Before you buy the new 13" MacBook...

Glossy Widescreen Display, Built in iSight, Small Form Factor, x86 architecture; Could this be the perfect laptop. Not quite if you want to use Final Cut Pro.

The 13" MacBooks are not supported by Final Cut Pro as illustrated by the following links.

13" MacBook Specs

"Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory"
Starts at $1099.

Final Cut Pro Requirements
"Final Cut Studio is not supported on systems using the Intel Extreme Graphics 950 GMA"

So it looks like if you want to take Final Cut Pro with you on the go, you'll have to get a MacBook Pro instead, but that comes with a higher price tag and larger size.

MacBook Pro Specs
"ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor"
Starts at $1999.

On a side note, check out Parallels Desktop. If they got the MacBook Pro's ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor to work with the official stable release and a small MacBook Pro with WUXGA was made, I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up today!

I'd love to have a small, portable laptop where I can do HD video work on Mac OS X, play games on Windows XP, and experiment with open source software on Ubuntu all on the same machine without having to reboot and running at near native speeds!

One can only dream.


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