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PC Magazine reviews 17\" MacBook Pro

updated 11:15 am EDT, Fri May 26, 2006

PC Mag reviews 17\" MBP

PC Magazine has reviewed the 17-inch MacBook Pro, bestowing a "very good" rating on Apple's professional laptop offering. "Apple's new MacBook Pro is ideal for creative professionals looking for a feature-rich system with plenty of screen real estate." The reviewer notes that Apple's notebook is the lightest 17-inch laptop currently available, and points to very good performance running Windows as well as Mac OS. Other pros include an "excellent software suite," the extra USB port, and the iSight camera. Cons consist of the notebook running "a bit hot," coupled with a high price tag. For creative professionals the move to the MacBook Pro 17-inch is "a no-brainer, even at $3,099."




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  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Uh!?

    >For creative professionals the move to the >MacBook Pro 17-inch is "a no-brainer, even at $3,099."

    Yeah, right, especially with the lack of native software in the "creative professional" field!?

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:uh1?

    There are most software packages out there than "photoshop" for the creative professional. Does a Video production professional need photoshop? Does a music composer need photoshop? Does a Photographer need photoshop? Even if those other fields use the adobe products on a limited basis, it is not a problem as the CS2 suite runs fast enough for light work.

    Creative professional!=photoshop users

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: uh1

    Creative professional!=photoshop users

    Also remember that Creative professional != apple software users

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Confused...

    According to PC Magazine's performance tests ( http://www.pcmag.com/image_popup/0,1871,s=1565&iid=135406,00.asp ), the MacBook Pro 15 and 17 BEAT the Acer 8204WLMi in the PhotoShop CS2 Action set.

    How can this be?

  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nevermind...

    I see now that they ran the PS test under XP on the MacBooks.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    You can run Photoshop

    You should be able to run Photoshop faster under Parallels than Rosetta if performance is really an issue.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Uh!?

    Yes, I think professional photographers do use Photoshop.

    Anyway, there's a whole slew of Adobe apps that aren't Intel native, as well as the Macromedia apps and XPress. If you're not concerned about the speed hit of using these apps under Rosetta, then why bother buying a new machine?

    That's why I'm saying it's not a "no brainer", because there are few advantages to buying a new Intel Mac without Intel native applications.

  1. godrifle

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    For video

    Video professionals can use this new Intel-based MacBook Pro with Final Cut Pro. As the prior post says, not all creative professionals live and die using photoshop.

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