Best Time to Buy a New MacIntel

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Derrick Story

Derrick Story
Jan. 25, 2006 07:25 AM

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I was just reading a column by Ted Landau where he discusses some things to keep in mind before you buy a MacIntel. Ted raises some good points, and the column is worth a read.

I've been thinking about this issue myself. At the moment, my driving need is to edit Raw images in Aperture on a laptop, and then have room to store them. My current PowerBook can't apply the changes as fast as I want to make them. And my 80 GB hard drive... well it's feeling like one of those miniscule trunks in a two-seater sports car. To tell you the truth, I'm beginning to loath my hard drive.

So even though an Intel processor is tempting, what I really need is a better video card, more RAM, and a bigger hard drive. This is what will drive my decision to buy a laptop. Yes, the CPU is important. But it's not my sole consideration for buying a new computer. I need the whole package. And that's when I'll make the leap.

Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit