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    Downgrade from iMac to MacBook Pro for design work?

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    Downgrade from iMac to MacBook Pro for design work?
    I own a graphic design company, and while I don't necessarily travel I do visit certain clients a few nights a week. It would be really nice to make design changes on site with them, instead of going home and emailing endless proofs back and forth.

    At my home office I have the 27" Imac with these specs:

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 16 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    I upgraded the RAM to 16gb, but I think its overkill to the speed of the processor. Storage isn't a huge deal to have because I use external drives, but can the newer MacBook Pros compete with speed of the above machine, along with being able to run a lot of hours a day at times?

    I am thinking I could sell my iMac to help with some of the costs, maybe even buy a refurb?

    THANK YOU!!

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    Downgrade from iMac to MacBook Pro for design work?
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    I think you'd be pretty happy with a current MacBook Pro. I'd suggest the 15" i7 as the most bang for the buck.

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    Downgrade from iMac to MacBook Pro for design work?
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    They don't call them MacBook Pro for nothing. I never turn off my Macs and it's been almost 6 months since I restarted my Macs.
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    Downgrade from iMac to MacBook Pro for design work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgardner510 View Post
    I own a graphic design company, and while I don't necessarily travel I do visit certain clients a few nights a week. It would be really nice to make design changes on site with them, instead of going home and emailing endless proofs back and forth.

    At my home office I have the 27" Imac with these specs:

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 16 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    I upgraded the RAM to 16gb, but I think its overkill to the speed of the processor. Storage isn't a huge deal to have because I use external drives, but can the newer MacBook Pros compete with speed of the above machine, along with being able to run a lot of hours a day at times?

    I am thinking I could sell my iMac to help with some of the costs, maybe even buy a refurb?

    THANK YOU!!
    Buy the 15 i7 2.2 or 2.3, upgrade to 8gbs ram, get yourself a great external monitor (I suggest the new NEC PA271W-BK-SV ), and maybe a Hengedock to get it off your desk. Makes a great combo....

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    www.craiglamson.com

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