The cheapest MacBook Pro for Lightroom

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Steve Aulie New Member • Posts: 5
The cheapest MacBook Pro for Lightroom

I’m about to buy a new MBP to replace my Late 2008 Aluminum MacBook that has 4gb RAM, El Capitan, and (surprisingly) continuing security updates. I’ll keep this old machine for music, but need a better one for hobby photography. A photo pal uses Lightroom and has given me some lessons. Because of him I’m a subscriber, but the old tool box isn’t quite there. The slowness is tolerable, but I want a decent display and better trackpad for sliders and brush control.

Would a low-end MBP do the job? The cheapest is $1100. That’s a mid 2017 with 2.6mhz i5, 8gb RAM, and 128gb ssd. It looks like a pretty good deal to me. Even if I upgraded the ssd to 256gb, I’ll still use an external disk. For each step up in hardware, Apple wants another $200-300. What additional specs might Lightroom need in the next few years?

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