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General Discussion

Which macbook should I buy for web developers?

I'm going to school to become a web developer. Right now, my classes require my computer to run Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, etc). Money isn't too much of an issue but I don't want to buy more than needed. I need to buy a new computer and wasn't sure which macbook to buy (and how much ram and in what storage capacity) and why? Appreciate any help.

5 Answers

if money is not the issue just buy the most expensive one(:

Louis DeRienzo
Louis DeRienzo
2,378 Points

Here are the specs on my macbook and it works perfect

MacBook Pro

  • 15-inch, Mid 2010
  • Processor 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7
  • Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • Graphics Intel HD Graphics 288 MB
  • Software OS X 10.9.5 (13F34)
  • 500 GB SATA Disk
Bill Hinostroza
Bill Hinostroza
19,273 Points

Just get the latest 13 Inch macbook pro. I have mine since 2011 and it's still perfect for making websites. I however upgraded my RAM from 4gb to 8gb cause it was getting a bit slow.

If you're going to do some gaming or video editing. I would get the 15 inch macbook pro with upgraded ram.

Is 128gb flash storage enough or should I get more storage? I don't plan to use it for gaming, just for creating websites, editing, adobe software, etc.

Also is the macbook pro that much better than macbook air (outside of size and portability)?

Bill Hinostroza
Bill Hinostroza
19,273 Points

Uhmm I personally would get more cause I just love downloading a lot of apps so it goes fast lol

Hey Joseph, just about any newer MacBook will do. I've always kind of hoped they would have more RAM and better video, but that's not always the case with every update. Nevertheless, I enjoy Macs and used to own a 15 inch MacBook, which worked great. It was able to power three monitors easily. Then, I decided to build a Hackintosh, and now I'm thinking about selling it and getting an iMac. In my experience, it always helps to look at this guide so you get the latest specifications.

About your question on storage — SSD is fine, so long as you don't have a need to store a lot of video. It definitely makes for a faster build. I'm thinking you can upgrade the SSD on your own and maybe save some money.

Get a Macbook pro from a few years ago on Craigslist