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steve_rogers42 wrote:A mate of mine and a co-worker both use MAC's with abelton live and a whole host of other stuff. I know ones about 3-4 years on now and still lets him do his 'thang with it.
if your interested in the new models, there is some news about the place, first off get your budget and then once you have that worked out, look to see what you can afford.
Get everything on the first hit, you dont want to be looking to upgrade a mac, unless its a mac pro. I would highly recommend a MBP, a few times i have nearly been temped to pick one up, and now that the 15" is nearly as thin as the air its raised its head again...
if its just for music, i wouldnt worry too much about the screen panel, if he can afford it tho, its always an option, an SSD would be preferable tho.
Anandtech wrote:I've touched on the SSD speed bump already, and I've talked about how Apple is handling DPI scaling in Lion. To recap, Retina Display MBP owners now get a slider under OS X's Display Preferences that allow you to specify desktop resolutions other than 1440 x 900. At 1440 x 900 you don't get any increase in usable desktop resolution compared to a standard 15-inch MacBook Pro, but everything is ridiculously crisp. If you're like me however and opted for the 1680 x 1050 "high-res" upgrade last generation, this won't do. Thankfully Apple offers 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 scaling options that trade a bit of image quality and performance for added real estate. The gallery below gives you a look at the five settings.
Ninja Catfish wrote:You can upgrade some Macs. My MacBook allows me to upgrade both the HDD and RAM. Of you can upgrade the RAM, it'll be almost certainly cheaper to buy some more RAM elsewhere than to get Apple to install it. Make sure you research whether you can upgrade whatever model you end up going for, as things may have changed since I got my MBP (late-2008).
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