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Switching to MacBook Pro.. Please help


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Hello all,

I have been using Windows computers and laptops for my entire life and will be soon switching to MacBook Pro because I am tired paying for anti-viruses and want to explore more in terms of Photography and Music making. I believe getting a Mac will be a good solution?

I am planning to get the MacBook Pro 13" 2011, i5 2.3 Ghz, Intel HD 3000 graphics. On Windows I usually use softwares such as:
-Photoscape
-GIMP
-Adobe Photoshop
-Cool Edit Pro
-Cubase
-Engineering softwares (though for this maybe not all softwares available on Mac platform): Eagle, KeilC, SIMATIC Step7, Qt Creator, etc.
- and I also work with Microcontrollers.

I also like to play games sometimes such as Counter-Strike or Need For Speed.

So, would this MBP suffice for this purpose? Especially in terms of the graphic card because I've heard some bad reviews on it. For Photoshop and Cubase/Cool Edit Pro(if available), would it suffer a bit of lagging or something? I am currently using an HP laptop with ATI Radeon HD 4350 and everything works perfectly and smoothly. I have seen the graphics card hierarchy and surprisingly HD 4350 and Intel HD 3000 are on the same stage. Is that correct?

Is the glossy screen of this MBP annoying? Because some reviews said it is too reflective.

I am sorry for the questions, I just had bad experience with laptops. I had 3 laptops in the past 3 years because of some problems, so I would want my new MBP to last long. At least for 2.5-3 years.

So, thank you very much for your help.
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I guess I'll be the first to welcome you to the Mac Forums. I'm a newbie myself as I just switched a short time ago. But these guys (And gals?) have been a great help for me because, like you, I've had nothing but PC's for the last 10 years. And I'm still struggling and I'm a long way from feeling as comfortable on my new Mac as I hope to be a year from now if I live that long.
I'm sorry that I can't really answer your questions, but you will soon have all the help you will need from some very nice folks up here.
And again, welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy your new MBP!!!
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Thanks for your warm welcome. Well I hope I will get the help I need here
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I would say that since a lot of what you want to do requires a lot of graphics processing power, you should go a step up and get a 15 inch Macbook Pro. It has discrete rather than integrated graphics.

You can also get the 15 inch in the anti-glare model. I personally find the glossy screen WAY too reflective if you're going to be in changing light conditions. I feel that the colors are a little exaggerated or something, and I need color to be accurately represented for video work.

But that's just my two cents. Either way, I LOVE my Mac, after years as an Apple-hating Windows user.
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I would say that since a lot of what you want to do requires a lot of graphics processing power, you should go a step up and get a 15 inch Macbook Pro. It has discrete rather than integrated graphics.

You can also get the 15 inch in the anti-glare model. I personally find the glossy screen WAY too reflective if you're going to be in changing light conditions. I feel that the colors are a little exaggerated or something, and I need color to be accurately represented for video work.

But that's just my two cents. Either way, I LOVE my Mac, after years as an Apple-hating Windows user.
The problem is, my budget is not that high, and I don't like the 15" screen. But for my requirements, will the 13" survive? or will it be too much load for that kind of requirements?

Guess I'll end up as a Mac lover too, despite have been hating Mac for years as well.
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That's what I think too. The 15" is just too big and -for me- out of budget.

By you saying without any major hiccups, did you mean that there are some minors? For the Photoshop, if it really does not heat up and still loads and works fast and smooth, then I think it would be enough. What kind of games do you play?
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No,gaming is not necessarily a must to me. Only if there's nothing else I could do with my Mac, which i believe will be very rare. I usually play Counter-Strike or Need For Speed. I'll be looking for Dual-Boot with Windows 7 as well
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This may be old news for some but I thought it would be good to log this info here.

Cool Edit Pro (PC only) is now Adobe Audition (Mac & PC) so if you like Cool Edit Pro and like Mac like I do, now you can have it all

There is also rumblings that Samplitude might be coming out for Mac in less than a year.

Cheers,

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