My MBP is ok... nothing wrong with it... I just need more muscle in the studio. My tower stays at home and I need more power in the studio and on location shoots. Capture 1 has become a workhorse and needs lots of power and ram. OWC now sells 16 GB ram for these models... although I won't be going that route since (2)8GB modules run $1600.00 LOL I notice on my MBP, which is 3 years old, that I constantly have to wait for the screen to catch up to what I am doing (Capture One, again mostly...). When I get a lot of captures.. and then do small things like adjust the crops on the images.. it hesitates before doing so.. Is that a vid card issue.. or a ram issue? Both?
Which brings me to my dilemma. I need at least a 15" model. The higher end model is another $400.00 smackers. Ouch. Yeah... a wee bit faster CPU and a larger HD. The larger HD doesn't matter to me...500 GB is plenty. But!... the vid card takes a monumental step forward with 1GB ram as opposed to 250 MB
The graphics switching has me wondering though... Can anyone explain to me why the Intel cpu would be doing this work at any time when it's obvious the dedicated card would be better suited? More to the point... is getting the higher end card still a good value? I would like it, of course, but is it worth my money?
I think I have a better solution than new MBP. I will just use the laptop for location shoots and not as my main studio computer anymore. Instead of shelling out close to 2500 clams for a new laptop... just get an iMac for the studio. I can use the 20 " display that I have in the studio and have it with a new 27" iMac for waaay cheaper. I can put up with the laptop being slower if the only times I am using it is when I am on location.
OMG yes..... Off to do further pricing....
I only wish they had one with an antiglare screen... but I can use the 20" Apple monitor I use now if that becomes an issue on color critical jobs. Actually.. that will be a good test.. calibrate both and compare from the same system set up.
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