Which macbook is best for editing and editing software? What kind should I get?

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  • Probably your best bet is one of the MacBook pro editions.

    You'll definitely want one with an SSD drive, and if editing video, a retina display.

    By foregoing the Macbook air, your battery will last a little less, but if you are editing (and not words, I mean), then a pro laptop will be much faster. You can even get the i7 cpu in the higher end macbook pros, which will make a big difference if you are doing sound or video editing.

    By editing, if you mean words, then a macbook pro will run Pages or MS Word for Mac quite well, and won't consume more than 4GB of ram.

    But video and sound are a different story, so MacBook Pro retina, and 15" if you are doing serious rendering or waiting a long time for the process to complete.

    I compared the high-end iMacs and Mac Pros (desktops) and they are again an order of magnitude faster, with the Mac Pro desktop really blazing fast for this kind of work.

    Me, I produce videos on a Macbook Pro Retina 13".

    • Answered by Jack S from Wilmette
    • Dec 31, 2013