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MacBook Pro 13 with retina for photography?

by spock999 / May 21, 2013 7:21 PM PDT


My current laptop (windows) has been driving me quietly mad for a while. The screen has a distinct blue cast which is virtually impossible to eliminate and negates its use for photos. All I do is upload the photos as I cannot afford to do any editing on that screen. I now find I am in a position to replace the laptop and am trying to decide what is best for the job.

I am not as yet a Mac owner but am seriously considering buying the MacBook Pro 13 with retina to use for photo processing while on the road. My wife has an iPad with retina and the screen just blows me away. It is just great for photos.

I do have some experience with Mac as my son owns a MacBook Pro 13" non retina and I have used it while visiting him in New Zealand. On a casual basis I have been OK with it but as soon as I start doing file uploading the problems start - until I borrow a mouse. I seem to be somewhat hamfisted and find the trackpad a complete pain because I end up doing things that I don't intend. In general I am much happier (and lots safer!) with a mouse.

I say this because, based on my experience with my sons Macbook, I would not consider buying the "basic " MacBook Pro 13 - the screen resolution is just not sufficient for me. The retina screen makes all the difference. I will still retain my PC at home as I cannot afford to change all of my software.

So, I have some reservations about this potential purchase because I have never previously managed to "get on" with macs. I also have difficulties with my wifes iPad for the same reasons. However given the screen which is better than anything else available (except larger retinas!) it may be worth doing.

My requirements - readily portable; sufficient processing power for photo editing; a screen with sufficient resolution for high res photos and good quality colour representation (the ability to calibrate it would be very useful as well); compatibility with Adobe Lightroom (which I use on my PC); able to interchange files with a PC; compatible WP and spreadsheets with MS Office (I don't want to afford MS Office for Mac!). I understand that AV software is arguably unnecessary.

Given the need to correctly specify at purchase I would be grateful for any views/advice on what is best for my requirements ie SSD size (256 is the basic as I see it), greater SSD vs external drive, use of Pages/Numbers with MS Office documents, is the processor upgrade worthwhile?


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