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Advice please: Getting a new mac laptop

Max Singularity
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#1 - 2016-02-26 18:29:38 UTC
My 2008 laptop is dead. (yay) So I'm in the market for a new one. Your advice will be taken seriously.

1. Yes, I need to stay with Apple.
2. I don't want to duel boot, but I could if I have too.
3. I like 15", but I really want something more portable for travel.
4. When I'm home, I can plug into a larger monitor so smaller laptop is fine.
5. Not too worried about graphics as I often play on low, but high would be fine.

Let me know. I'd like to have this before my trip to Iceland.


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#2 - 2016-02-26 20:27:03 UTC
As long as you go for dedicated GPU, there shouldn't be any issues.

I have a MBPR 15" 2012 and can run 1 client medium nicely at high res, or 2-3 clients at low textures.
#3 - 2016-02-27 03:10:21 UTC  |  Edited by: Chromartix
How will the resolution work out on a 13" MBPr? Text may be pretty small.

Looks like the only MBPr with dedicated GPU goes for $2500 USD. But, may as well splurge right if you want it to last another 8 years like your old one :)

I'm sure Iris Pro or Iris 6100 could perform pretty well, too.
Lizzie Lefthand Marstolt
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#4 - 2016-02-27 10:17:56 UTC
Going dual boot will save you alot of trouble...
Amarisen Gream
#5 - 2016-02-28 08:35:34 UTC
Hey Max,

As I have been a fan of Macs for a long time - and try do some research on them as I can't just go and drop tons of money on them (crappy RL job)

My understanding is the Iris Pro is suppose to be very nice - I would take an afternoon and read some reviews.

My issue with Apple is this - lack of updated driver support. They put all their eggs into developing metal which from the numbers looks amazing, but guess what. EVE is a Windows game bundled in a wine wrapper.
Now my understanding is - wine, thanks to crossover and other developers, will/should have DX11 support by/near years end.

If you can - go to an Apple Store and have them let you play with their computers, and by play, have them let you instal EVE.
When I worked at a campus store, we had a number of blizzard games installed as well as other software (If I was going to sell a 1-2k$ computer I wanted people to test it.)

If you really want EVE to shine on Mac, use your influence to help motivate CCP in developing a non-wine-bundled version.

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Helene Fidard
#6 - 2016-03-03 03:46:25 UTC
Keep in mind that while 2016 integrated graphics aren't great, they beat 2008 dedicated graphics pretty easily. The 13" MacBook Pros are hardly top of the line, but I don't think you would be unhappy.

Personally, between the absurd prices and problems with heat, I've sworn off high-end "desktop replacement" laptops.

Amarisen Gream wrote:
Now my understanding is - wine, thanks to crossover and other developers, will/should have DX11 support by/near years end.

I believe cider (the fork of wine which is used by the EVE client) already supports DX11.

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