New MacBooks and MacBook Pros

MacBook ProNice updates all. Speed bump, RAM bump, nice Nvidea card, and the very elegant new track pad. For about a year and a half, my main box has been a MacBook Pro with a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo and 2 GB or RAM. When the Intel-based MacBook Pros were first announced, I wrote an article for DV Magazine exploring whether that generation of laptop could do serious studio work in the high definition era.

With outboard I/O solutions like Io HD and the Matrox MXO (output only), and an Express34 eSATA card, the machine has chugged along quite nicely. I’ve only missed my towers when compressing large amounts of video to H.264 or MPEG-2.

A couple more gigabytes of RAM and a 25% quicker processor makes for an even nicer notebook. I had been in the market for a Mac Pro — mostly to assist in compression, but it would also take over as the primary Final Cut Pro or Avid box. The older tower would be put out to pasture on eBay.

Now I’m leaning towards adding a new MacBook Pro. Compression can be sped up with some network rendering. And another laptop adds to our flexibility — one more mobile editing system for location work or on-site consulting. The kicker is that notebooks hold their value much better than towers after 2 years.

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