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Old 06-03-2018, 06:57 PM
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I am not the most tech savvy person to start with. We are in the market for a Apple labtop, as we have everything else Mac. The labtop will mainly be used for photo storage and editing. Of course we will use it to surf the net as well but mainly want it to dump photos on while on vacation.
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:47 PM
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So we have seemed to narrow it down between the MacBook Pro 13” or the 15” with 1tb....
any advice would be great on which to choose. There is about 1k difference between the 2...
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Old 06-03-2018, 07:52 PM
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Get the 15” with 1TB Buy a WD Black External for your files and back up main drive there, apps and system startup files. Don’t put your work on the internal.
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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
Get the 15” with 1TB Buy a WD Black External for your files and back up main drive there, apps and system startup files. Don’t put your work on the internal.
Agree with this for the most part. Maybe get more than one external drive. We've got Macbooks at home (1 Pro, 1 Air). I have the external drives connected to the network, and each computer has access to them. One is dedicated solely to Time Machine backups. The other is one location where I keep photo, video, and audio files. The external drives are portable, so it's easy to bring them along on vacation, etc.

As far as the size goes, it really depends on how you plan on using it. While at home, I have the Pro connected to a monitor, so screen size isn't really an issue. If you plan on using this on the road quite a bit, the smaller screen may be quite a bit easier to lug around. A larger screen is nicer to look at, so consider this as well. This is especially true if you are running multiple programs and having them share screen space. For basic home use, this is probably not as big of a concern, though. Photo editing isn't that intensive, so you may also have a look at the Macbook Air, provided the 256G drive isn't an issue. If editing videos, though, the faster processor in the Pro will definitely come in handy.
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What he said ^^^^^^^

I would still go with the 15 Pro just because of the screen size for viewing pictures and if you ever did do video editing you will wish you had it.
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Originally Posted by coastalfiberglass View Post
I am not the most tech savvy person to start with. We are in the market for a Apple labtop, as we have everything else Mac. The labtop will mainly be used for photo storage and editing. Of course we will use it to surf the net as well but mainly want it to dump photos on while on vacation.
Any advice would be great!

thanks in advance
Just bought one yesterday. Got the Macbook Pro. 13.3" screen, 256 GB HD. Use an external HD to store your pics, you need to do this anyway even if you got the 1TB internal drive.

This unit is on sale at Best Buy, $200 off.
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Buy yourself and Apple Refurbished! It's been years since I bought a "New" Mac. You can save $200-$300 and the warranty is the same as new. Unless your editing 4K video don't bother looking for something with the faster processor.
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Considering you call it a "labtop", I am guessing you are not a power user.
For what you describe, I'd get the smaller unit, it will be more portable for travel. It should be fine as long as your "editing" consists of small changes like cropping, adjusting exposure, etc. If you plan to do photoshop-style editing, then the larger screen would be helpful.
While you are at it, get a decent solid-state external drive, or a couple of 256GB USB 3.0 flash drives to hold backups of your pics.
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I am on my third 13" mbp. I love the size. I do. A lot of photo and video editing. I have an external monitor when I need it.
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While I agree with back up drive for Time machine, I'd store all my photos and other stuff automatically to iCloud. That way you or whoever you give permission to can access them from anywhere, or computer. An alternative to iCloud is Google Photos, which is a better deal and serves the same purpose, pix-wise.
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I have had both the 13 and 15" Macbook Pros.

15" had the internal DVD. Bigger screen was nice. The extra weight was not nice. 13" has an external DVD. I never miss it. It is very portable and battery life has been fantastic. I much prefer the 13".

I think the answer comes to how portable you want it. I travel a fair amount and the 13" is much better for my needs. I also do a fair amount of work on the plane and the 15" I couldn't really open fully on the seat-back tray.

If you have or can afford an external display, I would recommend a 13". If you don't/can't have an external display, then the 13" screen real estate may be a tad small for image editing or multi-tasking. It is ok for me at the highest resolution of 1680x1050. I sometimes need reading glasses at that resolution, though.

