macbook pro + external screen for photo editing

Started Jun 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tom_N
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Re: macbook pro + external screen for photo editing
In reply to Tom_N, Jun 29, 2013

Another option might be to get the 13-inch non-Retina MBP, then "load it up" with 16 GB of RAM and a large third-party SSD.  (Both the RAM and the HDD bay are user-serviceable on non-Retina MBPs.)

If you're not processing absolutely huge photo workloads (lots of D800 files, huge panoramas, etc.), it may not matter too much that the 13" models have dual-core CPUs and integrated graphics.

One drawback of the 13" non-Retina model is that the screen has only 1280 x 800 pixels.  This is enough for Web browsing and writing papers, but I have seen people comment that it is a bit cramped for using certain photo programs (e.g., Lightroom) on the go.

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