WEB 13" Mac Pro as primary dev machine?

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  1. dazed

    dazed New Member

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    Thoughts?

    I want a smallish laptop as I have a docking station when I'm working at home.

    Looking at the 13" pro, any experiences good or bad with it?

    Not really concerned about the monitor size as it'll be hooked up to dual monitors while I'm doing heavy work.
     
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    Personally can't stand working on small ass screens, but it's possible, and you can get used to it. When a 13" Mac was my primary work machine, I tied in a second monitor, which made it more tolerable.
     
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    I use a 15" mbp as my main workstation.

    22" lcd on left via DVI
    22" lcd on right via USB->DVI
    laptop LCD used in center.

    It works extremely well for me..


    I keep all code & business related things off of my gaming rig. It helps me to separate work & play. :o
     
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    oh, and I run VM Ware fusion with a Win7 x64 VM and a Centos + Asterisk VM.

    The linux vm is for voip development, the windows vm for visual studio work.

    My MBP is a 2.2ghz (model 3,1). It has 6gb ram (4gb + 2gb) and an intel g2 160gb SSD.

    I use Komodo Edit, Sequel Pro, etc on the MBP for development.
     
  5. dazed

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    I'm not worries about the screen size, more the performance.

    As for the displays, I've got a dual 22 system at home where I'll be Doug most of my work, but maybe twice a week I'll be using this for a few hours.
     
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    Performance? :hsugh: You don't need a pro then. You can write code on a 486. Save your monies.

    Unless you plan on doing design shit too.
     
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    Well yeah, design was implied. Pretty much all of CS4.
     
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    Design implied on a "primary dev machine"?
     
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    Concept to execution of a website/web app

    :dunno:
     
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    my system flies and it's a last gen 2.2ghz MBP. The SSD makes all the difference..
     
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    Thanks!

    I'm pretty sold on it and the SSD
     
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    It did just fine with 80gb gen1 intel if you're on a budget..
     
  13. DouggieJ

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    New i5/i7 Mac Book Pros should be coming out soon...

    But, I had to buy one about a month and a half ago and people were saying the same thing... and they still haven't been announced.
     
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    I have a 13" MB and it's awesome, I use photoshop heavily and it works great. It's super light for travel too :o
     
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    Yep i use a 13' one as my main machine its great no dramas handling big images in PS either
     
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    up it to 6+ gb ram btw. If you do some googling, there is info on which machines will take 6 or 8.
     
  17. SmugZombie

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    I use a mbp unibody and had 2g ram for quite a while with not too many hickups... upgraded to 4g... Smooth sailing now :) With a 21'' external monitor.

    Super awesome for travel too. Battery life is pretty sweet too.All in all, worth the money imho.
     

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