What laptop is the best for designers?

almost 9 years ago from Michael Ninh, Designer @ Smoocer

  • Florent GosselinFlorent Gosselin, almost 9 years ago

    Depends on your work process & habits... My favorite combo would be a MB Pro Retina 13" (to keep it mobile & light when I transport it by bike) + a very big screen when I'm in desk mode.

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    • Zethus SuenZethus Suen, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

      I agree with this. You can shove the rMBP 13" into "More Space" mode if you're working on the go. Otherwise, having a Thunderbolt display works wonders (and gives you the flexibility of @2x and @1x comparisons).

      Also you get access Sketch, Adobe CC, and a *NIX environment if you ever need to work on dev.

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    • Jeff ShinJeff Shin, almost 9 years ago

      Agreed, but the only problem with the rMBP 13" is the lack of a dedicated GPU... which won't affect a lot of people, but I use my 15" retina for casual gaming and the dedicated card comes in super handy.

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      • Eric REric R, almost 9 years ago

        Macs aren't meant for gaming.

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        • Jeff ShinJeff Shin, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

          Well I, depends on what you mean by 'meant for gaming'. Sure, if your priority is the ability to play games, by all means don't get a Mac.

          But that doesn't mean I can't play games on my Mac. Check out the plethora of good games available on Macs on Steam, most of which run perfectly on a 15" retina.

          Also, note that I said I use it for casual gaming, so I don't really care about getting a laptop that is 'meant for gaming'.

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        • Andreas Ubbe Dall, almost 9 years ago

          Macs may not be designed for gaming, but that doesn't mean they're not meant for gaming as well.

          Your comment is a terribly stereotypical way of looking at "mac vs pc". Where's the downvote button?

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          • Eric REric R, almost 9 years ago

            They really aren't "meant" for gaming either. If it was, that would be a selling point. Typically when they boast an upgraded GPU they throw in their machines they associate it with being able to run VMs, more screens, better Adobe performance, etc.

            There are games that work with Mac, but compared to what is available on PC it is laughable. I am not saying people SHOULDN'T play games on their mac. I am just saying they will be limited if they choose to do so.

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            • Andreas Ubbe Dall, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

              "If it was, that would be a selling point."

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              • Eric REric R, almost 9 years ago

                So "And Play." is the allocated marketing for gaming. Two words. Hardly a selling point. And of course they are going to mention that there are games in the app store on way or another.

                A real selling point would be "Play your favorite next-gen game at 1440 @ 60FPS!"

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        • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 9 years ago

          I play Battlefield 4 on my iMac (BootCamp) on full graphics every day. It runs more stable than it does on most of friends' gaming PCs. What are you talking about?

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    • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, almost 9 years ago

      The 13" rMBA really is the bomb, certainly for the price. I used to work on a 17" Windows and never thought I could go to a smaller device. And I also used a 27" iMac, so all about the large screens. But when I started using the 13" rMBA at my current job, wow! Totally usable and worth it!

      3 points
    • Chris De La FuenteChris De La Fuente, almost 9 years ago

      I am going to jump on the 13" rMBP train. I bought one for my freelance work and then I joined a company and they bought me one as well. Love this little guy, throw it on a 27" display and you are gold.

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    • Ryan Hicks, almost 9 years ago

      15" all the way. It's really not that much bigger. Heck I still have the 17" model. Lug that sucker around!

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    • Carlos BruscoliCarlos Bruscoli, almost 9 years ago

      That's my setup :D

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