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MacBook for Graphics Design


Well-known member
Dec 1, 2011
GTA, Ontario, Canada
Over the years, I have been doing graphics design. It was my hobby and now I do it often whenever there is work for me. I do mostly icons and the featured images at RHR.

I have been thinking of getting a nice laptop for just its screen. I have the laptop in my signature that I do work on and a ASUS ProArt monitor that I use when I am at home. The laptop is old but gets the job done. It is no video editing rig lol. I like the Touchscreen on my old Dell and the screen is quite good.

I have been watching YouTubers who work remotely with Macs. They travel with Macs everywhere. I think it would be nice to get a MacBook with nice screen and battery life.

My buddy John at RHR says MSI Spectre series is good on the Windows side.

A MacBook Pro is what I am looking to get ...

Another buddy of mine has a 2015 MacBook Pro and I love the screen it has.

Is it better to get a laptop and find a good screen to replace it? Any recommendations. All I really want is a excellent screen like my ProArt monitor


Staff member
Jul 16, 2007
Toronto, ON
I don't think a Macbook Pro really offers anything notable for it's cost premium. You can get "premium" Windows laptops too that will do everything the same.

It's really more a question of if you're more comfortable with macOS or Windows.

If you're sticking to the Windows side, look at the Dell XPS or Lenovo Yoga & X1 lines.


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Feb 7, 2019
I have a macbook pro... i use it clamshelled almost all of the time.

If you have a high quality monitor to hook up to you will most likely continue to use it unless your out and about. Larger screen size etc.


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Aug 8, 2011
Vancouver, BC
I don't do any art work at all but my sister is using a MacBook Pro as a mobile solution while using a Hackintosh with a NEC monitor at home. So what exactly is the requirement for the laptop? For example, Adobe RGB 100% color? Touch screen? Adobe CC for Mac? I mean if you don't need to use a Mac, why pick a Mac? There are Adobe RGB 100% laptops out there. The are only 2 things preventing my sister from move to PC: #1 is everyone else is using a Mac, including the print shops. #2 is the fonts on PC aren't the same on Mac. To eliminate compatibility issues with clients and print shops, she's stuck with the MacOS environment.
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