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thisisarcadia
Mar 8, 2011, 03:32 PM
I am a college student looking to upgrade my mid 2007 MB. I've had it for almost 4 years and it still runs great but I just want something new that will last me through the rest of college which is about 2 years and then many years after. I am currently looking at getting a 13" MBA with 1.86GHz, 128Gb SSD, and 4Gbs of ram and then getting a portable HD to put my music and movies on when I am on the go. I would use this most of the time when I am at school just to take notes, browse the web, maybe some light photo editing and just other normal day to day things you use a computer for. I then would use my iMac, which would be the 2.93 i7 model with 1Tb and 8Gbs of ram. This would be used at home for watching movies and TV, doing photo editing and video editing and using it for school and other things.

So my question is would it be better to get this combo or just get the 17" MBP with everything maxed out?

I feel like the combo would last a lot longer because the mba would be used mainly for basic stuff and the iMac is a hell of a machine. So what do you think? I want some opinions Thanks



Insilin1i
Mar 8, 2011, 03:50 PM
I pretty much have the first set and I would recommend it. The MBA is really light and it does what most people need on the go. The MBP is pretty heavy compared to the MBA and if your just gonna be doing notes it makes more sense to just get the air. I love my iMac, self explanatory with the 27' screen.

entatlrg
Mar 8, 2011, 04:09 PM
I've spent time making the same decision. One computer or two, (or three) :)

As much as I'd like to have everything on one machine for simplicity I think the MBA and desktop is a far better idea.

MBP's are just heavy enough that you may not reach for them to use as often as you would the MBA, it's a very nice, capable computer. Having an iMac along with it will be incredible.

Best of both worlds no compromises.

Post back what you end up buying along with how you like it!

douglasf13
Mar 8, 2011, 04:23 PM
You might consider the iMac + 11" MBA.

wingsabr
Mar 8, 2011, 04:24 PM
I faced the same dilemma and went with the 17. It's my only computer and just fits in well between portability and usability.

thisisarcadia
Mar 8, 2011, 04:25 PM
I will, I plan on getting the combo in the fall so when I do I will repost with impressions of the 2

artivideo.nl
Mar 8, 2011, 04:26 PM
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I faced the same dilemma and went with the 17. It's my only computer and just fits in well between portability and usability.

DeusInvictus7
Mar 8, 2011, 04:29 PM
I've gone through this as well. I had a 15" MacBook pro and an iPad, and decided that for my needs, it wasnt the best combo. So I sold both and got a 13" MacBook air ultimate, and am getting an iMac sometime during the we when they update them.

And after a week of having the MacBook air, I know I have made a great decision. I absolutely love it!

WMuntean
Mar 8, 2011, 05:59 PM
iMac + 13 MBA.

I have a 17 MBP + 13 MBA and I can tell you that the MBA is perfect for most portable things.

If I didn't need to do heavy processing on the go I would sell my 17 for an iMac.

Although the 17 MBP is 'portable', its nowhere near as convenient as the MBA. You'll want/need a desk to work on it, whereas the MBA you can use it anywhere without any issues (e.g., couch, bed, kitchen, etc). In contrast, the MBA is nowhere near as powerful as the 17 MBP, so if you need to do extensive processing on the road the MBP is more suitable. However, if you can wait till you get home to the iMac, well, to me its a no brainer.

Desktop + ultraportable > Mobile workstation (IMO) [or as in my case, get all three of them :D]

christophermdia
Mar 9, 2011, 12:37 AM
your back will feel it after a while, trust me. I struggle with my 15 lately which made me go right to the store and pick up an air.....

KohPhiPhi
Mar 9, 2011, 04:37 AM
My old setup: a 27" iMac and an aging Macbook White which I used to use while away from my desk.

Trust me, the dual-computer setup is a pain because you need to be synchronizing your two computers on a daily basis: your files, your emails, your photos, your bookmarks, your passwords, etc. Every time I was on the road I'd be searching for files or passwords I had accidentally left on my iMac, and viceversa.

Eventually I decided that I prefer a one-computer setup that allows mobility AND power at the same time. So I sold my iMac and my Macbook White, and bought a 13" MBA Ultimate hooked to a 27" Apple Cinema Display. This is the perfect setup for me because I have an ultra mobile laptop while on the go, plus plenty of real state while on my desk, and all that in one single computer which means no more daily sync'ing back and forth.

