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New laptop for work

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:23 pm

I'm a 3L who is about to graduate and I am in the market for a new laptop. I currently have a late-2011 Macbook Pro (8GB RAM) and it is showing its age. I would prefer to get a new laptop before I take the bar. My current laptop can't handle having a few Internet browsers + Word + PDF open at the same time without lagging and that is not ok.

The firm I will be working at is changing over to all PC laptops soon, but I would rather have my own Apple device at home. For those of you who have laptops at work, do you bring it home every day? Is that a hassle?

Should I get the best Macbook Pro I can afford (for now it's looking like a 13", 16GB RAM, 3.1 GHz Intel i7, 256GB flash storage for $1,850)? My current device is struggling to open multiple large PDFs, and I don't want to have to deal with that while doing work, so I figured I should just get the highest end laptop I can afford and plan on keeping it for 4-5 years. Without turning this into a PC vs. Mac debate, should I just go ahead and buy this?

P.S. I also do some video editing / photo editing in my spare time.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:26 pm

Makes sense. My last firm was all PC laptops and I had a macbook pro for personal use. I was generally too lazy to take my work laptop home and would remote in from my macbook pro when need be, which worked just fine.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby Desert Fox » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:28 pm

Something is very wrong if your late 2011 MBP can't handle websurfing. If it can't why would you buy ANOTHER macbook pro.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:30 pm

Desert Fox wrote:Something is very wrong if your late 2011 MBP can't handle websurfing. If it can't why would you buy ANOTHER macbook pro.


6 windows open on google chrome + 2 microsoft word documents + large pdf = molasses

Isn't that kind of expected from a 4 year old comp?

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby Desert Fox » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:32 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Something is very wrong if your late 2011 MBP can't handle websurfing. If it can't why would you buy ANOTHER macbook pro.


6 windows open on google chrome + 2 microsoft word documents + large pdf = molasses

Isn't that kind of expected from a 4 year old comp?


No. Especially not a MBP. The new macbook is barely faster than a 2011 MBP.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:33 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Something is very wrong if your late 2011 MBP can't handle websurfing. If it can't why would you buy ANOTHER macbook pro.


6 windows open on google chrome + 2 microsoft word documents + large pdf = molasses

Isn't that kind of expected from a 4 year old comp?


No. Especially not a MBP. The new macbook is barely faster than a 2011 MBP.


Well, that is alarming . . . What to do.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby Desert Fox » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:35 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Something is very wrong if your late 2011 MBP can't handle websurfing. If it can't why would you buy ANOTHER macbook pro.


6 windows open on google chrome + 2 microsoft word documents + large pdf = molasses

Isn't that kind of expected from a 4 year old comp?


No. Especially not a MBP. The new macbook is barely faster than a 2011 MBP.


Well, that is alarming . . . What to do.


Maybe reformat. Do you have shitty ram? Can you even add ram to 2011 MBP>

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:37 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
Maybe reformat. Do you have shitty ram? Can you even add ram to 2011 MBP>


I'm maxed out at 8GB.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby El Principe » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:47 pm

solid state brahhhh.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby Other25BeforeYou » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:10 pm

Did you upgrade to Yosemite? Lots of folks have been griping about everything being much, much slower after the upgrade. Think there are ways to fix it though.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby KidStuddi » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:25 pm

I don't know how every firm operates, but the two I've worked at both used web portals for remote access, which means having a brand new PC with a ton of ram won't mean a thing because all of the processing takes place on the server end. If that's how your firm is too, updating your computer won't do shit because you'll be editing documents / opening pdfs on the virtualized machine hosted on your firm's servers, not your MBP. It'd be like spending 2k in a misguided attempt to make gmail search your inbox faster.

Also, if having 6 tabs open in chrome eats 8 GB of ram and taxes your processor, you need to stop watching 6 simultaneous 1080p streams on Youtube. Either that or Chrome has seriously jumped the shark.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby JohannDeMann » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:32 pm

get the new macbook pro. keyboard is revolutionary, lighter and thinner than macbook air.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby glitched » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:00 pm

El Principe wrote:solid state brahhhh.

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Re: New laptop for work

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Sat Apr 18, 2015 10:12 am

All the remote desktop stuff sucks IME so if you need to do serious work from home, you'll end up bringing your work laptop home.

I would NOT spend $1800 on a personal laptop thinking it's necessary for biglaw. Its not like you'll be editing videos for your firm (unless your job is going to be a lot different from mine).

If you're just looking for an excuse to splurge, then kindly ignore this post because I am all for that.




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