I need your advice because I'm very doubtful about what to do.
I were lots of years anti-Mac, but now almost everything I have is apple
(iPod classic, touch[lost], iPhone 4, iPad, atv, time capsule), and now
I'm decided to buy a MacBook Pro (i never had one at all), and the most
interaction i had with them is at stores were i just move the cursor...
it is going to be my first time!
I don't know which one I should buy, the standard or the retina one, the
purchased one will be in the standard stock which is available in the
stores, not the personalized one (this is because I have the money in a
gift card and I only can pay with it in one single store).
I would like to have a good (very) replacement of my just sold HP
laptop, I want it to last 2 or 3 years without being outdated nor having
problems to run some apps or games.
I know it depends about what I plan to do with it so this is it:
Im a software engineer (being transformed into Project Manager [halo
theory]) but I use just VisualStudio, NetBeans and some small device
specific compilers, lots of RS232 comm, my apps are small because they
are made for devices (C/C++) or financial transactional components);
Also I like to run few "heavy" games sometimes, other times just editing
RAW photos or watching movies (Facebook is the less resources hungrier
here); I think with 40Gb partition for windows will be enough, the rest
I would love to have that slim MBP with retina, nice speakers and all
flash drive (turbo) however 256gb seems small (I never been near to fill
that on my last laptop even with W7 and Ubuntu installed).
On the other hand, the standard 15" MBP could come with bigger HDD, CD
drive, and being upgradable of RAM, despite the "low res" LCD and of
course would be cheaper.
With all that background, here come my questions:
- How (good/bad) is for a Mac system to have about 180gb of space?
- Which one you would buy?
- How much Office 11', Lightroom, iLife, iWork and utilities take from the HDD? (approximately)
- How much space takes iOS dev tools?
I would like to take on the go about 10Gb of music, 1 or 2 Gb of photos
(storing the rest at the time capsule at home), possible?
I have one week before making the choice, and I would like to choose
something that doesn't make me doubt after I sign the receipt.
Thank you guys in advance, really!!