To sum it up: A powerful yet mobile computer (13" MBA Ultimate or 13" MBP) hooked to a 27" monitor gets you the best of both worlds. I TOTALLY recommend this setup.

omegaphil6
Mar 9, 2011, 05:21 AM
I have a 27" i7 2.8 iMac and an 11" MBA Ultimate. its the perfect combination n my opinion.

foursomer
Mar 9, 2011, 05:27 AM
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the iMac and 11" MBA would be awesome combo. trust me carrying MBP around is not that fun.

iRez
Mar 9, 2011, 10:26 AM
13" i7 and 27" ACD is the route i'd go if i was in college.

i'm doing a multi system setup right now (15" mbp and mini) but in all honesty i find keeping two machines up to date (ie. making sure the files you need are on both machines) is a bit of a pain even with dropbox (but it's definitely doable). with the i7 you get longevity in your processor (same as the imac you mention) along with the portability of the mba (c'mon the 13"ers are basically one in the same when being used) and if you were to toss an ssd in there later on it'll FLY way faster than your imac or mba IMHO.

entatlrg
Mar 9, 2011, 11:01 AM
The 13" MBP is not "one in the same" as the 13" MBA.

There is noticeable weight difference in your bag, on your lap etc. MBP is just heavy enough that you'll think twice before you bring it.

Screen resolution, it sucks on 13" MBP is excellent on 13" MBA

KohPhiPhi
Mar 9, 2011, 04:22 PM
13" i7 and 27" ACD is the route i'd go if i was in college.

My same set up but switching the 13" MBP for a 13" MBA.

i'm doing a multi system setup right now (15" mbp and mini) but in all honesty i find keeping two machines up to date (ie. making sure the files you need are on both machines) is a bit of a pain even with dropbox

My same experience too: keeping up both machines sync'ed ends up being a pain in the butt. That's why I believe that going for a 13" laptop + External Monitor single-system setup is the way to go.

iRez
Mar 10, 2011, 09:41 AM
The 13" MBP is not "one in the same" as the 13" MBA.

There is noticeable weight difference in your bag, on your lap etc. MBP is just heavy enough that you'll think twice before you bring it.

Screen resolution, it sucks on 13" MBP is excellent on 13" MBA

says the guy with two macbook airs and a macpro...OP make sure you listen to this guy, i'm positive he's full of rational ideas.

BTW if the OP didn't mention the 17" MBP i would've never had mentioned the 13" MBP, which is both faster than the 17" i7 and his iMac he mentions and has just as small a footprint as the macbook air which is still pretty damn portable and light barring any iron deficiency issues that make 1.5lbs "noticeable". Yeah, I'm sure that external he's going to have to lug around with the air because of the limited HD size weighs nothing right?

Listen OP, if you're not going to find yourself editing any movies or using processor intensive apps then go for the air...obviously it looks cool as hell and you'll get the same performance of the MBP w/ssd. BUT if you think you'll be using your computer with any big boy applications that aren't found in the app store then you have to consider the MBP, especially for the fact that you're considering keeping the machine for a while and for god sakes listen to kohphiphi and myself when we say two machines are a pain (unless you use one solely for media and ****ing around on or need a backup).

grawk
Mar 10, 2011, 09:43 AM
I'd get the 13" mbp, upgrade the drive to an ssd, get an external 2tb drive and 27" display, and then you have the best of both worlds.

entatlrg
Mar 10, 2011, 10:54 AM
says the guy with two macbook airs and a macpro...OP make sure you listen to this guy, i'm positive he's full of rational ideas.

BTW if the OP didn't mention the 17" MBP i would've never had mentioned the 13" MBP, which is both faster than the 17" i7 and his iMac he mentions and has just as small a footprint as the macbook air which is still pretty damn portable and light barring any iron deficiency issues that make 1.5lbs "noticeable". Yeah, I'm sure that external he's going to have to lug around with the air because of the limited HD size weighs nothing right?

