What macbook pro
Hi Macbook users, can you tell me what spec you use for the work you do?
I'm in the market for a new device, and trying to work out what I need. I'm planning a refurbished second hand Macbook Pro, but I'm not sure what components are more important to spend on, and what I can get away with lesser specifications. For example, I need to decide between 1) i5 and i7 processors; 2) how much RAM; 3) how much SSD (or whatever the more recent chip thing rather than drive is called); 4) what year. Screen size is also a consideration but a lesser one, as I gather any machine with an i7 processor has a 15" screen anyway.
For example, my friend said that personally he would never get less than i7, but then again he edits a lot of video and sound, and I would not be doing that. The work I would be doing would be primarily text-based, with data analysis in R. I guess a classic cognitive psychology workflow. I want to get up and running with the Archive, with LaTex, git, and whatever else I need to get a robust knowledge system together and keep all my ideas and research efficient and dynamic... probably similar to what some people on here work as. So tell me, is the i5 enough for that? I'm guessing it will be fine, but please tell me anyone who finds differently.
Further, I'd be really interested in hearing from anyone of any programs you found not to work for you, or anything that does work well, also how long you have had your machine. How much memory you have and whether it has ever run out, whether you have ever overloaded it? If you were buying a second hand machine now, how old a year would you accept?
Any other advice?
Thankyou in advance!
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