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  • Wed, Jan 22 2014 10:22 AM

    • losalnos
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    Late 2013 Macbook Pros

    Hi all,

     

    I'm looking to buy one of the new macbook pros as my old PC Laptop has finally gone in to meltdown. I looked at the qualified systems list and the only one that is mentioned is this one:

     

    15-inch: 2.3GHz
    with Retina display

    Specifications

    • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    • 16GB 1600MHz memory
    • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage 1
    • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
      with 2GB GDDR5 memory
    • Built-in battery (8 hours)2

     

    This is retailing in the UK for £2199. However i was looking at the slightly lower model:

    15-inch: 2.0GHz
    with Retina display

    Specifications

    • 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
    • 8GB 1600MHz memory
    • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage1
    • Intel Iris Pro Graphics

    Retailing for £1699.

     

    My thinking is:

    I'll not be doing any really heavy duty work

    I have access to the big HP edit suites at my work

    I suppose I could always cut with lo-rez proxies and conform if I ever needed to deal with 4K stuff (not looking likely!)

    And lastly, that £500 difference would buy me a lovely copy of MC7 and a new external HD

     

    HOWEVER...it's not on the approved system list, so I still have a wee voice in my head saying "will it run, and should I be future proofing myself?"

     

    I'm finding it difficult to make a decision as the £500 difference is an AWFUL LOT of money to me, but I don't want to buy something not suitable. Does anyone have any expaerience and/or advice?

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  • Wed, Jan 22 2014 3:35 PM In reply to

    • kellyv
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    Re: Late 2013 Macbook Pros

    Doing the same move myself in a couple days. Going with top of the line (processor wise) Retina i7 15" MBP with a 27" thunderbolt display. I have my main edit suite with Mac Pro/Nitris DX etc but do a lot of my work remotely now (and love it). Smaller is better. And also powerful now.

    Have been using my 17" MBP 2009 for remote work. Been working fine but now have the ability to make life easier. Especially with a larger external display and thunderbolt speed. Was at the Apple store yesterday and gave it a test run. The TB display was hooked up to a macbook air and worked quite nicely. Only knock would be glossy reflective nature of the display. But the sharpness and contrast looks better this way as well. Give/take.

    The new retina display on the 15" laptop is great. Thought I would miss my 17" landscape, but the retina display sharpness makes up for it. Not to mention it is 2+ pounds lighter than my current MPB. Probably why they discontinued the 17" version. 

    Good luck with it.

    Late 2013 MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Retina 15" with 2 TB Displays OSX El Capitan 10.11.3. Media Composer 8.5. BM Ultra Studio Mini Monitor. BM Desktop Video... [view my complete system specs]

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  • Wed, Jan 22 2014 5:34 PM In reply to

    • losalnos
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    Re: Late 2013 Macbook Pros

    Thanks Kelly. Do you know anything about the slightly slower model - it the Processor is not much slower but there's know graphics card and 8Gig of RAM rather than 16. I'd really like to know how that holds up?

  • Wed, Jan 22 2014 6:30 PM In reply to

    • kellyv
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    Re: Late 2013 Macbook Pros

    I look at it from a business/time perspective. The faster I can do things (more horespower) the better off I am. If a difference of $500-$1000 makes me even just 5% faster, it's worth it in the long run. Plus the computer will likely hold more resale value. When I purchased my 2009 MPB 17" I got that top of the line as well (at the time). Cost serious $$$. But has paid itself off more than I could estimate. Been a great all around tool that will now become my family's to use. Still has a few years left in her I figure. This is my perspective of course. May differ for others.

    Late 2013 MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Retina 15" with 2 TB Displays OSX El Capitan 10.11.3. Media Composer 8.5. BM Ultra Studio Mini Monitor. BM Desktop Video... [view my complete system specs]

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  • Wed, Jan 22 2014 10:30 PM In reply to

    • wolfgang
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    Re: Late 2013 Macbook Pros

    on the cheaper one you can´t run resolve so far

    macpro 5,1 12-core 2 x 3,46GHz, 96GB/2 x 2TB SSD/2 x 1TB SSD/16TB HD/AMD vega64/BMD decklink 4k extreme 2 x EizoFX2431 macbookpro 15"retina 2017 3... [view my complete system specs]
  • Wed, Jan 22 2014 11:37 PM In reply to

    • losalnos
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    Re: Late 2013 Macbook Pros

    Really? Even the free, lite, version? Interesting! Do you know why: is it under powered or just hasn't been approved/isn't compatible? Thanks for the heads up and thanks, Kelly, for your perspective too. Any others? Thanks all!

  • Thu, Jan 23 2014 7:04 AM In reply to

    • hbrock
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    Re: Late 2013 Macbook Pros

    The Resolve limitation would be the lack of a discreet GPU on the lower cost MBP.

    MacPro, MacBook Pro and a Cube (masquerading as a kleenex dispenser). [view my complete system specs]

    Must think of something clever to go here...

  • Thu, Jan 23 2014 8:51 AM In reply to

    • TrevorA
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    Re: Late 2013 Macbook Pros

    losalnos:

    15-inch: 2.3GHz
    with Retina display

    This is retailing in the UK for £2199. However i was looking at the slightly lower model:

    15-inch: 2.0GHz
    with Retina display

    Retailing for £1699.

    I'm finding it difficult to make a decision as the £500 difference is an AWFUL LOT of money to me,

    A thought...

    If you are registered for flat-rate VAT (which is probable if you are in business in the UK) then I thought you could claim the VAT back on purchases over £2000 - which would be £200 in this case, so the difference would not be so much.

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