Listen OP, if you're not going to find yourself editing any movies or using processor intensive apps then go for the air...obviously it looks cool as hell and you'll get the same performance of the MBP w/ssd. BUT if you think you'll be using your computer with any big boy applications that aren't found in the app store then you have to consider the MBP, especially for the fact that you're considering keeping the machine for a while and for god sakes listen to kohphiphi and myself when we say two machines are a pain (unless you use one solely for media and ****ing around on or need a backup).

Hey ******* no need for the smart *ss or condescending posts if you've got nothing nice to say, shut up.

I spend a few minutes here once in a while offering advice based on my experience. When I made my switch to mac, members here where REALLY helpful ... now that I've learned as I go I share my experience.

Now about your post "says the guy with two macbook airs and a macpro...OP make sure you listen to this guy, i'm positive he's full of rational ideas" ...

Actually if you need the full picture it's:
Mac Pro dual ACD's, 13" MBA, 11" MBA ... in our main office my recent purchases include 24 and 27" iMac's, 2-3 15" MBP's, 2 15" MBP's AG, 3 13" MBP's, 2 MBA's pre-2010 update ....

Since I can have any set up I want and I've owned and USED every recent model of Mac except the 17" yea, maybe I am full of rational idea's :rolleyes:

Maybe you're not capable of keeping two computers in sync but with just a little research and learning you'll find it's very very easy.

You write like carrying a portable HD is a huge burden, LOL, a portable HD 1 TB HD isn't much larger than a deck of cards and about 140 grams in weight. So carry a little light air and tiny HD or carry a MBP that weighs DOUBLE and takes up more space.

Where is the good advice in all this?

OP - You have the option of getting one computer two, that's great. As per my original post take advantage of that, no need to lug extra weight and bulk around with you everywhere if you almost never need it. Having an iMac at home for heavy lifting or just to enjoy working from two computers instead of one all the time seems worth it.

Based on my multiple mac experiences that's the best advice I can offer. My wife went from a 13" MBP to a 15" MBP then to an iMac and 2010 13" MacBook Air ultimate and absolutely loves the combo ... otherwise she was always plugging and unplugging her ACD and when mobile she was carrying far more computer than she needed in both weight and power. It's not about the Air looking "cool as hell" it's about the ultimate in function, light weight, adequate power, takes very little room in a bag ... excellent screen, keyboard it's quite a machine.

NO compromises. :)

thisisarcadia
Mar 10, 2011, 11:59 AM
Thank you for all the advice, I am still weighing in all the options. As far as syncing the 2 computers i'm sure that wouldn't be a problem at all. Isn't there an easy drop box tool that allows you to sync computer pretty easily? I did have a questions about transferring data. Right now my macbook has about 250Gbs of stuff on it and when I migrate all of that to my MBA is there a way to split what goes on the SSD and what goes on the external drive during the migration instead of manually doing it? I plan on putting all my apps on the SSD and media on the external drive. More than likely it'll be a 500Gb portable external drive. If you know a way could you please provide a step by step instructional? Thanks

gglockner
Mar 10, 2011, 12:17 PM
Syncing two Macs is surprisingly easy. You can sync documents to the cloud (MobileMe, DropBox, etc.). Or use Chronosync to sync locally. I use Chronosync; it works beautifully, and I always have local copies of all my working files.

OTOH, the new Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros are awesome machines. Get an SSD, an external monitor, keyboard and mouse, and you'd have one fantastic setup. This would be easier to manage and more future-proof, but it would be heavier to carry, depending on which MBP you purchase.

WMuntean
Mar 10, 2011, 01:00 PM
says the guy with two macbook airs and a macpro...OP make sure you listen to this guy, i'm positive he's full of rational ideas.

BTW if the OP didn't mention the 17" MBP i would've never had mentioned the 13" MBP, which is both faster than the 17" i7 and his iMac he mentions and has just as small a footprint as the macbook air which is still pretty damn portable and light barring any iron deficiency issues that make 1.5lbs "noticeable". Yeah, I'm sure that external he's going to have to lug around with the air because of the limited HD size weighs nothing right?

Listen OP, if you're not going to find yourself editing any movies or using processor intensive apps then go for the air...obviously it looks cool as hell and you'll get the same performance of the MBP w/ssd. BUT if you think you'll be using your computer with any big boy applications that aren't found in the app store then you have to consider the MBP, especially for the fact that you're considering keeping the machine for a while and for god sakes listen to kohphiphi and myself when we say two machines are a pain (unless you use one solely for media and ****ing around on or need a backup).

