[TriLUG] Dear lazyweb^WTriLUG, Laptop suggestions?

Aaron Joyner aaron at joyner.ws
Thu Jan 3 17:06:38 EST 2013

Igor, with your required feature set, you're definitely into Macbook
Pro territory.  For me, I don't require those things, almost
everything I actually work on is off the machine.  As a benefit, I get
to enjoy the lighter weight of the Air.  The 13" MBP Retina model is
~4lbs.  The 15" is ~4.5lbs.  My air is 2.3lbs.

I *think* the MBP has two thunderbolt ports, thus you can run regular
dual displays on the cheap with two of these adapters:

On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM, Igor Partola <igor at igorpartola.com> wrote:
> So the MBA is not a bad choice, but here's a conundrum I am contemplating:
> I normally want to drive two large external displays. Most of my work is
> done in one location, and I am much more productive with two side-by-side
> displays. However, the MBA doesn't seem to be capable of doing this. The
> MacBook Pro can, but only using Apple's Thunderbold displays which are $1k
> each.
> Another complicating factor is RAM and CPU speed: I run virtual machines
> locally for testing and need a good amount of RAM out of the machine. I
> figure 8GB's of RAM is enough, but most models come with only 4.
> In my experience there isn't a better built laptop out there right now than
> a MacBook Pro, with maybe a MacBook Air close behind, but the fact that I
> can't drive two external displays is disappointing.
> Igor
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