06-16-2013, 04:24 PM #1
I'm having Mac Indecision Syndrome.
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- Mar 22, 2013
My current laptop, an HP Pavilion dv6000 running a derivitave of Debian, is beginning to show its age. I think it's time to upgrade; I've settled on purchasing a Mac of some kind, but I'm not quite sure which model/variant is right for me.
The main uses of the new machine will revolve around multimedia consumption and production - I will be editing AVCHD footage shot on my Sony HDRCX110 (I'm not sure yet whether iMovie will be sufficient for my needs or whether I'll need to purchase Adobe Premiere/FCP/something else). I'll also be doing some basic audio editing using Audacity and a number of third party plugins, and will be housing my 90GB+ music collection, among other things.
I was under the impression that an iMac is the best choice for video editing, but I just looked at the configs prices for the MacBook Pro and it looks like they are both cheaper and more powerful than I remembered.
It seems like the bottom line is that I'll either (a.) end up purchasing an iMac and then a MBP or other laptop at some point in the future for non-multimedia uses or (b.) purchase a MacBook Pro and use it for both the multimedia stuff and other uses (web development, etc).
I'd be very happy to hear any thoughts/feedback/whatever that you all have.
tl;dr - HELLLLLLLLLP! WHAT DO I DO?!
06-16-2013, 05:36 PM #2
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- Imac 27" Retina 5K, 512GB flash memory, 3.3GHz, 16GB memory, macOS Sierra beta.
All depends on what your transportability needs are ~ desktop iMac or portable MBP. Whatever choice you come up with make sure you check out the Apple Refurbished site. Safe hundreds, get a full 12 month warranty and latest operating system all with free delivery. Refurbs can also have the 3 year AppleCare optional warranty.
http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/specialdeals/macHang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
06-16-2013, 06:17 PM #3
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The real question is "do you need portability?"
If so, then you want the MacBook Pro.
If not, you can choose between the iMac and the forthcoming Mac Pro.
06-19-2013, 07:32 PM #4
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It also depends on the amount of money you are willing to spend. I went through the very decision process about a year ago. My conclusion was that the IDEAL setup would be a top of the line MacBook Pro, which as you state has a very beefy processor these days, and an external Thunderbolt Apple 27" display. This way, you have power, portability and a large display space when you are working on your video (or in my case, Photoshop with images). When I added this all up, and compared it to the latest 27" iMac, the dollars did the talking - the iMac was the much better deal, and I didn't NEED the portability.
You might wish to think about the laptop/external-display approach vs. the iMac approach.My Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
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06-20-2013, 05:15 PM #5
I'd save the money and get a third party display. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the apple ones, and generally prefer NEC. So you miss out in the thunderbolt connectionmike
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06-20-2013, 05:20 PM #6
- built in speakers (much better than the notebooks built-in speakers...especially if the notebook is used in "clamshell" mode
- the notebook can be plugged into the display directly for power...so no need for the notebooks power brick & cord.
But the price is very high.
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