I find it paradoxical that you're attempting to sound condescending when you, yourself, oppose the use of two computers because of your incompetence in keeping two computers in constant sync. You might want to educate yourself from the post below.


Syncing two Macs is surprisingly easy. You can sync documents to the cloud (MobileMe, DropBox, etc.). Or use Chronosync to sync locally. I use Chronosync; it works beautifully, and I always have local copies of all my working files.

I have 4 computers (locally and remotely) and 2 portable harddrives in constant sync with Chronosync and ChronoAgent. They work well in keeping 100's of GBs in sync. The initial step is laborious but thereafter it will keep things in working order. Furthermore, if you have a decent router, you can open AFP and VNC ports for any remote file/screen sharing, respectively. In my opinion, have the iMac at home for the heavy lifting and a MBA for remote working. Unless you need to do intensive processing on the road, then it becomes obvious that the 17 MBP will fit your needs.

bleaknik
Mar 10, 2011, 02:26 PM
Trust me, the dual-computer setup is a pain because you need to be synchronizing your two computers on a daily basis: your files, your emails, your photos, your bookmarks, your passwords, etc. Every time I was on the road I'd be searching for files or passwords I had accidentally left on my iMac, and viceversa.


Dual computers aren't that bad... Just prepare yourself by doing the following:


Move your Email to the cloud with something like Gmail
Move your Passwords to the cloud with something like LastPass
Move your bookmarks to the cloud with something like Chrome Browser Sync or XMarks
Synchronize your local desktop folders using a synchronization tool. Look in the App Store for a great selection


And anything else, use dropbox (http://db.tt/KoojQ4p). You get the additional feature of having multiple backups of all of your stuff this way--just in case something happens. Trust me, I have two desktops and two laptops in this configuration for anything more.

I don't even think about it anymore. I want a file. Bam, there it is.

treynolds
Mar 10, 2011, 02:35 PM
... if you think you'll be using your computer with any big boy applications that aren't found in the app store then you have to consider the MBP...

You think so? REALLY?

I run ACAD and CS4 on a 13" MBA Ultimate with NO issues. ACAD runs under Parallels and XP Pro.

Get your facts straight next time please.

treynolds
Mar 10, 2011, 02:39 PM
I have the combo you mentioned and love it. The 27" iMac and 13" MBA is the best of both worlds. Right now my "sync" solution is an 8GB SD card swapping files between the two machines as necessary. Eventually it'll be DropBox or SpiderOak, but for now it works fine.

Go for it.

amt2002
Mar 10, 2011, 04:25 PM
If I could suggest another idea...

Use a 13" MBA as primary system and plug into 27" imac to use as an external display?

Why an iMac vs the 27" ACD? Well, the price difference isn't THAT bad and I use the iMac for games (on mac and windows via bootcamp - something the air doesnt excel at, even if it did have enough SSD space!).

rekhyt
Mar 10, 2011, 08:52 PM
I am a college student looking to upgrade my mid 2007 MB.

I feel like the combo would last a lot longer because the mba would be used mainly for basic stuff and the iMac is a hell of a machine. So what do you think? I want some opinions

I pretty much have the first set and I would recommend it. The MBA is really light and it does what most people need on the go. The MBP is pretty heavy compared to the MBA and if your just gonna be doing notes it makes more sense to just get the air. I love my iMac, self explanatory with the 27' screen.

o.0 How do you guys keep your iMac? Do you guys live in dorms at the school or have your own apartments near the uni?

gwsat
Mar 10, 2011, 09:27 PM
You think so? REALLY?

I run ACAD and CS4 on a 13" MBA Ultimate with NO issues. ACAD runs under Parallels and XP Pro.

Get your facts straight next time please.
I agree. My 13 inch Ultimate MBA does everything my 17 inch Santa Rosa MBP with 6GB of RAM did.

In addition to needing to get his facts straight, the poster to whom you responded also needs to do a lot of work on his social skills.

Insilin1i
Mar 11, 2011, 07:47 AM
o.0 How do you guys keep your iMac? Do you guys live in dorms at the school or have your own apartments near the uni?

I live at home with my parents uni is 30 minutes away. Have my own office space.

