Advice on buying first Mac

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Advice on buying first Mac

I am planning on buying a Macbook Pro when funds allow (very shortly hopefully)  and would value some advice on which model to go for.

It will be used for photo editing (LR, Capture One 7 and Nik suite), web browsing and watching Netflix, reading books and magazines,  accessing Windows network via cloud (so only virtual desktop, no software), emails. That's it I think. I'm not a game player.

Camera is a Nikon D800 so reasonably large files.

I do envisage attaching a monitor when using at home, and also an external keypad and numerical keypad (when on virtual desktop).

Presumably it needs to be 15.4" screen otherwise photos will be tiny when side menus are open?

I carefully compared Retina and non-Retina screens in an Apple shop a week ago and there was definitely more detail with the Retina in the stock Apple pictures in areas such as foreground shot of wheat growing, but couldn't see any difference in skies etc.

On a Windows PC I upgraded Ram from 8GB to 16GB and would say it made zero difference to LR use, but haven't compared with Capture One 7 so don't know if it would make a difference with that software.

Price is an issue, which isn't a good starting point when looking at Apple products!

I'm in the UK and have been looking at Apple specialist reseller Jigsaw24 ( who have various models, some on 'special' offer. Note the prices shown are ex-VAT so 20% to be added.

What should I be prioritising in specifications?

Does processor speed need to be top of the list or can I cut a bit of cost with an i7 2.3GHZ?

How important is flash memory (main choices are 256 or 512)?

Should I only consider 16GB ram?

I think they are all 120GB solid state hard drives but will double check.

Any other considerations?

Thanks for advice.

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