Do you Really need a Mac Book Pro?
A good friend of mine is a semipro photographer and she is looking to replace her Vista laptop by a Mac Book. It’s very well known that Mac is more multimedia oriented than any consumer PC I know. She picked the Mac Book Pro MC373LL/A with a 15.4” screen or the 17” MC024LL/A. Both Mac Book are priced at $2,200+. Both Apple laptops come with 500Gb hard drive, 4Gb of memory and CPU clocking at 2.5 – 2.6Ghz – Max memory is 8Gb.
Thinking about it I’m tempted to ask her several questions:
- Do you really need a Mac Book ranging at that price?
- How many time do you use your laptop as a laptop, or is it more a Laptop/desktop meaning it’s sitting there most of the time?
- Are you ready to get that extremely expensive toy on the road with all the risks attached?
I would offer her other possibilities based on Apple products. For example I would pick a nice desktop like the iMac MB952LL/A with a 27” screen (nice for photographers), a 3Mhz processor, 4Gb of memory but expandable to 16Gb and finally 1Tb of hard drive. Nice, nice and nicer when you look at the $1,700 price tag, or $500 – $600 less than the Mac Book Pro but with more power, more possible memory, more disk and much more screen.
But she can’t get out with a 27” iMac right? No she can’t but with the leftover budget she can acquire an iPad like the 32Gb MB293LL/A WiFi only iPad.
Then she would have the power and display she needs for her photo and the mobility of the iPad.