Buying Guide: 2012 Macs
Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:14 AM
I believe that your laptop summary would have been improved to include a nod to the price/performance-feature-set of the i7 13" MacBook Pro at $1499. This is a unit that is half the price of the best performing MacBooks, with a comparatively small sacrifice in performance when compared to equally priced models, but includes much greater connectivity and features. I'm not suggesting this is the end-all model, just that for consumers that cannot afford a $2500+ laptop, this model comes closest, IMO, to an affordable, very portable desktop replacement for all but the most demanding users.
Also, it may be worth mentioning that the Intel integrated HD 4000 video subsystem is the first such implementation that is actually a reasonable option for casual gamers. Unlike the integrated chipsets of that past, this will actually play modern 3D games at modest settings. It certainly doesn't compare to a performance, dedicated video card, but it is serviceable, without the disappointment of finding that half your software wont run reasonably or at all due to the weak Sandy bridge and earlier options.
Thank you for the article. I enjoyed the review and some future shopping tips!
Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:58 PM
I think that is a really good point. I think that for some time now Apple has taken an approach towards their computers that is more consistent with consumer electronics devices, and less like traditional PCs.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:06 PM
You would definitely want to order your Air with 8GB of memory! You can't add more later.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:21 AM
My question is this: If I spend $799 on the quad core i7, add an existing SSD drive, and third party memory and a monitor, I'm at about the same cost as the entry level iMac. But it will have a faster drive, more memory, and an i7 instead of the 21'5" iMac's i5 processor. It would seem the only negative is the graphics card, but for everyday use (word processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, iPhoto) is that a big deal?
Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:11 PM
The Mac Mini should have been doubled in height and had an easy door for expandability. The Mac Cube was a great idea, killed by high price tag and bad engineering. Apple should bring it back, and put a fan in it this time.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:08 PM
Posted 05 December 2013 - 02:44 AM
A discrete graphics processor only matters to gamers, and neither Mac is of interest to them. The Intel HD4000 works just fine with both Photoshop and Premier, not to mention iMovie.
Get it right next time. That $900 can buy a lot of monitor, far beyond those in iMacs.