Guys, talk me out of not buying a Macbook Pro/Air.. duh!!??

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Guys, talk me out of not buying a Macbook Pro/Air.. duh!!??
Feb 8, 2014

I know this is the Mac Talk section, and i am torn in between Macbook or a regular Laptop PC such as the Yoga 2 Pro (with great display).

I am basically a desktop guy and have a very fast i7 Haswell processor for my PC, with 16gb memory, and 128gb ssd drive.. etc.

However i do need a laptop.. having used my previous one a Sony Vaio which is in its last stages, and for me speed and performance is top priority. Being into IT by profession, i do tend to indulge into things that crave resources on the system.

Now here is my delimma, i have just begun my journey into photography, and its purely hobby, but i do want to be indulging into rendering the images/raw format or hdr.. etc.

Looking at MacBook Pro 15", the 2.3Ghz is costing me around 2600 dollars, and the 2.6Ghz 2800 dollars. I have a 72TB media server hence storage is not an issue for me as long as i get a boot drive on the SSD with 128GB space.

However i was wondering, if spending 2600 is worth the investment? I know its a decision that i have to make based on my requirements, but almost every one in photography field has one.. not sure why.. retina? performace of 2.3Ghz? Or just status symbol? If i buy a cheaper alternative with a PC/ultrabook laptop, what will i be missing out on?

Or should i just go with a 1.7Ghz MacAir for 1250 dollars?

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