1. iMore Question's Avatar
    I'm doing a lot of research on the new Macbook vs. the Macbook Pro (2015). I do a bit of graphics work (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), and am torn between the specs of the new Macbook vs the 13" Macbook Pro.

    Both price-wise are identical. The SSD drive is double the size on the Macbook... However most other specs are beefier on the Macbook Pro. The only other pro of the new Macbook is the design and portability of the unit itself. It is just so slim, lightweight, and portable.

    What are your thoughts on this? For the $, is the Macbook Pro still the way to go? I realize the MBP still has a lot of the inputs I'd probably need as well... just looking for some honest feedback here!

    Thanks!
    04-17-2015 02:00 AM
  2. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Honestly for your use is go with the Pro.


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    04-17-2015 06:10 AM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Honestly for your use is go with the Pro.


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    Agreed. Running photoshop = Pro
    04-17-2015 07:04 AM
  4. Bigeric23's Avatar
    Honestly for your use is go with the Pro.


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    Yes, for your use case, I would recommend you going with the MacBook Pro. . . . You will not be disappointed.
    04-17-2015 08:32 AM
  5. Scatabrain's Avatar
    I find the lack of hard drive space is really tough. You won't regret more power though. Also you won't regret the extra ports. Photoshop runs well on less power in my experience. I can't wait until 3rd parties have a compatible SSD at 1TB. Using an external at times is inconvenient.


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    04-17-2015 08:42 AM
  6. nikkisharif's Avatar
    Pro all the way!!
    04-17-2015 09:36 AM
  7. wolfedude88's Avatar
    I'm really torn between the two myself.

    All I really do is surf on the web, download and watch a lot of movies, and use Microsoft word.

    So I'm probably good with the MacBook but just worried
    04-26-2015 09:16 AM
  8. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I'm really torn between the two myself.

    All I really do is surf on the web, download and watch a lot of movies, and use Microsoft word.

    So I'm probably good with the MacBook but just worried
    MacBook would be fine for that.
    04-26-2015 09:24 AM
  9. Bigeric23's Avatar
    From your examples, I would say the MackBook would be the perfect choice for you.
    04-26-2015 12:40 PM
  10. wolfedude88's Avatar
    Do you guys think it would honestly hold up for 3-4 years?
    04-26-2015 01:22 PM
  11. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Do you guys think it would honestly hold up for 3-4 years?
    For those uses, yes
    04-26-2015 01:25 PM
  12. wolfedude88's Avatar
    Thanks I just bought a space gray 256gb at best buy. Was wanting a 512 but this was all they had.
    04-26-2015 02:16 PM
  13. petvas72's Avatar
    If you do a lot of heavy graphics work then you should go with the MacBook Pro. If you commute a lot and value to have a light laptop, and don't have a problem if your MacBook would be a bit slow in some occasions, then you should go with the new MacBook.
    I was under the same dilemma and went with the MacBook Pro.
    04-26-2015 03:06 PM
  14. Golfr 013's Avatar
    In response to the person who wished the MacBook came with a 1TB SSD...I bought a new MacBook Pro Retina in December with a 1TB SSD. This configuration is not available off-the-shelf, but, can be ordered via Apple. I run Windows 8.1 Pro in a Parallels VM so I split the HD space between the two operating systems...works beautifully!
    04-28-2015 09:41 AM
  15. Bigeric23's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing. I wonder if a MacBook could run a VM, in a pinch?
    04-28-2015 12:51 PM
  16. hitmanbb88's Avatar
    How often do you travel? How much do you value portability over power? The MacBook should run Photoshop just fine, just slower than the pro. As for the ports, depending on if you normally use all these ports? For me, I can go months without using any of the ports. In answering those questions, I got myself a MacBook and couldn't be happier. For normal tasks like web browsing, streaming videos, etc., it is snappier than my i7 gaming windows laptop.
    04-29-2015 03:59 PM
  17. Bigeric23's Avatar
    That is good to know. Thank you for sharing your experience.
    04-29-2015 06:44 PM
  18. Sekelani Zwambila's Avatar
    MacBook Pro has it has more power...


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    04-29-2015 09:02 PM
  19. Bigeric23's Avatar
    MacBook Pro has it has more power...


