We are looking at a MacBook pro to replace an HP. It's use is primarily for audio recording and editing, which is very high demand on the processor and RAM.
We currently have an iMac i5 (2nd generation) that is doing a wonderful job,
Would the i5 in the MBP be comparable or is it best to go for the i7? We're looking at the 15inch screen.
In a Macworld write up they indicated that the i5 iMac was rated higher than an i7 MBP. There is a price difference, and we don't want to spend more than we have to, but also don't want to get stuck with not enough power.
Anyone with advice or experience with these models?
You should probably wait a few more months, intel just released their new mobile ivybridge processors which perform much better and use less power than their sandybridge counter parts (2nd gen). However, apple usually gets these parts later on. Currently you can purchase a ivybridge i7 laptop that is cheaper than a macbook pro and outperforms it!
Is there any reason why you don't want to purchase a PC laptop?
What software do you use?
Is there another use for this laptop, besides editing?
Thanks for your input, I think we will go with the i7, I wouldn't consider less than 8 gb RAM, not negotiable.
We are based in Dubai at the moment, and those brands are not really readily available here. We are happy with Mac for the audio, protools is designed to run on a Mac system.
Having been PC based up until about 6 months ago, the change to the iMac was wonderful, we haven't looked back. however, when it comes to gaming I'm firmly on the PC side. Hubby is the Mac user, I'll stick to my PC.