Determining if a macbook pro would fit my use scenario

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  1. kneehowguys

    kneehowguys Notebook Evangelist

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    Determining if a macbook pro would fit my use scenario

    I am interested in getting a macbook pro because it is very powerful and would force me to learn how to use a mac.

    Also I intend to use MPB solely for play and I'll keep my thinkpad yoga for work. I never realized how much the letters MBP looked like male pattern baldness.

    This is my use scenario:

    0. Handle alot of many internet browsing tab abuse and multiple monitor abuse like 4 monitors

    1. need the best virus protection I can get for my use case. Search "Chris Sevier addiction macbook pro" on google. Clearly macbook pros are dangerous devices My concern is that there may not be as much demand for virus protection for mac for viruses on these websites since I hear that macs don't get viruses

    2. saving videos and pictures off the internet through screen capture/sound capture needs. Essentially bandicam for mac's though Bandicam - Game Recording Software | Download Screen Recorder So I can have a very searchable library of the pictures sounds and videos I see

    I am wondering if mac's do not allow this or if there is a much more elegant version with better quality of this than bandicam

    3. smoothly running even when connected to 3 monitors

    4. The entertainment pictures and websites I search on the macbook pro not to show up on my phone or work computer one day and surprise a fellow student or future coworker. In the past sometimes what I search on my computer ends up a search suggestion on my phone and now I have to hide the screen from someone. I am not sure how this happens.

    The macbook pro seems like it has a huge advantage over the 2 inch thick laptops with similar power because the macbook pro is portable. I am also making the assumption that it runs cooler than most laptops with similar power because it is apple and their laptops are silver. That might sound dumb, but I mean it somewhat.

    Basically I am looking for a very powerful media hub to collect alot of images and videos and never die on me and not degrade significantly that I could take with me easily on a road trip or vacation for non work stuff. It would be great if the device would be great for 10 years. Do current generation mac's last that long?
     
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    KCETech1 Notebook Prophet

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    NO, if you really take care of them and somewhat baby them they are more of a 3-4 year. Do keep in mind they are still a consumer laptop. for 4+ years guaranteed you are looking at the higher end business laptops from HP, Lenovo and Dell with the full business support and warranty options.

    incorrect again, the aluminum body does act like a heat sink but laws of physics still apply. being thinner and ligheter also = a higher operating temperature, then add in the fact the fans try to run less so keep noise down actually makes them one of the hottest running laptops especially when you are pushing them a bit. thermal throttle is not uncommon in any of mine when I really start to work them. one example is at equal load I have a number of laptops that run 15-35c cooler than my rMBP and MBP's and barely get warm to the touch or to my bare legs.

    starting to get there but dual screen is about where OSX stops working flawless. multiscreen support in OSX is way behind windows I am afraid. a couple years ago I finally learned what 6 screens is like.

    I am afraid I am of little help here, I do video editing but do not do screen capture work at all. I am sure there is atleast a couple tools do do it. Camtasia was very popular in windows I know of.

    MBP's are like any other platform the riskier the sites the higher the risks as well. ESET and others make a good AV option for Macs. But Charlie Miller is a much better example of security risks to OSX as he has shown publicly at cansec west a number of years running how vulnerable safari, Quicktime and OSX can be. Chris Sevier is just an idiot from what I read.

    internet tabs is not an issue on any modern laptop, I can even run 3 browsers and about 60 tabs in each on a 3 year old unit. however 3+ monitors you actually really want Windows 7 or 8.1 in my hands on experience.

    no more powerful than any other laptop with the same or very similar components. it is made of all the same parts as the rest you know.

    if you post your usage etc over in WNSIB forum I am sure we can all team up and give you a hand figuring out what would work for your needs.
     
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    To add to this, most of today's security issues come from social engineering, which is OS agnostic. Social engineering targets the weakest link in computer security: you, the user.
     
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    I've basically trying to figure out why i cannot run two videos simultaneously without lag and framerate problems streaming on my thinkpad yoga connected to 3 monitors with a pluggable USB dock. I think it is most likely b/c I am using a USB dock or because my ethernet is not fast enough. I am thinking of getting a euorocom shark 3 but am concerned that it will only be able to hook up to two monitors and still work smoothly since it only has VGA and HDMI
     
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    Come to think of it do mac users ever use 3 monoitors? I haven't seen it before.

    So let's say I got a pimped out MBP and then daisy chain thunderbolt until i have three monitors. What happens when apple users try multiple monitors? Does one monitor become slow?

    Versus getting a $1500 from I guess not eurocom shark now but maybe someone else who can get a good performance / power ratio?

    What about a mac mini? I heard it might be getting a refresh and I wonder how it would handle 3 monitors. I've always been curious to become familiar with a mac computer though if it cannot handle
    1. Fast and easy video capture
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    2. multiple monitor usage
    Then it would be a no go 8(

    I'm excluding the mac pro from this discussion because it is too expensive.
     
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    pimped out rMBP on my desk at home, 2 externals and you have massive stutter in anything needing to redraw faster than about 15 fps

    same issues, mac mini uses no dGPU and you need a decent video card to push 2 or more screens. mac mini is basically an mbp 13" packed in a little box.

    if you are serious on vid cap etc look at a workstation in a 15" a Precision M4800 actually treads on Mac Pro territory, you can also look at the Zbook 15. I run 4 externals on both of these units using advanced docks ( not this USB or thunderbolt crap ). Microstar and ASUS make a couple units that do triple screens nicely.

    if you want really heavy hitters, the M6800 and Zbook 17 are your power houses and I edit video on them faster than my Mac Pro's
     
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    I think that I am misusing the term "video capture"
    What I meant was capturing what I see on the screen as a video. Basically bandicam but higher quality.
    Bandicam - Game Recording Software | Download Screen Recorder

    So maybe the right term is "desktop screen recorder"
     
  10. Patrick

    Patrick I beat spamers with stiks

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    I actually have no (big) issues running 3 monitors off of my rMBP. 1 HDMI, 1 mDP to HDMI, and 1 active mDP to HDMI adapters. Media works fine on any of them, although I tend to have text editors or web browsers open on all of them.

    The only niggly issue I have is that for whatever reason drop shadows don't want to show on the active mDP to HDMI screen.

    Now, standard MBP seems like it would fall on its face with 3 monitors, and my Macbook air can only run 1 natively, and usb-hdmi adapters bleh.



    As for desktop capturing, a quick search shows many screen capturing utilities in the app store.
     
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