MacBook Pro w/Tablet or Surface Pro 3

testudoAubreii

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Hello,

I am really torn between a MacBook Pro 3 and a tablet or the Surface Pro 3. I plan on using the device for work and play. I am a web developer/designer. I have Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, multiple browsers and browser tabs opened at the same time. Every once in a while, I will shoot and edit small web videos for websites. On the play side, I will be watching and listening to local and streamed files, as well as light gaming locally and using Steam In-Home Streaming for the rest of gaming.

I love the idea of the Surface Pro 3, because it has productivity and portability. It is essentially a laptop and a tablet in one. The model is the i7(dual core)/256GB/8GB RAM. I am also looking at the MacBook Pro i7 (quad core)/512GB/16 GB RAM, and adding the 16GB Nvidia Shield for the tablet to use for entertainment. On a side note, I really love playing in Garageband, too smile.gif.

The MacBook is bigger and heavier, but provides a pretty big boost in power. And, if I get that, I would have to buy a separate tablet. I can get the MacBook for $1800 w/warranty until April, compared to $2500 new.

I don't know...I am stuck and torn.

Thank you in advance for any and all help and advice.
 

orlbuckeye

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Well the Surface has i3, i5 and i7 flavors. If you use .NET to develop you will have to run WIndows in a VM on an Apple. I would get the machine based on the apps you develop. WIndows app get the surface and apple apps get the Mac.

The Surface 3 with the i7 and 512 Gb Disk and 8 GB ram is 1949.

 

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I don't know lol...

I have Adobe CC through work, so I will not have to buy anything to go with it. Is the Surface Pro 3 powerful enough to run what I need? It is really tough, because I will be paying roughly the same price for a more powerful machine in the Mac, but I will have to buy a separate tablet.
 

orlbuckeye

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Well the Surface has i3, i5 and i7 flavors. If you use .NET to develop you will have to run WIndows in a VM on an Apple. I would get the machine based on the apps you develop. WIndows app get the surface and apple apps get the Mac.

The Surface 3 with the i7 and 512 Gb Disk and 8 GB ram is 1949.

 
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