I have a 27" LED cinema display and a 2nd Dell monitor connected via a displaylink USB adapter like this one.
https://www.diamondmm.com/product/bv...phics-adapter/

This USB adapter also enables you to use a TV as an external monitor - assuming you have a true 1080P HDTV (i.e. 1920x1080 pixels).
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I like the smaller 13" myself. I had a 15" at work a number of years ago and found it just too much both for use on the lap or even bagging it up and taking it around. The 13" screen is just fine. This one I am working on right now is a "Early 2011" model. Still serving me well as my only computer.
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I have the 13" also. However I hook it up to a 21" tv for home use.
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Guess I should add, I have 2 TWO TB WD Black Drives. One is a backup. Buy the fastest you can. They’ll be outdated before you know. Max out the RAM.
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I am far from an IT savvy person so take this with a grain of salt: My wife and I both switched from Dell Windows to Macs. I have a MacBook Air - absolutely love it. Night and day difference between it and Dell/Windows. Granted I don't to any real "work" on it. Goof around o the intranet (THT) and do the boats books on Excel (I have Microsoft Office for Mac on it).

My recommendation is to go for it!
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My son’s school-issued Macbook spontaneously caught fire in his backpack when driving him to school last month. He jumped out of the car with his backpack billowing smoke & threw the redhot computer on the grass.

Strange thing was that the IT guys at his school thought nothing of it. They looked at the melted computer, both nodded together, and gave my son a new replacement - no questions asked.

I can only image what the school police officers would’ve done if they witnessed my son walking between classes with a smoking backpack....
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Guess I should add, I have 2 TWO TB WD Black Drives. One is a backup. Buy the fastest you can. They’ll be outdated before you know. Max out the RAM.
My boss brought me his old yoga Thinkpad and said ulgrupg the ram and put an SSD in it. He got a bigger SSD but the soldered ram was stuck at 4gb.

Not sure what your intended use is but I can't say enough good things about this monitor. Serves as a usb hub, does video/audio pass through (no speakers) and powers my laptop all with one USB type c cable. Price is very fair for what it is.

samsung sh850 24"
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Buy yourself and Apple Refurbished! It's been years since I bought a "New" Mac. You can save $200-$300 and the warranty is the same as new. Unless your editing 4K video don't bother looking for something with the faster processor.
Here is a decent refurbed 13" MB Pro for $1800 w/ retina display and 16 GB RAM and a 512 MB SSD. More than enough processing power for your needs.

For reference, I have a similar 2013 machine w/ a slower processor (2.4 GHZ intel Core I5) and it is still more than I need. I would not get a drive smaller than 512 GB, though. To me, not sure a 1.0 TB SSD is worth the extra coin. Spend the $ on as much RAM as you can fit in.
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As an IT consultant for small biz's for over 20 years, I've rarely bought a "new" laptop. I get my own at factory outlet stores, every major brand has one. I work in the Windows world, I get Lenovo laptops (previously known as IBM)...I only get their workhorse models, the Thinkpad series (Currently the Carbon X1). From the factory outlet you usually get choices of brand new from off-leases, or factory refurbed (reconditioned). Many of the off lease ones were never taken out of the box, typically 60% of original MSRP.

Most of the new ultra books (nickname for very thin small laptops) have SSDs (solid state drives)...which is good, very fast, very reliable, no slow down in performance over time, far less battery consumption. Versus the old fashioned rotating/spindle type hard drives which are slower to begin with, degrade in performance over time, and more susceptible to crashing, may not last as long.

For storage, with "cloud storage" these days, no need to worry as much for having large hard drives. With Android cell phones you have Googles Photos it syncs to for storage, with iPhones you have iCloud they sync with for storage. Or Office 365. Or Drop box. For comfy feeling get a good external hard drive like a Western Digital Passport. Get two..keep two copies for extra safety, they're cheap enough.
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As an IT consultant for small biz's for over 20 years, I've rarely bought a "new" laptop. I get my own at factory outlet stores, every major brand has one. I work in the Windows world, I get Lenovo laptops (previously known as IBM)...I only get their workhorse models, the Thinkpad series (Currently the Carbon X1). From the factory outlet you usually get choices of brand new from off-leases, or factory refurbed (reconditioned). Many of the off lease ones were never taken out of the box, typically 60% of original MSRP.

Most of the new ultra books (nickname for very thin small laptops) have SSDs (solid state drives)...which is good, very fast, very reliable, no slow down in performance over time, far less battery consumption. Versus the old fashioned rotating/spindle type hard drives which are slower to begin with, degrade in performance over time, and more susceptible to crashing, may not last as long.

For storage, with "cloud storage" these days, no need to worry as much for having large hard drives. With Android cell phones you have Googles Photos it syncs to for storage, with iPhones you have iCloud they sync with for storage. Or Office 365. Or Drop box. For comfy feeling get a good external hard drive like a Western Digital Passport. Get two..keep two copies for extra safety, they're cheap enough.
I agree with all of this. Macs are nice, but way overpriced for what you are getting.
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