. However, for a dedicated desktop replacement i would go imac. That thing is beautiful (there i said it). :)


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Dec 15, 2014 15:17 |  #4

Thanks. I thought if I ever had the chance to purchase a macbook I would jump right on it so this hesitance wasnt expected :)

Im thinking the benefits of a laptop and not being restricted to the one location for editing should hopefully outweigh the slight negative of a smaller screen


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Dec 15, 2014 15:22 |  #5

Then go for it man. It has its pluses. I love taking the macbook to the coffee shop early in the morning and doing edits there. Lugging an imac there would just be odd LOL


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Dec 15, 2014 15:50 |  #6

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Then go for it man. It has its pluses. I love taking the macbook to the coffee shop early in the morning and doing edits there. Lugging an imac there would just be odd LOL

lol.

I think im worried as there is no middle ground. If I get the macbook the desktop is gone. Its not like id still have it to do editing on should the need arise. Ill sleep on it I think


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Dec 15, 2014 16:00 |  #7

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I think im worried as there is no middle ground. If I get the macbook the desktop is gone. Its not like id still have it to do editing on should the need arise. Ill sleep on it I think

Remember if you do need a larger screen you could just purchase one and connect it to the macbook :)


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Dec 15, 2014 16:03 |  #8

I use my 15"rMBP as my only editing station. It gets the job done but to be honest, more screen real estate would be really nice.


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Dec 15, 2014 16:04 |  #9

I already own a screen, but the deal on the table is if I want a MacBook the desktop goes. Mrs xpfloyd wouldn't be too happy if I then setup the monitor somewhere again as a permanent feature


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Dec 15, 2014 17:37 |  #10

well, all I can say is going from whatever scree size you have, to a 15" is a bit "shocking". The retina display is beautiful, its just small.

Id try to work out a deal where you could upgrade to a nice sized screen in the future. It wont take up too much space


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Dec 16, 2014 05:40 |  #11

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My 15” rMBP has mostly become my primary editing machine lately. I have a Mac Mini with a 30” HP that’s supposed to be my primary editing computer, but even loaded with 16GB of RAM, it’s still slow. That and I’m rarely home anymore. Between going from work to school, to the girlfriend’s and shooting in between, I’m editing on the road.

I find the 15” to be adequate and my prints look just fine compared to the screen. I do carry a mouse with me because other than just simple edits, anything more complicated becomes a real pain with a track pad.


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Dec 17, 2014 02:00 |  #12

I will go against the majority here. I used to just use a mbp for editing.. But it didn't last long. I personally need to have a nice 27+ inch monitor.

But many don't seem to have an issue with it, so I'd still go for it if you want to please your wife :p




  
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This is the type of set up that I will eventually go with. might do it today if I can find a good deal. anything from a 22" - 27".

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This is the type of set up that I will eventually go with. might do it today if I can find a good deal. anything from a 22" - 27".

thats awesome!!! this is what i am trying to go for myself as well. just picked up the dell U2415

to OP. i used to use a 13" macbook for editing, which was fine for me for the last couple of years. just picked up a retina MBP, which made me re-think all of my photo edits from the last couple of years. i think the retina screen is good for editing, but i am still rolling with an external display. i figure it doesnt cost me that much to have the added benefit of a calibrated display and i can still happily edit on the rMBP screen on the go.


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This is the type of set up that I will eventually go with. might do it today if I can find a good deal. anything from a 22" - 27".

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