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Nov 10, 2013 20:56 |  #1

Hello there,

I am in need of a new system. Currently, I have this:

1. Macbook pro 2.5ghz core2duo, 4gb 666mhz, 200gb 5400 hard drive
2. Dell u2312hm monitor

I ordered a Dell u2713hm and after inspecting it, it has a dirt spot behind the screen so I need to send it back and after reading a lot of reviews on forums, most people do have problems (blacklight bleeding, overdrive ghosting, image retention, buzzing, yellow tint, ips glare) with it so right now I am debating if I should return it for a refund but for what other monitor? I don't have the money to pay for a professional monitor. I don't even have a calibrating tool. Anyone using the u2713hm with good results?

As for the computer part, I am hesitating between a new 13 inch or 15 inch retina macbook pro. Most of the time, the computer will be hooked up to a monitor (dell if I keep it or something else) because I don't need to go out a lot, but I want to be able to do so. I plan on keeping my computer for the next 4-5 years just like this one. On macrumors, a lot of people are complaining about yellow tint issues on the haswell retina macbook pro such it kinda turned me down to go grab one right away. Is the intel integrated graphics 5100 enough or should I get a dgpu with the high end model?? 8gb vs 16gb ???

Could you share your real life usage and experience if you have one or the other?

Thank for your help and consideration.


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Nov 10, 2013 21:15 |  #2

I have the Dell U2212HM, it works well for me. Remember people who are unhappy tell everyone, the people who are happy tell noone.

How about a desktop for home doing power work, and keep the existing laptop for the occasional mobile use? Desktops are cheaper and faster than laptops.


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Nov 10, 2013 21:24 |  #3

tim wrote in post #16441029 (external link)
I have the Dell U2212HM, it works well for me. Remember people who are unhappy tell everyone, the people who are happy tell noone.

How about a desktop for home doing power work, and keep the existing laptop for the occasional mobile use? Desktops are cheaper and faster than laptops.

Well, the battery is dead and the screen has dead pixels too..I use it in clamshell mode right now...and I miss being able to bring my computer when I go out on trips and stuff...I definitely want the laptop form.


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Nov 10, 2013 22:10 |  #4

Batteries cost around $50, and for occasional use who cares about dead pixels. You can probably get a replacement LCD panel on ebay.


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Nov 11, 2013 05:38 |  #5

tim wrote in post #16441142 (external link)
Batteries cost around $50, and for occasional use who cares about dead pixels. You can probably get a replacement LCD panel on ebay.

the macbook pro battery is about $150, and the lcd screen is about $4-500. For an almost six year old computer...I don't think it's worth it.


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Nov 11, 2013 06:18 |  #6

I gave up throwing good money at old computers many years ago, with the pace of advancement it's better value to update IMO.


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Nov 11, 2013 06:30 |  #7

I can't help on experience with the gear you listed, I use an iMac, but I would go with 16gig RAM, I use 32gig, but share it with dual operating systems via Parallels. I found 8 gig to bog down at time, mainly when stitching 5 or so large files. But that was some time ago on a windows PC, with 2.1 dual core processor. I would guess you would fine similar limits with HDR etc.
Ram is expensive from Apple, it might save to buy the notebook with minimum RAM and upgrade it yourself, first test to see how it copes, upgrade if needed.


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Nov 11, 2013 13:17 |  #8

DamianOz wrote in post #16441690 (external link)
I can't help on experience with the gear you listed, I use an iMac, but I would go with 16gig RAM, I use 32gig, but share it with dual operating systems via Parallels. I found 8 gig to bog down at time, mainly when stitching 5 or so large files. But that was some time ago on a windows PC, with 2.1 dual core processor. I would guess you would fine similar limits with HDR etc.
Ram is expensive from Apple, it might save to buy the notebook with minimum RAM and upgrade it yourself, first test to see how it copes, upgrade if needed.

Depending on what he buys he may not be able to upgrade it himself.


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Nov 11, 2013 13:23 |  #9

Zeiterphoto wrote in post #16441634 (external link)
the macbook pro battery is about $150, and the lcd screen is about $4-500. For an almost six year old computer...I don't think it's worth it.

I didn't know the mac ones were so expensive. Batteries for most PC laptops are around $50 in my experience.

The screens can be gotten cheaply on ebay (external link). Some assembly required.

Though it is debatable whether it's worth it. If you mostly work at home and only do a little mobile, and you could fix it for $200, then probably. At $500 almost definitely not.


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