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    Question Opinions: Macbook or Macbook Pro?
    Hello i wonder if you good folks would help me out with some opinions on what Mac i should get next?

    I am a freelance web developer, so use mostly Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator. Being freelance i am at 2 different places throughout the week so thinking a laptop would be handy to take to both and keep all the work on it.

    Now i like how small the macbook is but am concerned with the power of it? Thus looking at the macbook pro but not so keen on its size.

    At home where i work part of the week, i have a MacMini (MacMini G4 1.42G 512RAM ) which is fine just alittle slow when say i have photoshop, dw and illustrator open. The rest of the week i use an iMac with 2Ghz intel core and 1Gig of Ram and find it quite quick with no problems.

    So what would be best, would a macbook be quick enough or not? I used one for some work with low specs and it was slow, would a higher spec one be ok or should i really just ignore that and go straight for a Macbook pro?

    Thanks for any opinions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jez View Post
    At home where i work part of the week, i have a MacMini (MacMini G4 1.42G 512RAM ) which is fine just alittle slow when say i have photoshop, dw and illustrator open.
    That explains the lag when you have all of those apps open.

    But, if you are professional then a MacBook Pro is the machine for you.
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    Thanks

    As money could be an issue is the basic macbook pro pretty decent and quick for what i have described?

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    well a macbook is ok for most of that work i have just finished a course using all of them programs and a macbook did me fine but i have just gone for an upgrade to a macbook pro and i must say its doing well but i went for a 2.4 as i dont think the 2.2 is woth it with the worse gfx card and slower cpu u dont save that much for what you miss out on.

    but if you go for a macbook get your self 4gb of ram and it will do a good job if you can afford it go for a pro

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    I guess it boils down to what you're planning to do with it...

    For me: I've had numerous laptop/notebooks and my current MB is my first Mac-anything. I went straight for the MB because I wanted portability (my first ever laptop was powerful but a huge monster and more like a desktop replacement than a laptop), so size was a huge factor for me. Plus I don't use it for games (I have my PC for that), and mostly I just do web design an stuff on the MB so I didn't need a really powerful graphics processor.

    But whether you decide on a MB or MBP, I definitely recommend 4GB of ram. I find myself using 1.5+ GB on a regular basis so having 4GB around really helps -- plus, memory prices are relatively cheap these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Hit6 View Post
    plus, memory prices are relatively cheap these days.
    just make sure you don't buy extra ram from apple
    $1,000 for 4gb

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    I do the same kind of work as you. I have a MB, bought new 12 months ago, the first Apple anything I've ever had. I would get the MBP if you have the money. If not the MB works just fine. My biggest whine is wanting a little more screen real estate when all those apps are open. You know how they all have a bunch of palettes and stuffs on the sides... I like the fact that my MB is smaller. B/c it's plenty heavy! I carry it everywhere and I'm not looking for more weight. Especially since I usually have a diaper bag and two toddlers in tow as well, lol.

    My MB has 80g HD and I just up graded to 2g of RAM from 1g. It worked ok with the 1g but was a bit laggy.

    There are lots of threads on this, so do a search and see what other people have already posted.

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    Thanks guys.

    As i said i am basically using it for web stuff.

    For example i might be coding a website in DW then, switch to Illustrator to change colours on a banner or onto photoshop to add some effects to that banner etc etc.

    I'm not really upto speed on the whole ram things apart from it makes it quicker having more programs open is that right? What does the processor do then, just keep it all running?

    Anyone know of any reliable online suppliers in the UK that do decent ram already in a mac notebook, i wouldn't have a clue how to do it myself?

    Thanks again

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    http://www.overclockers.co.uk

    This is where i got my ram.

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    The base MBP (the 2.2 C2D) runs amazingly well. I was dreading the fact that I didn't get a more sup'd up version (saved money to build a gaming pc). I couldn't be worried at all, no hang ups, no downtime, I am completely satisfied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arekisu View Post
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk

    This is where i got my ram.
    Thanks for that.

    Is this the same as Apples 4GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x2GB?

    Surely not? One is 80 and apple charge 450. There must be a difference, i know they fit it for you and i wouldnt have a clue how to do it but thats a stupid jump.

    Or have i read it wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jez View Post
    Thanks for that.

    Is this the same as Apples 4GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x2GB?

    Surely not? One is 80 and apple charge 450. There must be a difference, i know they fit it for you and i wouldnt have a clue how to do it but thats a stupid jump.

    Or have i read it wrong?
    I believe Apple use Samsung ram, but that's no justification for the price difference.

    The prices have come down quite a bit, my 2Gb dual channel ram for my Macbook was around 74 with postage.

    I've come to the conclusion that you should never get upgrades from Apple, the ram and hdd are easily upgradable for much less elsewhere.

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    I dont know what to do now.

    Some say a Macbook high end with 4gig Ram would be ok.

    Others say only a Macbook Pro low end would do..

    Can anyone install ram, i wouldnt know where to start?

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    ram on the pro is very easy i recommend play.com as i just got 2x2gb sicks from there for 55 very cheap and it was kingston as well so good ram.

    Ram from play

    How to install

    apple over charge a lot for there ram never getting from them also i did a hard drive upgrade on my pro to a 250gb this was a drive i got from ebay and saved a lot by not getting it from apple. also have the older parts to sell on as well.

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    So for example i order 2 lots of ram from Play follow them instructions slot the 2 new ram slots into it and the pro automatically pics up that it has extra ram and runs quicker?

    This might seem daft but i really dont have a clue, you dont need to run an installation with the computer actually on or anything like that.


    Thats 60quid for 4gig or ram from Play, Apple charge 450quid! Surely thats wrong, they are adding 390quid onto it!!!!???

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