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dedalx says

I recommend you to buy notebook with Windows.
You will not be less professional if you don’t use apple products.

Unfortunately I can’t agree with this. I have a lot of different Windows Notebooks for work, I have different PCs for games and works, I have android and windows tablets and mobile phones. I tryied everything of this (and not just for fun, for work too). So I have big experience as web developer/designer with all of this staff.

Now I have different iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macbooks, iMacs (we need this for work and testing). I can say that if you are designer or programmer Apple products the best for you (if you like it of course and if you Apple fun). Windows is buggy, unconvinuent. Apple products give some stimulus for you when you work on apple products. We start earned more when we changed all our staff to Apple products. They looks briliant, they work briliant, but of course they cost much more than Windows based staff.

MacOS is very convinuent and fast for designers and developers. You will not get BSOD when you near to finish your new theme code :)

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dedalx says

Whatever you do, I strongly recommend against anything 15” or larger. 13” is an ideal size for a laptop you intend to actually carry with you through college or university. Sure, if you’re just going to be driving to work each morning and set it up for the day a 15” will do fine. But when it’s in your backpack wherever you go, you’ll appreciate the form factor of a 13”.

That said, I’m currently using a 2010 Macbook Pro 13” that has lasted me through the past four years of university, and I intend to use it at least for another few years. At home, I plug it into a larger monitor (but I don’t have a desktop machine on the side), and at the uni I usually rely on the (ubuntu) desktop machines that are available there when I’m working for longer periods of time.

If you’re getting a Macbook Pro and you’re considering the 2012 model, do add an SSD. It’s an easy and cheap upgrade, and honestly, when have you used the DVD drive of your current machine last? Personally, I’ve taken out the superdrive and mounted it in a cheap SATA enclosure I got from ebay.

I guess it really depends on what you’re going to do with it. The Pro is a more powerful machine, but that does reduce its battery life a bit and makes it a heavier carry. Personally, I’m not sure if I would get the retina model, as I appreciate the storage space of a SSD + HDD combination. Then again, if you’re looking for 8GB of RAM and the latest processor, the retina would be the way to go.

It really depends on what you want to do with it. Does it need to be highly portable? Do you need processing power? Do you need RAM? Do you need storage, or is there a desktop/server/HDD on the side?

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Yes 13” is only for some emergence things like server reboot when you out of office or some quick site fixes. 15” ideal for Apple notebooks (with 1440x resolution or retina). I don’t recommend to use notebooks with 17”+ its very heavy and not confinuent to use and take with you. For office use I absolutely recommend you 27” iMac, you can save money on CPU or HDD, but don’t save money for size, don’t take 24” iMac, 27” is ideal size.

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Joost Moderator says

Yes …

I like how you said ‘Yes’, implying you were agreeing, and then gave a completely contradictory argument ;)

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MSFX Moderator says

I recommend you to buy notebook with Windows.
You will not be less professional if you don’t use apple products.

wrong attitude completely. The correct one would be buy a Macbook of some sort and bootcamp Windows on it so you can develop for and can function on both platforms.

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Australia says

^ + 100% agree

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Yes 13” is only for some emergence things like server reboot when you out of office or some quick site fixes. 15” ideal for Apple notebooks (with 1440x resolution or retina). I don’t recommend to use notebooks with 17”+ its very heavy and not confinuent to use and take with you. For office use I absolutely recommend you 27” iMac, you can save money on CPU or HDD, but don’t save money for size, don’t take 24” iMac, 27” is ideal size.

I have to disagree with you, massively.

I have a Macbook 17” from 2010. It might be a little on the heavy side but it’s not that much of a problem. In fact I’ve stopped using my desktop and this is now my sole machine. The weight difference between a 15” and 17” isn’t an issue when I’m out and about, it’s entirely a marketing ploy. If it’s heavy your muscles will grow and get over it.

Furthermore the OP is looking to buy a mbp/air.. why are you talking about iMacs? :D

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Joost Moderator says

The weight difference between a 15” and 17” isn’t an issue when I’m out and about, it’s entirely a marketing ploy. If it’s heavy your muscles will grow and get over it.

For me it wouldn’t just be the weight, though, but also the sheer size. A 13” Pro can be subtle and fit on a small lecture fold-out table, while a 15” or even a 17” generally tends to become a bit of a distraction. Then again, those really are beautiful machines :bashful:

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Creattive says

Well, good luck working with Maya on a Mac Book Air :D

You better don’t listen to people who are talking about Web Design, they have no idea what power you need to make 3D Animations.

This thread will most likely end in the same old Windows vs Mac debate. I have worked on both, and I went with Windows. I’m still alive you see. But someone here said they earn more when they work on Mac, so maybe I made the wrong decision lol

Just get the machine that gets your work done. Maybe you know someone with a MacBook and you can try Maya on it.

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MagicWorkers says

Best one pro i have air and pro but pro best !

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Endat says

13” is where it’s at.. i was used to a 19” monitor when I had a desktop, but it was easy to adjust. I choose the mac when I need a light, long lasting computer that just… works.


they have no idea what power you need to make 3D Animations.

For power, I use a 14” Alienware laptop with Linux loaded as the main OS and Windows in a virtual machine. But I want to try MSI’s new laptop, it looks like a beast.

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