Mac laptops forum: Minimum MBP requirements for Graphic Design?

by: adelinamz July 4, 2012 1:45 PM PDT

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Minimum MBP requirements for Graphic Design?

by adelinamz - 7/4/12 1:45 PM

My son is starting a graphic designs program. I was looking at getting him a powerful $2000 MBP because I understood it to be necessary in order to be able to adequately do design work. However, I am reconsidering since a few years from now technology will have advanced even further and he can get a top-of-the line one then, when he will presumably be beginning his career. So... what would you say the minimum requirements would be? I assume a 15" screen is a necessity? Can he do fine without a hi-res display? Looks like something less than $1000 won't be possible. This is the least expensive 15" refurb: $1359 for

Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7

Originally released October 2011
15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution
4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD-R DL/DVD-RW/CD-RW)
Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M

Thanks much for the advice!

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