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nCrafts says

I’m using a 13” retina MacBook Pro. I always thought that the 2.6GHz of Pro will give a big boost compared to 1.7Ghz of Air. Don’t really know :(

For me, Retina also makes a big difference – it’s gorgeous. It’s very portable too; much more than non-Retina MacBook Pro

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kailoon Envato team says

I got the top-specced Air last year, and it has handled everything I’ve thrown at it (and I tend to be very demanding of my machines). I highly recommend it. Pair it with a 27” screen and you’ve got a great setup. Enjoy!
I am thinking to sell my MBP 2011 and get the 2013 MBA. Do you think it good idea to pair with a 27’ cinema display for some Photoshop and Illustration works? So I can still work on the go with the lightweight MBA :)

I am not very comfortable with the MBA keyboard for long hours coding tho. I think will need an extra keyboard.

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shiftlab says

@kailoon

I use my MBA with a 27” Cinema Display, bought a wireless keyboard and a magic mouse as well, it would be a pain to use the laptop keyboard and work on the Cinema Display.

I have this setup since 3 years now, I only change the MBA every year and charge the batteries :)

It’s just perfect for web design, the only software I use is Photoshop.

I suggest you get the MBA as soon as you can but I would wait with the Cinema Display since I am 99% sure that It get’s an update when the MacPro comes out. I think the new Cinema Display get’s the same design treatment like the new iMac’s got last year.

The reason I don’t have the Retina MacBook Pro is that the lid of my laptop is closed 90% of the time.

But I will replace my Cinema Display if the next one will be retina and still keep the MBA if it can drive the new Display

Apple posted a 5,120-by-2,880-pixel image of the Mavericks Desktop wallpaper on it’s site that’s twice the resolution of the current Cinema Display

http://nofilmschool.com/2013/06/5k-apple-retina-display-imac-osx-mavericks/
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Playnethemes says

A bit offtopoc but: does anyone have the cinema apple display and can reccommend it? :) it seems a bit expensive though so you could just as well buy an imac no? I got a new macbook pro 15” so i would like an extra screen, just not sure to go with the cinema display or another monitor! :)

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kailoon Envato team says

@shiftlab Thanks!

@playnethemes Cinema Display costs $999.00. 27’ iMac start from $1,799.00.

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shiftlab says

A bit offtopoc but: does anyone have the cinema apple display and can reccommend it? :) it seems a bit expensive though so you could just as well buy an imac no? I got a new macbook pro 15” so i would like an extra screen, just not sure to go with the cinema display or another monitor! :)

I love the Cinema Display, mine is now 3 years old and it works perfectly. I use it 12 hours a day 5 days a week. Never had an issue with it. Highly recommended! I even used it for print design but I have to admit there are better displays out there for print work (Eizo)

$ 1000 for 3 years that comes down to $ 28 a month, considering how much you can make with it it’s a bargain. And it’s still worth like $ 500 if you want to sell it. so then if you have used it for 3 years and sell it for $ 500 it costed you $ 14 a month.

Also worth considering that you can replace the Laptop every year easily if you want to keep up with the latest and greatest, you can sell a MBA more easily to non web design oriented folks then a 27 inch iMac and then on top of that you can carry it if you’re on the go.

It’s an iMac on your Desk and a MacBook Air/Pro in your bag. :) 2 in 1 style

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pixel-fabric says

thanks for all replies.. good to read that is it going well with all that applications and work. So, i think i am closer to MBA .. for sure i will go to store to touch it and feel it :D Retina would be great too, but that is way of my budget.

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nCrafts says

thanks for all replies.. good to read that is it going well with all that applications and work. So, i think i am closer to MBA .. for sure i will go to store to touch it and feel it :D Retina would be great too, but that is way of my budget.

Retina, however good it may be, might cause some problem for graphic designing. My only complaint with retina is that I can’t preview how images on the web will look like on non-retina resolution :(

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MSFX Moderator says

I guess if you’re not pushing too much through it at once then there’s no reason a quad core with a few gigs of RAM should have any problems… for me with the AIR the problem is the screen size… is 13” really large enough for doing graphic work… personally i’m not so sure so i’d stick with a 15” MBP

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pixel-fabric says


thanks for all replies.. good to read that is it going well with all that applications and work. So, i think i am closer to MBA .. for sure i will go to store to touch it and feel it :D Retina would be great too, but that is way of my budget.
Retina, however good it may be, might cause some problem for graphic designing. My only complaint with retina is that I can’t preview how images on the web will look like on non-retina resolution :(

If I had retina I still be working on external monitor .. Just that hardware setup and portability is pretty good..

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