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    Yes, I love the power of my MacBook Pro, but this MacBook is so sexy looking.
    04-30-2015 08:21 PM
  20. Sekelani Zwambila's Avatar
    Yes, I love the power of my MacBook Pro, but this MacBook is so sexy looking.
    Very true. But would you compromise aesthetics over performance?
    I wouldn't. The MacBook Pro is a sexy looking laptop too


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    04-30-2015 08:29 PM
  21. Bigeric23's Avatar
    Very true. But would you compromise aesthetics over performance?
    I wouldn't. The MacBook Pro is a sexy looking laptop too


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    No, performance is more important, but . . . if I could talk my wife into letting me have both.
    04-30-2015 08:34 PM
  22. Sekelani Zwambila's Avatar
    Haha!
    Good luck with that.
    Mine wouldn't even flinch!


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    04-30-2015 10:23 PM
  23. relic74's Avatar
    I ran into a similar situation about a week ago. I decided on the new Lenovo LaVie Z 360 and before you jump on me, hear me out. I got OSX and Android running on it. It's lighter than the MacBook, is only 1.5mm thicker, it's as powerful as the MacBook Pro 13 as it has an i7 5500U CPU, 13.3" QHD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2 USB 3.0, HDMI and SD Card. Since it has the same functionality as a Yoga the keyboard flips around turning it into a tablet, that's where Android comes into play and it works quite well. It actually feels like a real tablet to because of how light and thin it is. OSX, I got the touchscreen to function and as far as I can see everything else is running perfectly as well. If you connected a monitor and a Mac Keyboard/mouse to the Lenovo LaVie and than hid it from site, anyone using it wouldn't be able to tell that they weren't using a Mac. This thing is absolutely incredible and frankly is a lot more revolutionary than Apple claims the MacBook to be as you actually have ports and a decent CPU. So now I have my iMac for home and while I'm out and about a Hackintoshed LaVie. Tablets, an iPad Air II and Nexus 9. So I'm definitely finished with computers for a while.

    Anyway, good luck with your decision, just know that if you want to run OSX, a MacBook isn't your only option. Seriously, I can't tell the difference between my iMac and Lenovo, they both run OSX exactly the same.
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    05-31-2015 08:36 AM
  24. Bigeric23's Avatar
    I ran into a similar situation about a week ago. I decided on the new Lenovo LaVie Z 360 and before you jump on me, hear me out. I got OSX and Android running on it. It's lighter than the MacBook, is only 1.5mm thicker, it's as powerful as the MacBook Pro 13 as it has an i7 5500U CPU, 13.3" QHD, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2 USB 3.0, HDMI and SD Card. Since it has the same functionality as a Yoga the keyboard flips around turning it into a tablet, that's where Android comes into play and it works quite well. It actually feels like a real tablet to because of how light and thin it is. OSX, I got the touchscreen to function and as far as I can see everything else is running perfectly as well. If you connected a monitor and a Mac Keyboard/mouse to the Lenovo LaVie and than hid it from site, anyone using it wouldn't be able to tell that they weren't using a Mac. This thing is absolutely incredible and frankly is a lot more revolutionary than Apple claims the MacBook to be as you actually have ports and a decent CPU. So now I have my iMac for home and while I'm out and about a Hackintoshed LaVie. Tablets, an iPad Air II and Nexus 9. So I'm definitely finished with computers for a while.

    Anyway, good luck with your decision, just know that if you want to run OSX, a MacBook isn't your only option. Seriously, I can't tell the difference between my iMac and Lenovo, they both run OSX exactly the same.
    I'm glad you're happy with this setup; however, at the end of the day, it's not a true Mac. And I'm betting the customer service and resale value will not come close to that of a Mac, either. . . . Just my two cents.
    05-31-2015 12:40 PM
  25. Bifurcated's Avatar
    I'm really torn between the two myself.

    All I really do is surf on the web, download and watch a lot of movies, and use Microsoft word.

    So I'm probably good with the MacBook but just worried
    I would normally agree with the consensus that the MacBook is fine, but I've been running the preview release of Word, and at times it brings my quad core MBP to its knees. This may all get fixed before release, but just something to think about.
    05-31-2015 02:10 PM
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