#523. The MacBook Pro. Overpriced gimmick or World’s best laptop for photographers ?

#523. The MacBook Pro. Overpriced gimmick or World’s best laptop for photographers ?

First world problems, right ? …

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My current workhorse laptop has been round the globe a few times, seen concrete floors close up too often and is in dire need of replacement.

Having recently bought an amazing Dell XPS 13 which has a fabulous screen and a high power i7 CPU, but is too small for photo editing, I’ve been looking for a larger replacement. Obviously, the XPS15 seemed like the natural candidate. But, with the launch of the new MacBook Pro a few weeks in the future, I waited. With growing anticipation.dsc05443-pano

Now, I’m not so sure. On the plus side:

  • Cool design
  • A screen that could well be the absolute star of the show
  • The dynamic touch bar, which could be an answer waiting for a problem or a brilliant shortcut
  • Super fast SSD
  • (apparently) great memory management and relatively lean & clean system

Negatives:

  • My new laptop would have a slower CPU than the 3 year-old one it replaces. Seriously uncool.
  • As for the GPU, my mechanical watch probably has a better one. Not a big issue, though, as photo editing doesn’t require much help from the GPU. This may change with newer versions of out editing software.
  • 16Gb memory. Even with good management, the stupid resolution increases we are being served in place of actual IQ do pause a real threat to performance with limited RAM.
  • Corporate ego / neglect which messes up the user experience for negligible aesthetic “advantages” (no SD card reader). Unless, that move is just a way to sell adapters. Which would be really, really, pathetic from what once was the most desirable brand on the planet.

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All in all, it looks like Apple have worked hard to make the new MacBook Pro slim and long-lasting on a charge. Neither benefits really matter to me.

So what do you think?

Do any of you use MacBooks with large files (assembling 6 42Mpix RAW files into a pano isn’t the same as working on a single 16Mpix image? Are you happy with your choice? Any recommendations, warnings or caveats? Speak up, I’m pretty sure many others are asking themselves the same question!

Oh, and, yeah : silver or space grey ? 😉

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