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Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro?

Postby Healthy Stealthy » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 11:19:57 GMT

I want to get into Final Cut Pro. I also want to start using Adobe
CS3. I am a Flash designer. I may want to get into Maya as well.

Can a Mac Book Pro handle all of this? Or should I go for a Mac Pro?

Any suggestions?


Re: Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro?

Postby TaliesinSoft » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 11:37:11 GMT

On Sat, 16 Jun 2007 21:19:57 -0500, Healthy Stealthy wrote (in article 

Methinks you'll want to go with the MacBook Pro with its much larger screen, 
especially if you want to use such as Adobe's CS3 screen-hogging (I'm 
exaggerating a bit) applications. 

James Leo Ryan ..... Austin, Texas .....  XXXX@XXXXX.COM 

Re: Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro?

Postby nospam » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 11:52:27 GMT


Methinks you misread something about the question, though I'm not quite
sure what. Perhaps you just have it backwards, though that's not even
quite right - closer though.

A MacBook Pro doesn't have a larger size screen than a Mac Pro. Mostly
that comparison doesn't even make sense, as the Mac Pro doesn't come
with a screen at all. You put whatever screen you want on it. It can
certainly handle a screen bigger than the builtin one of the largest
MacBook Pro, though the MacBook Pro can also handle external screens.

Richard Maine                    | Good judgement comes from experience;
email: last name at domain . net | experience comes from bad judgement.
domain: summertriangle           |  -- Mark Twain

Re: Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro?

Postby TaliesinSoft » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 12:20:15 GMT

On Sat, 16 Jun 2007 21:52:27 -0500, Richard Maine wrote
(in article <1hztgat.1vpuna2uok813N% XXXX@XXXXX.COM >):

Meknows (my new word of embarrassment) now that I misread Mac Pro as MacBook. 
Given that the choice is much more difficult in that how important is 
portability becomes a major factor in the decision.

James Leo Ryan ..... Austin, Texas .....  XXXX@XXXXX.COM 

Re: Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro?

Postby haberg » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 20:48:10 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Healthy

Ultimately, you will have to try out whatorks for you, but the graphics
pros here find it difficult to put enough power into a laptop, meaning it
will probably work, but requires a lot of patience in the long run :-). So
a stationary with a powerful graphics card (the upcoming Mac OS 10.5 makes
special use of that) might be required, and perhaps investigate for
solutions where a laptop can be used remotely against that over the

  Hans Aberg

Re: Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro?

Postby J.J. O'Shea » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 21:13:05 GMT

On Sat, 16 Jun 2007 22:19:57 -0400, Healthy Stealthy wrote
(in article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >):

Yes, but not necessarily in a way you'd like.

1 the biggest monitor on a Mac Book Pro is 17". Playing with Photoshop, 
Illustrator, and Flash on a 17" screen may be... interesting. You can add an 
external monitor, but then your laptop is tied to the desk.

2 the video card is built in. You can't change it.  If you find you need more 
graphics oomph somewhere down the line, you'll have to buy a new machine.

3 the processors, while powerful, are not nearly as powerful as those on the 
Mac Pro. You'll notice the difference in speed.

If you need portability, go with the Mac Book Pro. If not, the Mac Pro is a 
better machine across the board. Faster, better graphics, more storage, more 
expandability, able to use larger (and more) monitors. The base model Pro 
costs the same as the top line model Book Pro 15", but has better processors 
(two 2.5 GHz Xeon two-cores instead of one 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo two-cores); 
step down one level, and the bottom-rung Pro has two 2.0 GHz two-core Xeons 
where the low-end Book Pro has one 2.2 GHz two-core Core 2 Duo. Photoshop, 
and parts of the rest of Adobe CS, knows multi-core and will actually use 
more cores so you're going to notice the speed difference. The Pros can have 
(vastly!) more RAM, and larger (much larger) and faster (much faster) hard 
drives, so you'll notice the speed difference there, too. The Book Pro comes 
with a monitor, but it's a small (for modern times, and Adobe software) 
monitor. My iMac has a 20" screen, and that can be a bit tight when playing 
with Photoshop. Doing Photoshop with a 17" monitor would be doable, but a 
pain. Doing Photoshop with a 15" monitor would be very bad.

email to oshea dot j dot j at gmail dot com.

Re: Mac Pro or Mac Book Pro?

Postby Jolly Roger » Mon, 18 Jun 2007 21:14:10 GMT

On 2007-06-16 21:19:57 -0500, Healthy Stealthy 
< XXXX@XXXXX.COM > said:

Sure the MacBook pro can handle it - it's just a matter of how fast. 
You'll want to max the MBP out on RAM, of course (2 GB max).  The Mac 
Pro can hold way more RAM, bigger hard drives, faster graphics cards, 

 If I were you, I would go to the nearest Apple retail store and tell 
them you'd like to see Final Cut Pro, Adobe CS3, and whatever other 
tools you want running on a Mac Pro and on a MacBook Pro for 
comparison. I'm pretty sure they'd be willing to set that up for you if 
they thought it might result in a sale.


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