Need help building the perfect laptop...

23 Oct 2012 - 12:37pm
3 years ago
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Hey guys,

I'm a long time follower of the group, but I haven't posted in years. I have a question I was hoping someone in the group could help me out with.

I'm thinking about doing some long(ish) term traveling. One of the things I'll need to do is be able to continue working from the road. I do have a laptop, but it's an older Macbook Pro (about 5 years old) and it's really slowing down. But more importantly than that, it can't run all of the applications that I would like to run to continue working on the road. Basically what I want is a machine that I can run OS X Mountain Lion AND Windows 8. I will be doing work for different agencies and clients and some like me to work in Visio while others like me to work in omnigraffle. Plus I really want to have the latest operating systems installed so I don't fall behind in keeping up with the latest stuff.

Now I'm not the worlds biggest fan of Apple computers. My biggest problem is that it's so overpriced. But I'm pretty sure with apple boot camp I could do what i want. Does anyone have any other ideas/comments/suggestions for me? I would really appreciate it.




23 Oct 2012 - 2:13pm
Daniel Gross

Hi Tim,

I recently upgraded the harddisk of my MacBook 2008 (thats a 2.13 GHz machine, with 2 GB RAM @ 800 Mhz, Dual Core), with a Solid State Drive (SSD). I used a Crucial M4 256GB -- which is not the fastest on the market.  The results were a many fold increase in speed. In paricular instead of dual boot I ran windows XP ontop of OSX Leopard using Virtualbox -- where my main application were (Office,  Visio, Mind Manager Pro v8). And both OSX and my apps in windows worked very smoothly, as long as i didn't overdo the 2 GB RAM i had. With 4 GB RAM more can be done concurrently.

my recommendation is to give an SSD a try, and to max out RAM. 


23 Oct 2012 - 2:31pm

Hmmmm. That's not a bad idea. Thanks! Anyone else?

23 Oct 2012 - 5:11pm

This spring I replaced an aging Macbook Pro with a maxed-out 13" Macbook Air. It's wonderful for traveling: the difference in weight is amazing, plus it's thinner, cooler, and the battery lasts much longer.

I can host multiple OSs on it under VMware, and regularly have a lot of fairly resource-heavy development software running; to this point I have no performance complaints at all. 

Consider it an investment  :-)


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