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« on: April 09, 2015, 15:31:28 »

I am a freelance graphic designer, and I am leaving my part time job on 23rd April to focus purely on that. Work is coming in thick and fast, yay.

I am however a little worried that I am going to go crazy just sitting in the house all day with only a Bearded Dragon for company, so I am considering getting a laptop so I can sometimes go and hipster it up in a cafe or in the park (EDIT: or the pub). I have a very nice powerful desktop Windows PC, so the laptop would just be used to supplement that rather than to replace it. I want complete seamless integration between the two (I will use an external drive to store current projects)

Without wanting to get into a silly polarised debate, do you think it is worth shelling out $$$ for a Macbook [air]? Will it be annoying to have OSX and Windows on the go when I am working on projects in the usual Adobe software?

Are Apple laptops really worth the extra dollar?

And yes, I have seen that Mitchell and Webb sketch about working from home...
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2015, 16:08:07 »

You don't need the latest Mac, so you might want to consider a second hand one at a much discounted price. I would venture a 13" will get annoying if you are doing graphic design so maybe consider a MacBook Pro 15". Plus if you get one of the older models you can take out the optical drive and replace it with a HD if required.

And if you don't want to use OSX you can always install Windows on a MBP. https://www.apple.com/uk/support/macbookpro/bootcamp/

I have a 2008 Macbook (not Pro) and I have used it to edit video on. Render times are slower than my Mac tower, but it still did the job.

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2015, 19:42:18 »

Can you make it a detuctable?
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2015, 08:10:31 »

I've got a 2014 Macbook Pro and I love it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2015, 08:26:36 »

Get a 2nd hand windows gaming laptop and save a fortune. Was researching this recently for my lady for similar reasons. That seemed to be the solid advice that came out.
Also remember that if you are switching between platforms - shortcuts will be different. Which can get a little bit annoying at times when your muscle memory gets caught out.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2015, 11:50:51 »

I'm looking to sell some camera gear and replace two old laptops (one day-to-day and web design work, the other traktor DJing) with one new one. For 400 cheaper than a second hand Macbook Pro I can get a brand new, similarly specced PC laptop. It just doesn't seem worthwhile going for a Mac. I'd be keen to hear if anyone thinks otherwise though.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2015, 11:53:53 »

If you know Mac and have been using one for ages getting a cost effective windows alternative is not worth the headache.

Ultrabooks is where its at for me but they start at 700quid. That's with a sexy 1440p screen and svelte looks and weighing in at under 1.5kg. The thing is that is 2nd hand macbook territory.
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2015, 11:56:53 »

If you know Mac and have been using one for ages getting a cost effective windows alternative is not worth the headache.

Ultrabooks is where its at for me but they start at 700quid. That's with a sexy 1440p screen and svelte looks and weighing in at under 1.5kg. The thing is that is 2nd hand macbook territory.

I did use a Mac at work, so could have handled the switch but I've used PCs for years. Can you link me to that ultrabook? I'm looking at non ultrabooks so far for about 800 for the spec that seems sensible if I want it to last (i7, 8/16GB, 250GB SSD).
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2015, 15:26:08 »

If you know Mac and have been using one for ages getting a cost effective windows alternative is not worth the headache.

Ultrabooks is where its at for me but they start at 700quid. That's with a sexy 1440p screen and svelte looks and weighing in at under 1.5kg. The thing is that is 2nd hand macbook territory.

I did use a Mac at work, so could have handled the switch but I've used PCs for years. Can you link me to that ultrabook? I'm looking at non ultrabooks so far for about 800 for the spec that seems sensible if I want it to last (i7, 8/16GB, 250GB SSD).

have a look at Novatech

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/?s=5

This maybe

http://www.novatech.co.uk/laptop/range/novatechnspiren1593.html

very sexy.

If you can make it a detuctable then only a bit over  500.
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2015, 21:41:51 »

If you don't mind a fat bloated desktop replacement then you can get high ram i7 fuelled grunt for cheapness.
If you go for an older model they come with HDD. Its cheap to sort out your own ssd.

You put a small one in for the OS and then get a decent USB 3 external HDD. I saw 5TB for 90quid.
The gaming laptop idea is not far off because they often have space to two internal storage drives but you end up paying for graphics chips that aren't any real use unless video editing can use CUDA cores.

You can go cheaper if you are hooking it up to an external monitor.

http://www.dabs.com/products/asus-pro-essential-pu551la-intel-core-i7-4510u-4gb-500gb-15-6--windows-7-professional-9T3G.html
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60 for sad
90 for external drive
200 for a monitor...

Or
http://www.johnlewis.com/lenovo-yoga-2-convertible-ultrabook-intel-core-i7-8gb-ram-500gb-8gb-sshd-13-3-touch-screen/p1863192
Or
http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/laptops-netbooks/laptops/laptops/toshiba-kira-13-3-touchscreen-laptop-brushed-aluminium-10108648-pdt.html
(I'm quite taken with the Toshiba)

Gigabyte do sexy high power gaming laptops but you're looking at a grand.
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« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2021, 05:13:36 »

You're right. In my opinion, it's easier to learn how to convert video into the extension you need to work with them on a MAC OS device than to buy a laptop separately for video editing. Fortunately, converting extensions isn't as difficult as you might think. I'm sure that you can find the information you need on the Internet, where it will be described in detail how to change the extension of a multimedia file. For example, with the help of this article https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/mac/how-to-convert-dvd-to-video-on-mac.html I was able to understand how converters for video work and now I have no problems in order to change any extension to what I need.
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