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Nov 5, 2009
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Advice on next used mac.

Hi there,

Reaching out for advice. Wife's 2011 27inch imac (bought apple refurb 2012) finally died (famous video card issue) and she's in need of another computer. Does graphic design as a side job (heavy Photoshop, illustrator work). For web surfing she uses her ipad. She is looking for: Portability, affordability (used O.k). For graphics work, she prefers big screens. We were thinking a small laptop (must be apple) and buying a new large screen. Looking for ideas on which mac laptop to buy that is as problem free as possible and as affordable as possible.

Thank you for input.
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Dec 29, 2008
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EWW MAC!!!

If you must watch this
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If it must be apple, I would just go to a Apple store and try them out. Not much input can really be given without you testing it out first. Since you already decided on Apple this is the best way to go forward.

If you can be convinced otherwise, Apple laptop has gotten very, very bad in the last few years. You should seriously reconsider if Apple really is mandatory as all the software you mentioned works equally well on PC. The only area APPLE still has advantage is sound engineering and video editing.
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For around the price of a new MacBook Pro, you could get both a highly capable desktop AND a laptop like the Dell XPS
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OP you should change thread title to “Advice on new Mac” instead of “Advice on new computer”. Majority of RFDers who respond have Windows computers and Android phones/tablets and have tight grasp on wallet and do not own Apple products, so will be unable to provide good advice.

Or ask on a site like macrumors.com or appleinsider.com instead.
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I wouldn't buy anything but a 2012 non-retina macbook pro. I actually have two of these, a 13" i7 2.9 dual core and a 15" i7 2.3 quad core.

I like these because the RAM, SSD/HD and battery are user replaceable. The optical drive can also be removed for a second SSD/HD.

I had a 2012 15" Macbook Pro retina model but I sold it because I couldn't expand the storage (750GB SSD) easily. I have two 1TB SSDs in my 15" MBP.
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adams7 wrote: OP you should change thread title to “Advice on new Mac” instead of “Advice on new computer”. Majority of RFDers who respond have Windows computers and Android phones/tablets and have tight grasp on wallet and do not own Apple products, so will be unable to provide good advice.

Or ask on a site like macrumors.com or appleinsider.com instead.
I think most RFDers have owned both Apple and Android products. It's just that there's fewer reasons to recommend a recent Macbook then ever before.
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Advice from a dude who does circuit board repairs on Macbooks:

Best part starts at 20:30.
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Personally I’d recommend another 27” iMac with 5K screen plus iPad/iPad Pro. Used market is expensive so another option is the 3.5 GHz quad-core 2017 model on the Apple refurb store. Make sure you get an SSD. Additional storage can be added via an external USB-C drive.

However, if it must be a laptop then a quad-core MacBook Pro.

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