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    Oct 27, 2010
    Any current designs students in here?
    Okay so I've been back and forward all over the place on which computer to buy for my design classes. I seem to have gotten slightly more grant money than I thought I was.
    Im thinking either the 17 inch mbp with the 2.66ghz i7. And the monster 27 inch iMac 2.8 ghz i5 quad core. Any of you current design students have any insight on which would be the wiser purchase? Cause both are about in the same price range. And I'll be using mostly cs5 for class work and projects.

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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Depends if you need portability or not. 17" is not portable to me. I would get the 15" if you need something that is portable, and get the iMac if you don't need portability.

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    Member Since
    Oct 30, 2008
    Burgess Hill/UK
    MBP/2.53GHz i5/4GB RAM/500GB HDD/15" LED Screen/Intel HD Graphics & NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
    I'd get a 15" (because I want the portability), stick in 4GB RAM and a 7,200rpm HDD then splash out on a lovely big screen for home design stuff.

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    Apr 22, 2007
    Sydney, Australia
    13" MBP, 2.26GHz, 8gb RAM
    Quote Originally Posted by True Bassist View Post
    I'd get a 15" (because I want the portability), stick in 4GB RAM and a 7,200rpm HDD then splash out on a lovely big screen for home design stuff.
    Yep. That's the best plan.

    I have the 13" MBP and a 23" monitor for home... 13" I find is a little too small when I'm working on spreads and stuff. If you're not worried about weight (I carry around my laptop + my 1DmkIIn and lenses every day... don't find it a bother) then by all means go the 17" + a monitor so you can still have a decent size screen when you're not home. But 15" + a monitor is probably the way to go.
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    LelandJLK's Avatar
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    Oct 11, 2009
    Winter Park, FL
    MBP 15 inch 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4 Gigs of ram
    Quote Originally Posted by True Bassist View Post
    I'd get a 15" (because I want the portability), stick in 4GB RAM and a 7,200rpm HDD then splash out on a lovely big screen for home design stuff.
    X2! When I enrolled in school this past February, my school "provided" us with a new MBP and software that we have to have. I am studying web design & development and my MBP has been perfect for everything. I do wish I had a bigger screen at times when it comes to working in Photoshop or Illustrator but in general I am glad I have a laptop over desktop.

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    Apr 20, 2009
    4.1 Mac Pro. 15" MBP. 13" MBP. 17" PB. PM G5. iPhone 6S+ 64gb Gold. Apple Watch 42mm.
    Industrial design, my second favorite thing in the world. If I were looking for a specific Mac setup to best suite my CS5, I would pick a 15"mbp(if I wanted it to be portable), with the best processor my money could by, and upgrade the ram myself. What most people don't realize is that the same graphics card will act worse on the 17" than the 15", especially when using large image files. The imac's are good, but I wouldn't use one for your work.
    “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” Marcus Aurelius

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    Member Since
    Sep 12, 2008
    San Dimas
    I don't know
    imac for photoshop or illustrator. I've got a notebook and I can't use photoshop on it. Actually I can, I just don't like too. The miles and miles of screen space on my 27" imac for pallets and such is so freaking awesome. Also, you'll probably be working with a wacom tablet and those aren't really considered too portable. When you add everything up its just better to have a nice big desktop to work with. Its nice to have a laptop also for field work, but you'll end up doing all your projects hunched over a desktop pulling all nighters, not 'in the field' or in class, where you would need the portability of a laptop.

    I can't do serious work on a small screen, and I've never seen a pro do much of it either. (queue rage and umbrage against me for making such an offensive claim).

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