MacBook Pro Retina Console

I recently changed my Mac mini desktop out and replaced it with a MacBook Pro with Retina. I had originally thought that I would be able to use a more inexpensive 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina model using the integrated Intel Iris Pro. I was attracted to the 13 inch Retina model size and weight, because originally I was comparing it to the MacBook Air in my buying decision. Because of my multimedia production and Final Cut Pro needs, I was convinced to move up to the 15 inch Retina model to gain theĀ Nvidia GeForce GT 750 graphics card.

I found that if you have a video editing project from a 128 GB SD card filled with video files, that you need the 1 TB SSD MacBook Pro model to be able to render that much video. I was not able to complete this size task on a 500 GB MacBook Pro Retina. So, I recommend the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro with Retina.

Mine has 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB memory, 1 TB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GT 750 graphics card. This MacBook Pro acts as the console core, with an Apple DVD drive in one USB port, a Toshiba 24 inch LCD display connected through the HDMI port, and an Apple 30 inch Cinema Display connected to one of the two Thunderbolt ports. The other Thunderbolt port is used for an Apple Firewire dongle, or the Thunderbolt Blackmagic camera connection. The other USB 3.0 port is connected to a 7 port USB 3.0 hub. Audio is routed to an external amplifier and speakers. I also use the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard, Trackpad and Mouse to interact more easily with the system.

I am starting to understand the need for a Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 dock, with ports for all the various drives and devices to stay connected. On my MacBook Pro, I count six ports that have something connected to them. When I get up and go, and come back, that is a lot of plugging and unplugging.

I use Mac OS Yosemite most of the time, and have Bootcamp set up with Windows 7. I allocated 100 GB to Bootcamp for the Windows partition.

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