I need some help choosing/configuring a new laptop. I’ve been a PC user for years but I had a chance to use my son's MacBook on our last trip and I think it’s time to make the conversion. I love the Retina display and the whole feeling of an integrated system. I have to tell you that the last time I owned a Mac it had a II in the model number, it’s been a while, so I’m pretty clueless in defining my new laptop.
I want a travel machine that will process my 5DMkIII images and video quickly in Lightroom while running Photoshop occasionally. I’m OK with the weight of 13“ Mac Book Pro. Left to my own devices I’m thinking;
· 2.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor
· 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM;
· 256 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
· 13.3-inch IPS Retina Display, 2560-by-1600 resolution
Do you guys think that will do the processing I need on trips? I’ll have my I7 quad core machine at home to do any really heavy lifting like video editing. What would you upgrade or balance differently?
I have more or less this laptop as my travel laptop. While 8GB of RAM is fine for now, I think, I'd consider upping it to 16GB if you can. You probably also want more storage. I only store what I'm working on (a couple of trips at a time) on the laptop, but 512GB is nice for that. If you can get 1TB, that's great.
The CPU is acceptable for me. Rendering my 1:1 previews for 200 images takes maybe a half an hour(?). I spend that time changing batteries, showering, etc. Once that's done, LR is quite snappy on the machine.
I really like the new 13" Retina. The 15" is nice too.