Apple Mac Pro vs MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by datamerc, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. Right now I run an old Dell Precision 650 with dual Xeon and two 17" monitors; for the new setup I'm considering trying out a Mac.

    I'd like to run 2-3 monitors and am open to either a desktop or a laptop. Hard drive space isn't a big deal to me and I'll be running trading software and some graphic software. Here's what I'm looking between:

    Desktop: Mac Pro
    2.66 Quad Core Intel Xeon
    6gb memory

    Laptop: MacBook Pro 15"
    2.93 Intel Core 2 Duo
    4gb memory

    Do you see any pros/cons of using a laptop full-time (my existing setup runs 24/7) and what sort of performance issues could I expect? I'd also like any other opinions on the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro computers. Thanks.
  2. Laptop drives do not generally last as long as quality 3.5" drives, so make sure you have a solid backup plan. Other than that, there are few tasks either setup won't handle with aplomb.

    Disclosure: I have an MBP and an octocore MP.
  3. I see they offer sold-state drives as an (expensive) option. Any insight on those?