I bought my Macbook Pro to upgrade my home recording studio. At the time I was using an older Mac tower and the Macbook was more than twice as powerful as the tower. Because I was traveling a lot this made good sense at the time and I could take advantage of available time to write and record music on the road… plug the MBox interface to the Mac, fire up the Pro Tools software and you’re ready go. It was great having the same flexibility on the road as at home with a much bigger system.
Should I Get The 13 inch or 15 inch?… decisions, decisions.
Deciding between the 13 or 15 inch models was difficult at the time. I needed a big screen for the music editing I was doing (plus some video editing with Final Cut Pro as well), but going bigger also meant less portability. My friend at the time got the 17 inch and it seemed a bit ridiculous while we were traveling, putting it on the airplane fold-down table it took so much room.
Finally went for the 13 inch because of the portability. When I worked at home I added a 19 inch computer monitor. It’s great having the double screens, changes your whole computer experience.
So what are the differences with the new model from last year’s model?
2X the RAM from 2GB to 4GB – Any amount of multi tasking and running media programs the Pro Tools and Final Cut the 2GB’s wasn’t enough.
Hard Drive – the old model came with 160Gigs compared to the new 250GB
Graphics Card – new high performance NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M integrated graphics processor compared to the old Geforce 9400M graphics chip.
They (Apple) claim the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M has faster and more powerful processing but is up to 30 percent more energy efficient than the previous one because of the improved technology.
Battery – lasts up to 10 hours, depending on how you’re using it. That’s one to two hours longer than the 15 and 17 inch models. Also, these new advanced batteries will last five years and up to 1000 full charges whereas a typical notebook might use three.
Two Choices For Your 13 inch Macbook Pro:
Macbook Pro 13 inch 2.4 GHz – Things like memory and hard drive size can be upgraded to at least double: So, 4 GB memory can upgrade to 8GB. Hard drive comes with a 250GB serial ATA drive and can go as high as a 512GB solid state drive.
Macbook Pro 13 inch 2.66 GHz – The upgrade options are identical to the 2.4GHz model except the 2.66 comes standard with a 320GB hard drive as opposed to the 250Gb drive on the lower model.
As you can see the only difference between the two 13 inch models are the processor speed and the stock hard drive size.