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Switching from Mini to MBP in July

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:55 pm    Post subject: Switching from Mini to MBP in July Reply with quote

I am flying to US on July, and I will buy a MBP.
I have been using an Early 2009 Mini (4GB RAM 60GB Crucial SSD) for nearly two years. I also use a crappy HP Laptop (I work with .NET Framework and Visual Studio).
I need a new laptop for work. I work at home or at my office in the local university, but at least twice a month I need to use my laptop on a Cafe (I have a meeting on a local Cafe/Restaurant at least twice a month).
When I work at home or at the uni, I have a comfortable desk, and I have access to my NAS, so I wont need to carry a huge HD for storage.

I can't figure out which MBP to buy. I have my eyes on a 15" 2.0 QuadCore MBP. I like the screen, but the 1440x900 resolution does not seems very different from the 1280x800 of the 13" model.
I really like the 15" for its QuadCore processor.
Nevertheless, on my Mini, I have use a SSD, that gives me speed, and that is important.

Getting a 15" MBP with HiRes display, a 128GB SSD, 2nd Hard Drive Caddy (for the SSD), 8GB RAM will easily cost over $2000. This is a little out of budget.

Getting a 13" MBP with 128GB SSD, 2nd Hard Drive Caddy, 8GB RAM will cost $1500+. This will fit my $1600 budget.

I wonder if the QuadCore really makes the difference. The screen Size is not a huge thing for me, since I have access to an external LCD at home and at the Uni, so going for the HiRes display wont be definitive. Nevertheless, 1440x900 is not that big a difference from the 13".

What do you guys think?
EDIT: I wont be using this computer for HandBrake, or video processing or anything of that sort. So, I wonder if the quad core would be too rich for my blood... and I wont notice the speed difference since I barely run Processor Intensive Tasks. Maybe the 13" MBP with a faster SSD will do the trick.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The May edition of MacWorld (here) reviews the new MacBook Pros and tests them with Speedmark. The 13" Core i5 2.3ghz (bottom of the line) scores 140; the 13" Core i7 2.7ghz scores 155. In the 15" models, the Core i7 2ghz quad core scores 175 and the top of the line 15, the Core i7 2.2ghz scores 209. All are highly rated; all perform much better than the previous generation in battery life as well as speed.

I'd say you can't go wrong with any of those choices. From my perspective, I switched to a 13" MBP (2 generations old) from a 15" PowerBook G4 aluminum, and I would never go back to a 15" again. The difference is that the lower weight and smaller dimensions make it so much easier to travel with. But I don't use it as my main machine; if I did I would buy a 20" or larger monitor and use it with that monitor at home.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can buy now, Microcenter has a special $200.00 instant savings on the 13" MBP i5 at $999.99 which is a steal. That then allows you to spend your money on the additional ram & ssd that you mentioned in your post.

I just bought one today in order to take advantage of the $200.00 discount.
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