BornAgainMac
Mar 11, 2011, 08:17 AM
I tried having the 17 inch MBP as my only Mac and prefer the iMac and MBA combo. But there is something about having a single Mac for "everything" that is appealing.

Edit: I currently have the iMac 27 i5 and a Ultimate MBA 13. Sold the 17 inch MBP.

thisisarcadia
Mar 11, 2011, 11:08 AM
Well I am moving in to a house in about a month and this combo would be bought after this so i would have plenty of space to for the iMac. As far as just getting an external monitor to hook up to the MBA i have a 46in samsung LED TV so I would just hook the MBA up to that. As far as just using the MBA as a primary computer I don't think it would be enough that is why I want to get an iMac and again I dont see how it would be hard to sync everything to both computers, I have mobile me so I could just use that to share files and with the new airdrop feature in Lion I think itll make things a lot easier when keeping computers in sync.

entatlrg
Mar 11, 2011, 12:40 PM
I tried having the 17 inch MBP as my only Mac and prefer the iMac and MBA combo. But there is something about having a single Mac for "everything" that is appealing.

Edit: I currently have the iMac 27 i5 and a Ultimate MBA 13. Sold the 17 inch MBP.

If I was going to have a single Mac I think I'd look at the 17" too. Never used a 17" for long but the thought of having a large mobile screen is appealing at times.

When I used a 15" MBP although the screen size was nice it took away from the mobile experience compared to how great the Air is for 'everywhere' use.

The Air on the other hand now has the same screen real estate as the (standard-res) 15" MBP and it's so small and light one never thinks twice of bringing it, grabbing for it, using it anywhere and enjoying it.

The 17" doesn't offer that great 'mobile experience'. Its is heavier and more cumbersome to pull from a bag, not the most comfortable on your lap compared to the Air, takes more space on a table ... it doesn't scream take me everywhere like the Air does.

Since the Air is so portable and fun to have by your side it's saved me a lot of time and increased my productivity. If I'm checking email from my phone or ipad and I see some emails need a long reply I'll grab for the Air and bang off a reply real quick instead of slow touchscreen typing ... even if I'm on the road or traveling long distance the Air is readily and easily available to grab and start working. If I used a 17 or 15" I'd probably plink away on my ipad keyboard instead ... same for around house use, taking to bed whatever.

The Air is the sweet spot, MUCH lighter than a 13, 15 or 17" MBP adequately powerful to do real work, and it's just as easy to grab as an iPad. The difference being when you're on the Air you can fly through ALL your work, the iPad limits you ...

Having a desktop back at the office for heavy lifting, nas, backup, storage, a 'real' large 24/27" screen completes the setup perfectly. Whereas if you're relying on the 17" MBP only and you're mobile with it then you've lost your home nas, storage, back up machine because your desktop is disconnected and in your bag, any downloads you where doing etc have to be paused ... it's just not a convenient ideal set up.

With Cloud Storage like Drop Box, Mobile etc out there now it's too easy, it's all automatic sync and for me it's been flawless. Dropbox allows 100gb of storage, (yes for a fee), ... access to 100gb is all I need when I'm mobile .. a little usb HD could be used for more data.

The MacBook Air fits my needs REALLY well, it's a heck of versatile notebook with all kinds of power. Add a desktop to that and you've got the best possible set up going, imo.

iRez
Mar 11, 2011, 02:20 PM
You think so? REALLY?

I run ACAD and CS4 on a 13" MBA Ultimate with NO issues. ACAD runs under Parallels and XP Pro.

Get your facts straight next time please.

Really? CS4? a 3year old application that is hardly ever considered processor intensive in all it's existence...THAT'S what's supposed to impress me? and a plugin for the app? hey pal, hate to break it to ya but a MB from 2006 could handle all of that "with NO issues" especially if you pop in an ssd.

macrumors has to begin testing users during registration or something.

jhr3uva90
Mar 11, 2011, 02:52 PM
Currently, I use an early 2009 iMac and a brand-new MacBook Air. I synchronize between the two using MobileMe. I can even access the iMac remotely using MobileMe. For me it is worth the $70 or so I pay when I buy MobileMe from Amazon.com.

