1. Merlin Jacob's Avatar
    Hello iMore,
    My son is a budding photographer (he recently bought his first DSLR!) and he really needs a laptop that's more capable than be one we have at home. What laptop do you guys recommended ? (Max probably around 1500)
    11-29-2016 08:50 PM
  2. robertk328's Avatar
    Hi there,

    Depends on what your current laptop is whether it's more capable. I'd suggest going for at least the base MacBook Pro, which is $1499. If you don't mind spending a bit more and going to $1799, you get quite a bit more machine. I'm sure he'd be fine with the base, but the extra $300 now might get you some extra life out of it as it's a bit more future-proofed with the higher specs.

    Depending on how much he wants to do, and if your budget really is the $1500, the higher end MacBook (non-Pro) should suffice as well. It's $1,599 and has more on-board storage which could come in handy for storing images. It might take a bit long to do some tasks than the Pro, but is still capable at handling digital photos.

    If you have an Apple Store nearby, stop by one and try them. Go to a site like Steve's Digicams and read the reviews. They have full sized images on there that you can try opening, import to iPhoto, etc., in the store to help get a bit of a feel for the machine.
    11-29-2016 09:02 PM
  3. frrc21's Avatar
    As it was previously said, I would recommend a Macbook Pro (I own one and it's a really capable machine), the base model (1499$ non touch-bar) would be enough for him, but if you can invest the 300$ it would last him longer, since he would have a faster Macbook. I wouldn't recommend the 12 inch Macbook for that job regardless of its portability... The 2016 Macbook Pro is thin and light enough and doesn't compromise speed. I only see the use for the 12 inch one if he had to just write essays and browse the internet and needed it with it 24/7.
    11-30-2016 08:51 AM

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