Graphic Design Major in College; Which Macbook Pro is suitable for me?

I am majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Advertising Management and I am finishing up my first year in College. I am looking for a replacement for my age old Toshiba and I am definitely interested in a Macbook Pro!

Based on the field that i'm going into, i'm expecting to be using a lot of Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as other media programs. I am also into editing and developing movies, as well as burning them out from the same system. Aside from those hardcore usages, i'll be typing a lot of papers, working on power points, as well as a lot of web browsing, listening to music, and watching movies! Definitely not a gamer.

I'm having a tough time deciding on which Macbook pro to get since there are a few out there. I've decided to rule out the 13" based on the specs (i3? i5?) and that the screen might be too small for my needs although it is portable. My best bet is probably on a 15", but would you guys recommend a high or low end 15" (i5 or i7?) based on what i'm going to be doing with it? I also plan on carrying it around campus as well as at home, so definitely not going with the 17".

Thanks in advance!

2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    I agree with all your judgements about size etc. For media production, which is going to be your specialty, the two things that will make the most difference to you are RAM and hard disk. If I were you I would spend the money on more RAM and a faster hard disk (more RPM), not the processor. The 7200 RPM drive adds $150. and 8GB RAM adds $200. You can't get an i5, but you can get a faster i7, though I don't think you'll need it. I don't know enough about the AMD (graphic card) choices to recommend one or the other there. But trust me, more RAM and faster disk will make a huge difference. If you're loaded, an SSD would be even better, for speed.

    • Answered by Bob L from Portland
    • Mar 26, 2012
  • It seems the new 13" has some potent specs now with great capability and can provide all your requirements, consider the weight and portability with a display at home.

    • Answered by Chester C from Beverly
    • Oct 26, 2012