If I had to own just one computer, I would get a 15 inch MacBook Pro and maybe get a cheap external monitor. The me, the 15 inch the sweet spot if you can only have one machine.

jns2001
Mar 11, 2011, 05:29 PM
MBA with 256 GB and 4 GB of RAM
Operating environment OSX and a small partition with windows 7
You can use parallels to avoid rebooting
ACD 27", Keyboard and Mouse
Time Capsule for backups
WD NAS with 1.5 TB of capacity for those times that you need more storage
If you want to have further protection, you can skip the Time capsule and use a service like Mozy for 5 bucks a month.

That's what I would have for home, but then the company that I work for gave me a MBP 13" from early 2010 and I don't need it.

kukrisna
Mar 13, 2011, 03:49 PM
I'm in a similar predicament. I've had about $2500 set aside for a new computer "setup" since the new year, but as I don't "need" one till May, I've been holding out on getting something.

As much as I would like an Air + either a Mini or an iMac, the new MBP is very tempting as well, and there are pros and cons every which way.

Also my living situation will change soon, as this is my last semester of undergrad. In terms of hard computer work, I do a lot with audio so I do need something more powerful to replace my slowly dying 2006 Core Duo MBP, which often chokes on my heavy projects.

The problem with having two computers range anywhere from sync issues (as others have mentioned), to not being able to really take my projects around (as I would just leave the Air for basic web & document tasks), to specific problems with the "desktop" computers themselves (i.e. worried about the black spots in the iMac, and the possibility of an underpowered Mac Mini refresh). That being said I would love the ease of portability of the Air, as I dislike carrying my current 15" MBP around.

But I must ask myself how often I will be carrying around the laptop once I'm done with school. I also already own a 21.6" external screen with a keyboard and mouse, and if I got an iMac, I would have some things to sell.

But of course the MBP solution has issues too! While it'd be great to have everything in one package and have it be the same weight that I'm used to (and thus the same situations that I'm already accustomed to, as much as I don't like the weight), I do worry about some of the issues that people have listed (I know, blown out of proportion on a forum).

In terms of the issues, at the end of the day, it's really about which ones would I rather deal with straight away (even though I would have the warranty and eventually get the AppleCare). That is another thing: if I got an iMac and it had a problem, it'd be a heck of a lot harder to lug it to the AppleStore (I don't know how to drive).

And as I do want to add an SSD, I have to look at which computer is the easiest to open up (whereas if I got the MBP, I'd just add the 128GB for $90).

But enough. Right now, all this thinking is just mental masturbation and I do need to eventually pick something and at least try it out. If I had to today, I would just go with the MBP, but the thing holding me back is the knowledge that I don't need need something till May, so I could either see as many bugs of the new MBP flushed out, or see if either a new iMac or Mac Mini is released in that time. However, if I did get the MBP now, I would be able to get used to the machine (I'm still on Tiger), and customize and prep everything for a rather large project I'm taking on in May. It would probably not be so ideal if I got a new computer and the project around the same time.

grawk
Mar 13, 2011, 04:47 PM
The macbook pro 13" is probably the best computer on the market for audio purposes. It has firewire, and thunderbolt, it's powerful, flexible, and portable. You can interface every current audio device to it, and when they start making thunderbolt devices, you won't be left in the cold. Given that you have $2500 set aside, I'd recommend the beefiest 13" mbp configuration you can put together, and then set aside the rest for the beefiest next gen mini you can get. And use the monitor you already have when you want a "desktop" setup.

kukrisna
Mar 13, 2011, 05:06 PM
The macbook pro 13" is probably the best computer on the market for audio purposes. It has firewire, and thunderbolt, it's powerful, flexible, and portable. You can interface every current audio device to it, and when they start making thunderbolt devices, you won't be left in the cold. Given that you have $2500 set aside, I'd recommend the beefiest 13" mbp configuration you can put together, and then set aside the rest for the beefiest next gen mini you can get. And use the monitor you already have when you want a "desktop" setup.

except i do want a quad core - im not doubting the ability of the dual core chips in the 13", but seeing as my sessions get large (sometimes 100+ before i consolidate) with lots of plugins (though no VIs), and my current setup chokes tremendously (even on a music session when i toss in a heavy iZotope plugin), i want as much power as i can

im really leaning to the 15" MBP at this point...i think it hits the best compromise