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Macbook pro too expensive - recommend me an alternative!!

Postby woza » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:32 am

Hi all,

Having drooled over a macbook pro for a couple of weeks and deciding it was exactly what i wanted i cannot justify the £1,000 it was going to cost.

So using a budget of around half of that i think i will be able to get a very capable laptop.

Will i be able to buy one 'out of the box' or should i go for something custom?

Im thinking i need at least 4gb ram and a dedicated graphics card and a large HD.

Can anyone recommend something good for me?

My current laptop takes about half an hour to process an image in the dedicated sony software i got with my camera and it does my head in.

Dont even get me started on the time it takes when using Photomatix Pro.....!

Thanks,

Woza.
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Postby grahamnp » Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:17 am

If you are looking for an equivalent to the hardware side of the MacBook Pro, you probably won't find it for 500.

Do you really need the dedicated graphics card? If photo editing is your main concern I would suggest that you go for a basic model like the Dell Studio 15 (or equivalent) and pick a processor and ram upgrade over the GPU options to help max out the processing power within budget.
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Re: Macbook pro too expensive - recommend me an alternative!

Postby pgtips » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:01 am

woza wrote:So using a budget of around half of that i think i will be able to get a very capable laptop.


The reason the Macbook Pro costs so much is because it's fairly light weight. While you can get laptops for half that price which offer the same processor power, they weigh an absolute ton and have terrible battery life. If you're saying that portability isn't important to you and neither is battery life, you're probably better off buying a desktop as you can get some really powerful machines for £500.
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Postby Tomis » Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:33 pm

Maybe you could find a used MBP in your budget?
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Postby DD_nVidia » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:00 pm

Get a bigger budget.

Get a Desktop.

Get a lesser powered laptop with rubbish battery life <2 hours..

Cry.

It's about all you can do mate =/ short of a miricle.
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Postby JakeOConnell » Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:46 am

you could rob Daniel. He' probably never notice that one of his computers was missing.
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Postby DD_nVidia » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:08 am

He wouldn't want my laptop. Its rubbish.
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Postby Citruspers » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:08 am

Get a Dell Inspiron or a Studio. Dell often has great deals on them. My inspiron is pretty much identically specced as the macbook pro, yet I saved 900 euros.

Get a 9 cell battery (mine gets 7 hours during college)
Go for a P processor (like the P8600)
Depending on your needs, you want a decent graphics card (HD4330 was in mine, runs COD4 fine on medium)
Get an Wled screen, it's just nicer, and costs only 20 bucks more I believe.

(I'm kind of assuming you'd use it for college, so go for a 15.6 inch screen. You really don't want to lug around a 17 inch all day. Also, the inspirons 16:9 screen is great for movie watching)

With the current dell discounts, I configured one specced like that, but with a 2 ghz P processor, for 600 pounds, including VAT and shipping. a 2.4 GHz proc adds 110 pounds.
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Postby DD_nVidia » Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:46 am

1440x900 minimum resolution too. 1366x768 and 1280x800 are HORRID
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Postby bigblocke » Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:26 pm

Can agree with citruspers here.
DELL is a great deal. I have a studio 1555 and its running great. You can choose 9 cell battery and a lot of processors. Including a great graphics cards for everyday use it will not disappoint you.
But even if a apple mac book pro is expensive, it has state of the art built quality and operating system that really goes well with the hardware. Dell, hp, acer or any other manufacturer cant follow apple here...
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Postby Citruspers » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:42 pm

DD_nVidia wrote:1440x900 minimum resolution too. 1366x768 and 1280x800 are HORRID


1366*768 is actually fine, I have it. Never noticed anything bad about it. Never tried pixel peeping on it though.
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Postby ispeed » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:23 pm

whatever your choice do not concider buying the Macbook ( plastic whitebook) as a cheap alternative the screen resolution is absolutely terrible you cant edit images on one . the resolution is really that bad. go to a big box store and checkout all of the displays side by side and buy the best one. if you are a serious photographer who looks at thousands of photos per month its all about the display
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Re: Mac $$$

Postby Citruspers » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:30 pm

ispeed wrote:whatever your choice do not concider buying the Macbook ( plastic whitebook) as a cheap alternative the screen resolution is absolutely terrible you cant edit images on one . the resolution is really that bad. go to a big box store and checkout all of the displays side by side and buy the best one. if you are a serious photographer who looks at thousands of photos per month its all about the display


How about elaborating on that by not buying a laptop for serious color corrected photo editing, ever? ;)
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Postby grahamnp » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:00 am

I think the MacBook screen is oversaturated and as with all glossy screens it is not ideal for editing but resolution and image quality in general are level with most other 13" laptops. Anybody buying a 13" laptop can expect to get something of similar quality because it doesn't get much better than that although the HP Envy 13" seems to have recently broken the trend.
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Postby cartong » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:05 pm

Citruspers wrote:
DD_nVidia wrote:1440x900 minimum resolution too. 1366x768 and 1280x800 are HORRID


1366*768 is actually fine, I have it. Never noticed anything bad about it. Never tried pixel peeping on it though.

Just keep on scrolling baby :p
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