macbook pro + external screen for photo editing

Started Jun 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
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lnguyenh Contributing Member • Posts: 685
macbook pro + external screen for photo editing


I am looking for a new computer to do photo editing / app development.

I plan to buy an external screen, 24 inch (probably Dell u2412)

Lightroom and photoshop are the critical applications.

Basically, it is between:

  • 13 inch retina , i5 2.5 GHz dual core, 8GB ram, 128 SSD drive (+ pbbly a USB3 external drive)
  • 13 inches non retina, i7 2.9 GHz dual core, 8GB ram, 750 GB drive
  • 15 inches non retina, i7 2.3 GHz quad core, 4GB ram 500 GB drive

I have never owned a mac yet. I have currently a 6 years old Dell laptop :). I have an Ipad with retina display.

Any opinions, with performance for photo editing in mind? Budget wise, I cant go higher than the listed items.

Samsung i7
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