Always On: Can a pro photographer handle a 13" MacBook Pro?
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Always On: Can a pro photographer handle a 13" MacBook Pro?

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The MacBook Pro with Retina display is aimed at pro photographers. Can its smaller size and limited storage please our road test candidate?

-Okay. So Frederick, you're a pro photographer. You are in theory the perfect market for the MacBook Pro 13-inch with retina display. So what I want you to do is take this and use it as your-- ideally your primary machine a few weeks. -Uh-hmm. -Use this little go pro right here to record your thoughts. -Uh-hmm. -And then we're actually even going to accompany you on a photo shoot to see what you think. -Yes. I'm excited. Can I tell you I'm excited about the computer? But I'm really excited about this too. -Now that is the photographer talking. I love it. -I'm like, oh, computer game. Go pro! -Good luck with your two toys. -Thank you. -All right. Cool. I'm excited to play with this new 13-inch MacBook pro that I have here. Thank you CNET, and especially excited to play with it to compare it with this my exciting or my own computer which is this 15-inch MacBook Pro, so the retina display model. So first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take this thing out of the box. Here's the box, brand new box here. There it is, one hand. I don't think I miss one up. So there's the 15-inch and its baby brother the 13-inch. Just feel so much lighter and also only a couple of [unk] larger but it just feels so much lighter. I don't know. I know it's the same size keyboard but I even feel like I can type faster on this one. I don't know. There's something about this small screen that it just makes it feel like it's a little bit more intimate than the large screen. Like it feels like work versus not so much work. -My first impressions of it were-- first of all, I loved it. It's just light. I love the weight of it. The initial disappointment and surprises I guess were that this one-- it had less hard disk space for my apps and media and then also the RAM. So the RAM on this thing max out at 8 where I can go to 16 on the 15. -You know, I'm gonna download Lightroom because that's the software we're gonna be using when I photograph the model. Turn to your right just a little bit. Here you go, right there. Hold it. Beautiful. Okay, turn to the left just a little bit and look up into the distance. Good. Just like that. Hold it. Beautiful. She is very photogenic. The big thing that I love about the device is, you know, aside from just opening it up in that new toy feel was just being able to get my work done on it. Being able to use Lightroom in a usable manner with this device and being able to do it anywhere. You know, words can't really describe how cool it is to be able to do your photography work and then pack up your computer and slip it in your camera bag and go. You know, coming from an 11-inch MacBook Air initially and then having a 15-inch-- the 13-inch fits right in the middle. It's the goldilocks' computer for photographers and I say that because it gives you some of the powers of the 15-inch and some of the weight savings of the 11-inch. It's right in the middle. It's great. It's all gonna make a recommendation to photographers, I'd say get it if you care all about weight.
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